Electric Scooter: Two Months on…

Electric Scooter in Beijng: Two Months on…

Electric Scooter - I’ve been an owner for less than two months now and for the most part, it’s been a great experience and I would highly recommend everyone to get one. Here are some good reasons to buy an electric scooter if you’re thinking of joining the e-scooter revolution.

Unfortunately, I’ve recently been the unlucky victim of theft when my electric scooter batteries were stolen while it was parked outside my work. Nothing more annoying and frustrating after a hard day in the office to find your batteries for your scooter are gone. As a result, I was faced with two options when I discovered my batteries were stolen:

  1. Lock up my scooter, take the subway home and hope it’s still there in the morning or
  2. Push the scooter home
Electric Scooter Battery Compartment

Electric Scooter Battery Compartment

I took option number two. As a result I had to push my electric scooter all the way home and I need to folk out for replacement batteries which cost between 800 to 1200RMB (2nd hand to new). I actually brought the electric scooter on the 2nd hand market for 1800RMB so I wasn’t best pleased when I found out the costs for replacement batteries cost nearly as much as the scooter. You can find a good range of 2nd hand electric bikes and scooters on Chinese websites such as Ganji and 58.com.

Electric Scooter Batteries

RIP: Old electric scooter batteries

For most people in Beijing, people either lock their batteries to their bikes frame or take the batteries out. I obviously made the mistake of leaving my batteries in so now, I always take the batteries out. At the moment I’m thinking of retrofitting some security bracket to secure the batteries but for now, I have to go through the inconvenience of taking the batteries out.

When I tell people I have an electric scooter in Beijing, I’m usually fought with “isn’t it dangerous?” and “is it safe?” With the Beijing roads packed with cars and tons of people walking around, it can be but riding an electric scooter is perfectly safe if you’re responsible.

Being a defensive rider is the best solution to avoid potential accidents and stay safe. And with electric scooters being virtually silent, it’s common for every rider to honk their horn at every corner to avoid cars and pedestrians. I’ve been in Beijing for over two years now and wished I joined the electric scooter revolution sooner because it offers me a sense of freedom and allows me to discover parts of Beijing that I didn’t know existed.

 

  • http://twitter.com/KnowsNothing John Artman

    I had something similar happen to me.  Have you figured a better way to secure the batteries?

    • http://www.vingsstuff.co.uk Ving

      Not yet but I’m thinking of retro-fitting some form of bracket to secure the batteries. Other than taking the batteries out, I can’t think of any other ways to do it.

  • Appointedtolife

    We have some Yamaha scooters, and our “battery solution” was to measure the length around the battery compartment, then buy a chain lock that fits snugly around it. We secure the chain to the underside carriage of the scooter with a small padlock we had imported from the US, and the chain lock is from Taiwan. The padlock keeps the chain from moving at all, and although with the right tools it’s still technically possible to get the battery, you can’t do it easily. There’s no popping the cover and slipping it out. Imported locks are important: lots of gangs in Beijing have master keys to the commonly sold locks. Taiwan import locks are available at better bike shops, like Giant. Just be sure you don’t got the bike chains with the round, hollow keys. Those locks can be popped with a ball point pen.