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Understanding Your Electric Scooter

The FUZE is a great way to move around and very easy to get used to. However, new regulations regarding personal mobility devices (PMDs) have been introduced and must be respected. If this is your first electric scooter, you will need to take the time to learn how everything works. Check our tips below and the mistakes you will want to avoid to get the most out of your scooter.

 

 

Fuze Electric Scooter

 

 

Familiarise yourself with your electric scooter in a secure area

Riding the scooter is very easy, it will only take you a few minutes to adjust to your scooter’s riding position and find your balance. Adjust the handlebars to your desired height to ensure maximum comfort. Be sure to make the most of the fair-weather conditions to start riding and choose a quiet place with little traffic, on flat and smooth ground.

 

 

 

 

Remember to wear protective gear

Although some protective equipment is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that you wear a protective helmet and high visibility clothing if you are travelling at night or when visibility is poor. This will increase your conspicuity for other road users.

 

 

Find out about your local regulations

Make sure that you are aware of and comply with any new regulations and road traffic restrictions established by your local government and regulatory bodies. 

 

 

The rule for private e-scooters

In the UK it is legal to use electric scooters on private land only with the permission of the landowner.

 

 

Beware of braking

The faster you ride, the longer your braking distance. On smooth surfaces, the electric scooter can slip under heavy braking, lose its balance and cause a fall. Braking requires anticipation so make sure to always maintain a safe distance from others and obstacles. Pay close attention to your surroundings so that you can brake in time.

 

 

 

 

Pay attention to your surroundings

Some electric scooter may seem slow unlike our fuze which goes up to 45kph, it’s important to stay alert and adapt your speed to your surroundings. Other people may present a risk for your safety if you drive carelessly or inappropriately. You are exposed to road accidents just as you are when you walk or cycle. Adapting your speed will help you to anticipate braking and prevent accidents.

 

 

How to take good care of your electric scooter

Check your FUZE before each use. When you notice loose parts, low battery warning, flat tyres, excessive wear, strange noises, malfunctions, and other abnormal conditions, stop riding immediately. When the electric scooter is not in use, keep it indoors in a cool, dry place.

Keep an eye on the charge level of your battery, we advise you to keep a charge of about 40%/60% when not using the vehicle for a longer time than a few hours. Make sure it is not left in an environment above or below -20°C/50°C (for example in a car exposed to direct sunlight).

Use a damp cloth to clean and remove stains from your electric scooter. Do not use alcohol, paraffin or any other corrosive product to clean your Fuze.

 

Understanding Your Electric Scooter

 

 

Folding and transporting

Slightly push the handlebar stem forward and pull the locking pin around the folding joint, allowing you to fold the handlebars onto the deck. Please also ensure your bars are set to their lowest height to avoid them hitting the rear mudguard. To carry your FUZE, simply grab it by the stem.

 

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If you have any further questions after receiving your Fuze, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

 

Renewable Energy Explained

There is a variety of sources in the UK producing the energy that comes into our homes. Most of it is produced by burning fossil fuels which are major contributing factors to the current climate crisis. Cleaner alternatives to traditional power sources are being increasingly sought after in order to reduce our dependence on traditional fossil fuels. Renewable energy refers to different forms of energy naturally obtained from existing flows of energy in the environment. These sources are continually replenished contrary to fossil fuel or nuclear energies which are finite and will eventually run out. As the energy sector is transforming, see how you can help make an impact at home towards a cleaner energy future.

 

Renewable Energy solar panels

 

Non-renewable energies are limited resources

Renewable energy sources are sustainable, infinite, and are a clean alternative to the non-renewable energies which are limited. The main reason to anticipate the transition to renewable energies as soon as possible is that non-renewable or “dirty” energy sources such as oil, gas, and coal are finite. The amount we use now is simply not sustainable. As the global population expands, the rising demand across the world for these non-renewable energies increases and they are consumed faster than they can be replaced whilst seriously impacting climate change. Diversifying our energy supply will allow us to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease our carbon footprint.

 

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What is a renewable energy source?

Renewable energy is sustainable energy from sources that are naturally replenishing and cannot run out. The most popular renewable energy sources are solar, wind, and water power. These are simply naturally present in the environment and can be converted to useful power thanks to modern technologies.

 

 

Types of renewable energy

The most popular renewable energy sources currently are:

Solar energy – Solar energy technologies transform energy from sunlight directly to electricity.

Wind energy – The wind energy is converted into electricity by using wind turbines which feed an electric generator and produce electricity.

