The modern adult electric scooter market is one of variety. It is certainly challenging to know what the best electric scooters for adults are. This is especially true for beginners. Luckily, we are here to make the search for a new scooter as easy as possible. Unlike many other scooter comparisons, we assume readers are going in fresh. For that reason, overly technical terms and jargon is avoided. Hopefully, the information we provide will allow you to make an informed decision when buying your electric scooter.
Best adult electric scooters released in 2019 & 2020
We have analyzed the best adult electric scooters available on the market today and reviewed several aspects of them.
On This Page
- Adult Vs Electric Scooters for Kids
- Adult Electric Scooters, What to Look For?
- Adult Electric Scooter Comparison Reviews
- Urban Electric Scooter Commuting
- Suburban Electric Scooter Commuting
- Lightweight Electric Scooters
- Off-Road Electric Scooters
- Electric Scooter Accessories and Upgrades for Adults
- Electric Scooter Rentals for Adults - Buying VS Renting
- Adult Electric Scooters vs E-Bikes
- Electric Scooter Laws for Adults
- Adults on Electric Scooters - How Fast Can You Go?
- Adult Weight Limits for Electric Scooters
- Electric Foldable Scooters for Adults
We compared electric scooters based on the following categories as they are the most commonly desired specs people look for:
- Urban Commuting
- Suburban commuting (fast electric scooters)
- Light-weight electric scooters
- Off-road electric scooter
Electric scooters have been around for longer than you would think, mostly tailored to children at first and it’s only in recent years that the trend for electric scooters for adults has seen a massive increase. Unlike hoverboards or segways, electric scooters are here to stay, and it’s easy to understand why due to their many upsides. Many models are portable and easy to carry. They also tend to be fast yet simple to maneuver. Adult electric scooters are an affordable, eco-friendly choice for modern people.
However, these benefits are not applicable to all electric scooters for adults. There are many different models to choose from, each with their own features, uses and designed purpose. People who are looking to buy one should keep several things in mind when looking for an electric scooter.
- What is the main purpose for the scooter?
- Will you use it more for commuting or leisure driving?
- The weight is also important - how often will you be carrying the scooter around?
- The range is another key factor, how far do you need it to go?
- Will you be going offroad or staying in urban environments?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you narrow down the search.
Adult Vs Electric Scooters for Kids
There are so many adult versions of these electric scooters that people might not even realize they were first designed to be used by kids. Scooters for younger riders are recognizable due to their smaller size. However, there is a middle ground where specific models are suitable for adults and older children. This can make it tricky to know which ones are ideal for each age bracket.
Please note that there are weight restrictions for electric scooters and this is to be able to get the most out of the motor, therefore a child scooter is likely to have a smaller motor and therefore a lower weight restriction. Also, when looking at buying an adult electric scooter for an older child, bear in mind the actual weight of the scooter, a bigger motor can often mean a heavier scooter that an adult may manage with ease but a child may not. This design is due to the purpose of the scooter. Adults are more likely to use their scooter for commuting (and fun!) compared to children just doing short distances for fun, therefore the range on a child’s scooter is significantly less than that an adult scooter can perform.
Scooters can have either two or three wheels. The latter gives extra stability and is, therefore, safer for kids. Adjustable handlebars are a feature on commuter or lightweight scooters. They need to be set between the rider's stomach and chest to allow for appropriate visibility. However, for off-road scooters and faster models, fixed handlebars are preferred to provide more stability.
Generally speaking, kids scooters have a much weaker performance compared to adult scooters. They may also require inefficiently long charging times. However, one of the main reasons why children buy them is due to their look. The aesthetic style of these scooters is often their most significant selling factor. This is because kids are more concerned with how they look when riding, rather than how well their scooter performs, not to say that adult scooters don’t look good because they do, to us, the pictures speak for themselves.
Adult Electric Scooters, What to Look For?
There are several aspects to look out for when finding the best electric scooters for adults. If they are built by a trusted manufacturer, then this is obviously a good sign. Going for a well-known brand is a smart idea. Cheap off-brand scooters might seem too good a deal to pass up, however, their components will most likely require more regular repair, maintenance, and new parts. The great thing about buying from a specialized retailer is that they stock parts and can repair your scooter as well as offer a full service.
