Scooter Popularity Soars Along With Gasoline Prices
As Americans look for relief from gasoline prices that are currently pushing $3 a gallon, the scooter has emerged as a trendy transportation alternative that gets 50-80 miles per gallon (mpg). According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales on motor scooters have doubled since 2000, with 86,000 being sold last year.
Small scooters sell new for as little as $800-$900. Larger models, capable of legal highway speeds and more, can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the make and model. Tops on the popularity list are the Italian-made Vespa scooter and the American model Stella scooter.
Scooter enthusiasts say that, not only is the scooter economical on gas, it’s also environment-friendly, easy to park and fun to drive. Here’s how scooter’s 50-80 mpg compared to other modes of transportation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy:
- compact cars: 13 – 48 mpg
- midsize cars: 12-55 mpg
- large cars: 12-25 mpg
- minivans: 18-23 mpg
- sport utility vehicle: 13-33 mpg
- standard pickup truck: 10-25 mpg