Hydroelectric power – Hydro-power relies on water flows. The force they induce powers a turbine which converts it into electricity.

Biomass energy – Biomass is derived from organic material that comes from plant matter,  agricultural and urban waste and trees. It is utilised to generate energy by combustion.

Tidal energy – Tidal energy is a form of hydroelectric power relying on tidal currents to produce electricity. It is a form of hydroelectric power where the water movement generates energy.

Geothermal energy – This refers to heat energy stored below the earth surface.

 

 

Renewable Energy wind power

 

Advantages of renewable energy

The increasing competitiveness of renewables makes them highly attractive. Here are good reasons to make the shift to renewable energy in the future:

  • Climate impact – Renewable energy sources do not cause harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Job creation – The sector provides many different types of jobs which are expected to continue to grow well into the future
  • Economical –  It allows you to generate your own electricity
  • Additional source of income – The extra electricity produced can be sold to your energy provider
  • Stable energy prices – Once installed they are inexpensive to operate and low maintenance, often making up for their investment over time.
  • Energy independence – Less reliance on imported non-renewable energy for a stronger economy
  • Environmental benefits – Renewables do not produce dangerous waste that requires complex and costly management

 

Renewable energy costs have fallen over the past decade and a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published in June 2020 found that renewable power has become cheaper than any new power generation developments based on fossil fuels.

 

 

Renewable Energy tidal

 

Renewable energy at home

There are several ways you can do your part for the planet and switching to green energy is amongst one of the easiest and most impactful shifts you can do to reduce your and/or your business carbon footprint.

 

Switch to renewable energy

If you are ready to switch to a green energy plan, you will have a range of suppliers to choose from as it is becoming a popular option amongst households in the UK. The choice is growing and green energy tariffs on the market can vary so it is always a good idea to shop around to compare what is available and ensure the company is reputable. Your supplier should also let you know what proportion of your supply is renewable. Some tariffs will be ‘100% renewable’ while others will only offer a percentage of the total fuel mix.

 

Energy generators are granted “green” certificates called Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) by the industry regulator OFGEM (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets). A certificate is delivered for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable electricity generated. When a supplier buys power from a renewable generator to sell to its customers, it also buys its REGO certificates. This allows OFGEM to assess how much of the power suppliers buy comes from renewables. The purpose of the certificate is to guarantee customers that a proportion of the electricity they purchased was produced from renewable sources.

 

In the UK all the energy sourced is pooled into the National Grid (whether it is renewable or not). If you have a green energy supplier, they will replenish the energy you use from the national grid from clean renewable sources. This means that swapping to a 100% renewable energy supplier alone will not make your house zero emissions as it isn’t possible to directly re-route the green energy to your door. However, signing up for renewable energy means you are putting clean, renewable-generated power into the National Grid to match the amount of energy you use at home. The energy will then be distributed to homes and businesses.

 

Your devices might not be directly powered by green energy, but you are making an impact in switching to renewables by encouraging suppliers to source renewable power in order to meet the demand. The growing demand will lead to an increase in the supply of clean energy and guarantee that renewable-sourced energy is put back in the grid.

 

 

Generating your own renewable energy

If you are interested in generating your own power it is important to take a long-term view. Installing a renewable system can be more expensive upfront, but you will be able to significantly cut your monthly energy bills and recoup on your investment. To get the most out of your renewable energy system it is a good idea to ensure beforehand that your property is energy efficient. To determine the efficiency of your house, an energy audit can be done to check areas for improvement. Then you will need to consider what’s possible for your home as some systems won’t be technically compatible with your property.  Depending on the kind of property and installation, you may need to get planning permission from your local authority.

 

 

 

10 Tips to be saving energy at home

The advantages of using renewable energy in a domestic setting are enticing alone, but you will only make the most of it provided that you are mindful of how you use your household energy.

