E-Scooter Rental trials (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

It has been claimed that e-scooters are an environmentally friendly form of transport. Please provide any research of evidence undertaken by TfL or other partners that provide the evidence for such statements.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The three operators selected by Transport for London (TfL) for the rental e-scooter trial in London had to pass a rigorous competitive tender process, part of which focused on their environmental impact and demonstration of their end-of-life processes for their rental e-scooters. The environmental requirements of the operators are set out in the Administration Agreements published on TfL’s website here. All three operators use a fully electric fleet, which are supported by electric vans and electric cargo bikes for the London trial operations. These vehicles are all charged using 100 per cent renewable energy. To find out more about the operators’ specific sustainability plans you can visit their websites:

There is currently no standardised methodology for measuring the full lifecycle environmental impact of rental e-scooters. The success of rental e-scooters as an environmentally friendly form of transport is likely to depend in part on what journeys they replace, which is something TfL is seeking to establish as accurately as it can in the final trial evaluation report.