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The Faraday Battery Challenge: Cleaner, Greener Transport

We all know petrol guzzling cars are wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, the transport sector is guilty of contributing to most of the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK!

That’s why making the move to rechargeable, battery-powered, electric vehicles is so important.

While electric cars and scooters are becoming more popular, electric vehicles still aren’t dominating our roads just yet.

This is about to change with The Faraday Battery Challenge; a government initiative aiming to develop new, high-performing battery technology to boost the electric car industry.

What’s the Faraday Battery Challenge All About?

The Faraday Challenge vows to make 50% of cars electric by 2030.

Announced by the government last year, £246 million is being invested into research and innovation to drive the implementation of electric vehicles throughout the UK.

Competitions have been set up to encourage research, and a Battery Institute brings together the top minds in science, engineering and battery technology.

Innovate UK are investing in research to fund the development of cell manufacture, battery pack design and vehicle application among other things.

The project requires the collaboration of many different sectors to convert this innovative research into real-life results that we can see on our roads.

Creating a Super Battery

The problem with current batteries on the market, is that they’re not quite powerful and long-lasting enough to cope with modern-day transport demands and large scale implementation.

That’s why scientists and researchers have been given the task of developing a new battery which is more light-weight, durable and cost effective than ever before. Another important consideration for this new technology is that it needs to be recyclable, to help make the future of transport as green as possible.

Rolling Out Electric Transport

It’s all well and good developing a super battery, but what then? In order for electric vehicles to be common across the board, transport infrastructure needs to change too to be compatible.

That’s why the government introduced the Vehicle-to-Grid competition, a £20 million drive to fund projects aiding the adoption of electric vehicles by working with the grid.

Transforming the World of Transport

The benefits of developing new, high performing battery technology stretch further than cars. Rail, marine and aerospace systems could all be improved and made more sustainable with these advancements.

Even the way we use energy in our homes could be transformed, resulting in more eco-friendly ways of living.

Automated Transport of the Future

Driverless cars may sound like a gimmick dreamt up by sci-fi writers. But in fact, automated transport could revolutionise different sectors such as mining, construction and farming, making them safer and more sustainable.

For the first time, the government has made funding available for off-road, driverless cars. So this new technology isn’t as far off as you might imagine.

Funding and Support

The Faraday Challenge is being backed and funded by The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which aims to encourage science and innovation across UK industries.

Innovate UK is helping the UK become leaders in battery science through funding and support.

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the national funding agency investing in science and research projects around the UK.

Subscribe to the Innovate UK YouTube channel to find out about the other exciting projects they’ve helped fund, support and connect to build a greener tomorrow.

 

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The Smartest Electric Scooter for 2019

Inboard Technology, the creator of the best-selling M1 Electric Skateboard, recently announced its newest product, the Glide Electric Scooter Inboard recently raised $8 million in Series A funding to develop pioneering urban transportation solutions.

The Glide Electric Scooter will be the most technologically advanced electric scooter on the market, featuring regenerative braking, a swappable battery, pneumatic tires, a headlight and rear brake lights. The Glide’s wide makes it easy to ride, and the foldable design make it convenient to carry and store also the Inboard’s phone app allows for wireless firmware updates.

The Glider was specifically designed to improve upon the shortcomings of the most popular electric scooters on the market, such as the Xiaomi M365 scooter used by companies like Bird and Lime.

The Glider is one of the few electric scooters that allows user-swappable battery packs. Each battery should be good for 12 miles (20 km) of range.

It also sports a higher power 750W motor, which should help it conquer hills that have stalled out scooters from other manufacturers which are usually rated for just 250 W. On flat ground, the motor is enough to reach speeds of 18-20 mph (29-32 km/h) It is a suitable scooter for heavy riders, which many other electric scooters in the space currently never consider.

The Glider also sports oversized pneumatic tires, which roll over bumps and potholes easier than smaller wheels and help absorb bumps and holes in the road.

But to add an even smoother ride, Inboard has included coilover suspension in the design – another feature rarely found in electric scooters.

