Electric scooter a lion in lambs clothes
I have read some comments on the scooter issue. Same story different decade. People see people do. The e scooters look like gas scooters so the gas scooters can do what they do. Thats not really what I want to address. truth is the scooters are here and they look like they are only going to become more prolific.
Here is my beef. The batteries. The general perception is that electric scooter are "green" They have wonderful potential. The brushless hub motor's are a revolution in efficiency. With only 3 moving parts the are going to change the way we think about propulsion...but the ebikes almost always are LOADED with lead acid batteries. Each 24 or 36 or 48 V lead acid battery is a toxic time bomb. They are wasteful, outdated technology that has nothing green about it.
The truth is Lithium batteries will go further, do more work and last longer than any other battery. A lithium battery to power a e scooter will cost about $800, and last trouble free for up to 1000 cycles.The Lead acid battery of the same size will weigh 7 times as much, and last for only 300cycles (at best, if the winter in the garage doesn't kill it first). They cost about $250. After 5 seasons you will have replaced the lead acid battery 4 to 5 times, at a cost of $1000 to $1200.
We need to be aware that as people begin to use these batteries, they will begin to pile up in someones backyard.
Any ebike can be converted to Lithium batteries. A standard 36V 9Ah pack can be had for under $300. Anyone who owns one of these bikes should have more than enough motivation to upgrade to Lithium the next time they replace their stock lead acid or NiMh battery.
Oh ya, and scooters, please stay off the sidewalks.
and cars, well , i dunno why you are always so asleep?