I am completely new to electric scooters. Today I bought a used EcoSmart Metro scooter used that appears to run just fine other than the batteries need replacing -- they only last a few minutes before not having enough power to move the bike. The price was good enough that this is no problem, I planned on modding it anyway.
So the project I had in mind for this scooter is this: I want to try using it to commute to work. Legally in my state I can do 25mph in a bicycle lane, so that's what I want to do. My work is 6.2 miles away and I probably won't have access to a charger while at work, so I'd like it to have a range of 15 miles to be safe. I weigh 235 pounds and am 5'11.5", so I'm bigger than the usual scooter rider; that has to be taken into account.
To recap, here are the numbers:
Rider height: 5'11.5"
Rider weight: 235 pounds (maximum weight for the scooter is rated at 220)
Desired speed: 25mph (default rated for 18mph)
Desired range: 15 miles, or 7 miles with an easy portable charging solution (default rate is 7-10 miles)
If anyone here could point me to upgrades that I could buy to make the EcoSmart do what I want it to do, I'd greatly appreciate it. Again, I'm new to this, so a direct link to the product to purchase would be best.
Also, feel free to recommend mods to make the ride more comfortable and fun! I may be using this as a commuter, but I'm all for pimping my scooter. :) Thanks!
If you want it to go 25 MPH then a more powerful motor and controller could be custom installed such as our MOT-SD361000 36 Volt 1000 Watt 2600 RPM motor, SPD-361000B 36 Volt 1000 Watt controller, and SPR-2555 55 tooth wheel sprocket. The EcoSmart scooter's battery tray is big enough to fit three 12 Volt 15Ah batteries to increase the range of the scooter with the new larger motor. Below is a gear ratio calculation showing the top speed with these parts installed.
Please note that the MOT-SD361000 motor is not bolt-and-go and requires major modifications to install including metal fabrication and welding, and the SPD-361000B controller is not plug-and-play and requires custom wiring to install. More information on custom installing the motor can be found on this forum topic: https://support.electricscooterparts.com/support/discussions/topics/1000085809
A battery pack made from three 12 Volt 15Ah batteries would have more than twice the capacity of the original battery pack made from three 12 Volt 7Ah batteries so even though the scooter will have a faster top speed the range would be significantly increased and if the scooter was driven at its original speed of 18 MPH then the range should be around doubled with the 15Ah battery pack.
Please provide me a parts list using the 1000 Watt motor. If I buy the batteries first and use them without the other upgrades, will that cause any problems? Thanks.
The MOT-SD361000 motor is not bolt-and-go and requires major modifications to install including metal fabrication and welding, and the SPD-361000B controller is not plug-and-play and requires custom wiring to install. More information on custom installing the motor can be found on this forum topic: https://support.electricscooterparts.com/support/discussions/topics/1000085809
A 36 Volt battery pack made from three of our 12 Volt 15Ah batteries will fit in an EcoSmart scooter without modifications. We sell this battery pack with wiring harness which is our item # ESM-BATTERYPACK-XR15 on the Razor EcoSmart parts page: https://electricscooterparts.com/razorecosmartmetroparts.html