 

  1. Turn off the lights when leaving a room
  2. Replace your light bulbs with LED lights
  3. Unplug your devices when you are not using them
  4. Install a programmable or smart thermostat
  5. Set your thermostat at a lower temperature
  6. Reduce your water heating expenses
  7. Install double glazing windows
  8. Insulate your property
  9. Use a smart meter to track your energy usage
  10. Equip your house with energy-efficient appliances

 

Facts

 

  • Renewable energy made up 47% of the UK’s electricity generation in the first quarter of the year – improving the previous record of 37% set in 2019.
  • Just 1 wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power 1,400 homes or make 230 million cups of tea
  • In 2016, the renewable energy sector employed about 9.8 million people and the solar power industry alone generated twice more workplaces than the coal or oil industry combined.
  • The world energy consumption is predicted to grow by 50% by 2050.
  • By 2050, the sun could be the world’s main energy source of energy.
  • On Wednesday 26th August 2020 wind power was generating 60% of Britain’s electricity. The record was set at in the early hours of the day as the UK was experiencing high winds from storm Francis.
  • In 2018, Costa Rica operated on renewables for 311 consecutive days. So far, it is the only country in the world that has been able to achieve this.
  • According to the WWF, the whole world has the capacity to go climate neutral by 2050

Bike Insurance? Does your electric bike need insurance?

Whilst ensuring your electric bike is not compulsory in England, there are numerous reasons to consider insuring your new ride. It is highly recommended to find a suitable policy in the event that you have an accident, which leaves you and your bike with a public liability cover as well as protection against theft and damage.

 

 

Keep your investment safe

Purchasing an electric bike is a significant investment you want to protect. There are different policies available on the market and you might want to shop around for the coverage that is right for you.

Assuming your home insurance policy provides the right cover is risky as you may only be covered while the bike’s at home. It is worth checking how much cover you are likely to receive as there are some strict conditions and limitations. Whereas specialist electric bike insurance policies often offer higher amounts of cover.

 

 

Electric Bike Insurance Cover

There are different policies available and factors you should consider when comparing ebike policies to find the coverage that is right for you:

  • Theft
  • Accidents and vandalism
  • Third-party liability insurance
  • Replacement cycle hire
  • Cycle rescue
  • Personnel accident
  • Other riders cover
  • Cover for accessories

 

 

Tips to prevent your electric bike from theft

Bike thefts reported to BikeRegister rose by 48% in June, compared to last year, so here are some tips to prevent your electric bike from being stolen in the first place:

  • Register your bike online
  • Invest in a high-quality lock
  • Protect your bike with an ImmobiTag identification chip
  • Store your bike in a secure location covered by CCTV
  • Unlock and remove your battery when you lock it up
  • Secure your bike in a different location every day
  • Don’t leave it parked in public for long periods of time
  • Failing to protect your bike adequately can also result in your insurance protection being invalidated.

 

The cost of specialised electric bike insurance is generally affordable but will vary depending on your policy and the add-ons that your policy offers to increase your coverage. Being on the safe side is always best as the damages you may be responsible for in the case of an accident can be significant.

 

 

Find more information about our UK theft and damage insurance packages here

 

 

London to celebrate World Car Free Day 2020 on Sunday 20 September

Rediscover central London and celebrate the return of World Car Free Day 2020 on Sunday 20 September. The event is a great way to raise public awareness of the need to tackle harmful car emissions and offers a unique chance to cycle through the city – 17 miles of London’s streets will go car-free for one day.

 

As part of his plan to tackle London’s toxic air, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan renewed this initiative for the second time to encourage Londoners to use their car less, help improve air pollution and reduce car emissions. The Mayor of London has a target of 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable modes of transport by 2041, compared to 63 per cent today.

 

Said Khan: “I’m determined to make this year’s event even bigger and better.”

 

Last year, 27 of the 32 boroughs took part in London’s Car Free Day and activities were held around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London. After the event, 65% of the Londoners surveyed said that Car Free Day events inspired them to use a car less

 

 

London goes ‘car-free’ on 20 September to ensure the events are inclusive and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, helping boost the number of Londoners who are able to take part, although World Car Free Day itself is on 22 September.

 

A complete list of what roads will be closed can be found here: London Car Free Day Events

 

Click here to learn more and debate ways to accelerate the transition to traffic-free city centres in London & around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Electric Bikes: Tips For New Owners

It’s always exciting to receive a brand new bike so you must be keen to get the first spin in!  Before you take out your new Furo X, here are a few tips to get the most out of it.

 

Speed limit

Legally, the UK legislation is based off European regulations, limiting the speed of electric bicycles to 15.5mph. The electric assistance cuts out automatically if the speed exceeds 15.5mph. However, you may want to change this speed limit if you use your bike in an area with different restrictions (for example, USA 19.8mph), or if you do not use your Furo X on public roads (for example on private property). All electric bicycles that meet these requirements can be ridden on any cycle paths and anywhere else that bikes are normally allowed without the need for insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

The different levels of assistance

The Furo X has 5 levels of assistance that can be adjusted via the onboard computer on the handlebars. In order to activate the assistance,  all you have to do is pedal for the motor to engage. Each mode offers a level of assistance that allows you to pedal with minimal effort.

