A lot of effort goes into designing an electric scooter. As with any vehicle, there are many things to think about with decisions needing to be made about what a business can do to make the design as appealing to the consumer as possible. One company that has done it right is Raine Scooters. Their Raine One electric scooter is designed to offer the safest and most seamless ride possible, with their design process always linking back to the end-rider’s needs.
Generally when it comes to design, it is actually the materials used which play a big role in ensuring the best quality and experience for owners. That’s why for electric scooters, carbon fiber is the material of choice for many models. In this article, we’ll discuss what carbon fiber is, how it’s used, and why it’s a great material for electric scooters.
What is carbon fiber?
Carbon fiber is a very strong and lightweight material. It’s five times stronger than steel and twice as stiff, but it’s also lighter making it the ideal manufacturing material for many parts. Carbon fiber is made of strong, tiny crystalline filaments that can be thinner than a strand of human hair, and gets its strength when twisted together like yarn.
The space industry was one of the first to adopt carbon fiber due to its strong lightweight nature. Lighter objects can make a serious difference in fuel consumption, which has made Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner the bestselling passenger plane in history. The plane’s structure is mainly constructed of carbon fiber reinforced composites.
Is carbon fiber cheap?
It can be expensive when it’s used in large amounts, such as for a space rocket or a car, which is why you rarely see cars made of carbon fiber. It’s usually the more expensive models that use it, and even then it’s mixed with other materials to bring down the cost. However, like other materials, the cost is reducing as more people use and produce it. Customers can be assured when they purchase something made of carbon fiber that they are getting the best quality.
Why is carbon fiber a popular choice for electric scooters?
Carbon fiber is a popular choice for electric scooters because it’s lightweight, durable and safe. Although other materials are generally used too, carbon fiber allows an electric scooter to be lighter without compromising on speed, strength, and performance.
Many electric scooter companies have experimented with different materials in the past. For example, steel was and still is often used as it’s easier to acquire, shape and weld. The problem with steel however is it’s heavier and prone to corrosion, which is not ideal if you want to get the most out of your electric scooter.
With electric scooter riders looking for a ‘last-mile’ solution to their daily commute, they want a vehicle that can quickly allow them to travel from public transport to work or home. Additionally, with many people also living in apartments and working in small office spaces, they need something that is compact, light, and won’t get in the way of others, which is why carbon fiber is a great choice.
Benefits of carbon fiber
Carbon fiber can build a strong and durable electric scooter frame. Technology has greatly improved in the last few decades, which means carbon frames now have better impact resistance.
Another benefit of a carbon fiber frame is that it makes for a smoother ride. Carbon dampens vibrations so the rider won’t feel the shock through the scooter when going over speed bumps and objects - a major plus for electric scooter riders.
Carbon fiber is also an extremely stable material. In earlier days, carbon frames were susceptible to UV damage, but this is no longer an issue as frames made today contain UV stabilizers. There's also no reason to be afraid to wash your carbon frame as it’s not susceptible to chemical corrosion or salt damage.
Disadvantages of carbon fiber
Carbon fiber can be quite a brittle material and can break or shatter when it’s pushed beyond its strength capabilities. This is often managed by electric scooter companies by combining carbon fiber with another material, such as aluminium. Also, as mentioned earlier, it can be considerably more expensive compared to other materials, so expect carbon fiber electric scooters to be in the higher price bracket.
Raine One electric scooter
The Raine One electric scooter is made from carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminium frame that can support the weight of a person up to 120 kg (265 lbs). These high-quality materials minimize weight, whilst maintaining maximum durability.
At only 12 kgs, the Raine One e-scooter makes it easy to transport anywhere. It’s light enough to carry by hand up the stairs or getting onto public transport. It’s able to be folded up when not in use, and can be easily stored under your work desk or put in the boot of your car.
The deck is made of high-grip composite washable carbon and it’s wide enough to fit both feet for extra comfort, and even a backpack or handbag that can be attached to the bag hook for convenience.
The Raine One’s lightweight frame doesn’t compromise on speed either. With a top speed of 50 km/h (30 mph), you’ll be zooming around your city in no time. This scooter also has a long-lasting battery, so you can go further and enjoy extended riding time.
With three different modes, you can also choose how you want to ride. There’s eco, smart or rocket mode which control your speed and acceleration. Combine this with numerous safety and smart features, the Raine One is hard to beat.