Why The Adult Electric Scooter Is a Legit Form Of Transport

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

The word is starting to get around that electric scooters are now a legit form of transport. Here in Ireland just yesterday one of the main Irish newspapers the Irish Times had a half page article on the benefits of using an electric scooter. This is great press for the electric scooter industry and it also covered the topic of electric bikes also known as ebikes as they have being getting a lot of press recently also. This is because they are now popping up in major cities around the world as a form of bike rental rather than using traditional bikes.

Cost Saving:

This is the biggest factor when deciding whether an electric scooter is for you. Most adult electric scooters have a range of between 20 – 30kms so if you live near enough to your work place then an adult electric scooter could be a legit way to save a fortune. Think about how much you spend on fuel for your car as well as insurance and NCT? Or how much you pay to use your leap card each week. If you can replace these forms of transport with an adult electric scooter then surely it is a wise investment.

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Eco Friendly:

For those of you who are keen to help save the environment then this is a great direct way to cut down on your own emissions. Instead of driving to work or the shops you can now use your electric scooter which of your emit no emissions. This too can be said if you are a user of the bus or train or even use taxis to get around. If a large percentage of people were to use an electric scooter instead of using other forms of transportation then think of the impact on your local city?

Traffic:

If a percentage of people move to electric scooters instead of using the forms of transport mentioned above then think of the impact on our roads? We could take a huge amount of people off of our roads even in the next year but encouraging people to move to electric scooters. This is a legit option for our government and something that we hope will be looked at as a serious short term solution.

So these are 3 great reasons for you to at least consider using the electric scooter as a form of transport. As mentioned above the article in the Irish Times mentioned www.escooterstore.ie as a leading retailer of these scooters and somewhere you can get more information.

 

Best electric scooters for Students on a budget

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

Electric scooters are a great way for students to get around. Whether commuting from off campus or zipping from dorm to class within the college grounds, electric scooters are a quick and fashionable way for students to get from point A to point B. They’re also inexpensive and environmentally much friendlier than a car. Though some degree of responsibility is required – drinking and driving for example on any vehicle that goes 40+ miles per hour is a pretty obviously bad idea, and electric scooters don’t come with airbags – as long as a reasonable degree of common sense and caution is used electric scooters are also easy to drive and pretty safe.

Honda Metropolitan: This particular little electric scooters is close to my heart. It was my high school graduation gift and served me well all through college. It gets great gas mileage, going upwards of 100 miles on just one tank of gas. With a maximum speed of 40 mph it’s also a great beginner electric scooters, since it doesn’t go too fast for students to handle. The speed means it’s not highway friendly, but it works just fine for residential and campus areas. To top it off it costs under $2,000, which makes it appealing for parents and students alike. It’s easy to load up into a minivan to transport to where it needs to go as well, weighting only around 150 pounds.

Vespa: This is the classic electric scooters. In fact, the Honda Metropolitan looks like it was probably modeled after a Vespa. Depending on the model, there are a range of speeds, though generally it goes a little faster than the Honda (from 39-80 mph). It also gets great mileage, making it environmentally friendly, and there are a range of prices to meet any budget. Vespa electric scooters are definitely crowd pleasers, and for electric scooters lovers probably the first brand that comes to mind.

Xiaomi M365 is a sportier option. There are a variety of electric scooters in this brand as well, with a variety of prices and power. The Xiaomi M365 is particularly environmentally, getting a 26km range. I haven’t seen as many of these out on the road, but Yamaha is a respected brand and has some name brand cache that a lesser known company might miss out on.

Gotrax: A lesser known brand, they nevertheless have a popular electric scooters option of their own. The Scarabeo comes in a three different colors and a couple different power options, so the option is there for either a gentler campus ride or a more powerful road-ready vehicle. While it’s a little more expensive than the Honda electric scooters (exact price depends on which model is selected), it’s a sleek option for someone wanting a road less traveled.

Ninebot: This popular electric scooters brand has a few different options as well, so as with many of these other companies some personal tailoring is possible. The ES2 is a good student option, being powerful enough to get around but not too much to handle as a first buy. The price is just over €599 from www.etech.ie making it a mid-price electric scooters and a good deal for young adults. For those who like to make a statement, one of the colors offered is a bubblegum pink, which will definitely stand out on any campus.

