Described by its etech.ie as being “the latest style of cool and power,” the scooter-inspired car,electric scooter, has been given a boost after “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey gave one away during the show.
The two person car looks like a futuristic version of a bumper car rather than a vehicle that should be taken seriously. The three-wheeler can go from 60 to 70 miles on one gallon of gas, but with a 1.5-gallon tank that’s not very far,especially when the vehicle’s top speed is only 45 mph. Besides, no matter how high gas prices are, that’s no reason to spend €6,200 ona mini-car.
View a picture of the electric scooter here.
When looking at a description of the electric scooter on sales sites, it seems safe despite its silly exterior. It has an automatic transmission with independent all-wheel suspension and shock absorbers. It has seat belts and a steel tube frame covered by a fiberglass body.
But the reality is, the electric scooter is not a car. It is a glorified scooter whose greatest wishis to be a Real Car. John, the editor of Car Domain blog, makes an excellent point when he says,
“I especially like that they put a giant stupid roll bar on it, so you either wear a helmet or risk getting your brains bashed in during a fender-bender.”
“I love it!! I cannot wait until
the stupid people who would risk there lives in this piece of crap
meet the average stupid drivers on the road with a regular 3000+LBS
car, can you say natures why of killing of the weaker of the
Interestingly, the official website for the electric scooter has been suspended, but the vehicles are sold on a variety of other websites.
In this era, having a fancy new car is seen as more important than saving the environment. Many people do not realize how much pollution is added to our breathing air everyday due to on-road vehicles. Since gas prices are at a record high, driving a scooter instead of your gas-guzzler may be a wise decision. You can now get a top of the range electric scooter like the Xiaomi M365 for €499 from https://www.it-directory.ie/collections/electric-scooters-ireland and save a fortune on petrol/diesel.
If you drive 20 miles to work everyday, then at €4.00 per gallon, you will end up spending around€8.00 per day to drive to work. €8 may not seem like much, but considering that there are 5 work days per week, that is €40 per week that you are spending in gas. There are 52 weeks each year,meaning that you will have spend up to €2,080 per year in gas by driving to work. This is assuming that you drive a vehicle that gets an average of 20 miles per gallon. The amount of excess driving thatyou do has not been taken into account for the calculation either. So you spend €2,080 in gas each year by driving to work. At 40 miles per day, every 80 days or so, you would need to get an oil change,costing between €25 and €50 each time, totaling between €100and €200 each year.
In order to save money on gas,insurance, service charges, and much more, you may consider driving an Electric Scooter instead of your car. A scooter from the big 4manufacturers, (Xiaomi M365, Ninebot ES2, Kymco, Vespa) can reduce your fuel consumption, costs and much more. A scooter from XiaomiM365, Ninebot ES2 or Kymco can be paid for in the gas money that you will have otherwise spent on your car, within the first year.
A new scooter from Xiaomi M365 or Ninebot ES2 will cost around €2,300. The scooter will pay for itself in the gas money that you will save. A scooter will typically get around 75 to 110 miles per gallon. Meaning that you can go 4 or 5times the distance for the same price as in your car. Parts and service for a scooter is also much cheaper than that of a car. Many parts can actually be installed at home, without any special tools. Maintenance on a scooter is actually minor compared to that of a car.
A scooter is a smaller vehicle and must be ridden defensively. Many motorists assume that scooters are like bicycles with engines and are just as slow. On the contrary, a scooter is a street legal vehicle, capable of speeds fast enough to cause serious injury or death. Always be prepared to be “cutoff” while driving the scooter. Most scooters are capable of 35to 40 miles per hour and are able to keep up with traffic on most city streets. Most states encourage scooterists to ride on the right side of the road to be safe. Aside from the dangers of riding, as long as one is courteous of other drivers, a scooter can help you save money on gas, parts, service, and provide a fun way to commute to work every day.
You’ve been riding your new electric scooter around town for a few weeks now. You love the ride and the flexibility it offers. But now that you’ve settled in, it seems like something is missing. What you need now are some electric scooter accessories and modifications! One of the great joys of owning a electric scooter is that you can add electric scooter accessories or perform modifications to your electric scooter. It individualizes your electric scooter and makes it your own. No need to look like everybody else on the road! What are the first modifications to consider for your electric scooter? A great deal may depend on what you use the electric scooter for and where you take it. Many electrics accessories and modifications! One of the great joys of owning a electric scooter is that you can add electric scooter accessories or perform modifications to your electric scooter. It individualizes your electric scooter and makes it your own. No need to look like everybody else on the road! What are the first modifications to consider for your electric scooter? A great deal may depend on what you use the electric scooter for and where you take it. Many electrics riders consider the following to be a good list to start outwith.
