Ever since PMDs have found their way into Singapore and onto our pavements and paths, there has been a steady stream of incidents and close calls followed by complaints and feedback by the public, and all these cases end up being investigated by the local authorities which usually end up implementing some guideline and/or regulation to try to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again. Some may argue against these regulations and guidelines, but the vast majority of the public would gladly welcome some sort of regulation before things start to get out of control, and more serious accidents start to happen.
Similar to the Active Mobility Act that kicked in in May last year to curb errant, reckless and high speed riders on footpaths and shared paths, the latest act passed by the local authorities on 2 Jan 2019 is the UL2272 safety standard whose primary purpose is to ensure that all motorized PMDs need to pass a comprehensive system of safety tests before they are approved for sale in Singapore from 1 January 2021 onwards.
The tests were designed to test the electrical and mechanical components as well as environmental aspects to evaluate the device’s electrical safety, due to the increasing number of cases of fires and ‘explosions’ of PMD battery cells and packs in Singapore. Non-UL2272 certified e-scooters purchased on or before 30 June 2019 may be registered and used on public paths until 31 Dec 2020 only, so if you currently own a non-UL2272 certified motorized PMD, then you have slightly more than a year and a half left to legally use your PMD.
To cater to the demands of our local PMD market, MOBOT has launched the L1-1 UL2272 Certified Electric Scooter which is currently available for sale from their online shop at mobot.sg. This LTA compliant e-scooter fits into the mid-range category of e-scooters and is suitable for both daily users who need to commute to and from places as well as for the leisure riders who may want to enjoy scooting on the weekends.
The L1-1 is driven by a 36V 250W DC brushless motor from the front which is capable of hauling a rider up to a hundred kilos in weight up to a maximum speed of 24 km/h, which is the maximum allowable speed for motorised PMDs set by LTA. Powered by a 36V 7.5Ah which is made up of high quality 18650 Lithium Ion batteries, this gives the L1-1 a range of about 20-25km depending on the terrain and usage, and when the power is depleted, a complete recharge only takes about four to six hours.
The 8.5” pneumatic wheels makes light work of small bumps and kerbs and does a very good job in absorbing the unevenness of the paths and pavements too, providing much comfort and smoothness, due to the lack of a built-in suspension system.
Weighing in at a manageable 13kg, the L1-1’s handle can also be folded down to double up as a carrying handle if you decide to carry it with you onto public transport, it’s compact size when folded doesn’t get in the way much, especially during the peak hours when everyone is heading either to work or back home. Stopping power is provided by a beefy rear mechanical disc brake that can bring you to a complete halt in a very short distance, while the built in rear and front LED lights give you added safety especially when using this e-scooter in the evening or at night, the front headlight is bright enough to illuminate the entire path in front of you when set to the maximum brightness.
The most unique feature of this e-scooter is the built-in splashproof LCD display on the handlebar, so that in one glance, you can monitor your current speed, speed setting, battery meter, as well as several other features all at once, leaving your smartphone safely tucked away in your bag instead of mounted on the handlebar which could be damaged by rain or in an unfortunate fall. For anyone who doesn’t like to stand often, an optional adult seat can be added on if you would rather have a seat while riding than standing up. You can even connect your e-scooter to your mobile phone via a downloadable phone app to further fine tune your L1-1 according to your preferences.
So if you are currently considering a new e-scooter for yourself or as a gift for someone else, head over to the mobot website or to their showroom and check out this awesome e-scooter, which should provide you with many many hours of safe and comfortable scooting without having to worry about any laws or regulations.