A Motorino Milestone

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This last week my Motorino Xpn e-bike passed the 6000 km mark. That’s roughly 100 commutes that I’ve made to and from the office. If you consider a (very) rough estimate of $10 a day for the gas I would use driving the family minivan on the same commute, I have saved approximately $1000. Not bad!

I’ve been riding this electric scooter for just under two seasons for my daily commute as often as the weather would allow. It’s my second e-bike, and it’s been treating me well. I know that I’m due for a new set of batteries with this many kilometres on it, but it’s still charging in about 8 hours, most times, so I’ll try to keep going until I don’t make it on a one-way trip before losing its charge. Buying a new set of batteries (I have eight 12 volt cells arranged to give 48v) will take a chunk out of the $1000 savings in gas, but it’s not all about saving money. It’s been a great way to keep us a one vehicle family, which is good for the environment, and good for the pocket book in more ways than just saving at the gas pumps.

2014-06-09 Update – I ended up selling my e-bike last weekend. It was sad to see it go, but I’m not able to use it as much as I could in past years due to new commuting arrangements. I’m hoping it will get more use with it’s new owner.

What a loose connection will do

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This is the breaker on my e-bike. Apparently I had a loose connection which caused arcing when I went over bumps. The breaker tripped a couple times while driving, and when I went to reset it, I realized that the wire and breaker were far too hot.

In the photo, I have pulled the connection out to show the melted insulation. The breaker is charred in places too. Luckily, the breaker is still functional, none of the circuitry is damaged and there isn’t much damage to the wiring. I cut back the wire and there was enough slack to tin a new connection and wire it back up.