13: The Environmental Impact of Micromobility with Dr. Chris Cherry

On today’s episode, we’re joined by Dr Chris Cherry (@drchrischerry), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Director of Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, an international academic/industry research consortium on lightweight and low speed EV’s about the environmental and social implications of micromobility.

We discuss:

  • How China’s electric micromobility sector has grown to lead the world, and how Chris and his colleagues have worked to understand it.

  • The framework that they use to understand the benefits that lightweight electric utility vehicles offer users — notably low cost, point to point, low emission transport.

  • The emission and energy use of micromobility vehicles compared to other options.

  • How to think about whether micromobility is additive or substitutive trips vs. incumbent modes of transport.

  • What the role of fun plays in micromobility adoption.

  • Which cities will benefit the most from the ride of micromobility and why.

Oliver Bruce