7 Billion people with 7 trillion relationships impacted by this "Glodemic". What's our next move?
A new world order beckons; so how will mobility change for all of us? How about someone starts by telling the truth.
We need a new word in the Oxford dictionary. I nominate “Glodemic”, since pandemic just doesn’t encapsulate the global health and socio-economic crisis we are experiencing.
Why can’t our leaders just be honest? Just tell us all to wear a mask to keep ourselves and others safe, while exuding leadership and appealing to us not to horde masks from front-line workers who need it the most. Is it so difficult to tell us the truth while inspiring us to do the right thing?
As a leader, I believe in walking the talk and doing the truth telling. Let me begin by telling you about the cons of electric motorcycles.
Source: “Top 5 Reasons Electric Motorcycles Suck”, Reddit
Yes. Electric motorcycles cost more to produce than internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycles, mainly due to high (and upfront) costs of batteries and its lack of at-scale production compared to ICE OEM incumbents. The world awaits more energy-dense and safer battery technology while keeping an eye on our limited crude oil reserves.
Yes. Batteries are dangerous and if mishandled can catch fire and explode. But petrol is no less dangerous and you already know that.
Yes. Electric motorcycles excel at acceleration but have lower top speeds than equivalent petrol bikes due to the need to make tradeoffs between top speeds, usable range in a single charge and cost, which can be a bummer if you are a speed freak. Then again, ICE (or electric) motorcycles are not allowed on toll roads in Indonesia, and don’t often go beyond 60-70km/h in your daily commute anyway.
Yes. Electric motors and drivetrains are quiet and do not vibrate or sound anywhere near the your ICE motorcycle. Some say its quietness is a safety risk. We agree some sound needs to be emitted to alert pedestrians and other vehicles of electric motorcycles’ approach, but yearn for less sound pollution from our urban soundscape.
And here’s the biggest downside. Electric motorcycles currently have lower range per charge than an equivalent ICE bike per tank-up, and it takes longer to charge the battery from 0 to 100% (in hours) than it is to refuel petrol (in minutes).
We could also conversely extol the virtues of Electric motorcycles which in our opinion outweigh its disadvantages, but we won’t because this isn’t a marketing piece.
The real question we want to pose to everyone is this. How will this “Glodemic” change our mobility future?
Our need to be mobile will take on higher meaning and consideration. Have we found equally productive routines without travelling as much for work or education?
For example, do our executives need to physically travel as much post-COVID versus pre-COVID? Do our family holidays need to be as frequent as twice a year or more and as far as halfway across the world? Airbnb is already forecasting more “local” holidays rather than further travel choices.
Sustained social distancing in the absence of viable vaccines will impact and stress the already strained public transportation systems due to lesser riders and higher standards of hygiene and sanitation.
Ride hailing and personal ride sharing services will see increased adoption as commuters reduce travelling on mass transit.
Home and work deliveries of food, essentials and e-commerce will continue to rise and usher in a new generation of more efficient and high tech logistics platforms.
Autonomous vehicle time table roll outs will be brought forward as driverless options now seem more palatable to risk-averse regulators and consumers fearing community spreads.
Urban travel consumer options will favour smaller vehicles with less occupants like 2 seater cars or motorcycles.
Affordability purely from a monetary sense will not be good enough. Sustainable mobility also has to be affordable for our health, environment and community.
So despite this “glodemic”, there is hope and a silver lining! We have witnessed the clearer waters in the canals of Venice, blue skies in capital cities across China, India and North America. We find ourselves at the starting line of our world’s race to transition towards cleaner air through better mobility.
Let’s go world!