e-Scooters are a fantastic way of getting about in an eco-friendly way without having to work up a sweat. They are powered by a lithium ion battery and offer a stable and secure ride, but with thousands of models to choose from, picking the right one can feel like a bit of a minefield.
There are many factors to consider, including how fast you want your e-Scooter to go, how long you want your battery to last in-between charges, comfort, braking and whether or not you want a folding model, that can be stowed away and carried with ease. You will also need to consider the weight of the rider and the kind of terrain you’ll be covering. And last but not least, safety features such as reflectors should also be at the top of your list.
Prices start at around the £250 mark, rising up to as much as £1,500 for a really high spec model.
Most e-Scooters have a top speed of up to 25 mp/h and the more powerful the motor, the more poke the model will have. A 250W motor is recommended, but if you want a bit of added vavavoom, opt for a 350W motor. Couple this with larger 10 inch wheels (wheels are usually 8.5 inches) and you have an e-Scooter that will make mincemeat of hills and cope with more challenging terrain. Check out the T4 Max 10” Pro Electric Scooter at £349.99
A good e-Scooter, will take you between 15 – 20 miles on each battery charge. If you want to go further than that, the price will rise as you are looking at a larger battery. The Xiaomi MI M365 Pro Electric Scooter can travel up to 27 miles on one charge and also offers, cruise control and power saving ECO settings. There is also a battery level indicator, meaning you will always know how much power you’ve got left at any given time. This one also has front and rear brakes plus air-filled tyres for a really smooth ride. Price £589.99.
An e-Scooter’s power rating is shown in Watts. A typical 15 mp/h e-Scooter will have a 250-watt battery, but if you tend to tackle a lot of hills and rougher terrain, opt for a 350W+ model. The MX7 Pro Electric Scooter, comes with standard 8.5” wheels, but comes with the added boost of a 350-Watt motor. Great value at £299.99
Bigger wheels offer a smoother ride and if you are likely to be going over rougher surfaces, consider a 10” wheel model. To really max out the smoothness of your ride, opt for air-filled tyres. You’ll get both of these features with a 10” X7 Pro Electric Scooter for just £299.99
If you never intend to carry your scooter, then weight and foldability won’t be at the top of your list. However, if you are looking for something portable that isn’t too much of a strain to transport, choose a lighter model – e-Scooters weigh between 8 – 15 kg and those extra kilos will feel like a lot if you are carrying it on a regular basis. For a lightweight, foldable e-Scooter, opt for the Xiaomi Essential. It weighs in at 12 kg and is quick and easy to fold. Price £349.99