What will you be using your electric scooter for? Are you looking for a conventional scooter or a smart balance wheel? Is it for yourself to commute, or have fun on? Is it for your kids to play with, and will it get daily use, or just be used occasionally? All of these are important factors in the decision making process.
What is the range of the scooter on a full charge? If you intend to use the scooter to get to and from work, or even the local shops, you need to ensure the scooter you choose has a suitable range. If it is for the kids to play on, then perhaps range is not such an important factor, however it is certainly something to consider.
How long does the battery take to fully charge? This might be important if the range available from the battery can get you to work, but not back again – will it charge fully whilst you are at work, so you can get home at night? Some batteries can take up to 24 hours to charge, whilst others can be charged in less than a quarter of that.
Maximum weight is another factor to consider, make sure you are below the maximum recommended weight for any scooter you think about buying. The scooter may work with a heavier weight than advertised, but this is likely to overload the motor and it will burn out sooner – not something you want to happen to your new scooter!
The price! Set a budget you can afford, and do not go over it, it’s all too easy to purchase the model up from the one you need, because it looks to have more features, or looks nicer – you can expect to pay anything from $100 – $500 depending on what you intend to use the scooter for, buy the best quality you can afford, but don’t go over your maximum price point.
1. They are environmentally friendly, and quiet too! Electric scooters, as the name suggests, are powered by an electric motor, so there are no emissions released into the atmosphere.
2. They’re portable, and lightweight – If you have a problem somehwere on your journey it is easy to push or carry the scooter home, instead of having to call in a recovery company or someone with a van. If your battery runs dead whilst out and about, you can ride it like a conventional scooter – human powered!
3. They are easy to maintain, and very durable. The simple design means there’s not much to go wrong, many models even have tyres which can’t be punctured, the handlebars and deck are strong and unlikely to break, so keeping them clean, and drying them after use is all most people will have to do.
4. They are small enough and easy enough to store, so riding them to work and popping them in a cupboard, or even folded up under your desk is a real option – no need for expensive parking spaces, or to worry about your bicycle or motorcycle being stolen, you can take your e scooter indoors with you without it getting in the way.
5. Most electric scooters do not require any form of driving licence, so they are a great option for those of you who do not have a license, or cannot obtain a license, either through choice or due to medical reasons.
Gogoro’s electric scooter, designed in part by ex-HTC staff, is to launch in Amsterdam after being solely available in Taiwan.
The scooter is expected to launch in Amsterdam in time for summer 2016, and will also have a full network of battery swap stations
installed ready for launch. Pricing for the scooter has not been released, but we do know that the scooter will not vary much from the
version we see today in Taiwan, as it has already been designed to European standards.
At present, Amsterdam is the only country which has been announced for rollout, but we expect that to change shortly, with the increasing
popularity of 2 wheeled vehicles across Europe, the target market can only grow.
The main hurdle we can see which is stopping a wide-scale rollout of these scooters, is, unlike conventional electric vehicles, these
scooters do not plug in to a mains socket to charge, you must visit one of the battery swap stations and swap out the 2 batteries when
they get low.
A spokesman for Gogoro has said their scooters have covered around 620 thousand miles in Taiwan since launch – an impressive figure by any
standards, and one which will only grow as these emerge in the European market, although we can’t see them reaching the US any time soon
due to lighting regulations over there – there will be some work required to meet the US regulations.