As you can gain fast speeds quickly, it is essential to ensure you can stop. There are some models with only front or rear brakes, foot brakes, disc brakes and/or combination of front and rear brakes, electric and also regenerative brakes! By ensuring you have the correct braking system, will ensure you don't end up on the floor having gone over the handle-bars. It can be dangerous when you don’t marry the scooter to the purpose and task at hand. To be safe, we recommend mechanical brakes over purely electric brakes (or a combination thereof). The high-performance models have both front and rear disc brakes. We are not saying electric scooters are not safe at all, just that, like any form of transport where you can gain speed, safety is key.
When it comes to frame and fork construction, it is better to go for thick steel tubes and plating. This will be heavier than thinner designs but tougher in the long run and be more resilient. Lighter alloys are more likely to bend or break under regular use.
Older scooter technology typically uses a chain or drive belt. Contemporary models all use brushless hub electric motors or electric gear motors. The former is heavier and enables higher top speeds, the latter is lighter, delivers more climbing ability at the same Watt output and cannot go faster than 22 mph (35 km/h). The trade-off to this is that these heavier scooters can be slightly noisier. A fair amount of riders actually prefer a bit of noise, as it alerts pedestrians and cars of their presence.
Adult Electric Scooter Comparison Reviews
Urban Electric Scooter Commuting
|Segway ES2 KickScooter||Fluid Freeride 2019 Horizon|
|Speed||15.5 mph (25km/h)||25 mph (40km/h)|
|Claimed range||15.5 miles (25km)||20-25 miles (32-40km)|
|Weight||28 lbs (12.5 kg)||40-42 lbs depending on battery size (18-19 kg)|
|Size||40’ x 17’ x 45’ (102cm × 43cm × 113cm)||42.5 x 23.2 x 46.8 (108cm x 59cm x 119cm)|
|Size Folded||45' x 17' x 16' (113 cm x 43 cm x 40 cm)||38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 (98cm x 18cm x 37cm)|
|Price||$589.00 as of 2019 (with extra battery $739)||$729.00 as of 2019 (with larger battery $799)|
Segway ES2 KickScooter
Segway are famous for their innovative self-balancing machines. So how has this, this cutting edge engineering translated into designing an adult electric scooter and how does it fit into the urban scooter commuting category? Urban commuting should be done on a fairly light and easy to use scooter. Looking at the specs the ES2 fits all the needs for an urban commuter, however, let's look at practicality from what riders have reported. There are two major things to look for if you are considering going for a Ninebot ES2. One major reported issue is the actual range of the scooter, check out this review from BenFox to get a more in-depth view of the scooter but also the reported actual range he managed to crank out from the electric scooter:
The second thing to consider is the lack of suspension. Although you’ll be mostly driving on tarmac in most urban environments, any adult electric scooter without any suspension turns into quite a bumpy ride and complaints of “rattling noises” can be quite common.
Fluid Freeride 2019 Horizon
This electric scooter was designed as an all-around multi-purpose adult electric scooter, but where it really thrives is in an urban environment. The Horizon definitely has the specs for urban commuting, weight-wise it’s somewhat heavier than it’s urban commuting counterparts but it makes up for it in pure numbers with both high speed & range and last but not least it’s dual suspension. Having suspensions on both the front and back tires offers a very smooth ride and makes driving over urban obstacles such as curbs and rough urban terrain a smooth breeze. For a more detailed review check out what Electrek had to say about the Horizon:
If you are keen on a Horizon the main thing to keep in mind is your total commuting distance. The weight difference between the two battery options is only 2lbs (0.9kg) but, you get an extra 5 miles to your ride.
