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4 tips for increasing your electric scooter’s efficiency

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The growing interest in personal transportation options that are ecofriendly, convenient, compact, affordable, relatively fast and that is not held back by traffic, is pushing demand for electric scooters to unprecedented heights (see more information). Nevertheless, there are certain aspects of transportation equipment that electric scooters do not get rid of. One of these is maintenance.

Your scooter will only work as well as the quality and frequency of service you give it. Rare, erratic, superficial or delayed maintenance reduces the scooter’s efficiency in the short term and significantly shrinks its lifespan in the long term. You’ll find the following insights invaluable in keeping your scooter in the best possible condition.

Maintain the Right Tire Pressure

When tire pressure is low, the scooter motor has to work harder to propel the vehicle forward. The tires also wear out faster. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a seasoned mechanic to keep tabs on tire pressure. Casual observation or pressing the tire with your finger should give you a clue. If you are not sure, a pressure gauge will provide a more accurate result.

Before you fill up the tire, confirm there’s no leak. Otherwise, fill up to the recommended level. Beware not to overinflate the tires or fill one tire with more pressure than the other. Too much pressure increases the chances of a tire burst while pressure below the recommended level causes an imbalanced distribution of the scooter’s weight, something that can hasten wear.

Regular Battery Maintenance

Together with the motor, the battery is the heart of an electric scooter. It determines how far you can go before you need to recharge. To keep the battery in good condition so that it doesn’t throw up nasty surprises when you are in the middle of nowhere, always use a manufacturer-approved charger.

Inevitably, the distance the full battery can take you will decline over time. That said, make sure this decline is due to natural aging as opposed to avoidable resolvable problems such as corrosion and leaking. Also, don’t wait for your battery to completely die off before you replace it since it could do so at a time and place where it’s least convenient.

Check the Belt and Chain

A loss of tension on the belt or chain should be investigated as soon as possible. If you continue riding on a loose chain, it will get worn out much faster than it should. Eventually, the chain could become too loose to enable scooter movement. And that’s if it doesn’t overheat from too much friction and finally break.

If a loose chain cannot be tightened, it’s best to replace it before it causes you more stress than you envisaged. When installing a new chain, ensure that it doesn’t at all come into contact with any other surface on the scooter since this could quickly damage it (and the scooter part in question) due to excessive friction.

Lubricate

An electric scooter is a great way to cut down on fossil fuels thereby reducing your carbon footprint. Nevertheless, there’s one reason why you won’t be able to do without hydrocarbons when you own a scooter: lubrication. The scooter is comprised of moving parts and if you want them to work as well as they should, lubrication is not optional.

A failure to lubricates the chains, brakes or throttle can have disastrous consequences and only reduces the useful life of these parts. Develop a strict lubricating schedule but be flexible enough to lubricate outside this schedule if you notice growing friction or a grinding sound from any moveable section.

Electric scooters are a fun and clean way to move around. However, your experience is only likely to remain positive if you do not compromise on maintenance and repair.

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