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Need low-speed electric 2-wheeler for 16-year-old for short commutes

I've been looking for an electric vehicle that can be used without a driving license & really like the Atum 1.0 e-bike.

BHPian Christian recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hello, My name is Christian. I just turned 16 and am 6 feet tall. I live on the outskirts of Cochin and I was looking for something I could commute on which doesn't require a license.

I could be commuting about 20-30 km (50 km max) every alternate day, mainly for my tuition, and running some small errands. Comfort, practicality and build quality do not matter to me, I just need good range and some good acceleration to reach the electronically limited 25 kmph easily, as that's the maximum all these "licenseless" two-wheelers can go, and that is no problem as the average speed here is approximately 20 kmph.

I really liked the Atum e-bike 1.0, but I saw many negative reviews and now I'm having second thoughts about it. I'm not really interested in any of the electric scooters in this range, as they all seem so bulky and sluggish compared to the Atum, which I've seen reach the top speed in a matter of seconds on some YouTube videos. All the negatives mentioned in the reviews didn't really bother me as I didn't really care about any of those, but I still thought of asking you all. So if you could help me justify the purchase or recommend any other vehicle, it would be great.

P.S. I don't like using cycles as it is very humid here and cycling for about 10 mins leaves me drenched in sweat and out of breath.

Here's what BHPian RohaNN_kWh had to say about the matter:

Hey Christian,

I would recommend you get a learning licence for 2 wheeler non-gear vehicles which permit up to 50cc scooters to be driven by anyone aged 16+.

The next step would be to buy a 2nd hand scooty or a new one if budget permits, Activa/Dio/Maestro any 110cc ones available in the market. Yes, these are not 50cc but hear me out! Cops are fine with these gearless scooters being driven by Learning Licence holders. (They are very well aware of the non-existent 50cc options)

Getting the 2nd hand scooter checked by a mechanic before purchasing is a must.

Secondly, buying an e-bike from new brands isn't practical as you wouldn't have the time and energy to look after niggles and problems cropping up and finding a dealer for the company, forget unknown brands look at OLA. You'll end up booking an OLA Cab for your 30km commute. (sorry bad joke)

Get an Activa, it's safer than a 25km/h speed capped e-bike, also has sorted dynamics and storage for a full-size helmet and some luggage.

Trust me, you don't wanna be going 25kmph on our roads (yes, it's not safe), your scooter should have the power to manoeuvre out of tricky situations, it's not about the top speed. (personal experience)

Good luck finding your ride

Here's what BHPian ObsessedByFIAT had to say about the matter:

You are just starting out on a very long journey of using motor vehicles for commuting from point A to B or maybe for leisure riding. I would not suggest starting it on a note which is not approved by the Transport department. However, according to this article published in The Hindu in Dec 2018, youths between the age of 16 and 18 can ride electric scooters with a speed limit of up to 70kmph.

Use these years to make yourself comfortable with various road traffic laws and follow them diligently.

Always remember that there is someone who is waiting for you back home! (Whenever I step out of the house, I always keep this thought in mind, which stops me from doing anything stupid while on the road!)

All the best!

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