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Whether you’re looking to buy your first electric scooter, trading up or adding a second (third or fifth!!) scooter to your collection – choosing which scooter is right for you is never an easy choice.
An electric scooter can be a real investment. It can save you time and money and take some of the stress and effort out of the way you get around. Or it can just simply be for fun, and boy, are they a lot of fun!?
But there’s a lot to consider when buying one; it’s weight, size, foldability, wheel size, tyres, battery range and power, does it have a companion app, it’s recharge time, top speed, acceleration, brakes and of course, your budget … there’s quite a list.
We like to think we’ve done some of the hard work for you by selecting a range of quality scooters from some of the best brands in the business right now.
So if you’re looking a scoot to ease your commute, or something with a bit of stamina for urban adventures, perhaps one that’s cool to ride with friends, or a compact choice for storage and portability, or just something to put an electric groove into the way you move – we’d like to think we have a scooter to suit.
Our Buying Guide should hopefully help explain what makes each electric scooter and the features you might need to consider when buying an electric scooter. You can always get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like any further information or friendly advice.
The distance a scooter will travel will depend on several factors like the weight of the rider, weather conditions, how many slopes you climb and how often you accelerate and travel at top speed.
But generally speaking, the bigger the battery, the further you’ll be able to travel between charging. Check out the EMOVE CRUISER for some real endurance!
Tip – when comparing manufacturer’s performance figures for electric scooters it’s advisable to consider tests are usually performed in ideal conditions with average weight rider and may vary from what you might achieve on the same scooter.
Today’s electric scooters can certainly whizz along with some of the fastest hitting speeds of well over 60 kph (40 mph). Now that’s fast, especially on a scooter!
But thinking safety first, you should find around 15 mph is plenty fast enough, something all our scooters are capable of and perfect for commuting and moving you swiftly from A to B.
Tip – we advise always wearing a helmet when riding a scooter at any speed.
If you intend using your scooter for commuting or putting in boot of your car, storing it under an office desk or neatly away at home, you’ll need a scooter which folds.
It’s usually a case of unlocking a clamp on the steering column and folding down making it easy to carry and store. Some scooters even have folding handlebars like the E-TWOW GT 2020, making them more compact and ultra-portable
Weight can be a big consideration especially if you intend folding and carrying your scooter on a regular basis.
Scooters with a reasonable range of around 25 kilometres will weigh over 12 kgs. Those exceeding 16 kgs will be difficult to carry for long periods although a shoulder strap can help ease the load. Weight generally depends on the size of the scooter, the size of the battery and the scooter’s motor or motors.
Adult electric scooters have motors which are built into the hubs of the wheels.
All scooters have at least one hub motor while powerful models have motors in both hubs. The power of the motor is expressed in Watts; the more Watts, the more torque your scooter will have which can provide better acceleration and hill climbing. Scooters generally start around 250 Watts, going onto exceed 5000 Watts! The average budget commuter scooter has a 250-Watt motor like the REID E4, a good mid-range commuter scooter having around 350 Watts like the new URBAN X SERIES xH1. Remember, the bigger the motor, generally the more power and torque.
Tip - if you’re travels involve riding up slopes and hills consider a scooter with at least 350 Watts of power.
The battery and the motor play a pivotal role towards the power and range of a scooter.
Basically, the bigger the battery output, the more power your scooter will have and the longer it will last between charges.
But remember, the bigger the battery the heavier your scooter is likely to be when it comes to lifting and carrying around.
The size of electric scooter wheels and tyres generally tend to vary between around 8 inches to 10 inches in diameter.
8-inch diameter wheels help to keep a scooter compact and lightweight. Though solid tyres of this size can give a firm and bumpy ride – perhaps more suited to final mile commuter scooters. The standard commuter and everyday scooters tend to be fitted with 8-10 inch wheels and tyres which provide a good combination of smooth ride and compactness when folded. Longer range scooters with bigger motors and heavier batteries will better suit larger 10-inch wheels and tyres to ease cruising ability and help give a silky-smooth ride.
There are generally two types of tyre; traditional air filled or pneumatic tyres and solid tyres.
Solid tyres come in three forms; honeycomb, foam filled and solid. Though they are low maintenance by avoiding punctures, they can be a harder ride and using in wet conditions takes more care.
Air filled tyres help add comfort to your ride and are thought to be safer on wet surfaces. They can have inner tubes or be tubeless like a car but can puncture - and fixing a puncture on an electric scooter is not the simplest of tasks!
Tip – Always keep tyres at correctly inflated to ensure safety and efficiency of your scooter. Or try filling your air tyres with tyre gloo to avoid any chance of a puncture without affecting the ride.
Just like with a car or motorbike, suspension helps smooth out the bumps and uneven surfaces, improving ride quality and handling.
Without suspension and riding on solid tyres, you will fell every bump. So, if you’re regular commute has plenty of uneven or rough surfaces, we’d recommend looking for a scooter with suspension like the HERO S8.
Three types of suspension can be found on electric scooters; spring, hydraulic or air shocks and rubber suspension with the premium scooters have both front and rear suspension.
Brakes slow the scooter down and a quality braking system is essential for staying safe and maintaining control.
There are basically two types of brakes; mechanical and electronic. Mechanical brakes come in the form of foot, drum and disc brakes and are far more effective than electronic brakes.
Foot brakes operate by pressing your foot on the rear mud guard and onto the wheel. They are the least effective mechanical brake and not as comfortable to use. Drum brakes are enclosed within the wheel and are regarded as low maintenance and are consistent when applied in wet weather conditions. Disc brakes are lighter than drum brakes and have more stopping power than drums. They are generally found on quality commuter and performance scooters like the EGRET TEN v3 48V.
Electronic brakes rely heavily on the motor to help stop the scooter and although they are no match for mechanical brakes, they benefit from being low maintenance.
Just like a car or bike, most electric scooters have white front lights with red rear lights, usually incorporating a brake light.
They tend to be LED power but due to the design of electric scooters, the rear lights are generally small and can be hard to see.
Some scooters have additional LED lighting under the deck and even on the handlebar stem like the awesome HERO S8 and S9 models.
Tip - if your riding at night we’d always recommend the addition flashing red lights. to attach to your helmet or backpack for added safety. Check out our Alpina Grunerlocker Helmets which have in-built rear LED flashing lights for added safety.
Pretty much all scooters will have an LCD display – a bit like a mini dashboard on your car. A basic display will inform you of your current speed, driving mode and battery level.
More detailed features like lights on/off, trip meter and distance travelled are also available. Some may even have a Bluetooth icon if it can be linked to a companion App which will display all this information plus more – and can even include an immobiliser to lock your scooter and stop it from being started by an unauthorised user.
The IP, or Ingress Protection rating tells us how resistant a scooter is to dust and water.
It is made up of two numbers, but our focus is on the second number because this tells us the scooters level of resistance. The higher the number, the more resistant the scooter is to dust, water and moisture. Not all scooters are issued with an IP rating, but if you know you’ll be riding in damp or dusty conditions, you’ll need a rating of at least IPx4.
As a guide;
IPx0 = No protection
IPx1 – IPx3 = Very limited water resistance
IPx4 – IPx5 = Splash proof
IPx6 = suitable for riding in the rain
IPx7 and above = can be submerged in water (apparently!)
So clearly there is a lot to think about. And if you’re still in doubt about where to start, why not get in touch and we’ll be happy to help; email@example.com