Best electric scooters
With the general public becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues like global warming and pollution, it should come as no surprise that environmentally friendly means of transportation and living are now extremely popular.
One of the eco-friendly means of transport that have flooded the market in recent years are electric scooters. Suitable for teens and adults alike, electric scooters are ideal for people who want an extra degree of portability, speed, and flexibility in traffic. If you are interested in purchasing an electric scooter but have no idea what to look for, our small list might help you make a decision.
Here are the three best electric scooters for easy transportation in 2018.
To find the electric scooter that is best suited to your needs, we have compiled a small list of general features whose quality or lack thereof will likely influence your overall experience. If you want more info about the trendiest motorised scooters, bikes, and other two-wheelers, check out the Best On Two Wheels website. Until then, here is what you should look for in an electric scooter:
- Speed and range. Most electric scooters can achieve greater speeds than regular bikes – more precisely, 18 miles per hour, as opposed to 10 miles per hour. However, in most cases, you will be riding the scooter on bike lanes and steep sidewalks filled with pedestrians, so speed should not be the main criteria when making a decision.
- Wheels and suspension. Consider your daily routes (to work, to your kid’s school, etc.) and the quality of the pavement. This part is vital as you should choose the best wheels and suspension for this factor. For instance, if the road surface is uneven and rocky then you need pneumatic tires. If the terrain is even and smooth, you can make do with small rubber wheels.
- Battery. Here, you will have to choose between acid batteries and lithium batteries. The former takes a longer time to charge (12 hours for about an hour’s worth of battery life), while the latter can be charged in as little as four hours. If you want to use the scooter for small daily chores (grocery shopping and the like), you should be totally fine with an acid battery. However, if you are getting the scooter for commuting purposes, a lithium battery is the more sensible choice.
- Capacity. As sturdy as it might be, an electric scooter cannot carry too much weight without collapsing upon itself. While a specific subset of scooters can handle as much as 150 pounds or 70 kilograms, it is better to check your body weight (sorry), and then get a scooter capable of carrying at least 10 to 20 pounds (5-10 kg) over that.
- Price. This factor will depend on what exactly you want to use the scooter for. For around $300 USD / £230 GBP, you will get a decent vehicle good for running errands and enjoying some fun evenings in the park. However, if you want to replace your car with a scooter as much as possible, you will have to drop much more money than that.
Ultimately, the best electric scooter for you largely depends on what you are planning to use it for – commuting or leisure. If you want to replace your car with an electric scooter to commute to work, then you might have to spend at least a thousand dollars. If you want a scooter just for leisure, then there is no reason to spend more than $500 / £400 on one. Nevertheless, the three scoters highlighted in this article can satisfy all needs, so make sure to check them out.
Now that we have covered the main features you should look for, let us take a look at three models that we have handpicked for you.