In fact, it’s better for the users. Batteries are the component that has most risk to break down in an electrical vehicle. By renting them, you are sure that whenever a battery breaks down, it will be replaced by another one that works. Renault has different electric vehicles based on the same premise, as well as Nissan, that use the same batteries as Renault. It is for now, the best option available, at least until someone markets the theoretically awesome Lithium-air batteries. Or until Toyota open-sources their hydrogen fuel cell technology, as announced earlier this week. Or until Tesla develops another kickass alternative. The reduced maintenance costs of an electrical bike should make up for the cost of renting the batteries.
[quote=“headhonchoII”]The city govt has worked with youbike to make it very successful (with powered infrastructure) and there are already many scooter bays in Taipei city , seems like a charging network could be put together in Taiwan fairly handily. Needs city support.
The other idea is to have these battery recharge stations outside 7-11s or car parks or existing gas stations. That would definitely be easier to roll out in theory.
The problem is how to convince people to switch from their polluting cheap ass gas scooters? I think they will have to be pushed. The tech is there,
it’s more a question of political support.[/quote]
In fact, What amazes me is how the taiwanese government hasn’t started yet to bet hard on the electric scooters. Giving incentives to replace old gas scooters by electric scooters would drastically reduce pollution AND be good for Taiwan’s electric vehicle industry. If the taiwanese companies started betting on that, they would be ahead of other countries and could get a sh*tload of revenue for the country.
If 7-11 and Family Mart jumped on the boat of the charging stations, it would work as a charm.