Whether a Honda, Vespa or any of the multitude of other electric scooters options, these two wheeled vehicles are great for students and adults alike. With space for groceries or a backpack in the seats, and with two seater models offered for carpooling options, electric scooters are more practical, cheaper and greener than cars. They’re a fun and fashionable alternative for any student who’s ready for them.

How to Choose the hoverboard for You

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

Hoverboards are becoming a popular mode of transportation for people who can’t walk, or who can’t walk very far, on their own as well as being a great toy for the kids. We have teamed up with www.it-directory.ie to get their views on buying the right hoverboard for you. There are many different brands of scooters, such as Hoveround, Bladez, Pacesaver, Invacare, Pride and Guardian. There are also several types of scooters. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to figure out which one you need! Learn how to choose the hoverboard for you:

Basically, a hoverboard is a motorized device that has a body/frame, a seat, two rear wheels, one or two front wheels and handlebars. Most scooters are powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery.

To choose the best scooter for you, you’ll first need to determine where you’ll ride it the most. If you can get around your house without the use of a scooter, but you need one for shopping trips and doing errands away from home, then a small “travel scooter” will suit you best. Travel scooters can be “broken down” or taken partially apart so they easily fit inside a trunk. They are made with lightweight materials too, for easy handling.

Even though a travel scooter is small, it can usually go approximately ten to twenty miles on a single charge.

Despite its many pros, one con of a travel hoverboard is that, since it’s made to be light in weight, it doesn’t have a heavy duty suspension or a lot of padding in the seat. This means its ride won’t be as smooth or comfortable as a regular-sized scooter.

The single front wheel gives this type of scooter a tighter turning ability. This feature makes it easier to steer around tight places inside a building. This type of scooter is also suitable for traveling on smooth outdoor surfaces such as concrete, pavement and the like.

For the most stable ride outside on rough, uneven terrain, choose a four-wheeled model. The fourth wheel, of course, adds stability so you won’t have to worry about tipping your scooter over when you’re riding over surfaces that aren’t smooth.

And if you’re an adventuresome soul who wants to get outside and travel on all types of terrain, then an “All Terrain hoverboard” would suit you the best.

Travel scooters are in the small category, while the other varieties of scooters come in medium and large sizes. Medium-sized scooters offer their passengers more comfortable seating and can travel more miles between battery charges. They often sport larger wheels and have a higher speed range, usually up to somewhere around six miles an hour.

Large-sized hoverboards naturally go the fastest, with the average top speed being around eight miles an hour. If this type of transportation device has the necessary lighting and other safety features installed on it, they can be street legal. This could be the right choice if you’re planning on traveling around town.

But, there is even more information to consider when you choose the hoverboard for you. The specific type of disability you have and your physical condition also will play a part in the choosing of a scooter.

Unfortunately, a scooter isn’t the right transportation for everyone. People who can’t sit erect for long periods of time, or who don’t have the dexterity or the strength to operate the controls can’t use hoverboards.

When you call a manufacturer to find out information about a hoverboard, the customer service representative will ask you questions about your disability. He or she isn’t prying. Instead, they need to determine if you can use a scooter. If so, they need to determine which type of their scooters will suit you the best.

Before you make that call, you should speak to your healthcare professional and talk to him/her about your needs. Your doctor can evaluate your situation and make the best recommendations.

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Electric Scooter Laws To Change In 2018 in Ireland

Posted on December 13, 2018 by

A fine Gael minister is seeking clarity on a bill that tells the law of electric scooters on public roads in Ireland. Like many new pieces of technology over the last decade the laws are behind the times and leave certain technologies in a grey area.

Noel Rock saws that this law to is a grey area when it comes to the electric scooter. Now this is not to be confused with a kids electric scooter but the law for electric scooter for adults on public roads here in Ireland.

The adult electric scooters have grown hugely popular in Ireland and in other countries in Europe and could be the answer to taking traffic off of our under pressure road network. The Gardai however say that as the electric scooters are propelled by an electric motor that they will fall under the road traffic law. This would mean that the scooters would need insurance, a license and tax.

Mr. Rock is now pushing a bill through the government to change the law specifically for the electric scooters and this bill will hopefully come into effect in early 2018. For more information on the laws on the electric scooter please visit this RSA link.

