Hi - information about 36 volt scooter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Tim D, May 15, 2013.

  1. Tim D

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 15, 2013
    Hi there,

    I have imported some 36 volt electric scooters. Would it be possible to fit a dynamo to enable it to charge itself while moving, if that makes sense? Not sure if this is possible but a diagram would be nice! :D

    Cheers, Tim D
  2. crutschow


    Mar 14, 2008
    It's possible but you will lose energy. It's a variation of perpetual motion. The energy required to turn the dynamo has to come from the battery you are trying to charge, and since the dynamo is less than 100% efficient, you can't gain anything in the process. If it would actually work, someone would have done that long ago. Sorry. :rolleyes:
  3. Dodgydave

    Distinguished Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    you could invent a solar powered jacket and plug it into the scooter !
  4. Tim D

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 15, 2013

    Thanks for the advice. I could drive the dynamo direct from the rear wheel or like on the old push bikes dynamo straight onto the tyre to spin it would this actually work.

    Rgards Tim
  5. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Trying to recharge the battery from the motion of the scooter defies the laws of physics. You cannot get energy from nothing.

    You can attempt to charge the battery when the scooter is coasting downhill. You can also attempt to recover the energy when braking. This is called regenerative braking.

    In both cases the amount of energy generated is so small it is not worth the effort.