“We believe that small electric vehicles are the future of urban transportation,” said Inboard co-founder and CEO, Ryan Evans. “Our goal with the Glide was to create the safest and most innovative scooter on the market. Owning a scooter means you don’t have to worry about finding a rental, and it’s a truly fun way to flow through an urban environment.”

Inboard is offering both a consumer model electric scooter and a fleet version for companies. Inboard say that the Glider can connect to any network, so they’re catering to businesses looking to offer scooter rentals and people wanting to build apps and fleets of scooters. They have also built an open API which will allow developers to build their own apps – the possibilities really are endless. The Inboard Glider is set to be one of the smartest electric scooters released in 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Inboard’s Glide Scooter will launch in February of 2019 coming to Europe by March/April 2019, we expect to offer presale orders by February 2019. Full specs and most important price still not confirmed, stay tuned

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ZERO Scooters. ZERO Emissions.

The ZERO series represents a simple yet powerful message: ZERO Emissions.

With a budget to match that simplicity, the ZERO electric scooters follow a signature black, white and red color theme, and their design is as eye-catching as they are impressive in performance.

The ZERO series is every e-scooter rider’s dream. It checks every box that both a newbie and a seasoned scooter rider would desire in their electric ride…

 

ZERO 8 — A Value E-Scooter

An entry-level high-performance e-scooter that rivals any other e-scooter in the market in the sub-£700 price bracket. It’s got all the basic bells and whistles a beginner rider would need in an e-scooter.

With dual suspension, a 35-45km range and a powerful 48V 500W motor, there is no other electric scooter in the market that gives you more bang for your buck.

Zero 8

How does it compare to its closest competitor, the Speedway mini 4 PRO?

The ZERO 8 is very similar in terms of performance with the Speedway mini PRO, at a much lower price. Both are 48V drive train systems with 500W of power.

Ride comfort is very similar. Both have front air tires and front spring suspension. However, the ZERO 8 uses a pair of air shocks for its rear suspension instead of the Speedway’s double spring suspension.

This suspension is absolutely necessary due to the solid rubber tires on both these e-scooters which would make the ride extremely bumpy without the rear suspension. The ZERO 8’s air shocks trump the Speedway’s rear springs in terms of look and functionality, providing a softer cushion for every bump.

Both e-scooters are equipped with single rear drum e-brakes as their braking mechanism.

 

ZERO 9 — An Upgraded ZERO 8

 

The ZERO 9 is basically an amped-up ZERO 8 with a higher power output (25A controller), air tires front and rear to provide more ride comfort and double brakes (rear drum brakes and front disc brake). With a range of up to 45km per charge, this e-scooter is a great choice for riders who need to go the distance but still want something compact.

Whether you commute directly from home to work everyday or work as a delivery rider, the ZERO 9 will guarantee you a comfortable ride throughout your long journey.

Zero 9

How does the ZERO 9 compare to equivalent models like the Inokim Light 2?

On the design and weight scale, the Inokim Light 2 beats out anything in the market. Although similar in size and compactness, the Light 2 is comparatively more portable at 13kg while the ZERO 9 weighs considerably more at 18kg.

When comparing performance, the ZERO 9 stands a head above the Light 2. Whether it is torque and power (500W vs 350W), top speed (40kmh vs 35kmh) or ride comfort (dual suspension on the ZERO 9 vs none on the Inokim Light 2), there isn’t anything in the market like the ZERO 9.

Both e-scooter models are equipped with front and rear air tires for added comfort. The Light uses dual drum brakes as opposed to the ZERO 9’s front disc and rear drum brake system.

 

ZERO 10X — All Terrain 2 Wheel Drive

The highest performance and fiercest e-scooter in the ZERO series with dual spring shocks, dual 800W motor (for a peak power of 3200W on max load) and a whole lot of beautiful design features.

This is not an electric scooter for the faint-hearted. Engage the dual motor mode and you will feel like you are in a drag race. The ZERO 10X’s instant acceleration can be felt as soon as you press down the throttle.

Zero 10X

 

The ZERO e-scooter series is now available on pre-order with limited units available, please don’t’ hesitate in contacting us for more information.

