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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Malaysia latest country to welcome eBike scooters

The southeast Asian country of Malaysia is set to welcome eBike scooters to its roads, according to that country's largest English-language newspaper The Star.

The country has not amended its roadways legislation since 1987, so previously there was no room in the law for  electric-powered scooters and bicycles.

The main points of the country's concerns are safety: eBikes will have to conform to many of the existing gas-scooter  regulations about headlights, brake efficiency and brakelights.

Road transport Director-General Datuk Solah Mat Hassan also said eBike speed is a consideration. "While such motorcycles are not expected to be occupying the fast lane, it cannot be too slow either as that could obstruct traffic flow and endanger the rider,” The Star reported.

Malaysia's parliament is looking at eBike legislation in December, 2010 for passage shortly thereafter.

Ontario conducted a three-year study into eBikes, before incorporating them into the Highway Traffic Act in October, 2009.

'Charge it Daily' is #1 rider tip from longtime eBiker

From blog "Eco Friendly Motorbikes"
You can't overcharge your batteries, claims eBiker Dave in 12 commandments for best eBike enjoyment published in the blog Eco Friendly Motorbikes.

Strictly speaking that's not true, you can overcharge lead-acid batteries if your charger does not have a good battery-management (shutoff and trickle) circuit. Especially in warm temperatures - such as inside the house or in direct summer sun - the batteries can "cook"... their electrolyte will boil and expand, creating a bulge in the battery, giving reduced efficiency and potentially even bursting open and in extremely rare cases, exploding.

But there's no denying that to preserve battery life and efficiency, riders with lead-acid batteries should charge them as often as possible, daily or after their rides.

Other of Dave's helpful tips include:

  • ...draining the batteries to zero reduces battery life.
  • Obtain same canned “fix a flat” carry it with you in case of a flat tire.
  • Always use the CENTER stand when the side stand is not as safe.
It's good to see more and more eBikers putting out positive messages and co-operative information as the community builds around the world for these sensible, efficient and enjoyable 21st-century vehicles.