The Electric Travels Buyer's Guide

Choosing the right electric scooter for you can be confusing, that’s why we have put together this buyer’s guide which will take you through all the considerations you need to make, to ensure you choose the perfect scooter, for your needs.  

First and foremost, what are you looking to use your electric scooter for? Commuting, family fun or catching up with friends?

If commuting you may need to consider a lightweight scooter which can easily fold and store at work or in the car.  If you are looking to do longer journeys then range, speed and comfort may be more important.

In general terms the lighter, compact electric scooters will have a smaller battery and the trade off is usually a shorter range.  Larger batteries and motor power can achieve longer range but tend to be heavier, it’s about striking the right balance which is why we have created a handy selector tool to help you choose the perfect scooter for your needs.  

Simply select your required combinations of range, speed and weight to see the right scooter tailored to your needs.

 

Other practical considerations to help you decide can include comfort, style, maintenance, power output, charge time etc... So, we have outlined some of the key things to look out for:

Tyres

Tyres

Tyres come in two varieties: pneumatic (air-filled) and airless.

Pneumatic tires have the advantage of shock absorption and better handling/traction (especially in bad weather). The downside to pneumatic tyres is there is more maintenance required than the airless variety. Pneumatic tires are prone to punctures and need be filled with air when they have low pressure.

Airless tyres, on the other hand, have virtually no maintenance required but you will feel more of the bumps in the road so will need to consider the surface and distance you plan to travel on solid tyres.

Range

Electric Scooter Range

Range refers to the distance a scooter can travel before it runs out of battery power. A cautious rule of thumb is to take whatever the manufacturer advertises and divide by two. Results from the 2018 Electric Scooter Survey show most manufacturers overestimate by 30% in their range claims.

Like all batteries, as time goes on, your battery capacity (and scooter range) will diminish. Think about your commute and how far you travel in a typical day.

Remember that when your scooter runs out of power you can still kick to push it.

Weight

Weight

Weight can be a big consideration if you ever need to fold and carry your scooter.

Think about your commute: will you need to walk upstairs, get on a train or lift your scooter into a car?

Most scooters with a reasonable range (>15 miles) will weigh over 17kg. Anything much above 20kg will be difficult to carry for long durations.

See our selector tool to see what weight, range and speed combination will suit you

Top Speed

Speed

Top speed is not a huge factor for most commuters if the scooter can reach 15 mph. In fact, the current recommendation for some EU countries have laws against going over 15.5 mph (25km/h) on a scooter.

Which is the same for Electric Bikes in the UK. In reality, when traveling on roads or in bike lanes, 15.5 mph is fast enough.

If you are interested in the extreme performance type of scooter, those go much faster and we recommend wearing safety gear when traveling at those speeds.

Caution: Always wear a helmet when riding your scooter, at any speed.

 

Motor Power

Power

Motor power generally starts at 200 watts and goes all the way up to 800 watts on the EGRET – TEN V3X.

For adults, we do not recommend anything under 250 watts for daily commuting. This will be adequate for flat surfaces and very small hills.

If you live in an area with steeper hills, think about going to 350 or 500 watts. Even with 500 watts, your scooter will slow down on medium-sized hills.

At that point, you can always kick to help the scooter. Larger motors will not only help with powering up hills, but they will also get you up to top speed more quickly.

Suspension

Suspension

Suspension, similar to that in a car, smooths out bumps and indentations in the road. Without it, and especially if you have airless tires, you will feel every bump that you travel over.

If your commute is longer or has more rough terrain to cross, strongly consider purchasing a scooter with suspension.

Suspension can either be attached to the front, rear, or both wheels. Scooters in the Premium Commuter class should have either front or rear suspension.

Lighting

Lights

Scooters, like bicycles, can have a white front light and a red rear light. If you ride after dark, it is necessary to have both a front and rear light.

Due to the design of electric scooters, they typically do not have very visible rear lights. If you are going to ride at night, strongly consider adding some flashing red rear lights to your helmet or backpack. 

Our range of Livall smart helmets have built in automatic LED lighting including turn signal indicators, handlebar remote control, stereo speakers and Bluetooth technology.

Brakes

Brakes

There are four main brake types: electric and/or regenerative, foot, drum, and disc. They are listed in order from least to most effective and can be installed on the front, rear, or both tires.

Electric and regenerative brakes are the weakest. If you are traveling at 15+mph and need to stop quickly, these alone will not do the job.

