A man abroad rode an electric scooter 280 miles to Florida in 24 hours
The right to brag is common in the long-distance motorcycle cycling world, where, for example, the "iron T" applies to anyone who completes 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in 24 hours.But after a 24-hour cross-country trip in Florida, a person might ride in a vertical electric scooter and earn the same status as an iron ankle.
Atlanta-based Eric Decker is no stranger to long-distance travel by personal electric vehicle.
He had previously ridden the motorized scooter Winery Vaughan Vaughan in California.
But this time, he set his sights on a popular new form of electric transportation: the standing electric scooter.His goal is to ride 286 miles (460 kilometers) north of Miami to Daytona Beach and participate in the annual Biker Week.
Electric scooters have grown in popularity over the past two years, thanks in large part to scooter sharing companies like Lime and Bird.Consumer models range from budget-class electric scooters at 15 MPH (25 km/h) to high-powered electric scooters at 50 MPH (80 km/h).
Eric selects one in the middle, EMove Cruiser.We have previously reviewed the 25 MPH (40 km/h) electric scooter and found it to be a powerful remote scooter.
The EMove cruiser has a range of 50-60 miles (80-97 km), depending on the driving setting and terrain.
In Eric's case, he wanted to complete the ride without stopping to recharge, so he started with three identical EMo Ve Cruiser scooters.
His team has followed him in driving a support car and plans to use an AC inverter to charge the car's two scooters.That way, Eric can continue to replace his scooter with a new unit each time he runs dry.
The plan began to fall apart when the team realized that the scooter charger was pulling too much power for the low-power AC inverter of their choice.Instead, they switched to Plan B and used hotel stops, gas stations and any other 110V power outlet they could find to charge the scooter and keep Eric moving.
This form of charging, sometimes called "guerrilla charging", is common in the world of long-range electric bike travel, although it may be one of the first documented cases of XC scooter travel.
Unlike the extensive network of Level 2 ev chargers, e-bikes and scooters can only charge from a standard 110V outlet called a level 1 charger.Riders usually look for available outlets in public places, although usually in places that are not suitable for public use (such as behind vending machines).While most electric bikes and scooters can charge about 5 to 10 cents on the electric bill, the etiquette that usually requires the business owner to allow the use of his or her store is appropriate, so some cyclists would rather patronize the store and "even call it."
In 2015, I took my own 500-mile (800km) e-bike trip to Florida's East and West coasts.The way I chose to charge it was by using a food station, usually in a restaurant or coffee table.Plug in, then use a high-powered charger to charge the battery underfoot while eating and relaxing.I occasionally use a gas station for a quick charge and often refuel at the ice machine's exit.No, the irony of charging electric bikes and scooters at gas stations is not lost on me.
After charging for nearly six hours overnight, Eric's crew was asked to leave at least one gas station, but that was enough for the last stop on his 24-hour journey.
Eventually, Eric reached bike Week after 286 miles.That's about 12 MPH (20 km/h) on average, despite everything from traffic lights to stops to sleep, eat and recharge.
After a long ride on a scooter, a visibly tired and sunburnt Eric gets little recognition for his trip:
It was a nightmare I never wanted to live again.My body aches.
Although I like to ride an electric scooter, I would not recommend such a long trip.But as a commuting option, electric scooters can be a powerful alternative to transportation.And if they could make the 286-mile trip, they would surely take with them most of the time most people spend at work or school each day.
To pick up Eric's long-range all-suspension electric scooter, you can find it in the Voromotors.They have been generous to Electrek readers, and using the code Electrek at checkout can offer a nearly $100 discount on the scooter model.A slightly less powerful (and more affordable) version of the scooter, called the EMove Touring, was also inspected.Coupon code also applies to the scooter!