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How to persuade your boss to let you e-scoot to work (and park it there!)

At Personal Electric Transport, we believe that e-scooters are the future. Not only for a ride around the city or an afternoon with your friends but for travelling from A to B and reducing your impact on the environment. Indeed, it’s much better on the planet to ride around on an e-scooter than hailing an Uber or taking your car to the Post Office. Scooting makes sense

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However, if there’s nowhere to store your scooter, it can be tough to get by and use it on a daily basis – especially when you’re spending most of your time at work. Below, we’ve put together some of the best ways you can persuade your boss to let you e-scoot to work…

Show them your e-scooter

Although e-scooters have exploded in popularity, many still don’t understand what they are or how they work. If you want your boss to get behind you and offer you space for a scooter, then show them. Bring your scooter into the office, explain how portable and lightweight it is and put across your passion – they should quickly get behind it and offer up a cupboard!

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Explain the health benefits

E-scooters are not only better for the environment, but they’re good for your health, too. It’s a myth that e-scooters don’t require physical exercise. Sure, you can power up a scooter and take it easy when you’re riding through town, but you’ll still need to use your legs to absorb shocks from the ground, and your arms to stay balanced. If your boss knows you’re going to be more alert and productive, then they’ll naturally want to support your e-scooter decision.

Give up a parking space

Another way to persuade your boss to give you some room in the office is to forfeit a parking bay. Making the jump from car to e-scooter can be tough, so weigh up the pros and cons and remember that you may not always want to ride your Zero X10, especially if it’s raining. Use this as a last resort and think twice before you sign over your parking spot to someone else!

Create a bay in your spare time

If your boss is happy for you to park your scooter in the office, offer to create a bay or make room in your own time. Stay back at the end of your shift to clear out an unused cupboard for your scooter, create an area behind reception where you can charge your scooter, and find a spot where your scooter won’t get in the way so that your manager doesn’t change his mind.

Show them it was the right decision

Finally, show them that giving you space for your e-scooter was the right decision. Arrive at the office a couple of minutes early, tell your colleagues that you’re enjoying riding to work, and get other people involved in the action. You could offer an e-scooter demonstration in your lunch breaks, or post your scooter on social media to show customers that you’re a fun, energetic and dynamic bunch. Who knows? You might create another e-scooter convert!

Scooting to work offers numerous benefits to your health, stress levels, and the environment, so give it a go and let us know how you get on. If you’re looking for an upgrade this year, or you want to treat yourself to some accessories, like a travel bag or shopping basket, you’ll find it all right here on the Personal Electric Transport website. Click here to start shopping.


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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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Storing or using electric scooters during winter.

 

 

When the scooter is being used in winter, the battery must not get into contact with water, humidity, sand and / or salt (when the streets are sanded). The scooter needs to be cleaned with a soft piece of dry cloth after every ride. Low temperatures cause a reduced performance.

To make sure, your driving pleasure continues next spring, we have compiled an overview of what to keep in mind when storing or using scooters during winter. As with all battery-equipped devices, the battery requires a little attention to get through the cold time of the year.

  • When storing the scooter, it needs to be clean and dry– The storage location needs to be dry and neither too warm nor too cold – a temperature between 15 – 25 °C is ideal
  • When storing the scooter, the state of charge needs to be between 30% and 50%
  • Every three months latest, the scooter needs to be charged for approx. 30 minutes
  • In general, battery-equipped devices must be stored away from flammable materials

An incorrect storage or an extended period without charging the battery can cause an irreparable depth discharge. This is not a warranty case.

Following the winter break, the scooter is best handled like a new vehicle. Prior to the first ride, all security-relevant features need to be checked (brakes, lights, folding mechanisms, etc.). The battery needs to be fully charged and then once completely driven empty. It might happen that the state of charge is not correctly indicated – this will settle due to this procedure.

 

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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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Battery Capacity – Wheel Buying Guide

Overall, an electric micro-mobility device consumes 10Wh per km at 20 ° C on flat and smooth ground without wind, at a constant speed, with a user of 75kg and a tire inflated to the recommended pressure (firm tire).