Foot brakes, which are activated by pushing your foot down on the rear fender, cause it to rub against the rear tire, slowing it down. This type of brake has slightly more stopping power but is not as effective as the disc or drum brakes.

Drum Brakes are enclosed inside the wheel hub and are generally lower maintenance than other braking types and have consistent performance in wet conditions.

Disc brakes have the most stopping power and are lighter than drum brakes. They are typically found on the higher end Premium Commuter and High-Performance scooters but may appear on better quality Budget Commuter scooters.

Legislation & Safety

Safety

Most importantly, we would like to ensure that you consider all of the legislation and safety aspects and you are fully aware of where you can ride your electric scooter and our recommendations to keep you safe.   

At the moment Electric Scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), so they're treated as motor vehicles and are subject to all the same legal requirements - MOT, tax, licensing and specific construction. So, because they don't always have visible rear red lights, number plates or signalling ability, they can't be used legally on the roads.

The law covering e-bikes - which are battery-assisted pedal cycles - doesn't currently cover e-scooters, but the government wants to regulate them in a similar way in future.

Electric Travels strongly recommend that you always wear a helmet and appropriate clothing to protect yourself and others when using an Electric Scooter.

Electric Scooter Comparison Chart

Make Model Range Top Speed Weight Wheels Suspension Max Rider Weight Power Output Charge Time Folded Size
Egret EGRET-TEN V3X 42 km 30 km/h 17 kg 10" Air Yes 100 kg 800W 6 hrs 107 x 18.5 x 38cm
Egret EGRET-EIGHT V2X 30 km 28 km/h 14 kg 8" Air Yes 100 kg 745W 6 hrs
103 x 15 x 30cm
E-TWOW GT 2020 50 km 40 km/h 13 kg 8' Solid Yes 125 kg 700W 4.5 hrs
106 x 32.4 x 15cm
InMotion L9 95 km 30 km/h 24 kg 10" Air Yes 150 kg 500W 7.2 hrs
131 x 52 x 56cm
The Urban
HMBRG V2
25 km 28 km/h 17 kg 10" Air Yes 100 kg 600W 6 hrs 105 x 18 x 38cm
Ninebot Segway
Max G30
65 km 25 km/h 19.1 kg 10" Air No 100 kg 350W 5 hrs
117 × 47 × 53cm
Zero 9
Model E
44 km 40 km/h 17.5 kg 8.5" Air Yes 100 kg 600W 6 hrs
100 x 20 x 39cm
The Urban BRLN V2 20 km 25 km/h 12 kg 8" Air No 100 kg 560W 6 hrs 103 x 16 x 38cm
Ninebot Segway E45E 45 km 25 km/h 16.4 kg 9'' Solid No 100 kg 300W 7.5 hrs 119 x 42 x 36cm
E-TWOW
Booster Plus
40 km 36 km/h 10.8 kg Solid Yes 110 kg 500W 7.2 hrs 97 x 33 14.5cm
Reid E4 Plus 28 km 25 km/h 14.5 kg 10" Solid Yes 100 kg 350W 5 hrs 120 x 51 x 52cm
Mi M365 Pro 2 45 km 25 km/h 14.2 kg 8.5'' Air No 100 kg 300W 9 hrs 113 x 43 x 49cm
Ninebot Segway E25E 25 km 25 km/h 14.4 kg 9'' Solid No 100 kg 300W 4 hrs 119 x 42 x 36cm
Reid E4 28 km 25 km/h 13.1 kg 10" Solid No 100 kg  250W 5 hrs 120 x 51 x 52cm
Mi M365 1S 30 km 25 km/h 12.5 kg 8.5'' Air No 100 kg 250W 5.5 hrs 108 x 43 x 49cm
Ninebot Segway
E22E
22 km 20 km/h 13.5 kg 9" Solid No 100 kg 184W 3.5 hrs 114 x 42 x 36cm
Mi Essential 20 km  20 km/h  12 kg 8.5'' Air No 100 kg 250W 3.5 hrs 108 x 43 x 49cm
InMotion L8D 15 km 30 km/h 11.5 kg 8" Air (rear) No 100 kg 250W 2.5 hrs 130 x 52 x 56cm
Decent Decent X7 16 km 15.5 km/h 13 kg 10" Solid No 150 kg 350W 3 hrs 108 x 42 x 46cm