It is a device with no more than two ten-inch or smaller diameter wheels that has handlebars, is designed to be stood upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion at a speed no more than twenty miles per hour on a paved level surface.
You might feel that the low speed can stop you from traveling long distances, electric scooters are the best way to travel in crowded cities, and to reach your office on time, every day. You can also use it to travel around your neighborhood or visit your loved ones who live nearby when you do this you are contributing to the environment.
Electric scooters are not meant for very long drives, as the charge tends to get over after 30 to 40 miles. However, different scooters offer different miles as well as charge time depending on the type of scooter you have. The advantages of an electric scooter is its low maintenance and over all life cycle cost. Because it does not run on petrol, it helps you save huge sum of money.
This speed limit works to your advantage too; transport departments usually do not allow them to drive on highways or on roads, they think are fast getaways. Electric scooters are ideal transport solutions within by lanes and city roads. Their compact and lightweight designs help them to get away from traffic congestion.
The scooter works when the electricity that is produced in the battery is transmitted back to the motor by several bunches of wires, depending on the type and model of the scooter, the motor might either make the front wheel or both the wheels to rotate to push the scooter forward. Some higher end models of electric scooters for adult riders cost upwards of $600 with an electric motor battery charge time of 3.5 hours and a speed of up to 15 mph. However, the average electric scooter cost is around $300. They can even come with extra features, such as larger air-filled tires or a padded seat.
Before you buy any scooter, you should keep in mind the speed and age recommendation of various scooters. Some scooters have speeds that may not be suitable for younger riders. Choose a scooter that’s age appropriate; therefore, whoever is riding it can feel safe and in control. Riding a scooter in the first place makes the experience exciting and worthwhile for all beginning and experienced scooter riders.
You should also consider how versatile the scooter model is. Can it be folded up and carried? Is it lightweight? Is it easy to store? Although fun may be the first thing on the checklist, convenience may be up there too for some riders and households based on storage needs. Choose an electric scooter that doesn’t require maintenance and has an easy charging station that lasts for a long time. Finally, consider what fits your budget and what the scooter will be used for. It is important to know less expensive models don’t necessarily mean lower quality scooters. There are still lower cost scooters available that are durable, reliable, and maintenance free.
Advantages of electric scooters:-
i) Storage space: The electric scooter has an area under the seat that allows us to carry bags, packages or backpacks in any comfort.
ii) Fuel savings: One of the significant advantages of the electric scooter is substantial for the pocket of the final consumer: the considerable savings in gasoline.
iii) Freedom/Time: Get from Point A to Point B fast, no more waiting for the bus, waiting for the taxi. Simply unfold your scooter and you are ready to go.
iv) Environment friendly: Every time we use an electric scooter we are contributing our bit to that ecological spirit that should be present in our daily lives.
v) Easy to maintain: The electric motor does not need to spend time or money on maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filters, etc. The design is very simple, and you just need to maintain the handlebars, the deck and brakes.
vi) Lower acoustic impact: You have to keep in mind that noise pollution is one of the severe problems of the current urban society. It has been shown that street noise reduces between 30% and 40% the productivity of people working in the environment. However, the constant noise suffered by the motorcyclist affects his concentration on the road over time and to their levels of stress, anxiety, and aggression. Electric scooter, on the other hand, is less noisy.
vii) Stay Fit on the Go: Riding an e-scooter is a fun, convenient way to squeeze more exercise into your routine. You’ll not only burn more calories but also improve your balance and range of motion, get fitter, and feel energized.
viii) Cost:Unlike other action-sports products, an electric scooter is quite within the reach. You can buy one for under $100.
Disadvantages of electric scooters:-
i) Low speed: This disadvantage is not common to all electric scooters. However, it should be noted that in some models, the electric bike has smaller wheels than a traditional motorcycle, which can affect its cruising speed.
ii) The charging time: Charging the battery of an electric scooter takes more time than refueling for a scooter with a combustion engine. It is not a common disadvantage to all electric bikes, but in some cases and models, the battery of an electric scooter can be discharged more quickly at low temperatures.
iii) Recharging points: The extension of the network of charging points for electric motorcycles is a pending issue . However, with a large battery capacity you can travel up to 62 miles on a single charge.
iv) Laws: Countries like Singapore, has strict laws such as registering the electric scooter with the local transport authority, in order to get a license and permit to use the electric scooter in public.
You do not need to insure your scooter because that will be a waste of time baring in mind most people who use scooters are people with disability who sometime have hardship in life.