Some Carbon Fiber eScooters Must-Read Posts

Some interesting posts from a Singapore eScooter dealer named Falcon PEV in their blog:

Why Cheap Scooters are a Danger

Due to the success of the ZERO, there is now a slew of copy cats of the ZERO 2.0 which are sold at a fraction of the price of the original ZERO at a fraction of the quality. They are known by many different names like Jack Hot, Swagtron, CarbonAero etc. A user recently sent us some pics of such a counterfeit below.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And I don’t know what to make of this next post because I don’t know the exact history of the carbon fiber eScooter. But if they’re to be believed, the cloning situation is far worse than I ever imagined:

Difference between ZERO 2.0 and other carbon fiber scooters

The amazing success of the ZERO 1.0 carbon fiber electric scooter in Oct 2015 created a huge influx of replica/clone carbon fiber copycat scooters which based their design on the ZERO 1.0. The design was so simple and elegant that it was truly quite easy to replicate. These carbon fiber replicas are known by many names such as Jack Hot, Aleoca etc.

However, the cheap carbon fiber scooter replicas come at a high risk for the consumer in terms of safety and ease of repair.

The article then goes on to point out all of the design flaws in the type of carbon fiber eScooter most people are familiar with. The kind that Kurt V. has used of the first and second generation.

For example:

The ZERO 1.0 was immediately phased out after 6 months of release due to the complex nature of the repairs and the instability of the electronic system. The vibrations when riding the ZERO 1.0 damaged the ESC boards and batteries which were not properly shock protected.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

5 Ways to tell apart a fake and original scooter

From the dawn of the age of electric scooters, there were only handful of brands like the GoPed, Razor from the 1980s. With the advent of hub motor and Li Ion technology, in 2009, Myway (now known as Inokim) came about. A few years later, the Romanian designed E-Twow (also known as the Zoom Air) came into market in early 2013.

Fast forward to today, we have close to 100 different brands of electric scooters that seem to look and feel identical to the original brands with similar parts and design. The original brands with original designs are INOKIM, I-MAX, GoPed and E-TWOW. Most of these copycat escooters come at a fraction of the cost of the original using inferior materials and compromising the safety of end users such as China-made batteries that are untested and uncertified.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And here we go, with the possible danger we all saw around the world with the cheap hoverboards from China:

Just recently, another copycat called Kaabo exploded, and the rider suffered 2nd-degree burns. Battery & motor are of one of the few expensive parts of any electric scooter, to lower manufacturing cost unscrupulous company often opt for cheap China-made batteries from a dubious source. Viewer’s discretion is advised – picture of injury

Original batteries from INOKIM and IMAX use Samsung cells (yes, packaged in China but the cells are made by Samsung nonetheless). GoPed batteries use US made cells. Most if not all copycats use China made cells that are packaged without going through proper tests. These China batteries can be packed very densely giving consumer more charge in a single package but what people do not realize is that if cells are packed too densely without the proper protection design on the Battery Management System, the whole battery becomes unstable and potentially dangerous.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

All of the time I devoted to studying the iPad and iPad Mini clone market in China wasn’t a waste after all. It made me familiar with the shortcuts Chinese companies often take. I’ve seen batteries balloon with those clones, seen them fail quickly, and saw their potential as fire hazards. When hoverboards started burning down entire houses, I wasn’t surprised at all.

And if these blog posts are to be believed in terms of the original carbon fiber eScooter, then the Zero 2.0 eScooter is significant for being an entirely different thing from the other carbon fiber ones out there. That would include the third-generation dual-motor carbon fiber model that so interests Kurt V.

But I still find this video — which doesn’t show any wires at all being connected — very, very difficult to believe:

The Original ZERO 2.0 by Nextdrive

And a promo video from a different dealer in Singapore that touts the modular design:

ZERO 2.0

Anyone who thought buying a carbon fiber eScooter — or any other eScooter — was an easy process needs to think again. I’m beginning to believe that Kurt V. got lucky with his FLJ. We’ll see what happens when he encounters the third-generation carbon fiber model.

Previously here:

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