The amount of energy contained in your battery is expressed as Wh. Some will tell you about Ah for Ampere-hour. Simply multiply the Ah by the Volts V (the battery voltage) to get the Wh.

Under the conditions described above, a battery of 200Wh will generally offer 20km (12.5 miles) of autonomy, while a battery of 850Wh will theoretically offer 85km (53 miles) of autonomy. A more capacitive battery may seem ideal, but be aware of the following:

  • A more capacitive battery recharges less often, and thus lasts longer
  • A more capacitive battery is longer to recharge (downside…)
  • A more capacitive battery increases the weight of the vehicle
  • The North and South Circular Roads together form the second ring road around London, averaging 10–15 miles (16–24 km) in diameter., so it will be necessary to analyze your daily journeys

A question often comes up: is it better to start with an electric wheel of 340Wh or 680Wh? We advise 680Wh, especially to enjoy the power much longer.

  • A 340Wh electric monowheel offers approximately 20km (12.5 miles) of range if you start driving in a sporty way, meaning that the last 10 km will be limited (the wheel will decrease in speed and acceleration, notifying you by premature beeps) The battery will have decreased in voltage and current intensity deliverable after the first 10 km.
  • A 680Wh electric single-wheel offers about 40km of range if you start driving in sporty driving, which means that the last 10 km will be quieter because your instantly deliverable current is initially doubled: 680Wh batteries are composed Of 2 packs of 340Wh mounted in parallel, which doubles the amperage deliverable when the battery is 100%. After 50% of battery consumption, you will still have the same amperage as a 340Wh. After 75% battery consumption, you will have dropped amperage and will have to slow down.
  • Moreover, 680Wh recharges 3 times less often and therefore undergoes 3 times less the effect of the 1000 cycles of maximum life.

The capacities widespread to date are the following: 260Wh, 340Wh, 520Wh, 680Wh, 840Wh up to 1600Wh

Be careful, however, the delivered power drops when the battery empties. On the electric wheel, stabilization becomes less strong or less reactive. It is for this reason that we advise to accelerate smoothly once passed below the 50% charge of the battery of the electric unicycle.

Don’t hesitate in contact us for more information or advice

 
 

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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/

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Hub Motors Are Changing The Electric Skateboard Industry

The biggest thing in electric skateboards for 2016 is in-hub motors. Will Hub Motors Redefine The Electric Skateboard Industry Or Is It Just Another Fad?

First we need to break down the two different kinds of motors used for electric skateboards.

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Pretty much every board currently on the market with the exception of a few cheap Chinese boards that are filtering in through Alibaba and eBay are all Belt-driven motors. Right now the defacto standard that all other boards are judged against is the Boosted 2000 Dual+ monster. This board has cracked the code and made something that is really fun to ride and still pretty safe. The board is relatively heavy and expensive but from everything I’ve read online, Boosted really stands behind their product. That might change in the future, but for now, they are the yardstick by which other electric skateboard companies are judged.

Advantages of Belt Driven Motors

  • You can get the gearing ratio perfect for your application : Every electric motor has a power range that the motor works best at, the trick is matching that optimum speed with the right sized skateboard wheel for that application (generally under 100mm for street use). Using a belt allows you to do just that.
  • The motor is slightly more sheltered from road debris as it can be moved up and away from the ground.

Disadvantages of Belt Driving Motors

  • You gotta replace the belts : Not that often but if you’re commuting with your eSkateboard every day for extended distances the belts will wear out. If your belt breaks on the road and it’s not a dual drive system then you’re going to be kicking it home.
  • You can’t push it : If the battery dies your board is not going to roll without a whole lot of friction. More than likely you’re going to bend over pick up your board and carry it the rest of the way.
  • On high power boards the motor is still open to the elements : On some of the lower power 24v boards the motor is completely sealed. Every ‘high power’ motors I’ve seen for electric skateboards are almost always open to the elements on one side. This creates the potential for water, debris and metal objects to find their way inside the motor which is going to suck.

