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E-Scooters

An electric scooter is vehicle that is powered by electricity, and will require periodic plug-in charging in order to function

Some models might even offer a seat, but this is just an addition on the step-through platform or frame. This is the key difference between electric scooters and electric motorcycles, where the later do not have a step-through frame, and directly provide a seat integrated in their frames.

About Power:

The options

About Range &

Charge Time

About Drive,

Brakes & Throttle

About Wheel Types

& Sizes

About Suspension

& Speed/Weight

– 12V: This voltage is used on small scooters, and what you can call a kid toy. Usually the top speed will be around 10 Mph, with a top weight for the rider around 110 lbs

– 24V: This can get you to the store back and forth, or anywhere around your neighborhood for that matter. Typically you can expect top speeds around 15 Mph, and maximum allowed weight around 220 lbs. You won’t climb any hills, but you’ll get a good a ride on a flat surface.

– 36V: Aimed for commuting back and forth to work or some serious ride. Even though the top speed might be around 15 Mph for some models, it’s more powerful and will allow you to climb some low steep hills.

– 48V:These are the workhorses of the electric scooter world. They are bigger and heavier, but you will climb hills with ease. These are the top tier and higher in cost of all scooters.

The expected range any electric scooter can give you will be between 8 and 15 miles (12.8 ~ 24 Km).

Some manufacturers will claim their product will give you even 20 miles (32,2 Km), but real world scenarios are really different from optimal conditions while testing. Multiple stops and goes on corners and traffic lights, the occasional hills will take a toll on the battery, and therefore, the range will be decreased.

You should plan ahead for charging and charging times. Let’s say you plan on commuting to work with your scooter. Make some simple math regarding the length of the trip and make sure that if you need to charge your scooter there, you will be able to do so every time.

Most of the scooters are not designed to have the batteries swapped frequently. So it’s not an option to carry an additional one in your backpack!

Most of scooters today come with rear wheel drive. This is good as it offers better efficiency riding on hills and will make you go over terrain easier.

Regarding the brakes, usually larger scooters will have disk brakes, but it’s not uncommon to see them on 36V scooters, and even on the 24V range. And also depending on the scooter, the brakes can be front, rear, or dual.

3 Throttle Types

  • Twist-throttle “motorcycle-like”: I guess I don’t need to explain this too much, right? Just the same thing you’ll get on a motorcycle.
  • Thumb actuated: A little lever that you should keep pressed at different positions to maintain speed.
  • Index actuated: In this case, the little lever should be pulled with your index to maintain speed. 

Electric scooters come with solid or air tires. Usually they are have combination of both, with the solid tire at the rear. This is because the integrated motor most likely comes on the rear, and there’s some work involved on replacing the wheel that is integrated over the motor. With a solid tire there, you have less chances on having to go over this work.

Some scooter models might even offer you the possibility of choosing the types of tires you want.

You should really be concerned about air tires only if you think you might have punctures where you intend to ride. If this is your case, try to aim for the solid tires if you can.

Usually tires of larger sizes, like 8” or 10” are air wheels. The air wheels need a little bit more maintenance in the form of checking your air pressure. But you will get a nicer and smoother ride with these, specially if you will go over bumpier surfaces.

Suspension will give you a smoother ride. Almost all the scooters that incorporate suspension integrates the mechanism into the frame

Having rear suspension might have a big difference in how smooth your ride is. It might not be necessary if you intend to ride on paved road surface most of the time.

WEIGHT & SPEED

Speed difference on a stand-up scooter are really noticeable, even small 5 Mph (8 Km/h) increases are huge. If you plan on getting a scooter to ride at 20 Mph (32 Km/h), you will really feel the wind! This is pretty fast and you will feel more comfortable with a wider handlebar to steer.

Also consider lighter and smaller scooter might be awesome regarding storing them or transporting them, you need to think that at higher speeds you will want to be stable. Heavier and bigger scooters have more stability.

 

Now go. Have fun!

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