You may think that electric scooters are new in the market but actually they are not. E scooters have been there for a long time, but few people heard about it or rode it on the street. However electric scooter has developed its popularity recently because its special features and becomes legal in most cities. Most people love scooter but few also hates it, but you may still would like to know the lifespan of electric scooters no matter what your views are.
There are only few reports about lifespan of electric scooters, so i can only conclude it approximately. Lifespan of rental electric scooters is usually about 1 - 6 months but private scooters enjoy a much longer lifespan of 2 or 3 years under proper care and maintenance. So what causes the difference?
Rental scooters are usually parked outdoor no matter shine or rain which is harmful to electric products. They mostly are not waterproof but people won’t pay attention to it because it is not their private scooter. Just ride it anyway.
Temperature is also a very essential factor. High temperature causes damage to lithium battery, however cold wheather makes the motor not working well.
Dust could be a problem too. Rental scooters may not be cleaned for a very long period of time so there would be a lot of dust on like battery or controller box, which brings harm to these parts. Shared scooters could be parked everywhere such as street or sidewalk, so they fell down very often.
Other factors like overweight and careless riding decrease the lifespan of electric scooters either.
Tires. Although solid tires seems like more convenient because it won’t get flat, but it is not capable to provide a smooth ride. On the other side, pneumatic tire needs to be replaced once a while but it provides a more comfortable ride.
Rear fender. This part is used as a rear brake by stepping on it, so it is relatively easy to break with improper use.
Front light. We all know that light is always fragile. Pay more attention to it during riding in case you crash it by accident.
Brake. Most riders may not know that brake actually could age. The lining on the brake pad would be worn as you ride the scooter. After 1 year or more than 1 year use, the lining is usually needed to be replaced.
Battery. Charge the scooter when it has one bar left. Do not wait until it completely ran out of power, which decrease the lifespan of the battery. And keep the battery away from water because water damage for a battery is fatal.
To improve the lifespan of a scooter, the rider needs take care of it and give proper maintenance. We have posted a blog about Tips for Electric Scooter Maintenance.
In general, rental scooter’s short lifespan comes from less maintenance from riders and private - owned scooter goes the opposite.