How to make an electric scooter faster?
1. Clean the battery tray. Dirt, dust, and other contaminants could be making it harder to make electric scooter faster or go further on a charge. If you have access to compressed air, blow away loose dirt, but do not get water into the cells as this can damage them. Use a soft brush with some soapy water to remove caked-on dirt. Dry thoroughly before reassembling.
2. Check the battery’s charge level and consider getting a new one if it is under 50%. In addition, look at the connectors for signs of corrosion that can slow down the transfer of energy from batteries to the motor. Clean all connections with a wire brush and sandpaper. Connectors should be shiny and bright.
3. Look at the tires. Make sure they match and are inflated to their proper pressure for maximum efficiency. Also, look for signs of wear that could lead to a blowout while speeding up or slowing down suddenly. If you’re seeing uneven tire wear, it’s likely time for new ones all around.
4. Check the motor brushes for wear and replace if necessary; this will make a huge difference in the scooter’s overall performance. Once they are worn down to half their thickness, it is advisable to replace them immediately with new ones rather than attempting do-it-yourself brush modifications that could ruin the motors. Brush replacement jobs require special tools such as a lathe and soldering iron, so if you need brushes, it’s best to let the professionals handle this job.
5. Perform an electrical check of the entire scooter, keeping in mind that any poor connections will lessen the amount of power transferred to the motor. Make sure there is no corrosion around all battery and motor connections, and make sure all battery cables are in good condition.
6. To replace the standard motor with a heavy-duty one (reduces the voltage to 75% to increase torque), simply remove the controller unit (located under or behind the seat near the throttle) and solder on new wires, red for positive and black for negative.
7. Install a larger-capacity motor controller to increase the scooter’s overall top speed, but this may cause the scooter to overheat if it is driven too long at one time.
8. Make sure all electronics are properly connected before attempting to modify your electric scooter by speeding up its motors or increasing its voltage.
9. Make sure your scooter is legal for the streets where you will be driving it. In many U.S. states, a motorized vehicle with a top speed of 20 mph or less is classified as a bicycle and therefore does not require licensing, registration, or insurance. However, check local ordinances before speeding up your electric scooter in order to avoid a fine.
10. Consider going with a custom-built electric scooter that has been specially designed to go faster than your average model by modifying or completely replacing its batteries, motor, and/or wiring system. In addition, installing a larger battery pack boosts the scooter’s range beyond what is initially offered from the factory. However, the installation of a larger battery pack will make your scooter heavy and less nimble in tight turns.
11. Remove the seat and see if there’s any way to remove frame weight, such as by drilling holes through it and filling them with a lead shot (aim for about 1 pound per square inch). Replace or add weights to areas that matter, the steering assembly, rear-wheel, and batteries. You can also add weight to the front of the scooter by attaching it to the fork tube and extending past the front axle to increase traction and stability at high speeds.
12. Try a different battery pack for more power if your electric scooter is not designed with replaceable batteries, most are not, but some are.
13. To increase maximum speed without modifying the controller, replace the voltage regulator with one that increases to 48 volts. This will send more power to the motor and allow it to spin faster, increasing top speed.
14. Consider installing an aftermarket electric scooter controller with a higher maximum amperage capacity (30 amps vs. the standard 10 to 15 amps) that will further increase the scooter’s top speed.
15. Install an aftermarket electric scooter controller with increased amperage capacity (25 amps vs. the standard 25 to 30 amps). This modification will allow your motor to spin faster and will increase the top speed.
16. Increase the voltage by installing a different controller unit with a higher peak voltage output (48 volts vs. 36 to 48 volts), which makes more power available and allows the motor to spin faster and go faster without burning out. However, note that increasing the voltage may damage the battery pack if it is not designed for this higher voltage.
17. Install a different controller unit that has greater than 48 volts of peak output, though the damage risk still complicates this option.