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 todays range of electric transportation doesn't look, feel or move like anything that has come before.
The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is 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).
Two wheel scooters come in two main varieties:
1 - Sit on electric scooters that are essentially an electric motorcycle.
Electrically driven scooters (such as the one pictured above) 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
2 - Standing electric scooters that feature an upright control handle such as the Segway where the operator rides in a standing position.
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 the one of the best purchases ever made for the handicapped, disabled or elderly.
Some examples of standing electric scooters include:
Capri Compact Scooter - This modern scooter from Shoprider is comfortable and easy to transport with an innovative designed handlebar to make your journey so much more enjoyable.
E-Zip 400 electric scooter - Lets you cruise at speeds up to 15 MPH and is powered by a small 400 Watt DC earth magnet motor. Range is around 8 miles per charge, depending on weight of rider and terrain.
TravelScoot - The world's lightest and most compact travel mobility scooter! It folds and unfolds as quick and easy as an umbrella and it fits where no mobility scooter has fit before! The perfect choice for people with limited mobility, the TravelScoot is designed for those who have walking difficulties but are otherwise still fairly mobile.
Segway Upright Scooter
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 motor bike type of scooter.
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 Personal Transporter (PT).
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.
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 numbers 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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