New invention has touched the scooter industry as well. Electric scooters are scooters green answer. They are similar to gas scooters in all functions, except for the energy source. They are great for the environment because of no gas emissions. They are also convenient to owners as they only need to be plugged in.
The disadvantages of electric scooters are they fail to be able to travel as far without a charge-up compared to petrol scooters. This means you cannot go as far. Also, they do not go as fast. This can be a challenge if you are needing faster speeds.
Still, these models do offer you reduced prices in the initial purchase and in the trade-off of petrol for electricity. In addition, there is less upkeep than a petrol motor which can break down overtime and they are less noisy than petrol scooters.
By and large, they offer quality speeds of 10 to 20mph and can go around 10 to 15 miles before need of a charge. For most people’s scooter needs, these numbers will be more than adequate.
Electric scooters can be split up into two key types – first is essentially a moped powered by an electric motor and are often allowed on the road. The second type is a stand on a scooter that you can push or kick for propulsion, with the assistance of an electric motor. Both types can be charged and can scoot you around from about 10 -30 mph for an hour on a full charge.
The popularity of electric scooters for adults and teens has been increasing because of both their practical function as well as their fun factor! Many push style scooters are very light and easy to transport and are foldable, making them a convenient mode of transport to and from work or school in the middle of a busy town.
Some models have off-road tires and suspension that make short work of dirt roads and jumps, while others are equipped with lights and mirrors and can be made road legal.
Apart from all of the heads turning to check out how awesome you look, there are many other reasons you may consider buying an electric scooter:
Adrenaline – Many of these models are also suitable for teens who are upgrading from smaller scooters. (Shooting around the streets or fields is something that you never grow out of!)
Environmentally Friendly – Rather than jumping in your car for a 5-10 minute trip why not hop on your scooter and get there in half the time, weaving around traffic and people, and saving the planet at the same time?
Electric scooters only use the electricity to charge them and don’t cause any of the pollution (gasses and noise!) that cars do.
Effortless – maybe you want to go out and walk the dog, or keep an eye on the kids on a bike ride? Unpack the scooter and they won’t be able to keep up!
To consider when choosing your Scooter…
Speed: All electric scooters are nippy, but some are faster than others. This all depends on the size of the battery and the size
of the person. If you are buying for a teen many models will have no problem getting up to 15mph and climbing up hills. If you buying for someone over 70kg it might be worth looking at a more powerful model such as the Razor E300. If you intend to keep up with traffic you might want to consider the Evo Powerboard, with its 1000W motor can reach speeds of up to 26mph.
Battery Length: Most electric scooters’ batteries last around an hour off a full charge. Some models have the option to select an ‘economy mode’ that reduces the output of the battery at a cost to the top speed, and a guzzler mode that opens up the power at a hit to the battery life. A good way to remedy this is to pick up an extra battery, which you can pick up here.
Scooter Weight: If you plan on taking your scooter on holiday or lugging it into the car take note of how heavy it is. Most models are very lightweight, and some can be folded away for extra convenience.
Depending on your plans many models also have special features such as:
- Detachable Seat
- Road Legal
- Off-Road Tires
Electric Scooters for Adults: Our Top Suggestions
1000w Evo Powerboard – Review Here
- Evo 1000w Electric Scooter has 42in height, 44in length, 24in width and with 79lbs of weight.
- It has chain engine drive framework.
- The scooter is equipped with 1000 Watt Batteries, three 12V/12AH (36V framework).
- It has the top speed of 28kmh.
- Its most extreme coverage reach is 10 miles per charge which may change depending upon the weight of the driver.
- The battery can be charged whenever required. It takes around 4-8 hours to get its battery fully charged.
- Easy to install quick release seat for a high level of comfort.
Razor E300 Electric Scooter – Review Here
From the very popular Razor line of scooters which you can find here: http://www.razor.com/uk/
- Speeds up to 15mph and up to 40 minutes of continuous use on a single charge
- Super-sized deck & steel frame
- High torque, chain driven motor
- Twist-grip acceleration control and a hand operated the rear brake
- Extra wide 10″ pneumatic tyres
E-TWOW Booster 6.5 Electric Scooter
- Maximum speed: 30km/h
- Double braking function: Regenerative brake for front wheel + Emergency brake for behind wheel (At the same time front wheel regenerative brake and rear wheel friction brake)
- Maximum Speed Limitation Option: Many countries have a legislation that imposes a speed limitation, that’s why the scooter’s speed can be set from the factory at 12km/h, 20km/h or 25km/h.