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Segway close the Last Mile loop

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New Ninebot Kickscooter by Segway

Segway, the king of personal transportation devices, has released a new Ninebot series of scooters, as part of its Segway KickScooter arm. There are two scooters in the series; the ES1 and ES2, with the latter offering a higher top speed and a more comfortable ride. The ES1 and ES2 KickScooters will be marketed under the ‘Ninebot by Segway’ brand, which was established following Segway’s acquisition in 2015 by Chinese transport robotics start-up Ninebot.

Leisure, shopping or commuting – With a total weight of 11.3kg the KickScooter can be carried anywhere one-handedly, making it the ideal travel companion. The front wheel shock absorption and large diameter tires provide a high level of rider comfort, and the anti-lock mechanical and electrical brake ensure a safe braking distance.

The ES1 has a maximum speed of 12.5mph, with a range of around 15.5miles depending on payload, riding style and terrain. It also features an LED digital display, anti-lock brake system and cruise control.

The higher-spec ES2 has a higher maximum speed of approximately 25km/h with similar range and is equipped with rear shock absorption and customisable ambient and rear lights. An optional second battery increases the scooter’s range to a potential 27 miles and enables ES2 riders to reach speeds of up to 19mph.

 

Thanks to the easy one-push folding system, all of the Ninebot by Segway KickScooters can be folded in no time and stored easily in your car or on public transport, taking up a minimum amount of space. During your ride, the eco-friendly energy recovery system makes sure no power goes to waste, while the Smart Battery Management System closely monitors battery performance.

Segway has taken great care of the smallest details so that your traveling comfort and safety can be guaranteed.

The new scooters will be available in Europe from mid-November.

Pre-order price:

Ninebot ES1 by Segway £450

Ninebot ES2 by Segway £570

 

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New ONE Z Electric Unicycle from Ninebot by Segway

After two years of waiting, the leading electric mono wheel manufacturer, NINEBOT (the owner of the SEGWAY brand and technology) introduced a new electric unicycle on August 12, 2017 and is again a revolutionary novelty. The NINEBOT ONE Z will be sold in three versions of Z6, 8 and 10, which will vary with engine power, battery capacity and speed. All machines are equipped with 18″ and full lighting. More detailed specifications in the table below.

 

 

£TBC

    Z6

    Max Speed: 35km

    Battery: 574wh

    Motor: 1200w

    Range: 40-55km

    Max Load: 150kg

    Max incline: 20 degrees

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    Z8

    Max Speed: 40km

    Battery: 862wh

    Motor: 1500w

    Range: 60-80km

    Max Load: 150kg

    Max incline: 25 degrees

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    Z10

    Max Speed: 45km

    Battery: 1000wh

    Motor: 1800w

    Range: 80-100km

    Max Load: 150kg

    Max incline: 25 degrees

Official advert from the new ONE Z model from Ninebot by Segway. Many specs and things to confirm still but we can wait to try this beast out. We will keep you all updated.

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Give your car a holiday, go personal, go electric

Walk, cycle, bus, tube, tram, boat, e-unicycle, e-scooters, e-bike… However you like to travel, leave your car at home and take to the streets. As well as cutting down the amount of pollution you make, you can get some exercise, check out that new deli you’ve been meaning to pop into, or even meet a friend for a catch-up on the way home.

 

What is air pollution made up from?

Air pollution comes from a range of sources, including some nearby, like vehicles, other sources throughout the city, and some further afield. The proportion of pollution that reaches us from each source depends on the weather, the location, the time of day, and a number of other factors. Wherever you are, you’ll breathe in some of this pollution.

The main pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground level ozone, particulates, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and lead. Each one comes from a different source, has different effects on our health, and different chemical behaviours, which is why it’s hard to understand and control air pollution.

 

How can I get warnings when there are periods of high pollution?

Air pollution forecasts and alerts are available for the whole of the UK from Defra.

Sign up to get daily pollution forecasts for London here or to just receive alerts on high pollution days click here.

