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Another hit on Slovenian streets: Will their cars be abandoned?



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As a carmaker, Seat offered its standard electric screed, which is considered to be an addition to cars. Again, this is a sign of change for manufacturers.


As a carmaker, Seat offered its standard electric screed, which is considered to be an addition to cars. Again, this is a sign of change for manufacturers.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic

Seat was the first car manufacturer to offer a standard electric scooter, and now has a large number of suppliers in an increasingly sophisticated market. New products and legislative revisions open up new areas of urban mobility.

The electric scooter has a real range of up to 20 kilometers, speed is comparable to cyclists, and power consumption is about 17 times lower than that of an electric vehicle. It takes up to three and a half hours to charge the battery at home or in the office.

We emphasize on the rapid response of the power unit, which increases its agility and therefore the danger on the alleyways.

Some other points of interest: the weight of the user must not exceed 100 kg for at least the test scooter and can be driven uphill with a slope of not more than 10 degrees. It can be controlled by an application that remotely locks it and does not allow it to move.

The test scooter was priced at $ 570, and on the market, they can be obtained (for short range) for as little as $ 300. The danger is mainly due to the narrow bike lanes, which are already barely enough to meet the growing number of bicycle users, scooters, skateboards, skateboards and other similar vehicles. Will cars and micromobility cities be less regulated in the future?

Users of electric scooters can be divided into two groups. One is a city dweller who owns a home and can commute to work in urban areas, while others are daily or frequent visitors to the city. They put such a trunk in the trunk of a car, park it (inexpensively) outside the city center and then drive to the center with an electric scooter.

They are no longer a fashion fad: the electric scooter heralds changes in urban mobility

This is an increasingly developed area of ​​micromobility where different modes of transport make it easier for us to travel in the so-called last kilometer. The electric scooter here in terms of size, flexibility and range is proving to be one of the best solutions right now, and an increasing number of scooters on the streets are confirming this. Electric scooters can no longer be considered a fashion fly. They are the initiators of changes in urban mobility, which to the right are ahead of both the legislative and the infrastructure part of this mobility area.




The electric scooter is relatively large, so it looks attached to a mid-range sports car (renault caddy). Dimensions - Assembled: 102 x 43 x 113 cm, Folded: 113 x 43 x 40 cm


The electric scooter is relatively large, so it looks attached to a mid-range sports car (renault caddy). Dimensions – Assembled: 102 x 43 x 113 cm, Folded: 113 x 43 x 40 cm
Photo by Gregor Pavvic




Electric hood folded into the boot. In smaller cars, space will quickly be too small.


Electric hood folded into the boot. In smaller cars, space will quickly be too small.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic




Comparison of the length of the folded scooter and the long board skateboard.


Comparison of the length of the folded scooter and the long board skateboard.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic


How much space is needed in the trunk of the car?

There are many deals on the market today and this time we were more interested in the day-to-day utility of an electric scooter. We tested the Seat electric scooter and were among the first automakers to offer it as standard. In showrooms, he offers it on the side of his car.

First impression? It didn't look that small, maybe I expected smaller. He had to be put in the boot first. It is quite large in size but comparable in length to a long board skateboard. It was quite easy to install in a mid-size SUV (especially a renault caddy), and in smaller cars the space behind it would be exhausted.

Throughout the city at 15 to 20 mph

The average speed of cyclists varies from 15 to 20 kilometers per hour, which is the optimal urban speed of an electric scooter. One did not have to travel very far to understand all the advantages and disadvantages of such a vehicle on one's own skin.

It is easy to operate, agile enough and because of the electric motor the brake should only be used in the event of an emergency brake. Like an electric car, the motor's responsiveness is instant. All the usual delays can be made with the push of a button. The skin is also not too heavy, the folding is also limited to one glide.

Specifications – Seat eXS

Authorized use:

From 14 years on

Maximum speed:

25 km / h

Net mass:

12.5 kg

Dimensions:

made up: 102 x 43 x 113 cm, folded: 113 x 43 x 40 cm

battery:

187 Wh

Highest climb:

10 degrees

Maximum driver weight:

100 kg

Power:

300 W

Real Reaching:

15-20 km


Would you use an electric scooter to drive around town?

  • Yes, I already use it
    32,77%

  • I will use it in the near future
    39,92%

  • No, I prefer to use other forms of public transport
    15,97%

  • No, I swear in my car
    11,34%





The bicycle lanes in Ljubljana are narrow and in many cases in poor condition. The bad news is that the number of their users will only increase.