  • Level 1-2 – economical mode
  • Level 3-4 – normal mode
  • Level 5 – maximum sport assistance mode

For those who wish to ride without electric assistance like a classic bike, you can lower the assistance level to 0 and the motor will disengage itself providing you with a natural riding experience supported by its gears and hydraulic disk brakes.

 

 

Ebikes are water-resistant

You can ride your electric bicycle in the rain as the battery and motor are protected by water-resistant cases, allowing you to ride in the rain without any danger.

However, you cannot completely submerge your electric bicycle, nor can you clean it with a jet wash as this can cause water to penetrate the seals. Instead, clean it with a sponge and warm soapy water. Remember to remove the battery when cleaning your bike.

 

How to boost your range

As a key element of your electric bike, there are tips to prolong the life of your electric bike battery:

  • Use your electric bicycle preferably between 15°C and 35°C rather than in temperatures inferior to 15°C.
  • Don’t wait until your battery is completely discharged before recharging it. This can increase its capacity from 500 to up to 6000 cycles. (Optimal longevity is obtained when the battery is charged to 75% and discharged to 25%).
  • The optimum storage temperature for Lithium-ion batteries is 23°C in a cool place and at 60% capacity.
  • Moderate your average speed and the intensity of your acceleration and deceleration.

The lithium-ion cells used in your battery will achieve 500 full charge cycles before reaching 70% of their original capacity. Following this, the decrease in capacity will be linear. As described above, charging your battery to 75% of its capacity and using it up to 25% of its capacity will greatly enhance its life. In this case, in order to maintain performance, it is important to conduct a full charge and discharge every 10 to 15 recharge cycles.

 

Lithium-ion battery etura Folding electric bike

 

It’s important to maintain your bike regularly

Regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary to prolong the lifespan of your bike and keep it running smoothly.

Check tire pressure, rims, braking and lighting for proper operation before each ride. Under-inflated tyres put more strain on the motor and therefore decrease your range. To optimise your battery life, be sure to regularly maintain your tire pressure, which should be approximately between 40 and 60 PSI. We also recommend that you have your bike serviced once a year at your local bike shop.

Be prepared for any eventuality and always carry tools and spare parts with you. Here is a list of the essential items you should have on hand during a bike ride to ensure that you can proceed to minor repairs:

  • a compact multi-functional tool
  • a puncture repair kit
  • a spare inner tube
  • a compact bicycle pump

 

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Why 2020 is the Year you Should Consider an Electric Bike

The pandemic has changed the way we travel. As lockdown started easing, bicycle businesses reported that the demand for electric bikes skyrocketed, as people seriously started to consider alternatives and better ways to commute.

In the wake of the government encouraging people to go back to work, surveys show that the majority of employees are not comfortable returning to public transport for their commute because of coronavirus.

Public transport is seen as too risky, as well as shared mobility services. This is where electric bikes come in handy to avoid car use and close contact on crowded tube trains – we will now go through several reasons why electric bikes are a good idea.

 

Ebikes Make Cycling Easy and Accessible

Limited to 15.5mph, you do not need a licence to ride an electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC), it does not need to be registered, taxed or insured. It can be ridden on roads, bike paths and other places where bicycles are allowed under UK law.
Electric bikes are easier to ride than normal bikes but still require pedalling. They will let you glide uphill, accelerate smoothly and cover miles of distance with little effort! The motor boost on hilly sections allows you to wear work clothes without turning up to work sweaty and exhausted! You can think of it as a car replacement to undertake short journeys and reduce reliance on cars. They also ease the transition to riding, helping people switch from four wheels to two.

 

Buying an electric bike

 

Improve Your Overall Fitness

It’s a great way of getting people to have a moderate-intensity activity regularly, helping them build their fitness level and giving them the confidence to go further. Cycling with an electric bike is still an exercise and therefore good for your health. The main benefit is that you can choose the level of effort you put in, for example, our Furo X has 5 levels of assistance, allowing you to work your way up to more challenging rides.
E-bikes appeal to a potentially wide range of riders athletes to older people, including those suffering from impairments, disabilities or getting back into exercise post-injury or after a long absence.

