Winter often conjures images of cozy indoor activities, but it's also a perfect time for outdoor adventures, especially with the thrill of riding an electric scooter through the winter wonderland. While the cold weather might deter some, it can be an exhilarating and unique experience to navigate the streets and paths on an electric scooter during this season. This article will give you everything you need to know to ride an electric scooter safely and confidently during the winter.
Choose the Best E-scooter for Winter
When the winter season arrives, selecting the right electric scooter becomes crucial for a smooth and enjoyable ride through the snow-covered streets.
# All-Terrain Tires
The key to a winter electric scooter is the tires. Look for models with all-terrain or winter-specific tires to provide better traction and stability on slippery surfaces.
MUKUTA 10PLUS is equipped with all-terrain tires, which provide enhanced grip and ensure safer driving even on icy roads.
# High IP Water-resistance Rating
Choose a scooter that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Look for features such as water-resistant or waterproof components, as well as durable materials that can withstand snow, moisture, and salt used to de-ice roads.
MUKUTA 8 and 9 model series have an IPX 6 high waterproof rating and can withstand any wet environment as well as ice and snow weather.
# Powerful Motor
A powerful motor is essential for traversing snow and icy terrain. Look for a scooter with a powerful motor that provides enough torque to handle the challenges of winter terrain without compromising speed or stability.
Both models MUKUTA 9PLUS and 10PLUS are equipped with powerful motors. MUKUTA 9PLUS is powered by a dynamic 48V 15.6Ah battery, giving you a total of 1600W of power. The maximum cruising range on a single charge can reach 29mph; MUKUTA 10PLUS is equipped with a 60V20.8AH/25.6AH Samsung high-capacity lithium-ion battery, which can provide a long-distance range of up to 62/74 miles. Dual 2*1400W brushless motors enable the electric scooter to reach the highest speed. It can reach 46mph, and single/dual drive can be switched freely.
# Battery Performance
Battery performance tends to degrade in cold weather. Choose an electric scooter with a reliable battery that maintains its efficiency even in cold temperatures.
Battery quality determines how far you can drive before recharging. With this in mind, consider purchasing a scooter with a lithium-ion battery. All MUKUTA models are equipped with lithium-ion batteries. Despite their small size, lithium-ion batteries can hold large amounts of energy. They are also easy to maintain, have relatively low self-discharge, and provide optimal performance in all conditions.
# Suspension System
A quality suspension system is essential for a comfortable ride on uneven winter roads. Look for a scooter with a sturdy suspension system that absorbs shock and vibration and provides a smoother, more controllable ride.
The front and rear independent suspension of MUKUTA 10PLUS can greatly absorb bumps and keep gravity stable. Its 4 spring absorption makes your riding safer and more comfortable.
MUKUTA 9PLUS comes with a game-changing upgrade with its exclusive patented torsion suspension system. This innovative feature provides a greater range of adjustability to easily adapt to any weight and terrain, ensuring a smooth and tailored ride in any environment.
Another vital component to consider while riding an electric scooter during winter is your brakes. Since it’s more difficult to slow and stop on icy roads, your brakes end up being harder to operate.
The 9PLUS and 10PLUS currently being retailed by MUKUTA use hydraulic braking systems. Hydraulic disc brakes provide the most powerful stopping ability, making them the best for safety.
# Portability and Storage
Consider the portability and storage options of the scooter. Foldable models with compact designs make it easier to carry and store indoors, preventing exposure to extreme weather conditions that might affect the scooter's performance.
Winter Riding Tips: How to Ride Safely During Winter
Riding an electric scooter in winter requires some adjustments to your usual riding habits. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:
# Preparing Your Gear
Dress in layers to stay warm. Invest in waterproof and wind-resistant outer layers, thermal wear, gloves, and a sturdy helmet.
Opt for waterproof and insulated boots or shoes with good traction to prevent slipping.
# Adjust Your Riding Style
1. Slower Pace
Reduce your speed and increase braking distance to accommodate for reduced traction.
2. Smooth Movements
Be gentle with acceleration and braking to avoid skidding on icy patches.
3. Corner with Care
Take turns slowly and avoid sudden movements to maintain balance. Don't make abrupt turns or you're more likely to lose traction and slide out on the ice.
# Route Selection
1. Choose Wisely
Opt for well-cleared paths or roads, avoiding areas prone to ice buildup.
2. Shorter Distances
Winter rides may take longer due to slippery conditions. Plan for shorter trips.
# Riding Techniques
1. Deflate Your Tires
To give yourself better traction, deflate your pneumatic tires slightly. The less inflated your tires are, the less likely they are to skid, and will also help your brakes perform better. Deflate your tires sparingly and test to see how your driving experience improves.
*Please note: While we recommend deflating your tire, it’s important not to overdo it. An overly deflated tire has higher rolling resistance and will increase your scooter’s battery consumption rates.
2. Tighten the Brakes
Braking distance increases by 20% during the winter season. To account for this change in conditions, we recommend tightening your brakes slightly. This minor adjustment compensates for the slight increase in stopping distance, making your ride a lot safer.
# Weather Awareness
1. Stay Informed
Check weather forecasts before your ride. Be prepared for sudden changes in conditions.
2. Be Flexible
Be ready to alter your route or postpone your ride if weather conditions worsen.
Electric Scooter Maintenance in Winter
# Battery Care
1. Regular Charging:
Charge your scooter more frequently in cold weather to maintain battery life.
Store your scooter indoors at room temperature when not in use to prevent battery drainage due to extreme cold.
# Tire Maintenance
1. Pressure Check:
Check tire pressure regularly as it decreases in colder temperatures. Adjust to the recommended PSI for better traction.
2. Tire Tread Inspection:
The tread depth is crucial for grip on winter roads. Inspect the tire treads for wear and tear. If the treads are worn down, consider replacing the tires to maintain optimal traction.
3. Anti-Slip Traction Aids:
Consider using specialized winter tires or tire chains designed for electric scooters in icy conditions. These can significantly enhance traction and stability on slippery surfaces.
4. Emergency Kit:
Carry a portable air pump and a tire repair kit during winter rides. These tools can be invaluable in case of unexpected tire deflation.
# After-Ride Maintenance
1. Cleaning Routine:
After each winter ride, clean your scooter thoroughly. Remove any snow, ice, or road salt residue. Pay attention to the underside, joints, and sensitive electronic areas. Use a dry cloth to wipe away moisture to prevent corrosion.
2. Dry Storage:
Store your scooter indoors after a winter ride. Avoid leaving it outside in freezing temperatures as this can damage sensitive components. Allow the scooter to dry completely before storing it to prevent rust.
3. Regular Servicing:
Schedule a professional maintenance check after the winter season. A thorough inspection by a certified technician can identify any underlying issues and ensure your scooter is in top shape for the next season.
Winter riding on an electric scooter requires preparation, adaptation, and consistent maintenance. By dressing appropriately, adjusting your riding style, choosing suitable routes, and implementing proper maintenance routines, you can enjoy the thrill of cruising through the winter landscape safely and sustainably.
Remember, a well-maintained scooter not only ensures a better riding experience but also extends the lifespan of your electric scooter. So, gear up, embrace the cold, and let your electric scooter be your trusty companion for winter adventures.