Well, I have been interested in some type of EV for a while now and as I just paid the last bill on a home improvement project started looking at electric bikes and scooters. After lurking around on this forum I've gotten fairly discouraged. I am an electrical idiot who is quickly subdued by the technical talk and descriptions of all the problems with e scooter quality control and general reliability you all seem to experience. I also live in a pretty challenging place for all things electric; SE Alaska where it is wet most of the time as well as being near the ocean. Much as I'd like to leave the car in the garage. I've got some orthopedic problems that make daily bike commuting difficult (so I don't do it).
I'd like to list my conditions and expectations and get your wise comments on whether or not to pursue this.
Gustavus, AK is very small and remote. Only about 420 people and quite a few more moose and wandering inbred labrador retrievers. My daily commute is just 9 miles each way, mostly on 2 lane pavement but about 1 mile on graded dirt. Speed and traffic volume is low; nothing like urban commuting. I don't need something that matches car speeds...20 would be fine. We have a saying around here. You can tell the drunks because they drive straight. Sober folks go around the chuckholes. Primarily flat ground with 1 1/4 mi hill near work. Late fall through early spring it's dusk or dark for the commute. It also rains a lot...80+ inches a year not counting the snow. Of course I can use the car during the worst of it, but if scooters are unsafe even on wet pavement and if the electrics would die every time they got wet...I'd never get the use out of the purchase.
I'm getting up there age-wise, I'm 6' and heavy at 200. Cost of gas isn't the big issue. It's always been expensive politics or not (you think its expensive down south? Try $4.70 per gal). I want to reduce my carbon footprint, promote clean power and demonstrate that not all Alaskans require an 8 cylindar 4x4 to survive up here. I don't really care about the looks, just the design, reliability and reality of use.
I have seen one scooter that might be an option but wanted to know what you much more savvy people think about it. The Forsen Sportster type of thing. Any thoughts?