There's no denying that electric scooters or "e-scooters" are becoming more popular each day. If you're thinking of buying one, either for yourself or a loved one, you might feel a little overwhelmed with the choices out there.
Buying an electric scooter isn't just about going to a shop and choosing one that looks good.
There are many things you must consider before you make a purchase, and those considerations are the difference between choosing the perfect e-scooter and the wrong one.
With all that in mind, here is how you can choose the right scooter for your needs:
The ride quality is the first thing you need to consider in this electric scooter guide and arguably the most important. Whether you're buying an e-scooter for yourself or someone else, you need to know that it won't be an uncomfortable ride.
You need to think about four main elements for the ride quality: tyres, suspension, deck size, and the steering column, as the following explains:
Electric scooters can come with solid or pneumatic tyres. But, what's the difference between the two, and why does this element of an e-scooter matter?
Solid tyres get made of rubber and, as the name suggests, are solid throughout. Pneumatic tyres are like the ones you find on bicycles and cars, and because they get filled with air, they offer a softer ride.
Solid tyres are ok if you plan to use your electric scooter on mostly paved surfaces. But, you should consider pneumatic ones for traversing different terrain.
Electric scooters either come with suspension, or they do not. As with bicycles, you tend to find the more premium examples come with suspension as standard.
Try to aim for an e-scooter with suspension because the difference in ride quality is like the difference between night and day.
Deck and Steering Column
The size of the deck (the platform you stand on) will dictate the ride quality and influence your scooter's agility and general ride comfort.
If you're a tall person, avoid budget scooters as they have small, narrow decks.
Another critical factor that affects your ride quality is the steering column. Make sure you opt for one with an extended stem height if you're a tall person. Also, consider reinforced stems if you're a heavier rider or wish to ride at speed.
Weight and Portability
Two other things to look out for when choosing an electric scooter are weight and portability. Some e-scooters on the market are lightweight, making them highly portable and even foldable. Those are typically the models at the budget end of the market.
The more expensive models, typically the high-performance examples, aren't very portable due to their weight and construction. That's why you need to think about whether portability is high on your priority list.
The weight of a scooter can potentially be a deal-breaker for some people - especially if they must carry them at specific points of their journeys. For example, if you lived in a block of flats, you would not want to carry a heavy scooter up several flights of stairs.
If weight is a concern, look at scooters that weigh 20kg or less.
Where will you store your electric scooter? If you plan to keep it in a large or double garage, this might not be a problem for you. However, issues can arise if you need to store your scooter indoors.
Many small electric scooters will easily fit under a desk or in a hallway. Such examples are also practical if you plan on storing yours in the boot of your car, for instance.
POWER AND SPEED
Whether you're looking to reduce time on your journeys or just have a thirst for acceleration, speed is undeniably one of the things you will think about when shopping around for a new electric scooter.
It's no secret that the more powerful a scooter, the greater its acceleration. What's more, higher-powered e-scooters are also more capable of transporting heavier riders.
Power Versus Speed
In a nutshell, the lower the power rating of an electric scooter, the lower its top speed. Here's a rough guide of power and top speed:
- 350 W - 15 mph;
- 500 W - 20 mph;
- 1 kW - 30 mph;
- 2 kW - 40 mph;
- 8 kW - 70 mph;
- 30 kW - 100 mph.
As you can see, the higher the power rating, the faster your top speed. Of course, most people wouldn't be riding a high-powered e-scooter at 100 mph, so it makes sense to stick with 2 kW or less for everyday use.
When considering an electric scooter, it's not just the top speed that should be in your thoughts but also the torque. If you bought a low-power e-scooter, it wouldn't get you to its top speed as quickly as a high-powered one.
As mentioned earlier, something like a 2 kW scooter is ideal for most people's needs and will take into consideration rider weight. Some e-scooters have two electric motors for increased torque and performance.
The battery is also an important detail to consider in addition to the above points. As you probably know, a larger battery capacity means you have more range - time available to use the scooter before it needs charging.
Ideally, it would be best to look for scooters with a minimum of 10ah battery capacity.
Lastly, you will likely have a budget in mind for your electric scooter. As you can appreciate, price ranges differ depending on features and benefits such as those listed on this page.
If you are looking for high-end scooter we suggest the Lamborghini AL1, this model offers a great performance allied with the Lamborghini design. Popular mid-range scooters include the Ninebot Segway F30 and the Xiaomi 1S which are also great options of electric scooters.
Note that features like bigger or dual motors, larger batteries, and suspension and pneumatic tyres will increase the price you're likely to spend on an electric scooter.
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In the UK, the law states electric scooters should not be used on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads. E-scooters can only be used on private land with the owner's consent and a rider should always wear appropriate protective equipment.
It is the customer’s responsibility to ride their electric scooter within local laws and therefore assume all liability and risk associated with the use of e-scooter products.