Things to bear in mind if you are thinking of buying a scooter
Although electric scooters are a fairly new product, lots of companies (mainly Chinese) which make quality scooters that are fully adapted to our needs have quickly appeared. They are no longer seen as just a toy, but as a sustainable and efficient way of getting around cities.
When choosing a model, you should bear in mind six things:
1. Battery time. Electric scooters can do between 15 and 30 kilometres, this changing considerably depending on speed and terrain. We recommend going for one which is able to do at least 20 kilometres.
2. Power. A more powerful electric motor means more speed, but also uses more battery power. Given the speed limits in place, there is no point in going overboard and getting a model that can go extremely fast. 25km/h is more than enough. Some scooter apps let us choose from different power modes.
3. Tyres. Different sized tyres perform differently - small tyres are less equipped to absorb shocks from uneven terrain, whilst larger ones provide better suspension, but use more battery power. It is important they are puncture resistant.
4. Safety. Your scooter should have good LED lights so you are visible from behind and in front. Another important safety feature is the brake, either a handlebar or foot brake, which must have a light which comes on when used.
5. Weight. The lighter your scooter is, the less the motor will need to work, although this will also depend on our own weight and anything you are carrying with you. The closer it is to 10 kilos, the better. Your scooter should never be more than 15 kilos.
6. Folding models. If you want to take it with you on other modes of transport, such as cars or trains, or inside your home or other buildings, it is important it is lightweight and can be folded up.
Tips for keeping your scooter in good shape
The battery is at the core of this kind of vehicle and is just as important as the motor. That is why you should bear in mind a few things to ensure it lasts for as long as possible.
- You should fully charge your scooter. Check its user manual to find out its recharge time.
- Once it is fully charged, unplug it in order to avoid phantom energy.
- Always use the original charger or one which meets the needs of your scooter's battery.
- Do not completely run the battery down as this will reduce its life.
- If you are not going to use your scooter a lot, you should still fully charge it on a regular basis.
- Batteries can usually be replaced and you might find yourself having to do just that. However, it also might be a good idea to have two, leaving one to charge whilst you use the other.
Electric scooters - the perfect complement
Electric scooters are a hot topic at the moment and have become very popular. Lots of people are coming round to the idea that it could be a good way of getting around on a daily basis, either alone or in conjunction with their car or another mode of transport.
In reality, not everyone can travel using only an electric scooter, but thanks to their weight and size (many fold up), they may well be an ideal mode of transport to combine with trains or cars.
What factors come into play when choosing to travel by scooter? The distance travelled, things we need to take with us and the weather are all important factors. Also, living in a small city with little traffic encourages us to carry on using our car, but in big, congested cities, scooters are gaining ground.
It's true that the electric bike has created many new possibilities in new urban mobility, but the scooter has one big advantage over the bike: because it is smaller, it can be used in conjunction with other means of transport.