Razer Eco Smart Metro
The Razor EcoSmart Metro stands out from other electric scooters in a number of ways. It looks more like a mini bike as it has 16 inch airfilled tires, exactly the same a smaller bike has, to provide a definite comfortable ride, as well as a feeling of control that bigger wheels give you. It also has a saddle so you ride sitting on it, and again, making it resemble a bike more than the electric kick scooters we are used to by now. It is white and its bike like frame carries a bamboo deck for your feet to rest on. It has a respectable top speed of 18 mph (29 kph) and it has a range of 10 miles (16 km) that could well be an excellent range and speed for your daily commute if you choose this as your commuter scooter. That depends on a couple of things though. This one is not foldable. If you can park it in the same way you would park a bicycle wherever you work, then it is an option to consider. It comes with a retractable kickstand which is useful in this case. It feels like it is right on the weight limit on the scooter market though as it hits the scale at 67 lbs (30kg). But this sturdiness also allows a weight limit of 220 lbs (98kg) and also indicates a high quality build. Handbrake connected to the rear wheel and a cutting of the motor provides sufficient stopping power. Twist grip throttle is perfect for controlling its powerful motor. If you also look for more swagger in your commuter, then maybe this one is for you.
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 10 miles (16 km)
- Weight: 67 lb (30 kg)
- Size: 59.5' x 20.25' x 41.5' inches (151cm x 51cm x 105cm)
- Size Folded: Can’t Fold
- Price: $469
Urban Commuting - Electric Scooter Summary:
A good urban electric scooter will need to perform well on roads and also have a fair amount of portability, but the range is a big factor, starting and stopping between red lights and crosswalks uses a lot of power and quickly drains the battery, so what does that mean in terms of practicality? A 10-mile urban commute could easily use up 15-20 miles of “open road battery”. Secondly, the comfort of the ride is easily overlooked as it’s not something you can put a number on like speed or range but is something you take note of when you first drive an electric scooter with suspension compared to one without. Keep that in mind when going for what you think is the best adult electric scooter for urban commuting.
Suburban Electric Scooter Commuting
|Boosted Rev||Fluid Freeride 2019 WideWheel 1000w|
|Speed||24 mph (39km/h)||25 mph (40km/h)|
|Claimed range||22 miles (35 km)||20 miles (30 km)|
|Weight||46 lbs (20.9 kg)||50 lbs (22.6 kg)|
|Size||44 x 24 x 44.8 (112cm x 61cm x 114cm)||43.1 x 21.6 x 43.3 (109cm x 54cm x 110cm)|
|Size Folded||44 x 24 x 20 (112cm x 60cm x 50cm)||43.1 x 8.6 x 16.1 (109cm x 22cm x 40cm)|
|Price||$1799 as of 2019||$1199 as of 2019|
A stylishly designed electric scooter that definitely covers basics of what to look for in a suburban commuter. Suburban commutes can be long and therefore a good level of comfort is preferred with the wide, padded deck the Boosted Rev gives users. Each wheel has its own motor, helping to boost performance. This is handy for long journeys from the suburbs to the city and with a strong battery to last the journey. Although the thick tires will help absorb impacts from the road surface the lack of suspension is to be factored in. Lastly, let’s address the elephant in the room, the BoostedRev comes with a rather hefty price tag, especially in the commuting area for electric scooters.
Fluid Freeride 2019 WideWheel 1000w
The WideWheel has certainly received a lot of attention due to its unique design and wide tires. The ride is different from other adult electric scooters as with help from its wide tires you achieve a gliding sensation, relatable to riding a snowboard, as you can simply lean side to side in order to turn. A massive bonus is that the wide tires are airless and therefore there is no risk of you having a flat tire. Although some may say this causes a stiff ride, the WideWheel has dual suspension which compensates for this (and more) resulting in a smooth, easy ride, not to mention the cruise control. The suspension also helps when driving on gravel roads, but remember, the WideWheel is not designed to be an off-road electric scooter. The WideWheel is unique in its design in that its acceleration is second to known with its sheer power and its ability to climb hills with ease without losing power. What more could you wish for?!
In looking for a foldable e-scooter to accommodate your daily commute to work, and if top speed is not your top priority, then maybe the Gotrax Gxl commuting electric scooter can be an option next time you browse Amazon for an electric kick scooter. It has two riding modes and depending on which one you choose, you can get a range of 8-12 miles (13-19 km), battery life and thus mile range obviously effected by using the most powerful mode. It has no suspension which most likely explains it's relatively low price tag, but it does offer pneumatic tires to help out in getting a smooth ride. Air filled tires a definite must on an electric scooter without mechanical suspension. Disc brake on the rear wheel and regenerative brake in the front works fine, albeit not as well as some other scooters. For harder braking one must learn to operate a foot pedal in the rear which is not as intuitive as handbrakes on the handlebars. Is this the best electric scooter out there for commuting purposes? Probably not, but as with all such things, you get what you pay for.
