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I think I am not wrong in stating that electric motorcycles are one step ahead of cars. But the normal thing is that the users of motorcycles with internal combustion engine wonder if this option is as real as it seems and if they can replace conventional motorcycles in the short term. Be that as it may, what I am clear about is that to reach this substitution we will first have to change the habits of current users and for that we must be clear about a few things.
To clarify these doubts, it is best to ask yourself a few questions and answer them honestly, to see if we have defined ideas or still have doubts about this type of vehicle. We are going to take as a starting point the series of five questions that our colleague has asked himself. Illnoise by 2 Stroke Buzz Let's see what you think about the topic and what would be yours to a questionnaire like this. Although I have rearranged them in a way that seems a bit more rational to get an understandable answer. Finally, the questionnaire is focused on Scooters, but it can be just as effective if you change the word Scooter for motorcycle in the questions.
Five fundamental questions about an electric scooter
- 1.- How do you currently use your Scooter? To go to work / school, for fun? What is your radius of action?
- 2 What speed and distance (autonomy within reason) would you like me to have an electric scooter to be able to use it once the battery is charged?
- 3.- Are there specific characteristics of a current scooter What do you like or what would you like to see developed?
- 4.- Would you consider buying an electric scooterWhy or why not?
- 5.- What price would you pay for an electric scooter?
The first thing to think about is what use we currently give to our Scooter or motorcycle, because it is of little use to demand that it do 200 km to 120 km / h if then you are going to do 10 km a day at 50 km / h. It would be something like using a Ducati 1199 Panigale to go for bread. Once we are clear about the use that we give to our current Scooter, we can think about whether an electric future would meet our expectations or not. Here we have answered the first two questions of the questionnaire. Although when buying a motorcycle (whatever type it may be), utility does not always prevail over the passion that it arouses in us.
The next question is a bit tricky, because Illnoise in his article complains that the current electric scooters are either too Scooter or too much bicycle without reaching the virtues of either but with the disadvantages of both. So maybe we should rethink the question to see what we really use from a Scooter. Are we really interested in being able to charge you the purchase of the week to take home, or do we prefer it to be something super technological and innovative to leave others with their mouths open? The middle term seems the best, but at the moment there are very few options (or almost none) that offer this mix of modernity and utility.
Once the above has been considered, the decision arrives, Would you buy an electric scooter? And the million dollar question How much would you pay for it? I think the answer is clear, if I use my Scooter to move around the city (say about 20 km a day) to go to work and run an errand, the electric option seems correct even with current technology. If I use the Scooter for longer trips that involve driving on fast roads, it may take a while. The main problem lies in the price, which is currently well above that of its internal combustion engine competitors. The explanation that an electric scooter has practically no maintenance and that its consumption is ridiculous does not quite catch on among users who have to scratch their pockets to make the initial investment of the electric one.
And beware that in all this we have not talked at any time about the ecological motives / reasons. Because it is clear that current electric technology requires such rare and exotic materials that no one seems to know how far they can go. But on the other hand, oil is not going to last forever, neither is the rubber for tires nor the aluminum to make engines is unlimited or free. At this crossroads the concept of "sustainable" appears but even this has its bad side, because who is the one who decides where the balance is for something to be sustainable?
Returning to the initial theme What are your answers to the questions posed and what do you think of the subject?