 

 

Buying an electric bike

 

 

Save on Transport Expenses

Cutting your commuting costs, spending less time in traffic and boosting your overall health are the main reasons why e-bikes are a popular choice. They are a perfect way to combine moderate exercise with a commute and maybe save on gym memberships for those who cycle regularly!
Compared with public transport and driving a car, e-bikes will save you money in the long run. The only expense is the initial investment and maintenance, the latter being minimal. The cost of electricity to charge the battery is also minor (about 20p per 150km in the UK). Plus, several companies are taking part in the Cycle to Work scheme which allows you to get tax-free bikes and accessories.
Many short car trips can easily be replaced and cycling for commuting instead can save you a ton of gas and car-park fees, which in turn can save you hundreds to thousands of pounds per year.

 

 

Ebike Insurance

 

 

Help Cut Air Pollution

Air pollution is not just irritable, it is dangerous. It is stated as a UK national public health emergency since 2016. The emissions from transports are a major source of air pollution and a contributor to the poor air quality in cities. However, we have seen dramatic improvements in the air quality throughout London as a result of the significant decrease in traffic during the lockdown.
Becoming ever more popular, cycling can bring large improvements in air quality and electric bikes offer an exciting opportunity to slash transport carbon emissions, reduce congestion and improve mobility. The Department for Transport has since taken action to promote sustainable urban mobility and stated that changes are being made to implement transport policies to remove polluting vehicles from roads and increase the use of active travel by 2025.
Now is the perfect time to grab an e-bike and play a key role in reducing air pollution! Long term benefits being the reduction in air pollution and emissions.

 

 

air quality in major cities

 

 

Government Willing to Create a New Era For Cycling

Desperate for green solutions which allow people to get to work without risking their health on public transport, the government have funded work with local authorities across the country to help make it easier for people to use bikes to get around.

 

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The UK government is now offering first of their kind financial incentives for the use of ebikes over cars by issuing vouchers for cycle repairs and introducing the Cycle to Work scheme, an option which gives a discount on the cost of a new bike to help encourage employees to take up cycling in their everyday routines.

U.K. transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced what he calls a “once in a generation” £2 billion plan to boost cycling and walking both during and after the lockdown.

 

Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund – the first stage of a £2 billion investment.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling – whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.”

 

So, could an e-bike be the answer to your post-lockdown commute? If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric bike but have been hesitant to pull the trigger, why not book a test ride and see for yourself!

Folding Electric Bikes Are Brilliant. Here’s Why

There’s never been a better time to get a folding electric bike. As a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and convenient mode of transportation, they’re perfectly suited to urban living. In this post, you’ll see how much better a folding e-bike makes it to commute, run errands, and generally get around town.

 

Getting Around Town Is No Sweat

Riding an electric bike is a great way to burn off excess calories without breaking a sweat. Pedal away as much as you want to get your heart pumping; when you need to take a break, simply let the electric motor do the work. You’ll especially appreciate this every time you commute or ride to a social event as you won’t need to shower or change clothes when you arrive at your destination.

 

 

 

 

You’ll Be Riding Up That Hill With No Problems

You shouldn’t have to choose between struggling to pedal up a hill as your legs and lungs beg you for mercy or getting off and walking your bike up, which can be a hassle in itself. Your e-bike’s motor can power you up hills; you’ll also have a less strenuous ride when you’re carrying your rucksack, bags of groceries, or anything else you need to transport by bike.

 

 

 

Get Up To Speed Easily

There are times you need to accelerate from a dead stop quickly to keep up with traffic, both on roads and bike lanes. Your folding e-bike’s motor takes care of this for you instantly, giving you added peace of mind at intersections. Additional power can also benefit you when you need to overtake – just as long as you’re doing so with total awareness of what’s going on around you. After all, with extra speed comes extra responsibility!

 

 

 

 

How Convenient

Lightweight and foldable, yet incredibly durable, folding electric bikes are easy to store and carry. If you need to use public transport during your travels through town, you can quickly fold up your e-bike and carry it on with you. Because it takes up no more room than a large piece of luggage, your folding electric bike is far less of a bother to transport than a regular bike. 

When you get to your destination, you can keep your bike with you and store it without obstructing others. This beats locking it outside or putting it somewhere that’s going to annoy the people you live or work with. Since you can store your foldable electric bike indoors, you don’t need to worry about bike thieves taking off with your ride – in essence, your bike comes with a built-in security system. 

 

 

 

No Room Too Small

For the growing number of people living in micro-homes, storage space is a serious issue. No matter how small or big your home may be, folding electric bikes help you maximize your available space. You can store it pretty much anywhere – in a closet or corner, under a table or bed, or on a balcony or a hook in the foyer.

