China doing well with electric mopeds
I've just come back from China. I had not realised but they have banned all petrol driven mopeds from the streets of the cities so they are ALL electric thousands of them. The build quality seems to have gone up from the one I purchased a few years ago. Having arrived from Jakarta, which swarms with polluting noisy motorbikes, it was just really great to see I literally couldn't believe my eyes and ears.
i have read nightmare accounts of the state of transportation in Jakarta. No public transportation, 2-stroke scooters being the only affordable option for most. The quiet of the Chinese city streets must be remarkable. Surely the notorious air quality must be much improved?
Closer to my home, I noticed that at least 50% of the scooters on the streets of Toronto are now electric and their quality seems to be better than I have been able to find in the US, where poor Chinese quality continues to greatly inhibit interest in them. But the only 2-wheel electric vehicles allowed in Ontario must be fitted with those token pedals and have a maximum speed on only 32 kph - the same rules for electrified bicycles. Most of the scooters I saw had the pedals detached and seemed to be going faster than 32 kph and the police were not bothering them. They (and all scooters and motorcycles) are allowed to park for free on the curb-side of sidewalks downtown, although this rule would have to change if they become any more popular. The limited speed makes them practical only in the city (where there is good public transportation anyway) not the suburbs. But I suspect the $3 fares and often crowded condition on the streetcars and buses are driving their popularity, and well as the green attitudes of Canadian urbanites (Toronto's Cadillac Escalade-driving mayor excepted.
As far as higher speed electric scooters and motorcycles - the only way to operate one in Ontario is on a case-by-case basis as an "electric conversion vehicle" - very aggravating for anyone wanting to introduce full-performance electric motorcycles to this big market.