Electric scooters are a popular form of transport for people who need to get around in areas which are comparatively built-up and where most services are close together. They can make a short daily commute incredibly convenient, and they are far more environmentally friendly (and less of a space hog) than cars. What better way to make an electric scooter even more convenient than by using a built-in solar panel. Alibaba have these electric scooters for sale, you can check them out here.
Usually, scooters are powered by a large battery that is plugged in to charge it. Solar powered scooters can be charged by using the power of the sun, as well as by plugging them in. It’s actually a bit of a misnomer to call the scooters entirely solar powered – because the solar power only charges the battery – if the scooter’s battery was completely flat then it is unlikely that solar power would make it go – especially not with the weight of a human on it. However, over a long enough period of time, the solar cells would recharge the battery so that the scooter could run again.
Solar powered scooters aren’t cheap right now, but they do cost far less than a car, and less than most motorbikes too, so if you’re just looking for a little runaround for a flat, scooter friendly city, then they’re worth the money. You’ll save money in the long term on fuel, parking, and insurance costs.
Easy to Ride
One more thing that makes solar powered scooters so popular is how easy they are to ride. It takes a little training to learn how to ride a motorbike, but a scooter is much easier to master and you will be zipping around the city quite confidently after a little practice. They’re easy to ride even in fairly confined spaces, and since they don’t achieve particularly high top speeds they are quite safe as well – you’re not likely to hurt yourself even if you do manage to fall off somehow.
A lot of people have tried to popularize electric scooters, but it’s only been recently that they’ve become mainstream, accessible and beefy enough to be useful to commuters, as well as reliable enough for day to day use. There are charging points all over most major cities, and solar power helps to offset some of the difficulty of charging too, so you can get plenty of mileage out of your scooter.
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Tripping around the city on a moped is not only fun but it’s the perfect method of transportation. Scooters are easy to park in a place where parking is hard to find and expensive. They are fuel efficient and with the rising costs of gas and environmentalism, scooters are enjoying huge popularity. To be even more environmentally friendly there are electric and solar powered scooters.
There are some perks to riding in an electric scooter:
No more paying for gas some hybrid models with give you more than 70 miles per gallon.
It leaves you with tremendous freedom, unlike a car you can use shortcuts and get from point to point without have to pay for or take the time for public transportation.
They are really easy to park, in a city like Toronto where parking is expensive and hard to get, electric and solar scooters can be tucked away in bicycle parking on the sidewalk.
No fumes or pollutants.
Don’t overlook the fun factor, scooter are great fun to drive.
Electric scooters climb hills better than gas powered ones, there is no delay in accelerating.
Here is a video that shows you all the features of an electric scooter.
Electric scooters operate by adding a motor and a battery to a kick scooter. There are handbrakes just like a bicycle and near the batteries by your feet is an “accelerator” that determines the speed. Most people still view electric scooters as toys and because of this there are few regulations of electric scooters. Some jurisdictions don’t require a license but here in Ontario you do need one.
Speed and Distance
Electric scooters have speeds between 10mph all the way to 30mph, solar powered scooters will reach speeds of up to 15mph. Solar scooters only get about 15 miles per charge while the electric scooter with go about 120 miles before needing a charge and both will take roughly 8 hours for a full recharge. Of course there are all the same factors and driving a car like wind and hills. So if you have a lengthy commute then electric scooter is probably your best bet.
Depending on how luxurious you want to go a scooter can cost anywhere from $250 all the way to $2000. Solar powered scooters are a relatively new product so there is not much variation in pricing and they will be very close to $2000. Buying an electric scooter shouldn’t be based on price or brand. Look into repairs and the availability of parts, shipping Vespa parts from Italy to Toronto can get expensive if something goes wrong. Since both electric and solar scooters are new to the market bear that in mind.
Mopeds have been around since the 40’s and are manufactured all over the world. While they have been popular in Europe and Asia for years they are only gaining popularity in North America. There are dozens of companies out there today that manufacture and sell mopeds, it’s hard as a buyer to figure out which one is the best. Some manufacturers are on the cutting edge of design while other just assemble parts and slap their logos on the side.
Here are some of the best moped brands on the market:
Vespa and other Italian brands are some of the oldest scooter manufacturers in the world. Vespa has an excellent reputation and they still have their headquarters and manufacturing plants in Italy. They design and build beautiful and reliable scooters, in fact the term “Vespa” has come to mean scooter even when referring to other brands. They also tend to be on the higher end of price, but if price isn’t an option then Vespa should be your first choice.
Derbi, Gilera, Piaggo and Aprilia
These are some other Italian brands that all used to have independent operations but due to financial troubles they all operate under the parent company Piaggo. Piaggo sells mopeds under their own name but they use the same engine as Vespa. Piaggo is designed to be more affordable, all the bells and whistles have been stripped away. So while you can still get the quality of a Vespa you won’t get the pretty chrome finishings.
Honda and Yamaha have been making mopeds since the 50’s however in the 80’s they started getting innovative and they are still leaders in engine technology. They are middle of the road when it comes to price. Honda and Yamaha are less expensive than a Vespa or a Piaggo but they are still higher priced than the Taiwanese or Chinese models. The do maintain a high standard of quality, are extremely fuel efficient and are very well made.
Chinese brands are the lowest priced and they don’t lead the charge in innovation, in fact they are pretty bare bones. In most cases the parts are manufactured in a bunch of different factories, they are then assembled in yet another factory. The technology is older and fuel efficiency isn’t a priority at all, manufacturing them as cheaply as possible is their only priority. While Chinese mopeds are affordable, the quality is not so great.
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