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Electric Scooters

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What is an electric scooter?

An electric scooter is an innovative mode of transport that combines the ease of a traditional kick scooter with the convenience of a motorised device. It's is typically a two-wheeled vehicle, designed for one rider, and it is fitted with a rechargeable battery and a motor.

It was back in 1996 that Peugeot introduced the first mass-produced model, the Scoot'Elec, paving the way for urban mobility. Today, electric scooters are popular with kids and adults alike for their ease of use, environmental friendliness, and ability to navigate through dense city traffic efficiently. They’re not just about convenience and speed, but also about making responsible and sustainable choices for the environment.

How does an electric scooter work?

An electric scooter works by using electricity to power a motor, which propels the scooter forward. The scooter has a rechargeable battery that stores electrical energy and it also has an electric motor that is connected to the scooter's wheels. To start the scooter, locate the throttle, usually on the handlebars, and give it a twist or pull (depending on the model you have). This signals the scooter to draw power from the battery, activating the motor, and propelling the wheels. Then, off you go (it’s that simple)!

Electric scooters have brakes, usually operated by hand levers, to slow down or stop the scooter. And recharging is also hassle-free, requiring a simple plug into a standard power outlet. Just remember, to keep the scooter running, you need to charge the battery regularly.

What are the different kinds of electric scooters available?

There are a huge range of electric scooters available on the market today, with new innovations added to the diverse selection regularly. Popular styles include:

  • Commuter scooters, ideal for daily travel.
  • Pro scooters, favoured by enthusiasts for tricks.
  • Kick scooters - a classic design with an electric boost.
  • E-Scooters with seats provide comfort for longer rides.
  • Waterproof electric scooters suit diverse weather conditions.
  • Big wheel scooters offer stability.
  • High performance e-scooters deliver speed.
  • Lightweight options are easily portable.
  • Long distance e-scooters prioritise extended battery life.
  • Performance scooters combine speed and agility.

Choose the type that aligns with your lifestyle and needs.

How do I choose an electric scooter?

Choosing an electric scooter depends on your individual needs. Consider things like:

  • Commute Distance: If you're commuting short distances, a scooter with a moderate range would be fine. However, if you're planning on long commutes or don't have easy access to charging points, look for a longer battery life and range.
  • Terrain: For flat city streets, most scooters are fine. But if your route involves steep hills or rough surfaces, you'll want a scooter with a more powerful motor and larger tyres.
  • Personal Comfort: Comfort varies from person to person. Some prefer standing scooters, while others might want a seat for longer rides. Check for features like adjustable handlebars, cushioned grips, and suspension systems that can make your ride more comfortable.
  • Scooter Weight: The weight of the scooter is important, especially if you'll need to carry it up stairs or onto public transportation. Lightweight models are easier to transport but may compromise on speed or range.
  • Battery Life: Battery life determines how far you can go on a single charge. Look for a scooter with a battery life that comfortably covers your commute distance with some to spare. Remember, factors like rider weight, terrain, and speed can affect battery life.
  • Speed: Speed might be important if you're using the scooter for commuting. But remember, faster isn't always better. Higher speeds can drain the battery quicker and might not be as safe.
  • Safety: Look for scooters with reliable brakes, good quality tyres for grip, headlights and taillights for visibility, and a good build quality. Some scooters also come with electronic safety features like speed limiters and anti-theft alarms.

Are electric scooters legal?

The laws of electric scooter use vary across all Australian states, so riders need to be aware of local regulations before they buy. While some states allow e-scooter use with restrictions, others restrict usage to private property. Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania have more lenient regulations; New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory only permit rental scooters, while the ACT allows usage with additional requirements. Learning local regulations ensures a legal and safe experience. You can find out more on your state council website.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for general reference only, accurate as of May 29th, 2024. Local regulations regarding electric scooter use and purchasing may vary. We strongly encourage you to conduct independent research and consult with your local transport authority before purchasing or operating an electric scooter in your state.

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