Electric scooters are gaining more and more coverage in the news and I’m sure you’ve been wondering how they might start to feature in everyday life. Trials are currently taking place in many cities across the UK to determine the impact they may have on urban travel. A review of the trials is taking place next Spring on whether or not to expand the scooter laws to cover private use on public land, depending on legislation set out by the government.
In the meantime, here are 3 things you may not know about an e-scooter.
1. Early adopters
Motorised scooters have come a very long way. The first moto scooter, the Autoped, was created in 1913 and patented in 1916 by inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson. One of the first adopters of the scooter was aviator Amelia Earhart.
It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that electric stand-up scooters came on to the scene, aimed mostly at teens and with a limited range and long charge time. By 2013, battery technology had developed enough to be able to get speeds of up to 25km/h and a range of up to 30km. Thanks to further technological advancement in lithium batteries, modern scooters, such as our very own REEL scooters, offer a range of over 40km on a single charge.
2. Lightweight and portable
Lithium batteries are also much lighter than their Nickel based counterparts, meaning the transportability of e-scooters has become quicker and easier. Models like the REEL Performance electric scooter are fairly lightweight and portable, making for the perfect companion on a commute into or out of the city. They can even replace elements of the commute altogether, with the average Londoner making a daily round trip of 13.12 miles, this is more than covered by a REEL scooter's 25km+ range. This mobile and nimble scooter can be folded and carried in under 20 seconds, meaning a switch from riding to boarding the bus, tube or train is seamless - no matter how late you are running! (once riding on the roads is legal of course).
3. Energy Recovery Systems
Modern day scooters now incorporate cutting edge technology, such as Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) which take energy lost through braking and convert it back into electricity to store in the battery. This not only helps efficiency but also extends the scooters range capabilities - helping you ride further.
Have you tried one of the scooters from the trial in the U.K.? We’d love to hear how your first electric scooter experience has been - get in contact here.