 

Direct Drive electric skateboard motors

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The more common electric motors that can be found on most of the more inexpensive electric skateboards in China are Direct Drive (DD) hubs. These motors are out runners (the wheel is what turns) and they have a 1:1 motor ratio. Every time the motor does one revolution, so does the wheel. The new Blink Board by Acton it’s the best example of transition from belt drive to DD Hub

Advantages of DD Hubs

  • Simplicity: The DD design is the simplest you’re going to find. Other than melting the windings or the insulation on the phase wires or overheating there is little you can do to destroy them. Since it is a outrunner there are no brushes to wear down meaning it should run well pretty much forever.
  • Nothing to wear out: No clutches, no gears, no pulleys. The only thing that can fail really is the bearings on the motor. The Manta drive shown above has some pretty beefy bearings on both sides of the wheel so that is pretty unlikely.
  • You can kick it : That’s right the DD design is the ONLY design that allows you to use your skateboard like a normal skateboard when your battery dies. A well designed DD motor will have very minimal cogging effect so it will have little resistance to being pushed.

Disadvantages of DD Hubs

  • Less power than a comparable Geared hub or a Belt drive: Since the geared hubs and the belt driven motors both get to spin a lot faster than the DD motor then you will need MORE watts to make the DD motor feel as powerful as a Geared or belt drive system.
  • Heat dissipation: Since the windings are inside the motor, it is hard for heat to work its way to the outside of the hub unless it has ventilation holes. Such a small motor doing so much work is going to get very hot. There is a chance that this will be an excellent application for ferrofluid cooling, but as far as I know, no one is doing that on a large-scale yet. If you have ventilation holes then you have to worry about water and debris getting inside your motor. Only the least powerful skateboards (less than 400W from China like this one) are sealed, everything else has massive air holes in it for cooling.
  • The Urethane wheel keeps the heat inside the motor.

It seems to me that the biggest problems that skateboard motors face is cooling. While having DD Hub motors might move the industry forward, they still haven’t solved this fundamental problem. What will the future hold for electric skateboards? All I know is that it is an exciting time and that even if the current batch of hub motors fail to live up to users expectations, they are still moving the industry forward in a good way.

Check our selection of Electric Skateboards and Longboards

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The Electric Bike made in Britain

ETT Industries, specialists in electric vehicles, is excited to announce the global launch of RAKER and TRAYSER, industry-leading electric bikes set to revolutionise transport in the urbanenvironment. Designed to provide freedom and excitement to the urban commuter, the eye-catching bikes are now available to pre-order at www.ettindustries.com and will be shipping to customers within 90 days.

RAKER and TRAYSER are unequalled in design, constructed with a patented monocoque frame – the same concept used for F1 cars, but applied in a way previously unseen in bike design.
The result is an exceptional future-proof look; sharp, dynamic and proportioned. Nothing else on the road looks like these bikes. Both have won prestigious IF Design Awards.
CEO and Founder of ETT Industries, New Zealander, Jay Wen, gained his Masters in Automotive Design in Milan and honed his skills in automotive and transportation design with brands including Peugeot and Citroen.

ETT now has offices across three continents, blending highly adept transport design and technology to meet the growing demand for eBikes across the globe, with its own rebellious twist.

RAKER

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Breaking convention, RAKER changes the journey from a daily chore to the highlight of the day. A distraction from life’s worries, the bike’s design and drive offer an emotional escape, empowering the rider with a sense of freedom, spirit and rebellion.

Created for those wanting to stand out, RAKER appeals to leaders and trendsetters; those looking to travel with attitude; the adventurers and stylish amongst us.

Perfect for the urban rider, the simplicity of RAKER’s design delivers unparalleled reliability. Electrically powered, using a standard plug socket at the home or office a single five hour charge powers the bike to a range of at least 70 miles, making the journey cleaner, quieter and cheaper, while providing a true sense of escape to an otherwise claustrophobic urban environment.

With speeds up to 28mph, RAKER offers an ideal mental and physical escape in the concrete jungle, energising the driver through its smooth engine, near-silent powertrain. Meeting friends across town,commuting to work, or simply going for a ride to forget life’s worries, RAKER becomes a real pleasure of the day.

Bold in form and design, RAKER is available in four standard colours at launch: Gloss Yellow [Gloss Paint Finish], White [Gloss Paint Finish] , Black [Brushed Aluminium] & Brushed Aluminium.

