Hi Friends! Are you looking for ways to reduce the weight of your E-Scooter so that it can be LTA Compliant?
We have been reading remarks and comments on the internet, especially in some FaceBook groups. There were some “brilliant ideas” to help reduce the weight of your E-Scooter so that it can be LTA Compliant!
And just a day ago, NCMP Dennis Tan proposed in Parliament, to reduce the maximum speed of PMDs further, down to 15kmph on PCN!
Sacrificing Your Own Safety For The Safety Of Others?
A handful of riders do not mind sacrificing speed for the possibility of increasing the maximum weight allowed. Weight is actually a major concern for most riders. Their rides is heavy due to a higher capacity batteries and it also provides a more stable and comfortable ride.
Some of the tips involved changing out (or removing!!) one or both brakes and also the suspensions. This could create additional issues – Safety!
So, the Authority felt that a lighter E-Scooter would be safer and thus set a 20kg maximum unladen weight rule. However, it is quite sad that our friends have to resort to risk their own safety for the safety of others.
Some friends initially suggested placing their high capacity E-Scooter batteries in a backpack. However, upon checking with the LTA Active Mobility Unit, Regulation & Enforcement department, it is actually not a good idea. If connected via a powercord and is in use, the external battery in the backpack will be considered as part of the unladen weight. Thus this idea does not work anymore!
Further Ideas To Be LTA Compliant
OK, back to ideas for shaving off some weight from your existing overweight E-Scooters.
Charging On The Go
You might want to consider switching out your current high capacity batteries for lower capacity ones, and carry a charger with you.
This is where to Authorities can come in and consider providing more public charging kiosks for these usage.
Fast chargers could help, but it would also wear the batteries out faster. More heat are dissipated with quick charging, it might be dangerous and may cause fire (and explosions!!) too. Especially if unapproved units were used! So safety precautions have to be observed.
Changing The Deck
Inorder to have a lighter deck, it might involve fabricating one that uses lighter carbon fibre materials. This could be very costly – it might be more economical to buy a new LTA Compliant E-Scooter.
Changing The Handlebars
Stock handlebars could be swapped out with carbon fibre ones and this could help to reduce a bit of weight too.
Removing The Seats
Seats provides a more comfortable ride especially for longer distances. If we end up with lower capacity batteries to reduce weight, then perhaps a longer distance is not possible anymore. Thus the seats could also be removed to help bring the weight down.
Is It Worth It?
The main bulk of the weight comes from the batteries, the deck, the handlebars and maybe the wheels – basically it’s almost your whole E-Scooter!
Getting A New LTA Compliant E-Scooter
If you are looking for suggestions for current LTA Compliant models, you can check out our previous article here.
We Can All Co-Exist In Harmony
So, now we are sacrificing our own safety and comfort, for the safety of others. This could, in a way, be considered being graceful – sparing a thought for others, as well as for ourselves too. If we want to continue the use of E-Scooters in Singapore, something needs to be done. Instead of challenging the Authorities and breaking rules, we should all work together. Perhaps better ideas and schemes could be implemented, and we can all co-exist in harmony!!