How to Make an Electric Scooter Travel Faster

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How to Make an Electric Scooter Travel Faster
There are many ways to make your electric scooter travel faster without having to pay big bucks. (AE Pictures Inc./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Electric scooters are small vehicles using two or three wheels powered by an electric motor, which permit people to travel economically for short distances. Not only are they considered green and eco-friendly, but they also serve to make a statement for the average young mobility seeker.

Electric scooters are innovative means of transport and are quickly becoming popular in urban, densely populated cities.

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Things you need

  • electric motor
  • gear ratio
  • larger or smaller tires
  • battery pack

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    Swap the Electric Motor. There are innovations coming up in electric motors on a regular basis, and you can replace the old electric motor from your electric scooter with a new one.

    To do this, make sure that the dimensions of the old and new motor match accurately. Doing so will ensure that the new motor fits into the same space, and you will not need to make any alterations to the engine compartment.

    If the motor on your scooter is currently clamped down with a band, you can swap it with a new motor of a larger size, because there is no engine compartment to fit the motor into. Just clamp in the new motor with the same band.

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    Alter the gear ratio. The gear ratio plays a key role in the speed of the scooter. If your scooter currently has an interchangeable gear ratio, a new size can be introduced, or rather upgraded. To achieve this, bolt the new gear ratio into place.

    You also get to choose between a larger or smaller sprocket. The difference between the two lies in their functionality. The larger sprocket will reach higher top speeds and the smaller one has the ability to achieve faster take-offs with better power to climb inclines.

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    Alter the tire size. Another alternative to altering the gear ratio is to alter the tire size. The rules here are quite similar to the ones applicable in interchanging the gear ratio.

    The larger the diameter is in the tires, the higher the speeds will be, while smaller diameter or shorter tires will give you more initial take-off pep and hill climbing ability.

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    Boost the voltage. This can be a bit tricky so only attempt this if you have ample knowledge of the workings of an electric scooter, or are a qualified electrical engineer yourself.

    Find out the amount of voltage that your scooter can currently handle without burning up. Once this is done you can wire the appropriate sized battery pack onto your existing scooter to make it travel faster.

Tips and warnings

  • It is a good idea to use up the battery fully before recharging. Once the battery has been used up, recharge the battery to its full 100% before next use. This provides a longer life for the battery, which in turn, adds to the power or the speediness of the scooter.
  • You may also want to ensure that you clean and maintain your scooter regularly. This means wiping it off to get rid of dust and grime, and replacing parts as soon as they need to be changed. All these small tips add to the life and performance of your electric scooter.

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