According to vintagemopeds.net, the moped made its debut around the end of WWII where the devastated European countries were in ruins and desperately in need of affordable transportation.
In general, when there is a great need for something, companies will capitalize off of it for a nice profit, which is exactly what companies like Solex started to do as they began producing some of the first mopeds.
After this the market for mopeds expanded and thrived all over Europe.
According to vintagemopeds.net, the moped was lightly sold in the U.S through large department stores and mail order stores throughout the 50s and 60s.
It wasn’t until the 70s (and the start of the energy crisis) that mopeds began to take a hold on American roads.
“It didn’t take a lot to get people to understand that the newly imported vehicles called mopeds were not only inexpensive to buy but to operate as well. Low maintenance, high gas mileage, mild regulation and overall fun made them very popular, very quickly” (Vintagemopeds.net).
There are many versions of mopeds with many different engine sizes ranging from a 49cc (50cc) up to 250cc. (Anything above that is undeniably a motorcycle.)
The most common engine size for a moped is 49cc.
These scooters tend to get 70 miles or more to a gallon of gas and are very dependable.
You can purchase a brand new scooter for somewhere around and then $800 to 900 range and up. Try finding a brand new car for that kind of money. (You can’t.)
One thing that the moped is infamous for is a lack of speed, but if you aren’t satisfied with the 40 miles per hour you have then you could try a bigger engine size.
With the efficiency of a hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the price point of a nice couch along with dependability and a compact, stylish design, I find myself asking why should I not buy one of these wonderful two-wheeled machines.