You can also get warnings on your iPhone by subscribing to the ‘At-risk’ group in this app, which will help you plan the best route through London to minimise air pollution exposure.

 

There are also some easy ways to use your car less, like car-sharing or working from home one day a week. And they quickly become part of your routine. Just swap face-to-face meetings for video conferencing, and sitting on your own in traffic for chatting to your colleagues about what Steve in accounts has been up to recently. Plus you can have a lie-in, pick up the kids from school, go for an early meal… and make the air cleaner for everyone.

 

We at PET want to help make our cities better, smarter and healthier places to live, making urban commuting as efficient and fun as possible. Join in with #NationalCleanAirDay and act now to create a cleaner, healthier future for us all. Check our Light Electric Vehicles for Urban Transport

 

More Info about Clean Air please visit: www.cleanairday.org.uk

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New E-Twow Booster Plus 2018

The E-twow electric scooter has it’s 5 years anniversary this year from the S1 series of scooters, then improved it to create the S2 model, now E-Twow took client’s suggestions and the latest legal provisions, and they present the S2 BOOSTER PLUS model!

The new BOOSTER PLUS is a new and improved version of the S2 Booster, which comes to make the E-twow rides even smoother and safer.

 

Here is a list of improvements coming with the new model:

New Controller:

The BOOSTER PLUS was designed around the new controller, which has an updated control unit that allows for the Booster Plus to accelerate smoother and braking stronger in a shorter distance. So, when the accelerator is pushed, no matter if it is pushed all the way, the acceleration will go slowly to the maximum speed, not sudden as the normal Booster. The maximum speed is still 30 km/h, the torque still 15 Nm. With a design modification, the new controller support solves the wire abrasion issue and allows for the controller to be easily mounted.

New Display:

The BOOSTER PLUS comes with a new type of display. The aesthetics and the software are updated. The display features a new colored appearance and the software allows the battery level to be more accurate. Also, the new display allows for the speed and cruise control settings to be easily set. (refer to manual enclosed).

New Rear Wheel:

The rear wheel of the BOOSTER PLUS is now more flexible, offering a better adherence and a smoother ride. It is airless but has multiple layers of rubber that allow for the wheel to be softer and stronger.

New Charging Port:

The BOOSTER PLUS comes with a new charger and an improved charging port, that is not only waterproof but also allows the charger to be inserted in a simpler and safer method protecting the charging pins.

Side and Rear Reflectors:

The BOOSTER PLUS features 4 side reflectors, 2 on each side and 2 at the back, easier to spot in traffic.

Thicker Platform:

The platform becomes thicker in order to accommodate the side reflectors.

New Motor Cable Tie:

The motor cables have a new binding system so that it looks better and also protects the cables from being damaged.

New Batteries for 2018:

Depending on riding style, route and range there are 3 options at the moment.

  • 33V 6.5Ah Booster Plus: It is the standalone battery inherited from the powerful Booster S2, perfect for riders from 60kg up to 80kg. Handle hills great and offers a long and trusted cycle life. Max speed 30kpm, total range *25km
  • 36V 7.5Ah Booster S: The extra capacity gives you 5km more range, *30km in total. Max speed 33kph but more voltage means more torque. Perfect for riders over 80kg or hilly commuting journeys.
  • 36V 10.5Ah Booster V: 5th-anniversary celebration, *38km range up to 38kph. maximum torque option for demanding routes.

*Real range in our test, 70kg rider, summer.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about the different product options or which one is the right one for your journey.

 

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Vodafone Germany partnership with Egret Scooters

Vodafone Germany announced a partnership with Egret Scooters by Walberg Urban Electrics to launch a connected scooter. The ElektroRoller2Go will target the vehicle sharing market, with the Vodafone Sim allowing users to locate a free scooter with a smartphone app. The foldable scooter is similar to an electric bike and able to travel up to 22 miles on a single charge.

We want to introduce a completely new vehicle class,” said Florian Walberg, CEO of Walberg Urban Electrics GmbH

Perfect in connection with public transport

The big advantage of the Electric Scooters compared to all other common vehicles is its portability. Without taking more space than a sports bag you can simply fold the scooter and take it with anywhere. The EGRET scooters are not only an alternative to public transport but also the perfect complement.

