Posts Tagged ‘ego’

Commuting with the Ego Electric Street Scoota

September 11, 2008

After all my tests to see the distance and speed of my electric scooter, I’m happy to give it a full go and launch it into the commuting world.

Hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to check out my route up into London and see how I get on. The distance is 29.2 Miles and I have definately got 37 Miles out of it, so should be all good. The acceleration time was slightly lacking towards it final few miles but I shouldn’t have to get into that resevoir of power 😀

My main concern will be the other pedestrian commuters who will be unable to hear me coming as I’m so damn quiet (i’ll have to make my own hairdryer noises to make them aware!)

It’ll certainly be an experience – however it’ll also bring a smile to my face as i’ll save £22 a day in train fares!!! – quite a difference to the 8p to charge (especially as my work will be paying the other 8p hehe)

These are going back on sale again in late September and I would recommend to anyone who wants a cheap little run around to take the plunge and get themselves one. You can’t argue with the stats and it really is great fun.

Wish me luck and hopefully we’ll start to see a few more out on the road.

Clear your cookies and Pre-order at Firebox 😀

Cheers

D

Advertisements

You’ve ordered your Electric Street Scooter – What to do next?

September 3, 2008

IMHO these are a few tips on how to get the cogs in motion for a fairly seamless transition from purchase to a wheel spinning start:

1. Once you hit the order button on you need to start thinking about getting the registration process under way. (I personally went for the extra £50 registration purchase when I bought the scoota)

2. First things .. second! Get yourself some insurance. You can get fully comp from electricscooterinsurance.co.uk for around £150 (ranges so far have been £141-£151) – You can give them a call on 0800 1970 453 – Once you have your quote and pay for it, mention to them that you have gone for the Registration process option. They will then send a cover note direct to the to the registration place.

3. You will then need to send (recorded delivery) your Drivers Licence (photocard and paper) and Utility bill to Ego Scooter, Unit 2, Moss Lane, Over Tabley, Knutsford, WA16 0PL – They will have hopefully received your cover note already and will get your Numberplate and relevant papers back to you within 10 days. They came through for me and I only took so long because I had to get my change of address shown on my Drivers Licence which took a few weeks.

4. I would think about ordering a helmet so that you are ready to go when it all arrives. I got mine from OpenFaceHelmets, and I went for a Nexx model, which for me is excellent. In order to measure what size you need you do the following:
Using a tape measure, measure round your head just above the eyebrows and ears (in centimetres). This is your nominal helmet size. That equates to:
in CM
52 = xx-small
54 = x-small
56 = small
58 = medium
60 = large
62 = x-large
64 = xx-large

I have gone for a medium so that my glasses aren’t too compressed in it. This works very well.

5. After a week or two of ordering you will receive a phonecall asking when you want to take delivery of the beast. I would definately recommend that you have a burly chum around as well to help you get it off the van! As I think I’ve mentioned in a very early post, It comes in a monster of an Iron Crate (which YOU will have to dispose of, more about that later!) – You will also need some gardening gloves or something similar in thickness to help with the sharp edges of the crate. You’ll also need some wire cutters and a fair amount of patience in order to get it out the crate.

6. Make sure the battery switch under the seat is switched to ON and then get charging. Place the connector into the bike first and then into the socket. Do the reverse when unplugging. The charger will sound like you are under the flight path of heathrow, but will be fine if in a garage or the like.

7. You should (if you have managed to do the above all ok) have your numberplate pretty much through. So get the sticky tape and get sticking.

8. If you past your driving test pre Feb-2001 then you will not need to take a CBT; if you do then I suggest looking at the DVLA site to check.

9. Ring the insurance company and let them know what your reg number is.

10. You’re good to go. Sounds a long list but not all that bad in the end.

Happy Riding and let me know thoughts and ideas etc.

Clear your cookies and Pre-order at Firebox 😀

Cheers

D

Registration with Ego Electric Scooter

August 12, 2008

I am so very nearly there to getting my number plate. This process has certainly taken a bit of time to complete (it will still be another 10 days or so) however it is more down to my uncertainty (as they had no phone number) and being out the country for a while.

I received a call from them today (The number they rang on was 01565 624090) and they said that they were waiting for my licence and utility bill. I will send this off to them by recoreded delivery tomorrow and so should have this all wrapped up within the next 10 days.

Once this has all been dealt with and I’m officially on the road, I will write a full step by step effort of what to do when you receive your scooter etc.

I “read” on youtube that a guy in america seemed to get about 22 miles out of it, however it looked like he lived in a really hilly area and he weighed about 15st – I’m 10st and in a flat area so hopefully I should be able to get near the full 40 miles out of it. Again though I will do some full tests and post my findings / thoughts on here.

Don’t forget that you can pre-order here: Firebox (Clear your cookies) 😀

Now i’m off to buy a helmet! 😀

Cheers

TheDrinkShop

D

No Road Tax for the Ego Electric Scooter

August 4, 2008

That’s right! You won’t pay a penny in road tax if you decide to purchase one of these lean green, emission reducing, thrilling machines.

You can charge her up like your mobile phone in any 13 amp wall socket, and can be on your bike with a full charge again in 3-6 hours.

Save money on stupid petrol prices, go green and nip through all the stand still traffic on your new electric scooter.

See more details and pre-order at Firebox (Clear your cookies) 😀

Ego Electric Scooter / Scoota Insurance

July 30, 2008

I rang yesterday and accepted / paid for my quote of £151 fully comp. So I have now set the wheels in motion (so to speak) towards getting a number plate. No doubt there will prob be some form of problem when I send my drivers licence off to the DVLA because my address for my car is still my old one (as that is where it is kept) which is different to my current living address. Only time will tell.

