What Makes a ‘Good’ Electric Scooter? A Buyer’s Guide

What Makes a ‘Good’ Electric Scooter? A Buyer’s Guide

Electric Scooters are ideal for people needing get about with a minimal amount hassle or cost that’s associated with public transport & driving. For around $750, the price is practically within the reach of just about everyone; it’s also one of the easiest personal electric vehicles to operate, giving them an universal appeal.

Comfort: an Electric Scooter without either suspension or air tires will be practically unrideable on normal pavements & nearly anywhere else. Every small bump in the road is transmitted up through the handle-bar& the standing platform.

You also want to have a scooter with minimal play/give in the vertical handle-bar; a good eScooter will feel firm, predictable & stable while cruising at speed.

Battery & Range: one of the most confusing & exaggerated manufacturer statistics is the estimated ranges. The reality is that there are so many real-life variables which have a dramatic effect on the range, that it’s practically useless predicting the number of miles a particular model can achieve.  The Rider’s weight, height, head-wind, terrain, topography (hills),  how much starting & stopping you do are all vital parts of the overall calculation.

Even the scooter’s battery capacity rating is frequently misleading: most manufacturers will quote the battery size in Ah, or Amp Hours; the problem is that this information is pointless unless the nominal voltage of the battery pack is also known, & then you’ll need to multiply the two figures together to derive the capacity Watt-hours (Wh= Ah x Volts) . It would be more honest/transparent if the quoted the battery sizes were listed in Watt-hours as is the case with Electric Unicycle.

Top Speed: there are two types of defined speeds, the maximum speed & comfortable cruising speed. Some scooters will claim to have a blister 20mph top speed, but for anyone who has tried one at this speed will find that it’s not realistic to travel any sort of distance with a bone shatter ride if it’s not designed with large air Wheels &/or suspension.

The Smart Scooter: a modern state-of-the-art eScooter will have a bluetooth App that will allow you to not only view trip information (speed, range, power, etc) but also allow you to Customize the handling through the ‘Ride Mode’ settings, enabled/disable the lighting, or engage the motor lock function. The information Dashboard on a previous generation eScooter was small, unilluminated, difficult to read. Inmotion have defined the new standard for Dashboard user interfaces; the data is beautifully presented on a large clean illuminated screen that’s easy to see at a glance.

If you’re looking for an Electric Scooter that will go the distance (in both the figurative & literal sense), then you should choose a model with large 8″ tires (preferably inflatable), suspension, a >300Wh battery pack, & a frame that’s designed for the rigors of real life. The Inmotion L6/Lively was tested over three years & 100,000km before it was released for sale, making it one of the most dependable, durable, comfortable & also the most fun Scooters that you can buy today.

Reading next

Inmotion V3Pro Now Available in Four Colors
Choosing an Electric Unicycle With the Right Battery Pack for You

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.