As an alternative, more environmentally-friendly, battery-powered options for short-distance travel continue to arise left and right, we’ve seen everything from the e-bike to the e-scooter and even the hoverboard. The e-moped is still our favorite electric micromobility vehicle, even though it’s often given far too little praise. This guide will help you learn everything about electric mopeds from their purchase and ownership to becoming their favorite fan.
What’s an e-moped, you ask?
A moped is a term that comes from the Swedish term trampcykel med tor and pedaler. It means “pedal bike with motor and pedals,” but most modern definitions of moped mean a motorized two-wheel vehicle with no pedals. This definition can vary from one state to the next so make sure you check with your local DMV/RMV. An e-moped (or electric moped) takes this idea one step further. It uses batteries instead of gasoline as its source of energy.
E-mopeds are capable of reaching speeds up to 30 mph and can have between 1 and 3 horsepower. E-mopeds are larger electric micromobility vehicles that can be driven like a motorcycle but offer the same ease of use as an electric scooter. These are great for making daily commutes to work more enjoyable, getting groceries, or just avoiding traffic. They are also cost-effective and emit no emissions because they are powered entirely by batteries.
E-mopeds also have some distinctive design features that make them stand out from other electric micromobility vehicles. The e-mopeds have a step-through frame that allows the rider to sit lower, place their feet on the floorboard and reach slightly higher for the handles. This allows e-mopeds to be more comfortable and can be easily adapted for beginners.
Urban residents who commute within the city limits (10-15 miles) can use their e-mopeds as a means of getting around. They can also use their moped as an alternate vehicle to travel shorter distances, such as to the grocery or gym.
What are the things you should consider before buying an e-moped?
There are several factors you should consider when considering purchasing an electric moped uk.
Commute distance- Electric mopeds work well for commutes of medium-range (10-20 miles) where speed is a concern and efficiency is more important than driving through traffic. An alternative electric micromobility vehicle might be better suited for you if your commute distance is shorter than expected.
Clothing – E-mopeds can be ridden outdoors at higher speeds and you’ll need to wear the appropriate safety clothing. You should also use a standard helmet. We recommend wearing gloves and closed-toed shoes.
Maintenance and Equipment – E-mopeds are just like any other vehicle. They will need routine maintenance and replacement of parts. The battery is an essential piece of equipment for electric vehicles. It must be replaced regularly.
Storage & Safety – Finally, make sure that you have enough space to store your e-moped safely and securely when not in use. To protect your vehicle from thieves, it is a good idea to get a front brake disk lock, grip lock, or chain lock. It may also be worth investing in a waterproof moped/moped cover, especially if your vehicle is stored outside.