The discussion about electric cars has been going on for several years now. And electric drives for passenger cars have not really been able to gain a foothold yet. The main points of criticism were and are the lack of range, the duration of charging times and the comparatively high price.

Normal car drivers have therefore not yet been able to make friends with the electric car. But the electric drive has its advantages. After all, the electric motor can convince with a very good efficiency and a dynamic torque from below and this with a silent propulsion that does not release any exhaust emissions locally.

The E-scooter suitable for the city

Kfztech.de appears for the reasons mentioned the electric drive for a scooter to be perfectly suitable. Because the electric scooter is predestined for short distances, in the city it gets everywhere in the shortest time and always finds a parking space. It is the right propulsion means for commuters and all people who don’t have to go back too far.

Low operating costs

Further advantages: When starting at a traffic light, it moves faster than its counterpart with a combustion engine. As a rule, electricity costs are much lower than gasoline costs. Overall operating costs are unbeatably low because there are fewer wearing parts that need to be serviced or replaced.

It is calculated that with an electricity price of around 30 cents per kilowatt hour, operating costs of less than one euro per 100 km must be taken into account. With a favorable scooter (e.g. 45 km/h, under 2000 ?) the extra price with the acquisition in the comparison with a scooter with combustion engine can be already extinguished after short use time.

Short loading times

The battery can be charged quickly and easily via a 230 V socket. Since the capacities of the traction battery are comparatively low compared to electric cars, charging times of only three to six hours can be assumed. Depending on the scooter type, you can travel 50 to 150 km with a full charge. If the charging time is too long for you, you can buy a second battery, which simply needs to be replaced.

Since the E-scooter does not require any special charging columns, it should not be too difficult to find a suitable charging station. However, if you don’t have a garage and don’t have any charging facilities in your house, you should choose a model in which the battery is easy to remove so that you can charge it in your home.

Modern lithium-ion battery packs weigh just 10 kg and can be conveniently taken to the office and charged. If you want to use public charging stations, however, you should note that the quick charging stations are not suitable for many electric scooters.

E-Roller Maintenance

Electric scooters are very simple in principle. As a rule, electric motors are brushless, which means that in principle they are hardly subject to wear and therefore have a long service life. The brake linings and the tyres are therefore to be regarded as the largest wear items.

What about the battery? The traction battery, like every mobile phone battery, loses capacity over time. In principle, 1,000 charging cycles can be assumed.

If you assume a low value of 50 km for the range, you can achieve a life span of 50,000 km for an electric scooter battery until the battery has to be replaced. Hardly any scooter with a combustion engine can achieve this service life. If you then buy a new battery, there are another 50,000 km in it.

Who sells e-rollers?

The market for e-rollers is growing more and more. But the big scooter manufacturers seem not to have noticed this yet. For example, market leader Piaggio currently has only one electric scooter on offer:

Elettrica. Suppliers for electric scooters are essentially: Emco, Niu, Unu, Kumpan and Nova Motors. Since these companies are not yet so well known in our country, you should ask about the user’s experience and the service offered, as recommended by elektroroller.com.

Which scooters are allowed?

The same driving licence classes apply for electric scooters as for combustion engines. That means for the class up to 25 km/h the moped test certificate is sufficient and up to 45 km/h the driving licence of the class M or B (or class 3) is prescribed.

For faster scooters you need the driving licence class A or A1. Interesting: Up to 45 km/h you drive without permission! So you don’t have to go to the main inspection every 2 years and you don’t have to pay car taxes.

An insurance license plate is only due once a year. Disadvantage: With scooters up to 45 km/h one may not on highways or motorways.

Alternatives to the E-Scooter

The market for electrically powered vehicles is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to the booming market for e-bikes and pedelecs, there are now also e-trikes and e-tuktuks. E-motorcycles are also on the rise. And e-scooters and hoverboards are not only interesting for children. Electric scooters in the form of E-Trikes are also an interesting option for the mobility of seniors.

Overall, it can be said that electrically powered two or three-wheelers in the form of e-scooters, e-bikes or e-trikes are a welcome alternative to scooters powered by combustion engines, but also to cars, especially in our overcrowded cities.

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Alma T. McClendon