TRAYSER

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With the commuter in mind, TRAYSER, an electrically assisted pedal cycle [EPAC], shares more than justits frame concept with its bigger brother; it too strives to offer urban freedom and excitement, but at a less extreme pace. Its angular, nimble form begs to be peddled; sharing the load with its rider and bringing ease, comfort and enjoyment to daily travels.

Instantly recognisable, TRAYSER’s profile stands out from the crowd. Sharp, dynamic and wonderfully proportioned, an eBike has never been so desirable, or as fun.

With only a three hour charge, TRAYSER has an amazing 90 mile range, a true enabler of freedom injecting energy into every journey, both in and out of the urban environment. In the spirit of being a true human-electric hybrid vehicle, the more energy put into the pedals, the further the range on a single charge.

With minimal effort, the bike’s electric motor can power the rider up to 15 mph; perfect for rebelling against the turmoil of city traffic, bringing happiness and freedom in equal measures.

With eBike sales increasing significantly year on year and the ‘Tour de France effect’ in full flow, TRAYSER is the antithesis of the dull beige sweeping the industry. With an entirely unique design and unparalleled customisation capabilities, TRAYSER creates smiles with every ride.

TRAYSER is available in four standard colours at launch: Blue [Gloss Paint Finish], White [Gloss Paint Finish], Grey [Gloss Paint Finish] & Dark Grey [Gloss Paint Finish]

Electric Vehicle Classifications & Limitations

RAKER is legally classified as a light electric motorcycle under EU Type Approval L1E. This class limits it,by law, to a maximum speed of 28mph and a motor of 4000W or less. This class requires RAKER, by law,to be registered with the DVLA, to display a licence plate, for the rider to be insured and to wear a DOT approved helmet at all times. A minimum licence consisting of a CBT is required to ride RAKER.

TRAYSER is legally classified as an Electric Pedal Assisted Cycle (EPAC) under EU Directive 2002/24/EC,and conform to EN 15194 specifications. This class limits it, by law, to a maximum speed of 15.5mph and a motor of 250W or less. This class requires TRAYSER, by law, to only be powered while the rider is actively peddling, though requires no registration, insurance, licence or helmet. ETT recommend a bicycle helmet always be worn however.

More info about ETT  http://ettindustries.com/

You can also View Our Selection of Electric Bikes

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Robstep X1 Foldable Electric Bike

The Robster X1 Electric Bike has become a popular gadget for most football players like Fernando Torres, Alberto Moreno or even Moto GP rider Jorge Lorenzo on their Instagram. Robstep X1 is a 100% foldable electric powered scooter, good design offering a range between 20km or 40km.

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RobStep its easy use, light like a bicycle and comfortable as a motorbike. The disk brakes on both front and rear wheels bring the bike to a stop when needed. With front and back LED lights that provide visibility at night, its small size allows your feet to stay always close to the ground in case of a difficult moment. Aluminium body finish, LED lights, LG battery (25Km range) or Panasonic battery (40Km range), LED screen that informs on speed and remaining battery power, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, remote control with anti-theft system. RobStep X1 has all the required certificates by the EU such as CE, ROHS, etc.

A green vehicle that does not emit any CO2, its 300W electric motor will take you everywhere and only takes 3 hours to fully recharge its battery. Quick and quiet reaches a top speed of 25km/h and holds a person of up to 120kg. A full charge the 20km range battery will cost £0,10 and will allow you to ride all day long, but if you are more concerned about riding long distances, the 40km range battery will cost £0,15 to recharge.

Always with you. The bike can be quickly and easily folded and weighs only 17 kg, which makes this the perfect travel accessory that you can take with you everywhere.

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Inspired by the futuristic city of Tokyo, the RobStep X1 is available in 4 colors (Evil Red, Sahara Yellow, Amazon Green y Oasis Blue) and it combines design, steadiness and technology. All these features provide an unforgettable driving experience.

Because of its high quality, safety features, design and its fantastic driving, it’s fair to say this is one of the best options for an electric bike/scooter available in the market! ( I love the portability on the Stigo…)

Talking about price?

£835 for the 4400mAh (20km)

£995 for 7700mAh (40km) not bad at all!

 

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