Aren't you ashamed to be riding that? You're an ambassador of both Australia and Atomic, yet your vehicle is completely stock. Unbelievable.
Here's an idea to get you started:
Haha, yes, a little bit. I'm 6'2", so there's pretty much no way to look anything but ridiculous on a small scooter.
I'd hacked my previous electric scooter to store an additional couple of batteries under the seat, and then dump the 24V directly to the brushed DC motor (taking it from ~60V to ~84V) when a modified horn button on the handlebars was pressed. It was fun, and quickly boosted you up to ~80km/h , but the logistics of removing and charging the additional batteries was pretty tedious. It's also not possible on my new scooter, since it uses a brushless motor.
There a few mods I could do, like installing a cheap android phone in a 3D printed housing below the console for navigation, but I don't have much time for it these days. I expend all my geek energy designing, building, and occasionally crashing drones.
surely those things would sell like hot cakes in australia - give up your day job and get the import licence
get them to make it look "pretty" and the world is yours
You'd think so, right? The problem is that the regulations limit electric scooters to 200W motors (mine is 1500W by comparison) and 10km/h, because the bureaucrats weren't forward thinking enough to consider that there might be electric mopeds in the future. As a result, you need to go through a full certification process, which is expensive.
There's at least one company in Australia who have done it:
But they're selling at ridiculous prices. $5,490 AUD for a very basic machine with 50km range. No FOC controller (losing about ~10% in efficiency), no ABS, outdated halogen headlight. You'd be far better off with a ~$3,000 petrol scooter, which will be bigger, more comfortable, and have a range of ~300km on a tank containing ~$10 worth of fuel.
The exact same electric scooter goes for ~$800 AUD in China, which is a probably a good indicator of the cost of transport, certification, and taxes involved in entering the Australian market. China has essentially no regulations for this sort of stuff, which is why it's seen rapid innovation as the associated technologies (brushless pancake motors, FOC controllers, and lithium batteries) have developed.
Edited by tastywheat, 19 February 2017 - 03:17 PM.