Electronics technology has the potential to empower clean transportation especially in the automotive field, by playing a key role in the realization of electric cars or motorcycles. These devices do not create air pollution and in some cases are exceptionally easy to use, such as the foldable electric scooter produced by the UJET Company (see Figure 1):
The foldable electric scooter produced by UJET “The Ujet’s ultra-light and robust frame is made of advanced composite materials traditionally used in Aerospace. With the total weight from 43 kg… Ujet folds comfortably in seconds. It can be stored easily in your home, office, trunk of your car or yacht” (Source: UJET)
This smart e-scooter can be unlocked by a touch of the screen on a user’s smartphone by means of a dedicated app that has a geo-localization feature via a GPS module. The e-scooter also integrates an HD camera on board and the system can be locked remotely in case of an unauthorized movement; in this case the owner is informed by a message received on their smartphone via the dedicated app.
The foldable scooter contains batteries that charge completely in 2 hours and offers an optional battery pack to increase the distance up to 150 km. The electronics technology contribution to this type of solution is very valuable, let’s consider, just as an example the circuitry that realizes the charge of the battery in an e-scooter (see Figure 2):
A 48V Automatic intelligent battery pack charger for electric vehicles or e-scooters. Source: electronicpowersupply
The big companies operating in the field of electronics are progressively betting on low impact transportation in the environment. Such is the case of STMicroelectronics Company (see Figure 3):
“Chinese motorcycle manufacturers produce about 15 million motorcycles per year with about 60% of that production used in China. Now, the Chinese government is moving to promote better emission performance and reduction of fuel consumption. They are implementing IV Motorcycle legislation from July 1, 2018. Achieving the goals, which require all motorcycles be compliant from July 1, 2019, is only possible using Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). … As a strong global leader with more than 30 years of experience in semiconductors for automotive markets, ST’s portfolio highlights its Smarter, Cleaner, and Greener approach. These products address customers’ needs with innovative, reliable, and cost-effective solutions. One of these is among the world’s smallest Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) control systems. ST offers a fully integrated solution that includes a BCD driver, an automotive Microcontroller, and an IGBT. Together this solution exceeds the China IV Motorcycle requirements.” (Source: blog.st.com)
Electronics technology can really help to have a low, or even approaching zero, emission electric scooters for private transportation; this solution holds promise to positively impact the environment of urban cities. Do you think this is possible in the near future? Do you think that this solution is effective? Have you ever used a low emission scooter?