On 12 Dec 2018, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) released information on the e-scooter registration process, including key dates and what you should prepare. You may have heard the details in the news.
If you haven’t, this is a short summary of the key dates to keep in mind:
However, there is a very important list that is barely picked up at all. It is LTA’s list of UL2272-certified devices. We did some investigative work to find out each pmd’s availability.
There are a total of thirteen e-scooter models that LTA listed to be UL2272-certified and LTA-approved. In other words, you should be able to use each and every device on this list for an indefinite period of time.
Alas, there’s a caveat. After doing the groundwork (like directly contacting the pmd manufacturers themselves), we’ve come to the conclusion that many of the scooters on this list are actually unavailable for purchase. Here’s why:
We can’t find one of the pmd models anywhere on the internet except on a single B2B (business to business) website. Nothing on Lazada, Qoo10, Amazon, Alibaba.
This particular model is definitely not available for the average consumer as the minimum order number the website allows you to input is 1,150 sets.
Six e-scooter models out of the thirteen are unavailable because:
Even though our message was sent over a week ago, we still have not heard from the company that makes four of the e-scooter models. Until we’re proven wrong and receive a reply, we can safely disqualify these models from the running.
Moreover, a quick internet search showed us that production has long ceased for two other e-scooter models on the list. That naturally means you can’t buy them anymore.
As the technology that fuels pmd developments are ever-adapting and changing, an e-scooter that was once considered the best will become obsolete few years down the road. This is precisely happened to two other pmds on the list.
After speaking with manufacturers in China, we discovered that the maximum distances that can be travelled on two of the UL2272-certified e-scooter models are very low. One model can go for 6-8 km while the other one can only travel 15 km.
For a device to become certified, the factory manufacturers have to work in conjunction with safety standards companies.
Under the UL2272 testing proceedings, factories have to give the pmd to Underwriters Laboratories - or one of its partner organisations. Devices will only be UL2272-certified when they pass all mechanical and environment tests.
Unfortunately, one of the manufacturers we reach out to confirmed that their e-scooter model is not UL2272-certified, as shown below:
There is actually a silver lining to this list of UL2272-certified e-scooters. Read part 2 of our series as we’ll reveal which e-scooter on this list is available for purchase in Singapore.