Electric Scooter Engineering: 5 Things You Should Know

The electric scooter is a complex marvel of engineering, honed over thousands of years of human evolution. Since the dawn of time, humans have pondered the futility of walking; while early cavemen bemoaned the uselessness of two-footed travel as they were hunted by predators, we too break out in sweats at the prospect of a 20 minute morning walk to the station. If only there was a better way to get around town, they wondered… An electric powered way…

Not really… We reckon that cavemen were too busy hitting each other with rocks to be worrying about the complexities of urban transport. But even they could have understood the extraordinarily simple engineering under the hood of an electric scooter. It can seem confusing, but they too would marvel at the incredible efficiency of regenerative braking technology, or the frictionless acceleration provided by a 300W brushless motor… All it takes is a little explanation.

There are 5 main components underpinning the tech that keeps you zooming around the local area.

1) The first, and arguably most important, is the battery. No battery, no party. We’ve constructed ours from lithium ion – the most recent generation of battery technology. Coming in at 32V, we’ve tried to balance power with weight, so that you can maximise ride time while the electric scooter remains lightweight and portable. It’s a win-win.

2) Next up, the motor. This is gives power to the vehicle and keeps the wheels turning. Pretty important. It takes energy from the battery and converts it into power – 300W of power, to be exact. We’ve constructed ours with brushless technology, meaning that there’s zero friction inside the motor – as opposed to the old “brushed” design which reduced efficiency and required more power. Keeping it high tech! The cavemen would be proud.

3) Now for one of our personal favourites – regenerative braking technology. Essentially, when you step on the brakes in your car, you’re losing energy. We know from Newton’s first law of thermodynamics that energy cannot be destroyed – so where’s it going? Mostly it’s released in heat and sound energy. Pretty useless – up until now. This cutting edge tech, pioneered by Tesla in the modern market, means that when you engage the brake the energy that used to be wasted is stored back into the battery – making the whole system more efficient. That’s right, it’s lean AND green.

4) Coming in at number 4, the wheel design. There are two main tyre constructions used in electric scooter engineering – soft, and hard. Pretty simple, and each has its pros and cons. The soft, with inflatable tubing (like you find on a bicycle) means more shock absorption and the tires last for longer. However, you are prone to getting a puncture – not an issue you get with hard (solid rubber) tires. It’s a trade off, but the choice is yours; we’ll customise the tires for you – just let us know what you fancy when you make an order.

5) The last piece in the puzzle is the interface bringing all the components together. On your LCD display you’ll get real time indication of your remaining battery life and current speed – and much more if you download our app and pair via Bluetooth.  You’ll get access to features like cruise control, superbright LED lights and statistics on ride time and distance travelled. (Your lights can also be activated by double pressing the power button).

That’s pretty much it! Simple, right? We hope you think so too. If you’ve got any questions, or still a little confused, you can always drop us a line for further info at support@ridewithelka.co.uk .

Enjoy the ride!