 

 

 

The future of personal transport is here – the hoverboard

Posted on December 11, 2018 by

Now this is a generalisation, and it might have to do with what road trip you have in mind, but it’s all about using the right mode of transport for travelling on the road. It is easy to knock in nails with a large spanner, but it’s far simpler with a hammer.

For example, a bike which is built to be capable of around 140mph and travel round corners at, say, 100mph, is maybe inappropriate for commuting, with a riding position which is more suited to the track than getting through traffic on the road. Travelling by motorbike to one’s workplace daily is an ideal way to get used to it, in order to build confidence on country road rides at the weekend, however it’s just not the most ideal road vehicle to use if most of the commute is on roads where the speed limit is 30 mph. A 600cc sports bike is only just starting to warm up at 60mph, and operates more comfortably when travelling at the speed of 80 mph. It can often therefore be difficult to find cheap bike insurance.

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On the other hand, a hoverboard carries its weight a lot lower, and more to the back, which makes it much more responsive. The motorbike’s larger wheels behave similarly to gyroscopes making the bike reluctant to change direction. The small wheels on a hoverboard take a lot less force to change direction allowing the rider more control. hoverboards also have under seat storage as standard and in a lot of cases have a useful additional compartment, so bike tools and luggage can be stowed away rather than the rider having to carry it about. I have owned a hoverboard in the past which I used for commuting while owning a motorbike at the same time, but when this hoverboard was pinched, I did not replace it for a few reasons.

I now have a car as my second vehicle and although I don’t really need it, I enjoy the ease of travelling by car on a longer journey, carrying passengers or even for just being lazy. Of course I realise the car insurance is a lot more expensive than hoverboard insurance and repairs cost more but I have no justification in buying a third vehicle, when I perhaps could be spending the money on home improvements. I realise I could sell the car in order to buy a hoverboard with the proceeds – I may well do this, but there is one thing stopping me.

I like to think of myself as someone more practical rather than a person concerned with merely image. I consider I can think and act as I wish independently without worrying about others’ opinions. But I now realise that status is important to me. Our perceived status affects how we are treated by other people. The simple fact is that arriving at one’s place of employment on a motorbike is kind of fashionable, but arriving on the back of a hoverboard is not. It doesn’t matter that many hoverboards are capable of doing 0-60 in 5 seconds, which is a lot faster than most cars.

I must now admit that I’m reluctant to choose the most suitable vehicle to commute because of what others may think, but nevertheless, this, sadly, is the truth. Although it may sound too trivial a reason for choosing to travel by sports bike or car rather than a hoverboard, the persona I have created to impress others matters greatly and to me and, ultimately, has a strong bearing on many of the choices I make. Read our review of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter here.

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Product Review: Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter

Posted on December 10, 2018 by

The Ninebot ES2 is a basic electric scooter designed for those that are eight years or older. The scooter can accommodate riders that weigh up to 125 pounds. You can find the Ninebot ES2 for an average price of $100. Let’s take a look at some of the other features offered by this electric scooter.

*Check out our review of the ninebot electric scooter rival – the Xiaomi M365 Review here*.

The Ninebot ES2 is equipped with a 125-watt variable-speed motor. The motor can power the electric scooter up to speeds of 10 miles per hour. you can easily control the speed of the Ninebot ES2 using a twist-grip throttle. You will also have no trouble stopping the scooter easily thanks to the hand-operated brake.

The Ninebot ES2 electric scooter is equipped with a long-life rechargeable battery. The battery can provide enough power to operate the unit for up to 40 minutes during each charge. The battery provided with the Ninebot ES2 takes about eight hours to recharge completely. The scooter is packaged with two 12-volt sealed lead acid batteries and a charger. You are also provided with the tools when you buy the scooter.

Most designs are equipped with motors that can propel the scooter from a standing position. This isn’t the case with the Ninebot ES2. You will have to travel approximately three miles per hour on your own before the motor will start providing power. You will have to press a trigger on the Ninebot ES2 in order to engage the motor.

The Ninebot ES2 is also equipped with an adjustable handlebar. This enables the electric scooter to accommodate riders of various sizes. Also, you can easily fold the handlebar on the Ninebot ES2. This allows you to store and transport the electric scooter much easier. The front tire of the scooter is a pneumatic tire that measures eight inches in diameter. The rear wheel is made from polyurethane and measures 125 mm.

