UCLA’s Juan Matute quoted about hidden carbon footprint of electric scooters in Los Angeles Times article

August 2, 2019

Juan Matute, deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about a North Carolina State University research project about the carbon footprint of electric scooters. The environmental cost of producing the scooters, their relatively short lifetimes, and the carbon generated while collecting the scooters for charging contribute to their surprisingly high carbon footprint, researchers found.

“That actual trip somebody’s taking on the scooter — that’s pretty green,” Matute said. “What’s not green is everything you don’t see.”

Visit Matute’s web page to learn more about his research and see related Sustainable LA Grand Challenge research project.