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MarkH67

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#277166 29-Sep-2020 21:53
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There is a lot of talk about EVs with cars like the Nissan Leaf and the various Tesla models making news.  But the development of electric cars is also sparking more development of batteries and this benefits all sorts of vehicles and devices.  Probably more environmentally friendly than electric cars are the various micro-mobility devices that require less resources to manufacture and transport, they are often a good option for commuting in congested cities, as well as being lots of fun.  I'm talking about e-bikes and e-scooters, there are also e-skateboards and e-unicycles (EUCs).

 

After reading the thread about Zero scooters, I did some research and decided to buy a Kaabo Mantis Pro - lots of fun!  But with the videos on scooters I kept seeing videos of EUCs and at first I thought "no way, they look too dangerous", but the more I saw of them the more fun I thought it would be to ride one.  I think there is a certain level of freedom to riding something like that.  So now I've ordered a Gotway RS C30 which only has one wheel but has 1,800Wh of battery inside it and a top speed of over 70kph.  There are EUCs that are capable of over 100km on a charge in real world usage, riding slower they could theoretically get over 200km on a charge - that's some serous range available!  One example is the Veteran Sherman from Leaper Kim - 100V battery with 3200Wh which is capable of up to 72kph and up to 200km range.

 

For those that are not familiar with EUCs:

 

https://youtu.be/tlRBfefu7dc

 

https://youtu.be/VXeZ9FA1piI

 

https://youtu.be/hdpiYwyNxt4

 

There are a LOT of videos on youtube of these things.

 

 

 

So, who's right into PEVs?  What have you got and what are you looking into?


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Obraik
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  #2576423 30-Sep-2020 11:51
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I don't know if I'd want to be going 70km/h on a single wheeled vehicle that I'm straddling between my legs lol. Depending on how fit you are, I feel like the first week or so will be rather painful for your upper thighs.

 

I have a traditional electric scooter that I use for "final leg" transportation, which I use in combination with my EV. Since some of the EV chargers are positioned in locations from things like restaurants and the like (such as the Tesla supercharger in Taupo), I use the scooter to get me around. With 20mins for the car to charge before I get charged idle fees, by the time I walk to the food places I'd have to turn around and walk back again. If I've got stuff to do in the city I'll park the car at one of the parking buildings with free charging and use the scooter to get to the destination if it's not a quick walk.


MarkH67

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  #2576526 30-Sep-2020 14:06
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Obraik:

 

I don't know if I'd want to be going 70km/h on a single wheeled vehicle that I'm straddling between my legs lol. Depending on how fit you are, I feel like the first week or so will be rather painful for your upper thighs.

 

 

It isn't necessarily a good idea to ride an EUC at 70kph if it is capable of 70kph, probably smarter to stay under 60kph.  They need some head-room on the speed so they are capable of speeding up - that's how they balance themselves.  If you lean forward and the EUC can't accelerate to balance you . . . well, you could search youtube for EUC crashes to see what happens.

 

I think it is the lower legs that tend to experience pain initially, but they say that goes away as you get used to riding them.

 

Interestingly: one of the youtubers says that he thinks EUCs are safer than scooters.  He rides EUCs a lot, but reviews scooters and e-bikes too - he broke his wrist while riding a scooter and he has had a high speed crash on an EUC, so he does have experience with the dangers of each.

 

Obraik:

 

I have a traditional electric scooter that I use for "final leg" transportation, which I use in combination with my EV. Since some of the EV chargers are positioned in locations from things like restaurants and the like (such as the Tesla supercharger in Taupo), I use the scooter to get me around. With 20mins for the car to charge before I get charged idle fees, by the time I walk to the food places I'd have to turn around and walk back again. If I've got stuff to do in the city I'll park the car at one of the parking buildings with free charging and use the scooter to get to the destination if it's not a quick walk.

 

 

That sounds like a pretty good use of a micro-mobility device to me.  Walking is not very time-efficient compared to even a slower scooter.  You can cover any given distance a lot faster on a scooter going 25kph than walking at 3kph - 5kph.  I personally believe that there is value in getting somewhere in 5 minutes instead of 25 minutes, at least on some occasions.


 
 
 
 


MarkH67

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  #2578692 3-Oct-2020 18:12
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For those curious about EUCs, here are some reasons why you should have one:

 

https://youtu.be/u0wfdA1kPtQ

 

And to see a real performance wheel being reviewed:

 

https://youtu.be/i2OwOEHQ4vA

 

There are even competictions:

 

https://youtu.be/GiGJqPvTbPk

 

https://youtu.be/4CW19DMnD6Y

 

 

 

So much fun to be had!


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