- Motor type: DC Brushless motor, 500W
What is the Difference Between a Moped and a Scooter?
Mopeds and scooters are both known to be inexpensive, fuel-efficient modes of transport. They are economical to purchase and economical to insure. In busy built-up areas, they are an ideal way to travel, cutting through traffic much quicker than a car or pedal cycle, which make them a good choice for commuters. Although mopeds and scooters have many similarities, there are some distinct differences between the two:
Engine size – Mopeds have a very small engine with only one chamber, the engine does not normally exceed 50cc. Scooters are generally larger, with an engine size ranging between 50cc and 800cc.
Fuel – Mopeds have a two-stroke engine which mixes together two-stroke engine oil and gasoline. In contrast, scooters have engines which use only gasoline, they use oil purely as lubrication.
Speed – Mopeds reach a maximum speed of approximately 40mph. Because of their low speeds, mopeds are not classed as motorbikes, and so they do not have to be licensed as a motorbike. Scooters can reach much higher speeds, in excess of 50mph, dependent on the size of the engine. However, neither mopeds or scooters are permitted for use on motorways or international freeways.
Starting the Engine – Mopeds have pedals which are used to start the engine. On scooters, you use a key to start the engine. Scooters are entirely motorised, they do not have pedals, and they have a small platform to place the feet upon.
Body / Frame – Both mopeds and scooters usually have a step-through frame. On a scooter, the larger engine is generally found to the rear of the rider beneath the seat.
Wheels – Wheels on a moped are similar to those on motorbikes, whereas scooters have smaller wheels.
Cost – Both mopeds and scooters can be purchased at a reasonable cost. Scooters are generally more expensive than mopeds due to the larger engine size. Older models can be picked up for a very small outlay, but they will usually need money to be spent on maintenance and repair. Newer models will cost more, but will last much longer and will, therefore, be more worthwhile, needing less cost for upkeep.
Age Limits and Safety – The legal age limit for riding a moped or scooter should always be taken into account. This can be different for different countries around the world. It is important to check the legal age limit for the country before using either a moped or scooter.
Scooters are classed as motorbikes and therefore the age limit is therefore usually higher for scooters than it is for mopeds. With mopeds having smaller engines and hence lower speeds they are a much safer option than scooters.
Different countries around the world have different restrictions for mopeds and scooters, not just for riding but for the wearing of safety equipment such as helmets, and it is essential to ensure that the legal restrictions are obeyed and that the rider is aware of the legislation for their individual vehicle.
These are some of the main differences between mopeds and scooters. There are sometimes other small differences between the two, but those depend on the individual make and model.
Benefits of the electric scooters
Electric scooters are probably the best possible choice in vehicles for short quick trips to the local store, convenience market. A few have rear baskets, but mostly one would hang the bag(s) from the handle bars.
The early days of electric scooters featured mostly folding standup light weight scooters. Some of these were light enough to carry aboard mass rail transit, but few had very much speed or power. Currently very few standup scooters remain on the market, and only one, recently returned to the market unit, would be considered light weight.
They can handle twice those numbers if they can be charged at work .
If a bike rider can commute to your particular work site, then a electric scooter should be able to do the same.
When it comes to just leisurely riding, or riding around a resort area electrics are hard to beat. They are quiet and seem to glide along in harmony with the natural surroundings.
A trip to the movie theater usually test the limits of electrics scooter range. Most often, one has to go 5-10 miles each way over varying terrain, with no opportunity to charge while at the theater.
You almost certainly have to leave the scooter outside, even smaller more portable types.
Electrics are ideal for carrying in ones car for emergencies when your car needs to be taken to the shop and you have to get to work, etc. There is no gas/oil to spill or dangerous fumes to worry about.
Electric scooters are not very good off-road choices, although many will do quite well around campgrounds and other non extreme situations. The primary advantage electric scooters have over gas powered scooters is they are quiet and will not offend a touchy fellow camper or camp ground official.
Their weakness is you must have access to a charging outlet. They are fine if one is available, but even then you don’t want to go too far down the trail for fear of running out of juice.