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 8-12 miles (13-19 km)
- Weight: 31 lb (14 kg)
- Size: 39.4’ x 14.4’ x 36.2’ (100cm x 36.7cm x 92cm)
- Size Folded: 39.4’ x 6.3’ x 14.4’ (100cm x 16cm x 37cm)
- Price: $299
The Glion Dolly is a viable "middle of the road" option if you're looking for a foldable electric scooter commuter that is reasonably priced and offers decent performance for your daily commute. The lithium-ion battery will give you a top Speed of 15 mph (24 km/h)and a range of 15 miles (24km) so nothing to write home about, but a reasonably smooth ride is still available even if not the most powerful watt motor pushes it forward. The folding design is very clever and allows for folding the handlebars inwards as well, making it less like to snag something unwanted. The board has that skateboard style grippy material so feels safe when standing it. Good features here are its led headlight and taillight. An absolute must whenever traveling after sundown. Compact rubber tires are the choice of the manufacturer here and even though they work pretty decently, air filled tires will always give a smooth ride difficult to compete with. There is a shock absorber on the front wheel but honestly, it doesn't feel like it makes a difference. You do notice all the bumps when riding. It has two braking systems where the one on the left handlebar is a twist grip which by way of a magnet alters the voltage and slows the scooter down. This has surprised first-time users as the effect is quite violent and risks sending the rider over the handlebars if one is not careful. The rear brake is the same as on kick bikes, you step on the rear bumper to slow the wheel down, a bit old school but it works. For shorter commutes an for it being so easily and quickly foldable as well as the price range of 500 USD, it is an option to consider.
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 15 miles (24 km)
- Weight: 28 lb (12.7 kg)
- Size: 45’ x 38’ x 16’ inches (114cm x 96cm x 40cm)
- Size Folded: 8' x 16' x 36'’ (20cm x 40cm x 91cm)
- Price: $499
Suburban Commuting - Summary
Suburban commuting requires a scooter that can handle multiple terrains. This can include roads, gravel roads, trails, and steep inclines. A good amount of portability is also important. The scooter might need to be able to fit onto trains, buses or under a desk. Furthermore, riders will be traveling a fair distance so the battery range should support longer journeys. You might be looking for the best adult electric scooter for suburban commuting and weighing up many options comparing the price with that of running a car with parking, train or bus rides. Electric scooters are a popular choice as the price of an electric scooter can be as little as a few months of fuel and parking costs. For a more detailed comparison of different commuting methods with an electric scooter, click here:
Lightweight Electric Scooters
|Fluid Freeride Mosquito||Mi Electric Scooter M365 Black|
|Speed||20 mph (32km/h)||15.5 mph (25km/h)|
|Claimed range||15 miles (24 km)||18 miles (28km)|
|Weight||22 lb (9.9 kg)||26.9 lb (12.2 kg)|
|Size||39.4 x 14.7 x 43.7 (100x37x111 cm)||42.5 x 16.9 x 19.3 (108cm x 43cm x 49cm)|
|Size Folded||43.7 x 7.9 x 13.4 (100x20x34 cm)||42.5 x 16.9 x 19.3 (108cm x 43cm x 49cm)|
|Price||$479 as of 2019||$469 as of 2019|
When looking for the overall best electric scooter for you inner-city commute, and taking into account if it's foldable, offers a smooth ride, can hit a top speed of 18 mph (29kph), has a mile range of acceptable 10 miles on a single charge (16 km), and only weighs 28.5 lbs (12.9 kg) the CITYRIDER is your choice. Portability is the name of the game here with a very clever folding of the front stem backwards, where it connects and snaps on to the rear mudguard and voila, you can carry it like a bag. Bright front and rear led taillights, as well as turn signals, make it a very safe choice in traffic as well as at night time. It's got a lithium battery of 36 V 300 Watt and is a quite powerful motor for this e-scooter. Brakes on the rear wheel by way of a drum brake and stepping on the rear bumper are sufficient enough for stopping power. Available on the scooter market at 399 USD it might be the commuter scooter you are looking for.
