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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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Test our autonomy calculator to anticipate your journey!

 

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

 

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!

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