Demand for e-scooter legalization is growing as Halfords sees a huge surge in sales of the controversial products during the pandemic
- According to a current test program, only rented e-scooters are allowed on public roads
- Environmental protection and overload protection are among the touted advantages of e-scooters
- Research has shown that 52% of Brits would use an e-scooter for their commute
Bicycle dealer Halfords has announced that sales of its e-mobility products have almost tripled in the last year.
The group has already announced that it has grown 184 percent in the first half of the fiscal year and expects to see a significant number of e-scooters purchased this Christmas.
Demand for the product has increased in 2020 alongside bicycles and electric bicycles as environmental concerns have risen and people avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Halfords is training a further 1,500 technicians to serve the growing trade in electric mobility vehicles such as electric cars, e-scooters and e-bikes
The company is training an additional 1,500 technicians to service the growing e-mobility device trade and is calling on the UK government to legalize e-scooters on public roads. Currently, only rental e-scooters are permitted as part of a test program that began in July.
Research released by the group earlier this year showed that more than 70 percent of people would consider using one for short trips if they became legal, while just over half would use one for their daily commute.
45 percent of adults also thought traveling to work would be fun, while the majority believed it would make the environment cleaner and reduce congestion.
In the 20 weeks to mid-August, Halfords customers bought 230 percent more e-scooters and