What are the electric scooter parts?
- Speed controller
Electric scooters are rising to popularity as alternative personal transportation choices because they are cost-effective, environment-friendly, portable, and easy to use. Although there are different types and models of electric scooters, an electric scooter will typically be comprised of standard parts that allow riders to reach their destinations more efficiently. If you plan on buying an electric scooter, knowing its parts will allow you to maintain it better and describe potential damages to mechanics better. In this article, we will list down 10 different electric scooter parts.
The handlebar is the part that will give you full control over your electric scooter. On this part, you will see the brake controls, accelerator, display screen, power buttons, and other parts for controlling the e-scooter. Depending on the model of the electric scooter, the display screen will typically indicate the speed, speed settings, and battery level.
The handlebar is also used to stir the electric scooter in the direction you want (left or right). A good electric scooter will have a handlebar that is foldable and comes with a good grip. Take the Segway-Ninebot eKickScooter E8 for example. This electric scooter for kids in the Philippines comes with a TPR handle grip that is comfortable to hold and offers superior anti-skid traction. In addition, it features a one-step folding mechanism. Simply fold the e-scooter’s handlebars to bring it or store it anywhere.
The stem is the long metal tube that connects the electric scooter’s handlebar to the front wheels. The stem can be folded and can become the main handle for carrying the e-scooter. On low-quality electric scooters, the folding mechanism and the stem is a source of instability. This is why at Segway-Ninebot, our electric scooters are made with aviation-grade 6 series aluminum alloy. Since the alloy is stronger than steel and has better corrosion resistance, riders are ensured safe and stable travel all the way.
Most electric scooter models have a built-in LED headlight and tail light to stay visible during night rides. But some higher-quality electric scooters have multi-colored LED lights on the deck for added visibility.
When buying an electric scooter, make sure it will provide you enough illumination to see the road at night. Our Segway-Ninebot KickScooter E45 makes driving safer in darkness with its 2.5W high-brightness LED light with 13.5-meter illumination range, taillights, yellow sidelights, and colorful LED light on the chassis that can be customized through the app.
Instead of using gas, electric scooters use the energy stored in the batteries to function. The batteries of electric scooters are typically located under the deck. However, in some e-scooter models, these can also be found within the stem. Most electric scooter models make use of Lithium-ion batteries because these charge faster, last longer, and have a higher power density.
The battery is one of the most important electric scooter parts because it determines the scooter’s range. Battery capacity is rated in watt-hours (Wh). The Segway-Ninebot KickScooter E45 has a 368 Wh lithium-ion battery. It is also equipped with a smart battery management system and expanded battery design, which extends battery life and the e-scooter’s range to 27.9 miles.
The platform where the rider stands is called the deck. Most electric scooter models use rubberized decks for better grip and are wide enough to fit both feet.
The speed controller is an electric scooter part that manages the flow of current from the battery to the motor. It sends power to the motor through the accelerator. It also looks like a rectangular metal can with different wires attached.
Speed controllers are rates based on the current and voltage they can regulate. Electric scooters with powerful motors will have speed controlled with higher max current and max voltage rating. While one of the most underrated parts of an electric scooter, damaged speed controllers can also be difficult to repair and cause an e-scooter to malfunction.
Electric scooters have two main types of tires: pneumatic (air-filled) and solid (airless). Pneumatic tires provide better ride quality because they soften bumps better than solid tires. However, pneumatic tires are flat-prone. On the other hand, solid tires need less maintenance and protection against punctures. However, solid tires are known to offer poorer ride quality.
Each electric scooter model will have pros and cons, depending on its tires. It took 3 years for Segway-Ninebot to develop the flat-free technology. The KickScooter E25 has 9-inch flat-free tires that feature the comfortable shock absorption of pneumatic tires and the flat-free function of solid tires.
Electric scooters have brushless direct current (BLDC) electric motors that are usually built within the wheel hubs. Electric motors are rated based on units of watts. High-performance electric scooters have dual motors, which are found in each wheel. They also have great wattage.
The brakes are the most important part of an electric scooter because it helps the rider stay in control while traveling. There are different types of brakes but the most common are mechanical brakes and electronic brakes.
Mechanical brakes are used to slow down. There are different types of mechanical brakes including drum, disc, and foot brakes. Electric brakes are used to stop. These include regenerative and electronic brakes.
The suspension improves the ride quality of electric scooters. It stabilizes the ride along bumpy roads. Keep in mind that not all electric scooters have suspension. At Segway-Ninebot, our electric scooters use large pneumatic tires to offer better shock absorption than suspensions.
We hope this quick guide on electric scooter parts will help you better understand how it works. Make sure to regularly check these parts to help extend the life of your electric scooter.