Äike is manufactured using only renewable energy
is the minimal lifespan of Äike
of the scooter can be recycled
of the material used for Äike is recycled
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We truly hope the name “Estonia” rings a bell, but in case it doesn’t, let us refresh your memory: A Baltic wonderland located in the North of Europe. Our capital city of Tallinn is often referred to as “The Silicon Valley of Europe”. We as a nation give birth to the most supermodels per capita…
But most importantly, we gave birth to the most dazzling Nordic beauty that is Äike.
Äike is designed and manufactured by our own team of world leading developers and engineers right in the centre of Tallinn, Estonia. Their years of industry experience not only allow valuable insight into the world of e-mobility vehicles as a whole, but also allow our team to have full control over the scooter itself. From software to hardware to design, that’s right – we do it all.
As promised, we’re going to continue being completely transparent. Although Äike is indeed fully developed and manufactured with the highest priority for local European recycled materials – we’re not at 100% yet.
Getting there is a lot trickier than it looks, which is why our current rate of 42% may not sound like a lot, but it is definitely the best in the world so far.
Don’t believe us? We dare you to follow the supply chain of any other e-scooter on the market. Hard to find data? Well, there is probably a reason it’s being hidden…
Currently around 36% of each Äike’s raw material still comes from Asia – simply put, because we haven’t worked out the infrastructure to produce these bits in our backyard yet.
That said – we also know there is a difference between Asia & Asia. We fundamentally disagree with going for the cheapest option just to save a couple of euros, which is why even our overseas elements come from reputable suppliers & licensed factories.
Äike is created with many sets of dedicated hands, a lot of black bread and Estonian love. Our factory can be found in the heart of Tallinn – a 10-minute tram ride away from the legendary old town and just 20 minutes from the seaside.
All of our scooters are made with extreme care and knowledge, allowing our team to fully be in control every step of the way. Drop by and say hi!
The next step is shipping the scooter out to its new owner – that’s you!
Äike is currently available only in Europe which is leaps and bounds better than shipping scooters all the way from China.
Why was there thunder and lightning in the lab?
Because the scientists were brainstorming
Longevity is crucial:
we’d rather die from old age than climate change
We hate to break it to you, but the average lifespan of an electric scooter according to Google is anywhere from a few months to around 2 years depending on the usage. For most people, the cheaper price is more important than the environmental impact. Knowing this, most scooters get caught in a cycle of being produced at a low price point, yet not surviving the test of time.
And that is exactly where the problem of overconsumption and wastefulness lies currently in micromobility.
It’s time we all start to rethink our consumption habits and invest in longevity rather than novelty.
Äike is made to last – the guarantee offered is 5 years for our battery and 10 years for the frame, but we are convinced that with regular maintenance (and resisting the urge to parkour), the components could last even longer.
After it’s long and rich life, Äike is 92% recyclable, meaning the absolute minimum amount possible of waste is generated. The cherry on top of the cake, is that all of our production works exclusively on green energy. What we’re saying is – adios to garbage islands!
More benefits of committing to a long-term relationship with Äike ?
With our integrated IoT system, you’ll be able to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates from thousands of kilometers away in a matter of minutes – that means no excess pollution via transport.
‘What about the other e-scooters I’ve seen on the street?’ you might ask.
How to make commuting sustainable?
Ride an Äike = Save a life
According to the World Health Organisation – air pollution is directly responsible for an estimated 6.5 million deaths annually. In France alone, poor air quality has been associated with 55 000 premature deaths annually, with road transport being the main culprit. That should already be a good enough reason to reconsider your actions, but let us elaborate further.
The 21st-century human is often deemed the most stressed-out human to ever exist. Constant city noise, intrusive neon lights, and air pollution are definitely contributing factors to this phenomenon.
Our cities have currently been designed to prioritize vehicles, not humans. Many local governments around the world have already started actively combating this by creating light vehicle infrastructures and investing in more greenery around our cities. Kudos to Paris for example, that decided to eliminate 72% of its on-street parking spaces in 2020. Cities need to take action but we, the citizens, also have a crucial role to play.
The world around us will never evolve if we don’t make the necessary transitions and spark the conversions needed to foster the change.
Consider that next time you complain about sitting in traffic for a distance that could easily be covered by a bike or a scooter.
E-scooters – the solution to pollution?
We are going to be brutally honest, if you want to be 100% carbon neutral, walk.
But if your daily routine consists of longer distances and time is of the essence – Äike is as close as you can get to walking. There really shouldn’t be any need to wake up the roaring car engine for a quick inner city commute. Äike will get you there safe and soundless.
And now we may be biased, but seeing as Äike :
- is accessible to be used by most adults
- requires no permit
- demands no stress of finding or paying for parking
- allows you to benefit from the fresh air
- is engineered to be safe and sturdy
We see no reason for it not to be the obvious choice for your everyday commutes.
Cars vs E-Scooters –
which make more sense?
Distance in km you can ride per kWh
~ 1 km
~ 6 km
~ 100 km
The most inefficient thing about driving a car is the car itself. The average car weighs 23 times more than the person it carries – which means most of the car’s energy is used to move the vehicle itself. An e-scooter on the other weighs less than any adult that’s riding it. That gives it a huge advantage in terms of energy use.
One kilowatt hour of energy carries a gasoline-powered car for around a kilometer. A much more efficient electric car can travel about 7 km on the same amount of energy. An electric scooter can travel more than 100 km.
But we get it. When you’re driving down to the countryside to visit your family for Christmas – you’re probably not going to be doing it on a scooter. However, it is estimated that in urban cities, people spend around 42h a year simply wasting away in combustion-engine powered traffic. Now isn’t that a scary thought?
Furthermore, if the sanitary crisis of 2020 has left us with anything positive, it is the notion of preferring space and tranquility over overcrowded spaces and chaos.