We assume that scooters will be as much in traffic as the electric bike or the moped,” said Walberg. Unlike big electric scooters (moped), “Egret Scooters ” are ultra mobile and is perfectly suitable for short distances. ” Last Mile”

Zero Emission for the environment

Another advantage of the e-scooter2Go program is to make cities become cleaner. Instead of using your own car every time for inner city short journeys and eternal traffic lights, you can simply swing to the next emission-free electric rocker. This is better for the environment and makes your trip even more fun.

How does it work?

The telecommunication partner wants to equip the scooters with Sim cards to network them. “We want to network everything that has wheels,” said Vodafone boss Hannes Ametsreiter then, you start the app, look for a scooter in your area, use the app to switch on the scooter and enter your target point. The electric scooter can drive up to 21 miles before it has to be recharged and with speeds up to 20 mph gives you plenty of fun and convenient transportation A to B.

Congratulations to the team @ Egret for this extraordinary achievement.

More info about Egret Scooters 

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Immotor unfolds the future of personal transportation

Immotor GO is the first personal electric scooter that can go with you anywhere. It can be folded and put away while the battery can be removed and used, allowing for easy transportation, even on airplanes. It’s accessible yet smart, packing in all the practical features required to make it suitable for most ages. Immotor GO’s built-in safety protocols and self-diagnostics intelligence link directly to customer service, ensuring that you’re always connected and protected no matter where you are. It includes the following features:

  • Immotor Operating System – The Immotor GO has its own operating system that supports over-the-air firmware upgrades, developer involvement, customization and user experience improvements
  • Three Scooter Modes – The Immotor GO was designed with well-balanced three-wheel stability and as a result can provide three different modes of operation: Rider mode – for basic riding, fast or slow; Power Assist mode – for hauling heavy objects; and Folded mode for light and easy carrying or transport anywhere
  • Connectivity – The Immotor GO is always connected for ease of tracking, controlling, monitoring or managing; it provides valuable back-end data, real time information and multi-media functionality
  • Intelligent Controls – The Immotor GO can be controlled by the smartphone, whether to power on, adjust headlight color or brightness, or the volume and type of horn; in addition, Immotor GO has integrated control buttons on the handle bar for taking selfies or instant pictures of surroundings, broadcasting video, or facetiming while riding.

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At the core of Immotor GO is its Super Battery, an incredibly innovative and reliable battery system offering unparalleled intelligence and functionality. It boasts the following features:

  • Dynamic Power Management – When using more than one Super Battery, the integrated battery management system will detect the exact power required by the device and draw accordingly to regulate and control the power and optimize efficiency, time and use
  • Safety Intelligence – The Super Battery is designed to operate safely under all conditions; when inactive or removed altogether, the battery will remain “inert” and completely safe; and when installed and activated, dozens of operating system safety protocols keep it dependable and safe, including accident awareness and safety intelligence with auto-shutdown
  • Power on demand – The Super Battery with the Immotor operating system can be programmed to work with multiple batteries in series or parallel to maximize usage and application, allowing you to add more batteries to extend time of use or to provide additional power for more demanding tasks
  • Multi-functional – The Super Battery was developed as a standalone module allowing for safe travel, easy re-charging, and multi-purpose use as a mobile power station; once removed, the modules have attachments to convert them instantly into an AC plug to power many traditional devices (hair dryer, blender or fan), jump start a car or truck, become a high-powered flashlight, and/or provide general light for indoor or outdoor applications

Daniel Huang, CEO of Immotor, comments: “We recognize the demand for safe and innovative battery-powered transport systems. For some time now, most of the new electric transports are being built using heavy, old batteries – and primarily using existing product designs. With Immotor GO we wanted to introduce something new, especially considering that 38% of all trips are in a personal vehicle, with a single occupant. Designed from the ground up and with zero emissions, it makes travel efficient, cheap, environmentally friendly, fun and above all – smart.”

 

More info: http://immotor.com/