If you’re in the market for an entry-level electric scooter, then you should take a look at the Ninebot ES2. This design is equipped with a 125-watt variable-speed motor that can power the scooter up to speeds of 10 miles per hour. Also, the Ninebot ES2 has an adjustable handlebar in order to accommodate users of different sizes. You will have to power the machine up to three miles per hour before you can use the trigger to engage the motor.

Is the Xiaomi M365 The Best Electric Scooter?

Posted on December 4, 2018 by

The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter provides an excellent means of cheap transportation. Check out our post about adult electric scooters here. It’s great to use when you need to run errands not far from your home. You can find the Xiaomi M365 for an average price of $240. Let’s take a look at some of the features offered by this electric scooter.

The Xiaomi M365 is equipped with a 400-watt Earth magnet motor. The motor can power the scooter up to speeds of 15 miles per hour. The scooter is also a breeze to stop thanks to the front disc brake. The two 12-volt batteries can power the Xiaomi M365 up to a range of eight miles. The frame console gives you convenient access to the charger port, so you can easily recharge the scooter when power runs low.

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The Xiaomi M365 electric scooter has a power on/off switch for easy startup. The machine also features a bright LED that signals that the scooter is powered on. The Xiaomi M365 also features various protection systems such as low-voltage battery protection and motor overheat protection. The scooter also has systems to protect against stalls and going over the maximum speed.

This scooter rolls around on 10-inch alloy mag wheels. Also, the Xiaomi M365 is fitted with street slick tires with a low profile. The fork fitted on the electric scooter is a standard unicrown design. The fork also provides an oversteering limit to increase safety while operating the Xiaomi M365.

The Xiaomi M365 also features a removable seat kit. This gives you the option of using the scooter while standing up or sitting down. The Xiaomi M365 is also very easy to store thanks to the folding handlebars.

You will also appreciate how durable the Xiaomi M365. The electric scooter features a frame constructed from high-tensile steel. Also, the deck is a non-slip design complete with the Schwinn logo. The Xiaomi M365 weighs approximately 52 pounds and is designed to accommodate riders that weigh up to 240 pounds.

The Xiaomi M365 is an excellent means of both transportation and recreation. The 400-watt Earth magnet motor can power the scooter up to 15 miles per hour. The two-12-volt batteries will provide enough power to travel up to eight miles. Also, the Xiaomi M365 features a removable seat kit so that you can use the scooter while either sitting or standing up.

Are Adult Electric Scooters a Real Option?

Posted on December 4, 2018 by

Having young people in our lives gives us more than they will ever know. Because we’re the older people in this situation, it often falls on our shoulders to figure out what the best choices are. When it comes to buying a car for a younger person that needs transportation, we sometimes find it is not the best choice.

Not only are cars expensive, they also pose serious risk for young people who do not have a lot of life experience. Weighing the pros and cons of choosing a scooter vs. a vehicle for young people does not have to be overwhelming. A few basic tips will usually move your decision in the right direction.

Scooters Do Not Have Passengers:

electric scooterAlthough we trust our young people, sometimes we do not trust their friends. If you are concerned about a car being used to transport young people that you do not care for, an electric scooter is a good option. The electric scooter will provide transportation and also limit other passengers completely. This also means that someone else will not drive the young person home if they are intoxicated.

Insurance Costs Are Reduced With Electric Scooters:

Although many scooters are advertised as legal in all states, an electric scooter or moped needs to be carefully reviewed against state laws before purchase. This is especially true if a minor is driving it. However, compared to a car, insurance for a scooter is either low cost or no cost.

In some states, scooters are illegal for minors or requires special insurance that is not required for older riders. Of course, vehicle insurance rates are extremely high the younger you are. For some young drivers, an electric scooter is the only option because of insurance costs.

Electric Scooters Teach Responsibility:

One of the main advantages of buying an electric scooter before a car is that it will teach the driver responsibility. When a car breaks down, the cost is usually so expensive that parents have to cover it. However, when an electric scooter breaks down, the cost is usually low enough for a young person to pay for it themselves.

A scooter is also a smaller version of a car in a way that the driver can see how their driving affects the way the vehicle performs over time. In other words, a scooter makes the young person a better car driver eventually. Check out our review of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter as it is one of the most popular scooters on the market at the moment.