In this issue, ACL introduces the electric scooter, an alternative mode of transport that is gradually gaining popularity in the urban landscape. It is slowly replacing scooters powered by fossil energy, bringing numerous benefits to people who have already opted for this ecological solution.
It gets you around town more easily (leaving the jams behind), and it’s less noisy and more discreet.
If you’re thinking of buying an electric scooter and need some help with your decision-making, here are a few factors to consider so you make the right choice:
What type of use?
This is the first question you need to ask yourself: are you thinking of using it to get to work or just to fetch the bread at the weekend? For professional use?
The answer to this question will establish your requirements in terms of budget, cc equivalent, range and equipment.
The three main types of use are getting to work from home, professional journeys (for professional activity) and leisure (getting to the gym and fetching the bread, etc.).
The costs of a 50cc and a 400cc equivalent scooter are very different and the prices generally go up a lot with the scooter power. There is a wide price range, going from €2,000 for a 50cc equivalent scooter to over €15,000 for a maxi-scooter.
Prices are in line with the power delivered by the engine, level of equipment and scooter and battery reliability, etc. The highest prices generally go with a superior level of quality and finish. You need to bear in mind that an electric scooter costs more than a regular scooter to buy but that it will be more economical to run after that because it will make you considerable daily savings (running costs are a lot lower because you don’t need to pay out crazy money for fuel, and an electric scooter requires a lot less maintenance than a regular one because it has fewer parts, reducing maintenance costs considerably).
We talk about “equivalence”for electric scooters because they don’t have a real cylinder like combustion engines do.
So you have the choice of: a 50cc equivalent electric scooter, a 125cc equivalent electric scooter and a maxi-scooter (over 125cc).
As with a regular scooter, you need a licence to ride an electric scooter. The same rules apply to both regular and electric scooters.
If you live in town or mainly use urban roads, a 50cc equivalent scooter will be enough for your needs. If you regularly use national roads and ring roads you are advised to go for a 125cc equivalent scooter for improved comfort and safety. And if you regularly use motorways, it’s best to opt for a more powerful electric scooter (300cc or 400cc equivalent).
This is the distance you can cover before having to recharge your scooter. Just as you have to refuel a regular vehicle when the tank is empty, you need to recharge an electric scooter when the batteries have run down.
This obviously depends on the type of use and distances travelled for this type of use. As a general rule, city-dwellers travel very short distances (under 5km per journey).
Charging methods and times
This is an important factor when you buy: some scooters are easier to recharge than others and take less time to recharge.
There is also a difference between fixed and removable battery scooters. To recharge a fixed battery scooter, you need to plug it into a power socket (in a garage for example, if it has power) or an urban recharging point. This is the recharging method that people are most familiar with as it’s the most common way of recharging electric cars. It’s not the most practical method for every day, especially for people who don’t have a garage with a power socket.
A battery takes about 3 hours to charge to 80% and five hours for a full charge.
So if you are in a hurry to use your scooter, you can give it a partial recharge and save time. Battery range is obviously proportional to the charge level.
To promote e-mobility, the government programme aims to "replace the current incentive model with new targeted subsidies".
There are new allowances for buying a new vehicle, with the amount depending on the vehicle category:
- up to 500 euros for the following 100% electric vehicles: quadricycle, motorcycle, light motorcycle (125 cm3) and moped (scooter and pedelec45). The allowance amounts to 25% of the vehicle cost excl. VAT but cannot exceed 500 euros.
For more information visit https://gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2019/01-janvier/25-vehicules-faibles-emissions.html