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2-Wheel Electric Scooters, Bikes, Mopeds

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-04
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Additional References: 2-Wheel Mobility Scooters Publications

Synopsis: Information on 2-wheel battery-powered electric scooters bicycles and mopeds including road laws motor sizes and types. Standing electric scooters, such as the Razor E125 Electronic Scooter or the side-by-side wheeled Segway, are a smaller lightweight, and portable alternative to the larger electric-powered motorbike type of scooter. You do not need a driver's license in most regions to ride an electric scooter or moped in the street as they are classified as power-assisted bicycles.

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Two-wheel electric scooters, also known as Electric Bicycles or Mopeds, are a great, low-noise, zero-emissions form of transportation that are also suitable for persons with limited mobility. With recent technology, today's range of electric transportation doesn't look, feel or move like anything that has come before.

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Two-wheel scooters come in two main varieties:

Sit on Electric Scooters

Electrically driven scooters are a perfect mode of transport for people who do not want the expense of operating a gas-driven vehicle or motorcycle.

The electric scooter or moped is classified as a power-assisted bicycle, thus in most states (depending on motor size) you do not need a driver's license to ride the bike on the street, nor does it have to be registered, plated, or insured. In addition, if you follow your local bicycle laws, you should be able to ride this bike any place bicycles are allowed to operate, such as bicycle paths.

The Electric Bicycle Scooter Moped is street legal with 2 wheel disc or front disc rear drum braking system, headlight(s), taillight(s), brake light, blinkers, and electric horn for safety and visibility.

The electric bicycle will travel for around 20 to 25 miles on a single charge and travels at speeds up to around 20 miles per hour. A smallish waterproof luggage box usually comes as a standard accessory, larger luggage trunks can be purchased separately.

Most electric motorcycles come with push-bike like pedals included, however they do not need to be installed unless you run out of battery power or have a maintenance problem and need to get back home under your own power.

Further information and specifications on the motorcycle style electric scooter

E-zip 400 electric motor scooter
E-zip 400 electric motor scooter.

Standing Electric Scooters

Standing electric scooters that feature an upright control handle such as the Segway where the operator rides in a standing position.

Standing scooters are also known as compact scooters or stand up scooters in some places.

Standing electric scooters are usually favored by the younger generation, but are slowly gaining in popularity as seniors and the mobility impaired come to realize they offer an alternative means of transport, are inexpensive to run and maintain, and are far more than just a toy.

Compact electric scooters come with various options in prices, battery capacity, weight, number of wheels and sizes.

A carefully selected compact scooter can be one of the best purchases ever made for the handicapped, disabled or elderly.

Examples of Standing Electric Scooters

Picture of Segway
Picture of a Segway.

Standing electric scooters such as the Razor E125 Electronic Scooter or the side-by-side wheeled Segway are a smaller lightweight, and portable alternative to the larger electric-powered motorbike type of scooter.

Segway Personal Transporter (PT)

The Segway is another recent example of a standing electric powered scooter. In 2001, Dean Kamen announced the arrival of the first self-balancing, zero emissions personal transportation vehicle.

The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition. PT is an abbreviation for personal transporter. The Segway detects, as it balances, the change in its center of mass, and first establishes and then maintains a corresponding speed, forward or backward. Segway PTs are driven by electric motors and can reach a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).

How do you control a Segway?

The Segway is surprisingly easy to steer and balance. To move forward or backward on a Segway, the rider just leans their body weight slightly forward or backward. To turn left or right, the rider simply moves the LeanSteer frame to the left or right.

The Segway gives the rider a sense of power, maneuverability, and speed, yet you also feel a sense of safety and control.

Facts and Statistics

Two-wheel electric scooters, also known as electric mopeds, electric bicycles, E-cycles, or E-Bikes, are becoming a popular mode of transport and commuting means that is also suitable for persons with limited mobility. Around the world, the movement towards real efficiency and power in electric scooters and bikes is moving forward at an encouraging rate. Electric scooters are environmentally friendly and are 99% less polluting than any gasoline-driven engine. Electric scooters use no energy when stationary at traffic lights, they have no moving engine parts that cause friction, and do not need additional energy sources apart from re-charging of the battery(s).

An Electric Two-Wheel Vehicles 2009 report by clean-tech market company Pike Research forecasts that more than 466 million electric bicycles and motorcycles will be sold worldwide during the period from 2010 to 2016. This number represents about 10% compound annual growth rate. Today, one in 7 bicycles sold is battery-assisted. The NY Times reports that it all began in China, where an estimated 120 million electric bicycles now hum along the roads, up from a few thousand in the 1990s.

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