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 10 miles (16 km)
- Weight: 28.5 lb (13 kg)
- Size: 43.3’ x 18.1’ x 47.8’ (110cm x 46cm x 121cm)
- Size Folded: 43.3’ x 18.1’ x 19.7’ (110cm x 46cm x 31.7cm)
- Price: $399
Fluid Freeride Mosquito
Weighing in at only 22lbs (9.9 kg), the Mosquito is a strong choice for riders who prefer their scooters to be highly portable. This model also offers compact folding, allowing it to be easily carried on public transport. Light-weight electric scooters are favored not only due to the weight but also their more compact size. A smaller scooter size does of course limit what the manufacturers can include so generally speaking you will see a reduced performance compared with it’s larger counterparts. This makes the Mosquito a very impressive feat of engineering as by just looking at its specs alone, you can see that it’s competing with its big brother electric scooters on the market. When folded the Mosquito is one of the smallest, light-weight electric scooters on the market that is still able to offer a high max speed along with substantial range, not something all small, light-weight electric scooters can offer. Also, did we mention it has suspension and a USB charger?
Mi Electric Scooter M365 Black
The electric scooter that needs no introduction. There is no denying its popularity, which can be down to price, design and being an early option for people looking for the best electric scooters for adults. Looking at the specs, it fits well into the lightweight electric scooter category. The max speed is 15mph, which explains why Xiaomi M365’s users have tried to increase the speed, however, this has been at a price - the battery capacity will decrease by 50%, not a modification the company advocates. Specifics are difficult to determine when it comes to unofficial modifications, but what we can say is that the claimed range will suffer if you start changing the motor output to increase the speed. The final thing to keep in mind is the folded size and how you plan on using your own light-weight electric scooter, will it fit into your storage unit, bag, trunk or however you will be using it?
Swagtron Swagger 5
The Swagtron Swagger 5 is back with a second attempt at producing a viable electric scooter after their first failed miserably. And they have done a much better job at producing an e-scooter that delivers better this time. It looks the part and is equipped with ABS E-brake on the front wheel, disc brake on the rear wheel, LED display, brake taillight, a phone mount for your smartphone and a kickstand amongst other things. It has three speed settings to choose from and reaches a top speed of 18 mph (29 kph). It promises a range of 11 miles (17,7 km) on a single charge, however, when tested with an average heavy rider in real world circumstances, it only managed 9 miles (14km) when top speed was used. And that is not good enough compared to other brands. Battery charge is 3,5 hours and we consider that acceptable. It is foldable and only weighs 26 lbs (11,8 kg). But as a commuter to and from work, the low range will be a challenge. If you can't charge it at work it is probably best to opt for another best electric scooter for your smooth ride to and from work.Swagtron Swagger 5:
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 11 miles (18 km)
- Weight: 26 lb (11.8 kg)
- Size: 41.5’ x 17’ x 45.3’ (105,4cm x 43,6cm x 115 cm)
- Size Folded: 41.5’ x 17’ x 19’ (105,4cm x 43,6cm x 48 cm)
- Price: $399
The Razor e300 is another e-scooter on the market that is a bit different looking. A bit chunkier body and board, as well as chunkier 10-inch pneumatic tires, makes it look like something for the teenage rider. This is another one that is not foldable but allows for dismantling the handlebars. As a commuter it probably is not the best choice as the best electric scooter out there now. It does provide a comfortable ride and manages a top speed of 15 mph (24 kph) and a range of 9-10 miles (14-16 km). It weighs 42 lbs (19 kg) so portability is a bit challenging. It could probably handle som offroad antics due to its wide airfilled tires and chunky frame. Kickstand equipped for easy parking.
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Claimed Range: 9 miles (14 km)
- Weight: 42 lb (19 kg)
- Size: 40” x 16.5” x 42.5” (101cm x 42cm x 108cm)
- Size Folded: Can’t Fold
- Price: $279
Light-weight electric scooter - Summary
The main thing to look for when buying a lightweight scooter is, of course, its weight, but as previously mentioned, the dimensions are equally or for some people, more important. When choosing a light-weight electric scooter, remember that the scooter should still function as a proper electric scooter and serve your needs, so keep that in mind before you place weight and dimensions over performance.
