• May 18th 2011 at 11:56AM
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Vespanomics scooter infographic – Click above to view more

Did you know that driving scooters – even if only occasionally – can substantially reduce carbon emissions and save stunning amounts of gasoline? For example, if U.S. cities were redesigned to be more scooter friendly, gas consumption in the States could drop by nearly four billion gallons annually by 2020. That, according to an infographic compiled by the folks at Vespa USA and Mint, would cut our dependence on foreign oil by $21.4 billion per year and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 77.3 billion pounds.

But wait, that's not all. A Vespa that gets 75 miles per gallon has an estimated annual operating cost of $1,940, compared to $8,121 for a compact vehicle rated at 30 mpg and $10,448 for a 21-mpg rated SUV. Want to find out more? Click here to check out the Vespanomics Road to Savings infographic in its entirety.

[Source: Mashable | Infographic: Vespa USA, Mint]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So what about the fact that these even these new scooters emit 14 times more smog causing emissions than the typical Tier 2 Bin 5 car, truck or SUV?
      Marcopolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's get a few things straight. Vespa's and similar small scooters are very polluting for the power output than nearly every other vehicle. The 'infograpic's' claims are also based on the erroneous assumption that 4 wheeled vehicles only transport one person. The graphic also doesn't relate that scooters are only suitable for a relatively small percentage of commuters. The graphic also doesn't account for the statistic that of all traffic related deaths and serious injuries, nearly 28% are 2 wheeled vehicles, yet two wheeled vehicles are less then 2% of traffic. (70% of all 2 wheel accident are single vehicle.) Per vehicle mile travelled, motorcyclists' risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car. (to be fair, it's not possible to separate Vespa's from other 2 wheel statistics). And to all those who think they are saving the planet on a Vespa, why didn't you spend a little extra and buy a 2 Wheel EV? Maybe then Vectrix might have sold more than 2000 units!
      Alterego
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to see some evidence backing the mpg claims of motorcycles and scooters. I read 75, 100, 125 mpg claims, but I've never gotten particularly good mileage from any of my numerous scooters and motorcycles. Even my 250 Ninja would drop to around 50 mpg at freeway speeds, about what I get with my 3-cyl. Geo Metro 5 speed.
        GoodCheer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Alterego
        I never get less than 55mpg on my SV650. I find it hard to believe that I'd get worse than that on a 50cc scooter. I find the 75-100 mpg claims totally credible.
        Snark McGee
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Alterego
        50mpg seems about right. I get 25mpg in the city on my ducati monster 900 (though I'm throttle-happy)
      • 4 Years Ago
      India-like motorcycle congestion in 2020. Nice.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        Versus I405 connection today?
        GoodCheer
        • 4 Years Ago
        As Noz indicated: Replacing cars and trucks with scooters (which, you will observe, are SMALLER than cars) will reduce congestion, not increase it.
          Arun Murali
          • 4 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          Try driving a scooter in a straight line at 2mph. A scooter or bike takes as much road space as a small car in congested road. Two bikes cant run in the same space as a small car. Cars like smart take about the same space on road as a scooter or bike. How do I know this? Experience.
      juniorswa
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Vespa is perfectly practical for commuters, especially if you live in a city. I own one and have a 12 mile round trip commute and I LOVE it! Yes, I could ride a bike as well, I guess, but with a Vespa you do not arrive hot and sweaty and it gets you around town just as fast as a car, if not faster. I still own a compact car to drive when the weather is gnarly, but most of the time the Vespa is just perfect for my needs.
      Peter
      • 4 Years Ago
      and driving a bicycle will give you infinite miles per gallon. thats even true of an electric bicycle or motorcycle or scooter although to be fair pump to socket CO2 emissions will vary
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they are talking solely about 4-strokes....
      Snark McGee
      • 4 Years Ago
      can we factor in the medical bills and lost time working you get after being plowed into by an SUV on your vespa? (before you neg, I have a motorcycle - just pointing out there are some potential hidden costs here)
        Jass
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        can we factor in the medical bills and lost time working you get after being plowed into by an SUV while in your SUV? (before you neg, I have an SUV- just pointing out there are some potential hidden costs here)
        Floorman
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        can we factor in the medical bills and lost time working you get after being plowed into by an SUV on your vespa? 70% of all 2 wheel accident are single vehicle that means the odds are you will take yourself out before a SUV will
      Danaon
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't fit sheets of plywood on a Vespa, I can't tow anything with a Vespa. I guess if you just used your vehicle as basic transportation this makes sense, but vehicles in the US do a lot more than that.
        GoodCheer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        I too sometimes carry plywood (on the roofracks of my 40mpg Civic). But sometimes I don't. Was that an intentional strawman, or did it just sip out? Nobody is suggesting that you ONLY have a scooter, even the 'infographic' gives information for having a car (or truck) and a scooter.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        How often do you tow something and how often do you carry plywood sheets? If you come back with "I'm a contractor and that's my business..." I'll call bullsh6t. Why are people like you enveloped in SO MUCH FEAR about not being able to do something immediately? Is it really the end of the world? On the rare occasion that most people need to carry something, rent a freaking small pickup and be done with it.....it isn't that big a deal.
      HVH20
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love a 75mpg commuter if it could do 90mph so I don't get run over on the freeway everyday, instead I ride a 170hp superbike that gets me 35mpg. When I have to carry stuff or tow things, thats what the full size pickup is for. And no, I can't get away with a light duty truck, the boat is too big :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, well. I'm just back from my shopping trip around town. Total of just over 22 miles total. Riding a Yamaha 125 Vino that gets spot on 80 (yes, 80) MPG. Better that than my Honda Pilot that gets a rock solid 16mpg around town!
      masteraq
      • 4 Years Ago
      The math in this graphic is WRONG! Suppose you drive 5000 miles in a 21mpg SUV and 5000 miles in a 75mpg scooter. The SUV will consume 238 gal and the scooter 66.7 gal. That's 304.7 gal over 10000 miles, or 32.8mpg! With the compact car substituted for the SUV, the car will consume 166.7 gal, for a total of 233.3 gal and an average of 42.8mpg.
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