How to Choose an Electric Scooter

How to Choose an Electric Scooter

Electric scooters are a convenient and eco-friendly way to get from place to place without tiring yourself out.  But, given the multitude of scooter models available, picking a new ride for your daily commute can be quite difficult.

To make choosing an electric scooter easier for you, we’ve compiled various criteria to keep in mind throughout the selection process.  As a bonus, we’ve also included resources for mountain bikes, commuting bicycles, electric bikes, rental cars, and other topics related to transportation.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Effective Range

First things first, check the range provided by your potential scooter model as this will dictate how far you can go without a charge.  A good rule of thumb is to check the standard distance of your commute.

Once you know this distance you can check various models to see which ones offer enough juice for you to go to work, head home, and still have extra power left.  While the actual range may vary, most decent scooters are capable of going 30 to 60 km on a single charge.

Scooter Weight

While you’ll usually be riding your scooter, you may have to lug it up or down some stairs on certain occasions.  For these situations, you’ll want to consider buying a scooter that is light enough to handle without straining your back or tiring you out.

As a little bonus, having a relatively light scooter also adds to your overall range while making it easier to stow away.

Speed

You won’t be breaking any land speed records on an e-scooter but you’d be wise to be cautious as these little marvels can still zip around fast enough to cause injury.  Most e-scooters boast top speeds of about 42 kph with the slowest managing roughly 25 kph.

If you’re particularly confident in your scooter-riding abilities, you can also opt for a faster scooter.  For reference, some of the fastest scooters on the market are capable of reaching speeds of over 120 kph

Power

Power goes hand in hand with speed but the two features often play a game of cat and mouse with one another.  That is if you want a powerful scooter you’ll need to sacrifice some speed and if you want a fast scooter, you’ll lose out on a bit of power.

As a rule of thumb, high-power scooters are better suited to areas with rolling hills and varying elevations.  Alternatively, faster scooters are better suited to flatter areas with long roads.

Brakes, Lights, Suspension

If you’re picking a scooter you can’t forget about your safety features which include brakes, onboard lights, and scooter suspension.  No matter what, you’ll want a scooter with strong brakes, visible lights, and a decent suspension.

These features help make your riding experience both safe and comfortable.  But for extra comfort, a good insurance policy can also add to your level of personal safety.

Charging Times

Last but not least, you should remember to take your scooter’s charging time into account as this will determine your downtime between rides.  Most scooters take between 3 to 8 hours to charge but the most efficient models can achieve a full charge in just an hour.

With this set of criteria at your disposal, we hope you find it easier to pick the best e-scooter for your needs.