350 watts is not 500 watts

What’s with all the low watt scooters?  Check out the dry-weight specifications on the multi-branded scooters and then look at the motors, and ya wonder, where’s the watts?

No, seriously.  There are lots and lots of scooters on the roads downtown, I seem them everywhere and while there are a bunch of 500 watt models, there are way more 350 watt’ers.  And most of the time, those 350 watt’ers are going way slow, like, scary slow.

One of my fear factor moments is heading north on Don Mills Road, in a posted 60 Km/h zone and the traffic doing an average of 72 Km/h.  Not a happy place to be during rush hour.  My other favorite is the hill that goes around Casa Loma…. peddle peddle peddle.

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4 Comments on “350 watts is not 500 watts”

  1. lockhughes Says:

    Any links or addresses of retailers that are selling the 350w’ers? Have you looked at their motor/controllers or are you judging their motor power ratings from the slow performance? Just curious!
    tks
    Lock

  2. ebikerider Says:

    Hey Lock
    Its easier to tell you the brands/models that are 500 watts; specifically – all models of Veloteq and some models of Daymak.

    I measure the motor/controller/power supply vs dry weight/carry capacity.

    Long story short: buyer beware.

  3. oshawaebiker Says:

    Not all 350W bikes are bad. The problem is more an uneducated buyer ( since last year was the first full season ) and they are cheaper in a lot of cases then the 500w units as a rule. To add to the confusion there are differences between last years 500W units and the newer units this year with gear reduction drive and multi-phase motors. This makes it very hard for the average person who wants to purchase their first ebike and not many resources for them to refer to, to makes a responsible educated choice.

  4. lockhughes Says:

    “This makes it very hard for the average person who wants to purchase their first ebike and not many resources for them to refer to, to makes a responsible educated choice.”

    So, none of these ppl have heard of “Google”?

    For most, I suspect they spend more time educating themselves about the current selection of Yell phone tech than they do about EV tech.

    And, yes, 350W is not “bad” if the vehicle is properly designed around it (eg light weight, proper gearing, pedal assist)
    tks
    Lock
    human-electric hybrid pedestrian


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