Off-Road Electric Scooters
|Dualtron Thunder||Fluid Freeride Wolf Warrior 11|
|Speed||43-50 mph (70-80km/h)||50 mph (80km/h)|
|Claimed range||75 miles (120km)||50 miles (80km)|
|Weight||94.8 lb (43 kg)||101 lb (45.8 kg)|
|Size||50.7 x 24 x 48 (129cm x 61cm x 122cm||49.2 x 24.6 x 49.2 (125 x 62 x 125cm)|
|Size Folded||50.7 x 12.5 x 21 (129 x 32 x 54 cm)||59 x 11 x 19 (149 x 28 x 48 cm)|
|Price||$3790 as of 2019||$2899 as of 2019|
The Thunder has some impressive specs that make it ideal for off-roading while also being able to perform well on normal roads. Scooters of this type need to be hefty to handle the rough landscape and everything that comes with it including large inclines, uneven ground, and wet terrain. A heavyweight is actually a plus for these scooters in this case as the weight works with the rider rather than against. Not only is the Thunder heavy, but it is also durable enough to resist damage that may occur when riding on dirt and other off-road terrains.
These types of scooters also need to be powerful, with acceleration that takes riders to high speeds as fast as possible while maintaining the suspension and stability.
Fluid Free ride Wolf Warrior 11
So, one thing to note is that it is not the smallest or lightest of scooters. This is because of the motors and batteries in the scooter to allow it to perform as it does. This is not a commuting scooter - although it is silky smooth on the roads. It does fold down with ease and has an extra pin in the folding mechanism for added security. But, and this is a big but, it is worth it. The Wolf Warrior 11 is a machine like no other that has the best of so many components that in combination gives it extraordinary speed, power, range, and durability. Sounds perfect right?
The Wolf Warrior 11 electric scooter has dual shock absorbers perfect for off-roading and seems to have more traits closer to a dirt bike than a scooter. This gives additional support to the steering mechanism and gives you something solid to hold on to when doing those rapid speeds.
It can go up hills with a steep incline of 45% with ease, no power loss. The Wolf Warrior 11 also has similar acceleration to the Thunder so that off-roaders can get their adrenaline high - with a smaller price tag too.
Off-road electric scooters summary
Off-road scooters are favored by adrenaline junkies but you’ve probably found yourself trying out faster and faster scooters, well this never stops until you’ve met the Wolf Warrior 11 and its competitors. The handling of a pure off-road scooter should be responsive enough to perform tricks. The frame needs to be thick and durable. A good amount of balance will keep riders stable as they reach high speeds on rough terrains. Overall, the scooter should be heavy-duty with fast acceleration.
Off-road electric scooters are now competing with dirt and quad bikes which puts them in a league of their own. These scooters are bigger, heavier and faster than what you’ll frequently see on the roads
Electric Scooter Accessories and Upgrades for Adults
The best electric scooters for adults have a lot of upgrades available. Kits can be bought online which contains a variety of upgrade options. They are usually compatible with both scooters and bikes as the two share similar components. Motor and battery conversions are popular because they increase performance and power. Waterproofing is also useful as it keeps the frame, chain and electric parts from rusting or failing.
Owners sometimes like to upgrade their tires for different sized ones. However, this change can severely impact the overall rideability of the scooter. Getting advice from an experienced mechanic will help to prevent any issues that may arise from upgrades.
There are also several accessories which have become popular recently. For example, people who use scooters while shopping can attach a specialized clip to their handlebars. It keeps shopping bags securely in place.
It is recommended that commuters with foldable scooters get a bag to store it in. The best scooter bags will be easy to carry and able to protect them against the elements.
An ideal tool for deterring thieves or even someone mistaking your personal electric scooter for a rental one is a folding lock. These locks can be attached to various points on the frame to ensure peace of mind when locking your scooter anywhere. It sits tightly on your frame and therefore there is no risk of rattling during your ride. These locks can resist up to 9 tons of hydraulic pressure whilst only weighing 1.6lbs / 720g itself.
