Would you rather share or own an electric scooter?

As the day draws to a close and the sun settles over the horizon on the west coast of America, Dave the ‘bird-catcher’ swoops around picking up as many electric scooters as he can find and bundling them into his truck. It’s just another day for Dave, who makes $5 for every scooter he can find, charge then return in the morning, ready for the morning rush.

Scooter sharing has blown up, worldwide. For just $1 to unlock then $0.15 per minute you can hop on an electric scooter and fly around town. Wait… hold up, doesn’t mean paying $2.50 for 10 minutes? In fact, the average ride is $3.85. Well, we guess it’s worth it if you’re about to miss your train and have no idea when the bus is going to arrive…

On the other hand, you could own your own electric scooter for private use whenever you want. This would mean skipping the 5 – 10 minutes it takes to locate a charged sharing scooter (that's if someone doesn't beat you to it!).

But hold up, this is an interesting debate… Would you rather own your own electric scooter and be free to use it wherever, whenever, whilst taking responsibility for charging it and taking it around? Or would you rather pay per usage and enjoy the convenience of dumping it when you are done, but have the uncertainty of finding a scooter as well as the high cost of usage?

We would love to hear what you think in the comments below!