Reasons Why Electric Motorcycles Are Not Popular In Bangladesh
Electric Motorcycles Always Run Out of RangeThis may sound like a myth but somehow in the scenario of Bangladesh, it is true. Most Electric Scooters available in the market claims to have good range for providing an all day long commute, but in reality, The don't have a proper range. And, the not so smooth road conditions in Bangladesh also makes the Electric Motorcycle run far less than what people expects. Most of them provides a range long enough to spin in the city or around. Most electric bikes in Bangladesh has a maximum range of 50-70 km.
They Are More ExpensiveThis is a really good reasons why people avoids Electric Motorcycles. They cost relatively more comparing to a petrol powered Bike with similar aesthetics. There are some relatively cheaper options too, but at the end of the day the cheaper options provide even less a backup in terms of range, durability, service, and everything.
Charging Is A NightmareLike any other Electric product, you need to charge your Electric Two-Wheeler regularly. That is where the problem begins, as most of the Electric Bike models in our country requires a really long time to fully charge. And as you are not getting a good enough range, The charging time always seems like a lot. Most of the time The bikes require overnight charging or more to fill up the whole battery capacity, and most of the time this charging duration increases with more and more usage.
The Battery Issues And ReplacementThis is probably the biggest problem of buying an Electric Motorcycle or Scooter, especially in Bangladesh. Most of the models available in market are build very poorly - and even if sometimes they have a good chassis and motors, they have a terrible battery. As a result, upon just normal usage the battery wears out really soon, and the biker has no other option than to replace the battery within one or maximum two years of using the bike. This is also an expensive replacement, therefore the biker need to spend a good amount of money even after purchasing the bike.
Lack Of RegistrationThis is probably the most important legal boundaries and the reasons why the importers don't bring good quality Electric motorcycles in Bangladesh. Electric Bikes don't get any permission or anything from BRTA which makes it eligible to ride on the road. Therefore, sometimes Electric Scooters get dumped from the road by the authority because of proper paperwork - so it is something to consider when buying one.
The X FactorThere are always something missing from an Electric Motorcycle, and when it comes to electric scooters in Bangladesh, not something but a lot things, a lot of feelings and joy are missing. Not only they don't have the raw joy of riding into the unknown, but they also miss out on the engine performance and always works as a commuter, more or less.
Published by Raihan Opu