The bicycle lanes in Ljubljana are narrow and in many cases in poor condition. The bad news is that the number of their users will only increase.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic




Bicycle and pedestrian space dividers, which can be very annoying for scrollers and skateboarders.


Bicycle and pedestrian space dividers, which can be very annoying for scrollers and skateboarders.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic




The speed of an electric scooter varies from 15 to 20 kilometers per hour, which is comparable to slightly faster motorcyclists.


The speed of an electric scooter varies from 15 to 20 kilometers per hour, which is comparable to slightly faster motorcyclists.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic


With a real range of up to 20 kilometers, the battery is recharged in three and a half hours

It took 16 minutes from the ring road to the city center, which is comparable to a motorbike. The range of a single charge is officially 25 kilometers, in our experience we can actually walk 15 to 20 kilometers. Consumption per 100 kilometers would be about one kilowatt hour, which is about 17 times less than the average consumption of a large electric vehicle.

We fill the skin with a simple house socket. From two percent of the battery, capacity reached 50 percent in one hour, up to 80 percent in two hours, and up to 100 percent in three and a half hours. Therefore, charging speed facilitates recharging the battery when you are at work or at night.

Electric scooters will also get their place by law

Driving with electric scooters is still officially prohibited, but not sanctioned under normal use. The amendment to the Road Traffic Management Act will set out the rules for use by the public. They will be allowed to ride on bicycle paths, and when there are none, the user will also be able to take them on the road. In pedestrian areas, speeds (will) have to be adjusted to them, up to a maximum of five kilometers per hour.

A burning issue in Ljubljana is also the parking of scooters that can be rented for sharing. There are currently two such suppliers in the capital. Once rented, it must be hooked up to a public bicycle stand where it lacks space for private bicycles. It is therefore a conflict of public and private interest. Legislative changes can be expected in this area, and providers of this service are also promising their booths.




Left brake button, right to drive an electric motor.


Left brake button, right to drive an electric motor.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic




In pedestrian areas, driving an electric scooter is not recommended, despite its agility.


In pedestrian areas, driving an electric scooter is not recommended, despite its agility.
Photo by Gregor Pavvic

Is Electricity Driving Safe?

By itself, it is not, and is still considered more dangerous for any rider (and by no means several) who goes the wrong way along the bike lane. As the number of users is expected to increase, the danger will soon come from the flow of infrastructure for all new mobility users. Therefore, there will be more intersections between pedestrians, cars, bicycles and scooters, which in turn increases the chance of accidents.

Cities are built with cars in mind, and Ljubljana is no exception. Mayor Janez Kozel repeatedly angered the public (as well as MOL management) by announcing that the city should allocate a small space for cars and instead give it to pedestrians and cyclists. If, within ten years, the field of micro-mobility is developed according to current forecasts, more and more everyday migrants will park their cars on the outskirts of the city and make small electric cars work.

Could they have closed one of the current lanes of the main thoroughfares, the Trieste, Chelovsk and Viennese roads once?




Electric Scooter


Photo by Gregor Pavvic


The biggest challenge is the very narrow bike lanes

There is hardly enough room today for safe cycling. They are extremely narrow, often drive right on the road, cross crowded bus stops, and riding a bicycle (or scooter) is far from relaxed.

If you are slower down the bike lane, it can be really difficult to get ahead. In practice, when driving to the center, we preferred to overtake the sidewalk rather than the left side of the bike lane, where we would be only a few inches from buses, vans and cars.

In many places the base of the slopes is also very bad, there are many holes, paved asphalt and the like. Unlike classic skateboards or classic scooters, our test electric scooter still carries them reliably. Their hands are suffering, but at least the ride is still safe enough despite the bumps.

Electric scooter or classic motor?

Our test electric scooter has a retail price of $ 570, which is no small money. Such a city certainly has many advantages over a classic motorcycle. You can take it with you to the store, easily and to your work, so the concerns of the lock are unnecessary. Even a city bus can be taken with you.

If you were to go to the store with him, you would need to come up with a suitable backpack for the things he bought. Suspension of the bag would significantly reduce the stability of the scooter. Basketball, of course, is not such an urban motor. At least ours didn't have a bell, which is a must in town.

Today, an electric scooter can be rented in Ljubljana. The cost of using it is quite high (0.23 cents per minute) and it is often cheaper to rent a car than a scooter.

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