This is unsurprising as the city state has a dense network of public paths, pavements and park connectors.
More and more residents are starting to choose the electric scooter as their preferred mobility device.
Food delivery riders ride them to bring food from restaurants to hungry mouths.
Young professionals use them for their first and last mile commute to and from work.
Couples on a date explore the city state – all on electric scooters.
With the growing demand for electric scooters, retailers have increased their stocks to fill the need in this market.
However. This has also brought about an increase in electric scooter fire accidents:
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Between 2016 and 2018, there are more than 80 explosions and fire cases involving pmds in Singapore. Many injuries sustained and homes irreparably damaged. More and more bystanders are calling for a total ban on e scooters.
With all these in mind, read on to learn how to prevent your electric scooter from catching fire.
Overcharging is a problem as loads of excessive heat are created. Imagine how hot the battery gets when you leave it in charging mode for 8 to 10 hours overnight!
Second-rated batteries can’t stand high levels of heat. Unlike high quality lithium ion batteries, these batteries don't automatically cut off electrical currents when they are fully charged.
When the battery gets too hot and its inside insulation fails, a short circuit happens. This is how a fire starts.
Electric scooter chargers are never, ever inter-usable. An incompatible charger will reduce the lifespan of your battery and even cause your e scooter’s electrical system to malfunction and short circuit. You don't want that.
Why DIY when experts can step in to lessen your electric scooter fire risk for you?
UL2272-certified electric scooters are the least likely to explode or randomly burst into flames. Why? They have to survive the many safety tests applied to their electrical systems before they can be officially certified by UL. (UL is an independent American safety certification company known for its stringent safety procedure).
There are hundreds, probably thousands, of e scooter models in Singapore.
If you haven't heard: only electric scooters that are UL2272-certified and LTA-approved can be used from 2021 onwards. E scooters certified by other safety standards (that's not UL2272) will be prohibited.
Want big value for your money? The ES2 is your best bet as you can ride it for the years to come without worrying about switching out for another model.
Browse through Carousell and you’ll find many second-hand dealers claiming they are selling the cheapest e scooter in town.
However, there are many benefits of buying directly from an official distributor and repair centre:
One year warranty on your electric scooter frame, reliable afters sales and servicing, local delivery to your doorstep when you shop from us...list goes on.
The biggest benefit: you can ride your electric scooter in peace and know there is a legit group of people who will help you if you face any problems with your device.