I did do a bit more whizzing around the car park at my flats and can safely say that my mates love it and are indeed very surprised at how “cool” it looks. They, like me, believe that they will surely be a massive hit with the good people of this country that wish to be a little greener and to give Gordon a proverbial poke in the eye by avoiding rediculous petrol prices!

My mate jumped on the back (a combined weight of 21 stone) and we still got up to speed without too much difference. We were both very comfortable and still felt very stable indeed.

Hopefully my licence plate should be starting to progess towards me so that I can get on the actual road and do some full “distance tests”

If you fancy yourself a scoota, clear your cookies and get pre-ordering at Firebox 😀

Nippy little Scoota

July 15, 2008

I had a little whizz around my car park last night with lights on and horns blaring. They aren’t kidding when they say that it is silent at a standstill! – Once you give the throttle a twist you are off! – It’s very nippy and because it’s electric it has great torque at the low end, so I found myself getting up to 25 in a matter of seconds (I would have gone faster but I was fast running out of tarmac in the car park and could see the wall rapidly approaching! :D) (Luckily the breaks are equally as impressive!)

My Flat mate had a quick spin also, and was very impressed – It really does feel very sterdy when you are on, and you can easily imagine zooming between cars and buses on the road.

I’m very much looking forward to applying for my number plate, and will keep you posted on how long that process takes.

All in all it so far gets a very strong two thumbs up from me 😀

You can pre-order yours here at Firebox (Clear your cookies :D)

We have lift off!

July 14, 2008

Ok so not quite lift off but good enough!

I have now managed to wheel my ego electric scoota round to my flat (where I will be storing it) – It was pretty easy to push once you get it going so didn’t take me too long.

Just to add in here: The reason that I had to push it round and not actually turn it on was that (as someone else has commented on .. and I agree) there could have been a little more info from Firebox to be honest when it was bought. You are kind of left in limbo not quite knowing when it is coming etc. However I will post all about these in a separate entry, but due to circumstances beyond my control I am unable to send off my drivers licence just yet, and so am therefore unable to get the numberplate that will mean that I can legally drive it on the roads. Hopefully in a two weeks I will be able to send this off and get all the papers done so that I can get her on the road 😀

Anyway … I charged up the Ego and it took only 6 hours from “factory dead” to being fully done. I will add that when you plug it in, do prepare yourself for some seriously loud fan action. The charger sounds like it’s about to take off!! – Especially mental as I have the Ego sitting in my room! (Yes, crazy I know but it’s easy for me to get it in there and means that it’s easy to charge!)

So this morning I had my first switch on …….. I can report that all lights and indicators etc seemed to be working fine. I will get it out into the car park tonight and be able to give it some fuller testing. First signs are good so far though! 😀

I must buy a few rugs so that I don’t end up getting mud all over the carpet hehe – this could end in disaster hehe

So there you go – it’s looking good so far and I will report more as I test it – Do let me know of any probs or good points that you find with yours, and if you are still tempted then I would say “go for it” and preorder yours here at Firebox (Clear your cookies :D)

Happy days

D

The kindness of strangers

July 14, 2008

So I had to go back to my folks on Sunday to take the Iron Crate, that my lovely little Ego Scoota came in, to the local dump site. This bad boy was not going to get in my car, as it was slightly too large (not to mention that after a week in the natural elements it had gone rather orange with rust).

After realising that it definately was not going to get in the car, I elected to walk it down there (I live just over a mile away).

So my mum and I donned our finest gardening gloves and started our trek down there with vigour. After many a stop and swapping hands we had managed to get the cumbersome object to within 500 yards of the dump. We had put it down to rest and were having a chat when some guy in a big truck pulled up and asked us if we were trying to get it down there and would we like a lift with it. Obviously we jumped at the chance and before we knew it we were down there.

After putting this safely in the corner, (where the attendent had said to …. he was probably going to sell it for scrap so at least it will get further use), we were on our way back out when another car pulled up and asked what we had been doing walking with that thing as they had seen us. After explaining, they too offered us a lift.

it just goes to show that we can all do our little bit to help. Many Thanks to those kind dumpers 😀

Electric Scooter Insurance

July 10, 2008

I gave electricscooterinsurance.co.uk a call on 0800 1970 453 and they have quoted me £151 fully comp with a £250 excess. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

post on here any better offers you have had and where from

Cheers

D

He ain’t heavy, he’s my Scoota

July 8, 2008

Ok so I lie! It IS heavy! 😀

My Ego electric scooter / scoota arrived this morning at 7.30am and I was there to welcome it with open arms. I would strongly recommend that you have a few mates round when you know it’s going to be delivered! This bad boy comes in a bit steel frame (for transportation) and is literally wired into it. After much chopping with wire cutters the delivery guy managed to free it for me, however it was still very tricky to get it out of the frame. I must also add that the delivery guy (Eric) was incredibly helpful and definately gets my thanks as I would have seriously struggled on my own.

It is now sitting pride of place on my drive awaiting a number plate – I ordered the extra registration effort when purchasing and am awaiting this to come through.

Currently I am unable to get it ‘on the road’ (as that would be slightly illegal) – however I will give it a charge and let you know how easy everything is to do etc.

On the whole though I am thouroughly pleased with the service and of course with the scooter.

The adventures start from here on so keep reading for more updates and I’d better go and buy some for of helmet etc 😀

You can pre-order yours here at Firebox (Clear your cookies :D)

D