I've had my bike for 2-3 weeks and have been using it everywhere as I've noted.
Saturday night after class, I went to get my bike and zoom over to yoga to catch the last 30-35 minutes.
As I approach my bike I bust out the remote and press the unlock symbol a few times... To no avail. Curious as to the lack of desired outcome, I try again and get the same outcome. Ok. Weird.
Perhaps the batteries in the wremote aren't working?
Let's try sticking the key in the ignition and turning it on. Tried it, wondering if the alarm would go off and I'd have no way to shut it off with my keychain dead. Nothing.
Having parked it near the mall, there was a ton of other ebikes and bicycles parked nearby, and the area is quite busy. After putting down the kickstand and moving the bike back, I immediately realized what the problem was. Being significantly lighter, there was only one possible outcome: the batteries were removed aka stolen. Great.
I go to open the compartment where the batteries reside (under the seat), using the ignition key. It doesn't even go all the way inside. So basically, the thief jammed something inside, jimmied the lock open, stole the batteries, and then was polite enough to put the seat back down for me. Thanks.
Not an overly big situation, but more of a nuisance because now I need to walk it to the nearest scooter shop (~1km) and see if they sell batteries which are the same size. I'm under the impression most scooters of my size have standardized batteries, however, I haven't checked yet. Additionally, I could go and investigate what is available and get a model of battery then order it online via TaoBao, things here are significantly cheaper online than in store, from BK to movie tickets to therapists. For example, in one instance getting a taxi and paying in cash was ~30% more expensive than getting a Uber/Didi (neither of which I can use without Chinese ID card). I went to go see Independence Day 2 in 3D, at the theatre, tickets were $16, but online they were $8! Imagine that everyone in North America... An $8 3D ticket without the half price Tuesday deal!
In the last post discussing how the electric scooter is the perfect EV for millennials, I mention how batteries should be easily removable, I still hold this opinion with a simple modification, have batteries with a small handle and latch allowing for a padlock to bind the battery and bike together, simple.
Personally, I think these batteries should be located across the floor of the scooter where the rider rests their feet. The space between the top of the plastic where the feet rest, and the underside of the bike is an ideal location for keeping the centre of gravity low, optimal room for big batteries, and allowing for easy removal out the side, and of course allowing for a lock.
As annoyed as I was about having to replace the batteries, it's a small price for a lesson I should have been following from the start: keeping my scooter parked within the scooter lots which are monitored. Like most things, we all try to pull off a move until we get caught, have something stolen or otherwise absorb a loss, only then do we seriously consider the additional precautions we have been aware of all along. Alas, it's better to learn the lesson and grow then sit and sulk.