 

 

This advantage extends to car storage – when you want to take your e-bike with you on a road trip, fold it up and pop it in the boot. You no longer have the hassle of affixing your bike to a roof rack or folding down the back seat to fit your bike into your car. Bringing your own foldable electric bike also spares you the expense and risks of renting a bike during your travels.

 

 

 

 

 

Become An Eco-Road Warrior

Well, maybe not a warrior, we just like the way that sounds. The point here is that more bike riders mean less air pollution. Folding electric bikes are as environmentally friendly to ride as push-pedal bikes. They also happen to be a convenient, healthy, and fun way to get around.

 

 

 

Explore Your Options

To get a better idea of how much a folding electric bike can bring to your life, check out our Furo X. This popular e-bike fuses style, performance, and practicality – plus an abundance of extra features – to give you a riding experience that experts are raving about. If you’re looking for something that’s even lighter but still a dream to ride, take a look at our eTura.

 

We’re always available to answer your questions and help you choose the right folding electric bike for your needs, so get in touch with us.

Why Owning an Electric Vehicle Is Better Than Sharing

Dockless electric bikes and scooters are becoming a common part of the urban landscape in cities all over the world. It’s easy to see why – they’re a cheap, convenient, and ecological way of getting around town. However, dockless electric vehicles are less than ideal for frequent riders. This may already be painfully obvious to you if you use them every day for, say, commuting to and from work.

For regular use, there are several good reasons why you should buy an e-bike or e-scooter. In this article, we’ll show you the advantages ownership has over hiring. 

 

You’re Safer on Your Own E-Bike or E-Scooter

You’ve always got a good idea of what condition your electric bike or scooter is in. You know when its battery needs charging and you can tell when a part needs fixing or replacing. 

You don’t have that knowledge with a shared dockless vehicle. You’re always at risk of hiring a ride that prematurely runs out of juice or has broken or defective parts, potentially causing serious injuries or worse. Ownership of an e-bike or e-scooter gives you far more peace of mind than a vehicle you just grab off the pavement.

 

Sharing is Not Caring

There’s no debating that dockless electric bikes and e-scooters are an environmentally friendly mode of transportation – as long as we’re talking purely about riding. This benefit loses some of its lustre when we look at dockless operations as a whole.

Consider this: how do all those electric scooters and bikes get relocated, repaired, and recharged? The answer transforms them from being sustainable to climate-unfriendly: vans, trucks, and cars. Every day and night, bands of gig workers drive around picking up and transporting e-scooters and e-bikes, increasing traffic congestion and polluting the air. Buying an electric bike or scooter won’t make this issue disappear overnight, but it certainly won’t make it worse.

Dockless electric bikes and electric scooters don’t last long. A 2018 study indicated that, on average, electric scooters have a lifespan ranging from just under 29 days to nine months. Operators tend to discard rather than reuse them, increasing their negative impact on the environment. As the owner of an e-vehicle, you’re more likely to maintain it to maximize its lifespan. When you’re ready to get a new e-scooter or e-bike, you can always resell your previous one rather than just hauling it off to the dump.

 

Owners Don’t Have Abandonment Issues

Perhaps the biggest problem with shared dockless bikes and scooters in the urban clutter they create. A large number of riders are simply leaving them anywhere: across sidewalks, in front of doorways, on lawns, in car parks, in rivers,… really anywhere. Unsurprisingly, this inconsiderate behaviour is infuriating city residents all over the world, giving shared e-scooters and e-bikes a kind of social stigma.

When you own a vehicle, you’re not going to just park it wherever you want – doing so could result in a fine, theft, or vandalism. Buying a folding e-bike or e-scooter has the added benefit of portability, so you can keep it with you wherever you are, without creating obstacles for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

 

Ownership is Cheaper in the Long Run

If you’re just riding every now and again, a shared vehicle is cost-effective. On the other hand, daily use over the course of a year could easily end up costing you more than a brand-new e-scooter or e-bike. Best of all, you don’t have to share your vehicle with a bunch of strangers.

Let’s do the math, using the pricing of a shared Lime bike. You pay £1 to unlock a bike then 15p per minute until you lock it back up. In the UK, commuters who cycle spend 44 minutes per day travelling to and from work. So we’re now at £7.60 per day. Using an average of 253 working days per year, this comes out to £1,922.80 annually. 