We all know how truly unpredictable the weather can be and how quickly it can go from day to night and you're left thinking ‘when did it get so dark out?’. That is why electric scooters usually have good front lights that can be utilized in this very occasion. However, like when you’re driving a car, your headlights don’t always light up the road sufficiently and you need to switch to your full beams. For longer commutes in the dark, we recommend an additional headlight. They attach to your scooter on to the handlebars or verticle steering pole - whichever you prefer. When looking at additional headlights, ensure it is waterproof and will securely attach to your scooter without rattling or fear of detachment. There are lights with varying modes and varying battery time, click here to find out more about additional headlights.
Electric Scooter Rentals for Adults - Buying VS Renting
For some people, the price of an electric scooter can be a turn-off. One option is to go for split payments, starting at 30 USD a month as it can even be cheaper than on what one may spend on average when renting a scooter for commuting. For example, on a rental scooter doing a 15-minute commute to and from work, five days a week, it will set you back $53.50 per week. Taking into account an average of 5-weeks holiday a year, you’re looking at an annual cost of $2,514.50, just commuting to work and back. In contrast, it will only cost a few hundred to buy a decent commuting scooter outright. Even the higher quality ones cost around $2,000. With finance payment options this can be even more affordable for working people than renting.
- 15 min commute = $53.50 per week = $2514.50 (47wks of the year)
You may think that this is not a bad price to pay however, two major rental companies have doubled their price per minute this year alone. The more popular electric scooters become, the more inclined these money-grabbing companies are to increase the price per minute further.
There are other factors that can affect your journey when planning your commute to work via a rental scooter. Firstly, you may not be able to find one as there is no specified collection/drop off points, therefore, you may have to walk for a while before finding one. Secondly, once you have found one, it may have no to little charge. Rental companies rely on people collecting dead scooters and charging them overnight - not something that is always guaranteed to happen. Thirdly, the cost, as stated above, regularly commuting on a rental scooter can be an expensive business. However, it is important to say that we are not discouraging you from renting a scooter at all, they are perfect for short, impromptu and occasional uses, we are talking in terms of commuting and regular use. Therefore, if you’re planning your commute to work on an adult electric scooter then financially and for reliability, we recommend purchasing a quality electric scooter of your own.
There are plenty of scooter rental establishments across the United States and beyond. Of course, the location will be a factor, not every city or town has rental scooters available. If the closest rental company is too far away, then this method will be irrelevant to you. The rental scooter companies generally have zones where their electric scooters can operate which are often located in city centers. If you live just outside the city in a Suburban area you might struggle to find one and if you do take it outside a designated zone, they might charge you extra fees or the motor may cut out and become disabled. If you are considering renting a scooter, it is worth noting the zone you can drive in to avoid the fees/hassle of a disabled scooter. However, it is ideal for those who do not plan to ride more than once every few months. Despite this, nothing beats a high quality purchased scooter.
There is no point in buying one outright if it is just going to be ridden a few times and then left to rust in a shed. Renting is also a good idea for people who have never tried scootering before if they find it to be an enjoyable experience, then they can consider buying one of their own.
However, for regular riders and commuters, this method is not financially viable. Furthermore, having one of their own will allow users to customize and upgrade to their heart's content. This is important as customization is a crucial aspect of scooter ownership. Being able to tweak and refine both the performance and look of the ride means that owners get to have their own personalized method of transportation. The best electric scooters for adults are the ones that have been upgraded with a personal touch.
Adult Electric Scooters vs E-Bikes
There are undoubtedly several vital things to consider when deciding to go for either an e-bike or electric scooter. An e-bike has the same basic functions as a regular bike, only with added assistance when pedaling, especially to help up an incline. Aside from this, it is very similar to an ordinary bike.
The cost will be a significant factor. Electric scooters are significantly cheaper than bikes. While electric scooters for adults range significantly from 600 to 3100 USD, for a good electric scooter it is likely to cost from 1500 USD. Electric bikes can be much pricier. Also, electric scooters tend to give better value although the overall running costs for both are about the same.
When comparing an electric scooter to an electric bike, it is important to note that they are equally environmentally friendly. However, in terms of safety, electric scooters have better built-in lights including brake lights which are add ons for bikes and relies on the rider to prioritize installing lights on the electric bike.
The motors for both are relatively quiet and do not contribute to noise pollution and there is no significant difference in charging times either. However, if when riding the electric bike the battery dies, it is easier to continue to the destination than if the battery dies on the electric scooter. Depending on how you use your personal electric scooter they can be less vulnerable to theft, primarily as they are easy to bring with you and store in a secure place rather than left outside with the bikes.
