What Killed the Electric Motorbike / Scooter / Motorcycle?
What Killed Electric Motorbike , Motorcycle
This is a thread, hopefully a collaborative compilation, of ALL the known design defects that (in your view) likely killed the electric 'cycle(s).
The purpose is to meta-review commercial failures (or failing) models, so that the mistakes will not have to be repeated.
Here's my own two-cents opinion on some models:
THE EGOVEHICLES EGO CYCLE 2, A.K.A. EGO-II ELECTRIC SCOOTER
- Plastic sprockets without shielding from dirt/rain wore out in as little as 30 miles in wet roads, shredding the belt drive. This was hard to see initially because the wear was hidden. The sprocket's ridges became knife-edged.
- Mud was thrown into the chassis from the belt and tire due to an open chassis design.
- The latest 1/2 twist-throttle was too difficult to get used to. Pre-2007's were full-grip throttles.
- Pre-2011's were brushed and needed motor replacement (no EVT brushes sold) at 6,000 miles or so.
- Throttle was very touchy, and this bike jumps from a stop.
- Mechanical throttle to the controller failures.
- Charger failures, or didn't shut off automatically. One or more fires at dealership(s).
- Battery is costly to replace, and few know about battery revival, battery reconditioning methods that are doable.
E-MAX models from 2003 through to 2006
- These worked great for the first month or two only, then rapidly fell apart.
- Lithium-ion battery fire at Jennifer Aniston's garage (not sure of this.)