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Govecs: The Right Way Of Doing Electric Scooter Batteries

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Electrical Scooters
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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There are many reasons why people decided not to buy an electric scooter or motorcycle. Although many of the traditional reasons, like performance, range and even price, are becoming less of a factor, one reason not to buy an e-Bike is the battery charging method.

Simply put, you need to have a power outlet where you park your motorcycle. If you live in a house, it will not be a great problem, even if you don't have a power outlet outside. You can make do.... but houses are usually found outside the big cities, in the suburbs. If you live in the city, and have an apartment, you could be out of luck. Even if you're lucky enough to have an underground parking space, chances are that there's no power outlet. If you don't have a parking space, you're not going to hang a power cord down your window 15 floors down to charge your scooter or motorcycle, are you?

So the only sensible thing is to take the battery with you. But 99% of the electric motorcycles and scooters don't allow you to do this. Their batteries are embedded deeply inside the vehicle, and are often very heavy. The e-Solex was one of the first to allow their customer to remove the battery and take it home to charge. But the battery is relatively small and light.

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Now there's Govecs Open Govecs in a new window. Govecs is Germany's leading electric scooter manufacturer. Their electric scooters are used by postal services, pizza delivery, and other delivery services throughout Europe. But many private citizens also use the small electric scooters.

Govecs recently announced for their new GO! S1.4 electric scooter an exchangeable battery pack. If you live in an apartment without parking garage, or even if the range offered by the e-scooter is just enough to reach your office, but then you can't charge the scoot to be able to ride it back home, now all you need to do is remove the battery, take it with you, and plug it into a power outlet at home or in the office.

Govecs GO S1 4 Battery

The idea is great, since there are just not enough charging infrastructures available, but.... the only real problem is weight! The battery for the S.14 weighs 15 kilos! That still is a lot of weight. If it's a question of carrying into your building and into the elevator, it might not be a biggie, but if you live 9 floors up and there's no elevator, then unless you are King Kong, it's going to be a problem.

Apart from the weight, something that can not be solved for the time being, a removable battery is a great thing for e-vehicles. Once you're at home (or office), plug it in, and within 1 hour, you've got 80% of the charge, and after 3 hours, you're at 100% - enough for 35 to 50 kilometers.

The GO! S1.4 is going on sale in Germany next month for €4,959. An extra battery will cost you €1,500. But don't expect similar for high-end electric motorcycles like Brammo. Their batteries are just too heavy. Pity.

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A great vehicle to go and buy a croissant at the local boulangerie, clean and proper, and not fast. But then, if you live in Normandy like I do, you're never in a hurry....

Via: Technologic Vehicles

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