Well I heard yesterday that my 5000w scooter has been picked up at Melbourne and should be delivered to my home in Canberra this Friday may 6th!
Recently i just bought a new sccoter. firstly i want to purchase a small size, but my brother didn't agree with me, say that it can't keep up with my body...
http://www.motosportsmax.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=348, MP150-M 150cc Moped Scooters,
with a complimentary helmet, aha , generally i am satisfied with it.
need some time to see more..good or bad
I've been looking for an electric scooter for about a year. I wanted to start with something inexpensive to see how it goes before spending any real money. Seeing that spring is here and the price of gas is going up again it was time to make the jump. My requirements were: it had to cost less than $400, did not require special registration or licensing, and had pedals.
A month or two ago I found the Gelato on craigslist (only 3 miles away). It had been used a little, but had been sitting for the last two years. It was no supprise that the batteries were dead. I found replacements locally (batteryspec.com). There is not that much information on the Gelato online, but batteryspec.com had a listing. They also have a place to pickup locally so the cost of shipping 36 pounds of lead was eliminated.
If you live in the Silicon Valley (or San Francisco Bay area) and would like to save on shipping too, the guys at batteryspec.com are pretty good to deal with, be warned that the sign on the door is microscopic. Once inside you might
think that you have wandered into the lobby of a deserted tech company.
I've ridden it to work 15 or so times plus around the neighborhood on various jaunts. Overall I am pretty happy with the scooter.
The things I like about it most are: It runs nicely on the flats and manages small hills better than I expected. Luckily there is only one small hill to get over on my commute. I like that the batteries are in a box that can be easily removed and recharged in my office while the scooter is outside. It has carried passengers up to 120lbs without any noticeable reduction in speed.
However there are some downsides. None of these are deal breakers yet, but have become obvious. The case in which the batteries are contained is made of very thin plastic. Mine has already started to crack and is being held together with duct tape. There is a handle on top which barely holds up the weight of the batteries. I was not sure that it was possible to actually make anything out of thinner plastic, but amazingly the trunk box proved to be up to the challenge. There is not much information about the bike on the web and the manufacturer (Q-electric) does not respond to calls about parts. Their support email address on bounces all mail back to the sender. The controller is completely bare of markings. When it goes it will be time to do some re-wiring. Minor issues include no odometer and a questionable speedometer.
This looks like a lot of negatives. Overall it is fun to ride, uses no gas, and is very quiet. It has become my regular commuter.
My projects for the scooter are: install a cycle computer to provide accurate speed and distance measurements, and add a watt meter to keep track of the quality of the batteries. (How can we brag about the amount of money being saved without measuring?)
I am new to all this electric stuff and really having a grand time with it. I have put 145 miles on my BE-500 so far, and only seem to be having a problem with the charger and charger light not going from red to green to let me know when it is fully charged. I would like to meet others who have the same bike and learn more about how I may care for and keep up my fun little ride. Open to any ideas. Thanks a ton!
-Ethan Tudor W.
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Hey guys, My project scooter is a schwinn s-350, stock controller, stock diagnostic throttle from currie, and stock 24 volt motor, Got 3, 12v 12Ah batteries and I'm trying to run the thing at 36 volts but when I turn it on the lights on the throttle just blink and won't go anywyere, is there any way I can just bypass what seems to be that safety voltage level without buying a new throttle? thanks
(Originally posted: July 6, 2008)
Well, I went to Tractor Supply Center (TSC) today and all they had were imperial sized pulleys (1/2" and 3/4" bores). The motor that I have must be a metric size one because the 1/2" hub pulleys were too large. I bought some 1/2" hub pulleys anyway since I wanted to see if it would work as a proof of concept (and just around how much more power I'll need).
Now I just have to make a mount for the motor. I think I'll just use a piece of 2x6 wood that I have laying around and make a simple mount.
I took the motor, motor controller, batteries, and everything else out of the Razor. I tried to play with the motor controller. It turned out the "throttle" on the bike was only a switch and not a potentiometer. I tried using a 5K pot but the motor speed (unloaded) didn't seem to change any. I'm not sure if this controller is variable or not, but it wouldn't make any sense not to be, right? Maybe I need more resistance.
If I can get the pulley and V-belt on next weekend and cut the mount and drill it out, I'll be able to get the electronics in and the mo-ped on the road to test it out.
To answer some of the comments on the previous post:
1. Definitely 240 watts is too little, if that is the actual rating of the motor. Once I get this to work and can show proof of concept to my partner, my budget for getting a bigger motor should be approved.
2. I thought about a hub motor and might go down that route if belts/pulleys become too much of a bugaboo. It'd certainly solve a lot of problems except the financial ones -- most ones I've seen are $300-500 right? That's about $200-400 over my current budget (until I can prove that this will work, and that I haven't ruined my partner's mo-ped in the name of science).
Original forum posting and comments: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/3973-modifying-my-piaggio-moped-part-2