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Q: Did you need a license or license plate for electric scooters in Beijing?

I was thinking about getting one of those electric shooters, you know the 电动自行车 (dian dong zi xing che). I know there are different kinds, but i was thinking about the one that looks less like a bicycle and more like a vespa from GTA: Vice City or from the Europe or whatever. You know the scooters.

 

I wanted to know if you need a license or a license plate, because sometimes I see something that looks like a license plate on the back and sometimes i don't.. idk... help, please?

 

 

7 years 4 weeks ago in  Lifestyle - Beijing

 
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You certainly don't need a license plate, at least not in Nanning, and according to my wife for electric bikes (not mopeds / motorbikes powered by a petrol engine) you don't need a license either.  I have heard some on this site say technically you do need a license although no-one pays it any attention, but I have checked as best I can and in Nanning at least that is not the case.

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No license plate required. New scooters come with advertising plate on rear. I took mine off and painted one in English, wouldn't bother telling ya what it said. Look for a scooter with 500 to 800 watt power, 48 volt, 20 amps. 12 amps will not go as far. There are scooters with more power and 60, even 72 volts. Look for cast wheels and front disc brake. I bent the front steel wheel on my scooter. Shop til you find the best price and then offer less. 2400 to 2700 is a good price. I like the ones with no body, look like a Honda Ruckus, but I had a Vespa style. In some cities you can only have less powered scooters.

Sorry pic won't post. I did pay 2700Y for mine, There is also better batteries, altho I never saw them offered, silicone and lihium. Lithium will charge faster, charge lasts longer and have a much longer life, but they cost more. There is a large Vespa style scooter 72 V which is about 4200Y, but it was too big for my GF to drive. I gave my scooter to GF. Her batteries were stolen twice in the last month, even after welding in a bracket.

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I didn't realize that electric scooters were so cheap here in China...the prices that Ted mentions above are not even 20% of what I paid for my bikes.  In the city where I live, so many persons have electric scooters and they are the cause of a goodly number of accidents.  Driving skills in China are questionable at best and the driving skills of those that drive electric scooters are even worse.

 

 

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