For just £77.20 more, you can get our Furo X folding electric bike, saving yourself nearly £2,000 in e-bike rental fees every year!

We don’t have shared e-scooter figures yet, but we’re sure that owning our popular Fuze electric scooter would save you as much, if not more, money.

To learn more about our folding electric bikes and scooters, pricing, and the benefits of owning over sharing, feel free to get in touch with us!

E-Scooters to Become Legal for Road Use in the UK

As our cities set out on the road to coronavirus recovery, we’re seeing a growing acceptance of electric scooters. In the UK, the public has become more supportive of e-scooters, and the government is revising road traffic regulations so councils can set up trials in their cities. 

Here’s the latest on the UK government’s e-scooter plan, which should help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution low and prevent overcrowding on public transport. This is great news for e-scooter riders across the country. Let’s take a look at the progress that has been made recently.

 

E-Scooter Trials Get the Green Light

The UK is catching up with several European governments that have embraced e-scooters as a means of reducing car usage. The COVID-19 lockdowns have made the benefits of micro-mobility abundantly clear, as Hamish Stewart, the organiser of London Car Free Day points out:

“During the crisis, we have seen lots of people realising that they don’t need a car to make short trips and the decision to accelerate e-scooter trials will provide another non-polluting way for people to travel safely and take the pressure off public transport.”

To determine the impact that more widespread use of electric scooters will have on road traffic, air quality, and pedestrian safety, 30 city councils are planning pilot projects. The potential reduction in congestion and pollution is high as 60% of car journeys in the UK cover a distance of merely one to five kilometres. The results of coronavirus-related restrictions support this assumption, as we’ve seen a massive decrease in vehicular traffic and air pollution has dropped by up to 60% in parts of the country.

Based on a government consultation, the regulatory framework of the pilot programmes states that:

  • E-scooter riders can use public roads, cycle lanes, and tracks
  • E-scooters are exempt from vehicle registration
  • Riders must be at least 16 years old and hold a driver’s license
  • Riders require insurance
  • Riders are not legally required to wear helmets
  • Top speed: 12.5 mph (20 km/h)
  • Maximum e-scooter weight: 35 kg

Stay on the Road

The same consultation emphasizes that electric scooter use in the UK should only take place on roads (with the obvious exception of motorways) and in cycle lanes. The reasoning behind this is that e-scooters and bicycles travel at similar speeds.

It goes without saying that e-scooters are not permitted on pavements. This is a serious concern among pedestrians, especially in European cities that are coming to grips with an overabundance of rented electric scooters. Only responsible for riding and parking will result in successful trials and nationwide adoption of these eco-friendly vehicles.

 

The Benefits of E-Scooter Ownership

While the pilot projects in the UK are for rented e-scooters, there are numerous advantages that come with owning an electric scooter. Currently, one of the most important benefits is that you’re eliminating the risk of coronavirus infection. Shared e-scooter companies are doing their best to sanitize their fleets, but they’re also advising you to wipe the handles and wash your hands before and after riding, and wear gloves – all things you don’t have to think about when you’ve got your own e-scooter.

You’ve also got an awareness of the condition of your e-scooter that you don’t get with a rental. As its only rider, you’re aware of its performance, so you know when a part needs tuning or replacing. Rentals may be sturdy, but you still have no idea how much wear and tear they’ve been through.

Additionally, ownership may be seen as more socially acceptable. Rentals are seen at best an amusement for tourists, at worst the source of an American phenomenon that’s been dubbed “scooter rage”, which has prompted city residents to throw rented e-scooters into rivers. You can easily store our Fuze anywhere, including your home or office, so you’re not contributing to the piles of rentals that are taking up pedestrian spaces.

 

This is Great News for Electric Scooter Riders

We at FuroSystems will be keeping an eye on the progress of the pilot projects. Hopefully, their success will bring this sustainable, environmentally friendly mode of transport into mainstream acceptance, and help keep the UK’s roads clearer while lowering pollution levels. Watch this space for the latest news about the e-scooter trial, as well as advice on electric scooter use and maintenance.

Why Folding Electric Bike Sales Are Booming in 2020 

Our city streets have gone electric. If you’re living in an urban centre or been to one recently, you’ve probably noticed the increasing number of eco-friendly vehicles like folding electric bikes and scooters zipping to and fro. This electric bike sales boom shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as conditions are ideal for growth.