A electric scooter top case
Whether you are headed to work or the local Home Depot, there’s never enough storage on your electric scooter. A top case can solve many storage issues and still look stylish. Top cases mount on the rear rack of your electric scooter and come in many shapes and sizes. They can be constructed of plastic, leather, or canvas. There are quite a few after market brands, models, and colors. Ask your electric scooter forum which works best for your model.
A electric scooter windscreen
If you commute to work on your electric scooter, you’ll find that a windscreen can save you money and a great deal of grief. First, a windscreen will streamline your electric scooter so you’ll get even better gas mileage! If you’ve spent time on the road you’ve probably tasted a bug or two. Worse yet, rocks,rain, or various road debris may have hit you. Windscreens can deflect most of these and save your body and clothing. They come in various shapes and sizes. Large windscreens can be cut down to your custom specifications. You can checkout the many types available online or at your local electric scooter shop.
Chrome cowl protectors
One sure way to add style to your electric scooter is to add some chrome. One of the first after market products available for electric scooters are chrome cowl protectors.Not only will they add some protection to your electric scooters paint job in crash, they’ll make your electric scooter look incredibly stylish. These can be bought online or at your local electric scooter shop. You may need help with the installation as most of these parts are made in Italy. The instructions conveniently only come in Italian.
Unfortunately we don’t always get to ride our electric scooter when we want to. Work and other obligations get in the way. If your electric scooter is going to be sitting around un-ridden for a month or all winter, keep the battery charged.It will extend the battery life and keep your electric scooter ready to roll. With a Battery Tender Jr. you can permanently hook up thewires to your electric scooter battery and then just connect the battery leads to the trickle charger whenever it’s needed. Even the mostly mechanically challenged can install the battery leads in 20minutes or less.
Install a cigarette lighter jack
Everyone has their favorite electric scooter electronics. Sooner or later you’ll want to power up your iPod, the navigation system, or the heated gloves in winter. Install a lighter jack in your electric scooter and you can power them directly from the electric scooter battery. Consult your localelectric scooter shop or online electric scooter forum on how to wirethe electric scooter yourself or get them to perform it for you.
Don’t wait any longer. Make your electric scooter exude personality and make a statement. Add some accessories! Most can be installed in an hour or two. If you need some help, check in with your electric scooter brand’s online forum.There are quite a few electric scooter communities online. Then get out and ride.
Let’s face it- gas isn’t getting cheaper. It jumps in price, comes down a little, and then climbs again. The fact that nature isn’t making any more of it doesn’t help either. So what is a commuter to do? Read here about our riding tips for electric scooters.
Most people travel under 50 miles a day; to work or school then back home again. Instead of a car that may or may not give more than25 mpg., many are turning to motorcycles for everyday transportation.
But motorcycles are expensive, and so is the insurance. The alternative is a scooter. Still able to get on the highway, far less expensive with gas mileage that can be as much as 100 mpg., they are an attractive and affordable transportation alternative for the single person.
In Texas, engine sizes of 50 cc and smaller do not require the operator to have a motorcycle tag on their license. Anything above 50cc does require the license. There are motorcycle license courses throughout the state; most are two days long and have a reasonable cost. Be sure to check with your state’s requirements.
Scooters are available at most motorcycle shops and online. At the motorcycle shop, though, they are already put together and are more likely to carry parts and have a mechanic for the items they sell.
Insurance varies from company to company and from state to state,
so check with your insurance company for rates.
Here are the top five scooters for San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding area.
The Gyro Electric Scooter
This scooter is popular in San Antonio, Texas, getting approximately 80 mpg., with a maximum speed of 30 mph, it breezes through side streets and avoids the delays and traffic jams often found on the busy highways.
With an MSRP of €2499 it’s affordable for most budgets. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but with a 50 cc engine, a motorcycle license isn’t required- just a valid Texas driver’s license.
Storage space is right under the rider’s seat and special boxes are available to carry extra items. This scooter can carry 2 people with ease. As with all scooters, a helmet is definitely a good idea.
Most scooters have gas tanks that hold less than 5 gallons of gas,
but with 70-100 mpg., why would you need more?
The Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter
Also popular is the Eton 50 cc scooter, capable of reaching 38 mphand gas mileage just below 100 mpg. The Beamer III has been selling like hotcakes and shows no sign of slowing down.
There is storage space beneath the driver’s seat that is capable of storing a full face helmet or a gallon of milk. The rack on the back of the scooter allows for a trunk and side bags to be attached so more can be carried.
It sells for an average of €1695. Financing is available from some dealers, but since the cost is far below that of a car, it maybe easier and quicker to just buy it and pay full price. (Perhaps a dealer will cut a little discount for cash? It’s worth asking.)
The Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter
This scooter has a top speed of 40mph, giving it an edge on most roads. Although it cannot travel on the highway, the rider can often have a faster commute by mapping out their route on side roads. This avoids construction, traffic jams, etc.
The gas tank holds 1.6 gallons of gas, and gets an average of 70miles to the gallon. A windscreen is available for this model making travel over 30 mph more comfortable. There is a trunk on the back capable of storing a helmet, books, groceries, etc.
It can hold two people, although having a passenger does lower the gas mileage. This scooter sells for an average €800.
The Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter
The touring class of both motorcycle and scooter tends to be a little wider and longer than it’s counterparts for the comfort of and passenger. This in no way diminishes the pleasure or handling of the machine. I prefer the wider seat for comfort.
At a price tag of approx. €1100, this is truly affordable. With a top speed of 60 mph. this scooter can get on the highway and keep up with traffic. Other scooters can go faster than this model but wider tends to be more comfortable over the long ride. The gas tank carries 1.5 gallons of gas, with a gas mileage average of 70 mpg. Of course, gas mileage depends on the weight of the rider/passenger,cargo being carried, traffic conditions, speed of the vehicle, etc.
The 250cc Water-cooling Deluxe Street Legal Moped Scooter
This size of scooter is the best suited for travel on the high way with top speeds of 70 mph. The gas mileage is about 60 mph., still far better than a car. The gas tank will hold about 3.5 gallons of gas, but the mileage more than makes up for it.
Windscreens are standard on a scooter this size because of the wind blowing into the rider’s face. A full face helmet with a screen will help to alleviate the wind effect.
This scooter features the ABS (anti-lock braking system) brakes,meaning that if the rider has to lock the brakes, instead of the tires sliding on the pavement, the brakes pulse rapidly, allowing the wheel to turn so the rider retains control over the scooter.
The passenger has more room on the back of this scooter. The trunk can be used as a back rest (if mounted on). Unfortunately, there is no rack on this model to mount extra luggage boxes, but a set of saddle bags (available at motorcycle shops or at a saddle shop) can be attached for more carrying space.
This scooter averages €2500 to €3000 in cost, still far below the price of a larger motorcycle or car.
Whichever model the rider chooses, scooters are far better choices for individuals to travel from point A to B during their daily commute. If riding across town isn’t desirable, scooters can be ridden to a “Park and Ride” area for the local bus stop and public transportation can be used.
Scooter clubs have also sprung up across the country, with scooter owners getting together and enjoying riding as a group. Some times touring, sometimes meeting at a diner and having lunch. It’s always fun to hang out with someone who has similar interests.
You just got a new scooter and you can’t wait to get scooting along to fun and excitement! There are a few things you might want to think about, though, before you settle yourself on that seat! Scooters can be dangerous and there are even more considerations.
Yes, scooters can be even more dangerous than motorcycles. They’re even harder to see and are often involved in accidents and even fatalities. Make sure you always use your signals to let other drivers know when you’re turning. In addition, drive way over to the side of the road when you’re on highways so that drivers can easily pass you unless you’re doing the speed limit.
In most states, you don’t have to have a driver’s license to ride a scooter or moped and you don’t need a tag or insurance. But, for some larger scooters this isn’t true. Check with your local licesing bureau to find out whether your scooter needs a tag or other qualifications before taking it on the road. In almost every state you do need a helmet to ride a scooter. Some states require that the helmet be approved by the Department of Transportation. Know the legalities before purchasing a helmet or you could end up with a hefty fine.
Don’t think that you can’t get in trouble while riding a moped. It’s illegal to drink and drive while operating one and you can get charged just as if you were drinking while driving a car. Sometimes, when flying down a hill, your moped can accidentally climb above the speed limit. That’s a speeding ticket just as if you were speeding in any other vehicle. Obey all the traffic signs, lights and warnings as if you were operating a car. Never take a scooter on the interstate; that’s against the law in every state.
There are other things you might want to know before riding a scooter. For example, it can be much colder on a scooter than what it feels like while you’re riding in a car or standing outside. The wind whipping all around you can make you feel like it’s much colder than it is. Always take a jacket with you in case you get cold. It will easily fold up and fit into the “trunk” under the seat.
Many mopeds and scooters provide a compartment up front that allows you to store small tools, gloves and other things. Don’t trust this compartment unless everything you’re carrying is way in the bottom. As you ride along and hit bumps and dips in the road it’s easy to lose things from this compartment. They simply fly out, unbeknownst to you, and they’re lost forever.
You can have all kinds of fun cruising around on a scooter or moped, but to enjoy it to its fullest, obey all traffic rules, keep an eye on other motorists, and prepare for small breakdowns, weather and other considerations. Happy motoring!