Electric Scooter Laws for Adults
An electric scooter is a convenient and fun way to get around, but is it legal and where can you ride it? Well, the laws on electric scooters vary from one country to another, state to state, and even city to city.
Scooter riders must follow their local and national laws. In several areas, scooters are even classified as road motors. That means they need to be licensed and insured.
The police can sometimes confuse electric scooters for mopeds or even motorbikes depending on their shape and size. Owners should be aware of this when taking their electric scooter out on the road. Riders who disregard road and curb laws are a hazard for both pedestrians and cars and following signs and signals is essential
Before purchasing an electric scooter, readers should know where they can and can't ride. Doing a bit of research on the local area will reduce any potential trouble later.
The United States
When it comes to the US, electric scooters are generally governed by the same federal law that regulates electric bikes. Just as long as electric bikes scooter does not exceed the speed limit (20mph) and a max motor of 750w they are not considered motor powered. However, electric scooter laws may vary from one state or city to another and with the industry rapidly evolving we will definitely see changes in the near future concerning electric scooters. Make sure to stay up to date on any new laws and changes.
Find out more directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Or read more about the Congress bill concerning regulation of electric bikes
Adults on Electric Scooters - How Fast Can You Go?
One of the most overlooked, yet significant factors affecting the speed of an electric scooter is the amount of power provided by the battery pack. The weight of the scooter/rider, tire type, and motor wattage will also play a part. Despite this, the best electric scooters for adults will still reach a maximum speed of around 50 mph. This is the limit. In reality, most adult electric scooters will reach a top speed of 15--25 mph.
The fastest ones will often look similar to classic gas-powered scooters. They may feature a seat, as well as a deck which riders can put both feet on. The main reason why manufacturers do not increase the speed for electric scooters is that they are only designed for trips of around 25-30 miles. Unless extra battery packs are carried around, the range a scooter can travel is limited. The heavier the scooter is the higher its battery range will be. They are not suitable for highways. The lack of high speed is more than made up for by comparatively lower driving costs, maintenance expenses, pollution and noise emissions.
Adult Weight Limits for Electric Scooters
When looking for some of the best electric scooters for adults, most people tend to focus on performance and aesthetics. However, weight limits are also an essential factor to get the most out of the motor. There is only so much weight it can take before its systems begin to struggle. The manufacturer will state the weight limit of their scooters clearly.
Riders should take their own weight into account. If a scooter cannot support them, then it is obviously not worth purchasing. The weight of any baggage carried around on the scooter will also need to be assessed. It is certainly never a good idea to push too close to weight limits, as it will cause the scooter to require more regular maintenance. Usually, the more expensive scooters will have a higher limit. It is worth investing a little more if this aspect is a big issue. The main downside is that the scooter itself may be more cumbersome.Weight Limits for FFR Scooters
- 2019 WideWheel: 220 lbs / 100 kg
- 2019 Horizon: 265 lbs / 120 kg
- Wolf Warrior 11: 330 lbs / 150 kg
- Mosquito: 240 lbs / 109 kg
Electric Foldable Scooters for Adults
In recent years there has been an increase in the popularity of foldable, portable scooters. In fact, some of the best electric scooters for adults have a folding capability. The main advantage of this system is that once folded, the scooter will be much more portable. It can be carried on to trains and buses, making it the perfect choice for commuters.
These electric scooters follow in the footsteps of folding bikes which have seen a recent surge in sales. The problem with many folding bikes is that they can still be cumbersome and heavy. In comparison, a decent folding scooter can weigh less than 22 pounds. Even taking the battery weight into account, they are still the popular choice. The portability and practicality of a good electric scooter cannot be understated. The best electric scooters for adults of this type can fold and unfold in a matter of seconds and fit into tight spaces, such as under desks or luggage compartments. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that they are favored by people traveling for work and school. It is worth noting, as previously mentioned, to weigh up the weight and portability with the performance of the electric scooter. There is a significant trade-off between portability/weight and power/performance. The scooter that climbs all hills and weighs under 30 lbs simply does not exist. Therefore the need to ensure you purchase the most appropriate scooter for your needs will allow you to get the most out of it.