We’re going to see a lot more electric bicycles on the roads; Deloitte predicts that global ebike sales will skyrocket to 130 million over the next three years. There are many factors contributing to the rapid, and ongoing, growth of the personal transportation industry. We’re going to take a look at a few of the more significant ones.

 

Electric Bikes Make It Easier to Get Around in The New Normal

The novel coronavirus has forced us into “The New Normal”, where “normal” means lockdowns, remote working, social distancing, and facemasks. COVID-19 has also prompted a surge in bicycle sales in part because they make it easier to adhere to social distancing rules.

With an electric bike, you save yourself the stress of sharing public transport space with other commuters. In addition to minimizing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, commuting on an ebike also means no more cheek-to-jowl rides on crowded busses or subways during peak hours. 

 

 

Governments Are Making it Better to Bike

To reduce traffic congestion and air pollution that comes with population growth and increasing urbanization, our governments want us to cycle.

To encourage us to ride our bikes in town, all levels of government are investing in cycling infrastructures, with a focus on creating dedicated lanes. For instance, the UK has committed £250 million to the construction of new bike lanes and safer junctions. With a budget of €300 million, Paris is building 400 miles of pop-up bike lanes and transforming the city’s biggest cross-city through route into a bike-only highway. Local governments are also offering subsidies and other ebike incentives to drive adoption and push eco-friendly initiatives.

These programs and incentives have helped spur electric folding bike sales globally, especially in Western Europe, the US, China and Singapore. 

 

electric bikes and exercise

 

Clean Transportation for Clean Air

Even without the threat of coronavirus and other airborne illnesses, more people are enjoying the fresh air and personal space they get when getting around town on an electric bike. While “fresh air” doesn’t immediately come to mind when talking about urban centres, lockdowns have resulted in less congested streets, which has caused a drop in pollution levels.  

The rise of the electric bike can also be attributed to more environmentally conscious consumers. As they reduce their personal carbon footprints, they’re preserving the huge improvements in air quality that cities across the globe have experienced during COVID stay-at-home orders and business closures.

 

A Quicker, Cleaner, More Comfortable Commute

With all the improvements cities are making to their cycling networks, commuters have even more reasons to buy eco-friendly folding electric bikes. If, like most of us, you travel to and from the office during peak hours, bike lanes keep you out of gridlock, enabling you to travel more quickly than you would in a car or bus.

More commuters also see the value in riding a bike that is less physically demanding. As an e-cyclist, you put in less effort than a regular cyclist, so you’re not going to arrive at work sweaty and in need of a shower and a change of clothes. On commutes where the motor does all the work, you simply need to expend a few seconds of energy unfolding and folding your electric bike at the start and end of each ride.

 

Electric Bikes Are for All Fitness Levels

The opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of cycling at a comfortable pace, regardless of fitness level, has also contributed to the ongoing surge in ebike sales.

Because they require less physical effort to use than a normal bike, electric bikes make cycling appealing to those who might be concerned about overexerting themselves. So if you feel like you could be in better shape, a folding electric bike is a great way to start exercising. You can let the motor do the work when you need to, such as when you’re going uphill, riding into headwinds, or transporting something heavy.

 

Electric Bike Technology Keeps Getting Better

Continuous innovations are also helping drive new and upgrade electric bike sales. The lithium-ion batteries that power them are lighter, cheaper, and more powerful than ever. Many use the same cells used in the Tesla Model S, and some include a USB output so you can charge your smartphone, tablet, or any other device while you’re riding. 

Technological advances also include safety and comfort features that are important to riders. For instance, integrated wireless turn indicators, bright front and rear LED lights, and onboard computers give you peace of mind and convenience that help ensure a great riding experience every time you hit the road.

Advances in the construction of the bikes themselves have also increased their appeal. E-bikes made of carbon fibre are both lightweight and robust. Easy to fold, unfold, carry, and store, folding electric bikes are especially popular among RV owners and people who live in small spaces.

 

 

Electric Bikes Are Trending, Not Trendy

E-bikes and other modes of electric personal transportation are riding a rising wave of popularity. With increasing awareness of the benefits they bring to air quality and quality of life, more people are opting to get around town on folding electronic bikes. Governments are giving us even more incentive to become a part of this rapidly growing trend.

While the tech is improving, ebikes are getting more affordable. For instance, our Furo X offers premium features at an accessible price. If you’re looking for something even smaller, our eTura is an ultra-compact folding electric bike that you can carry and store pretty much anywhere. If you’d like help choosing your ebike, we invite you to get in touch with our helpful team!

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