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What is an electric scooter and how to ride it?

2024-02-14

Riding an electric scooter became a worldwide trend in recent years. The vehicle has many advantages. It allows you to get around quickly, doesn’t consume petrol not require parking space, saving both time and money.

In daily use, the only cost you may incur is the electricity bill. In addition, the scooters are eco-friendly and emission-free. Ride and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

What is an  Electric Scooter?

E-scooters or electric scooters are two-wheeled battery-powered vehicles. They are lightweight and easy to use, making them an ideal option for commuters looking for a fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Urban electric scooters typically travel at speeds of up to 25 km/h and achieve a range of up to 45 kilometres on a single charge. The common nominal motor power is between 250 and 500 watts. The lightest vehicles weigh around 10 kilograms. Usually, you can see scooters weighing less than 20 kilograms, with some reaching up to 40 kilograms or more. These parameters vary considerably from model to model.

 

Electric Scooter Parts

The construction of an electric scooter for adults is not complicated. Let's take a look at the key components:

  • Deck is the long platform you stand on when riding. The wheels are mounted on its ends.


  • Fork holds the handlebars and the front wheel.


  • Wheels allow the scooter to move forward and turn. Additionally, they are responsible for providing support and balance to the vehicle.


  • Handlebars allow you to steer the scooter.


  • Dashboard houses the start button, brake and acceleration throttle, as well as a display that usually allows you to see your speed, kilometres covered and battery level.


  • Electric motor, located in the front or rear wheel (or both), depending on the model. It converts electrical energy from the battery into mechanical energy.


  • Controller is the central control system that manages the motor, battery, brakes and other electrical components.


  • Battery is a source of electrical energy. The most common batteries in electric scooters are lithium-ion batteries. They come in a variety of capacities that determine how much energy they can store.
  • How Does an Electric Scooter Work?

      Let’s take a look at a basic overview of how electric scooters work. The vehicle is powered by a rechargeable battery, which is connected to a controller that regulates the flow of electricity from the battery to the electric motor. The motor converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy that powers the wheels.

      To turn on the scooter, look for an on/off switch that most vehicles have. Start moving by pushing off with your foot to get the initial momentum. To control the speed of the electric scooter, press the throttle on the handlebars.

      As it is connected to the controller, it adjusts the amount of electricity that flows to the motor and determines the speed of the vehicle.

      To slow down or stop the scooter, use the brakes. The brake lever is usually located on the handlebars. It controls mechanical, hybrid or hydraulic braking systems.

    Safety on an Electric Scooter: Accessories

    An electric scooter should serve you for years. So take care of it to ensure a stress-free ride:

  • Store your scooter in a dry place: moisture has a detrimental effect on the motor, battery and other electrical components. Therefore, make sure you have a safe place where your vehicle can stand at room temperature when you are not using it. This could be a garage or a hallway.


  • Clean your scooter regularly: use a soft cloth to remove dirt and dust from the surface of the scooter. Make sure it is damp, but not wet so that you don't end up flooding important components of the vehicle. You can also use a gentle cleaning spray.


  • Replace worn parts: regularly check brakes, tyres and bearings to make sure they are in good condition. Worn or damaged parts should be replaced as they have a negative impact on the safety and performance of the scooter.


  • Charge the battery as instructed: use the original charger or a spare charger with adequate power to avoid damaging the battery. Do not leave the vehicle plugged in when charging is complete.


  • Avoid driving in extreme conditions: don’t drive on wet or icy ground. This is an easy recipe for skidding and loss of control. Avoid travelling at temperatures that are either too low or too high, as these can adversely affect battery performance and lifespan.
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    Are Electric Scooters  Legal in the UK?

    As many users in the UK have doubts about whether electric scooters are legal or not, let us explain what the latest law on electric scooters is. Some certain rules and regulations need to be followed.

    In July 2020, the UK government launched a trial program allowing electric scooters on roads as part of a push to find new, environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

    However, it only allows electric scooters rented from authorised providers. Unfortunately, it is still illegal to use a privately owned electric scooter on public roads in the UK. Nevertheless, it is lawful to buy, own and sell a vehicle. It can be used on private property with the landowner's permission.

    Always prioritise safety by riding with the right clothing and helmet. You will find durable protective gear, reliable spare parts and accessories for your electric scooter in our shop. Check out what we have prepared for you online, or visit us in London.

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