Electric rickshaw or not
Ok, as a discussion point, let’s look at electric assisted and twist and go. Good or bad?
Experiance from what happened the last time pedicabs went electric in London.
1. The price of rental dropped to by 30%
2. Cost per customer dropped, as customers could not see why to pay extra if you are not killing yourself.
3. Riders had to do more runs per night to make the same money.
4. An ‘arms race’ of who had the most batteries and biggest motor.
5. Increased cost of operating a pedicab, through burned controllers, battery packs and broken forks
6. Rider retention dropped to weeks rather then months, as it allowed anyone to ride but not every one suits getting on a trike and working.
7. Electrical fires increased in the bases operating electric assist
8. More electric and mechanical failure per trike
1. Any one can ride
2. Trips are faster
3. You can make more lifts per night
4. Hills aren’t a hassel
5. Quicker starts
6. You can put electric on all ‘older style’ & they work as well as a ‘new’ trike
7. Rental drops and rides are cheaper per person
8. It’s the most efficent electric Vehical – we tested one and got 60 miles from a good grade of assisted motor, on a velocab
Which side you would be on?
We at http://www.bugbugs.com felt that it adds one more complication and that the whole thing becomes less friendly. We actually never launched an electric fleet (even an illegal one 😉 and suggest that a new operator can save lots of pain if they can avoid going that route