Best electric scooters for commuting
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Are you interested in buying an adult electric scooter for commuting?
You’ve made the right choice. Traveling by electric scooter is a great and affordable method for your commute and it’s a lot friendlier to the environment than traditional rides. And, let’s be honest, it looks amazing. Riding around your community on an electric scooter gives you the perfect accessibility to get in every spot and location you need to get to.
You know you want one. So there’s no convincing needed here. It’s pretty clear why an electric scooter is the right choice for you by now.
In order to know what you need, it’s also important to understand the main components that differentiate the different types of scooters out there.
- WideWheel Pro
- INOKIM Light 2
- INOKIM Quick 4
- Mantis 8
- INOKIM OX
- INOKIM OXO
- Gotrax GXL V2
- Glion Dolly
- Segway Ninebot
- Xiaomi MI
- Razor Ecosmart Metro
- Why should you pick an electric scooter over other vehicles?
- The 15 best electric scooters for commuting in 2020
- Riding Comfort of Electric Scooters
- Walking Commute vs Electric Scooter Commute
- Biking vs Electric Scooter - which is faster?
- Bus vs Scooter Commute
- Train, Tube, or Scooter?
- Driving a Car vs Electric Scooter
- Structural Design of the Electric Scooter
- Motor and Power Performance
- Electric scooter features You Can’t Live Without
- Electric Scooter Reviews and Recommendations
Why should you pick an electric scooter over other vehicles?
When planning your daily commute to work there are several factors to consider and often several modes of transport to choose from. The two major factors that influence that decision is how long it will take you to get from A to B, and how much it is going to cost you.
We will be looking at a few modes of transport, their pros and cons, and how an electric scooter can potentially solve some of your commuting bugbears.
Of course, you might be thinking that your commute needs to include more than one mode of transport. Fear not, we’ve got that covered! Almost every commute is likely to involve some walking, even if it’s those 20 steps from the car park to the office. However, when we mention walking, we are referring to a significant distance.
Here are the 15 best electric scooters for commuting in 2020
The powerful & fun commuter scooter that tackles any hill
|Motor: 2x500w motors||Tires: 8" x 3.9" never-flat foam filled||Dimensions: 43.1 x 21.6 x 43.3 inches|
|Battery: Lithium-ion 48V 15Ah||Suspension: Front and Rear springs||Folded Dim: 43.1 x 8.6 x 16.1 inches|
|Range: 22 Miles||Brakes: Front & Rear Discs||Weight: 54 lbs|
|Top Speed: 26 Mph||Lights: Front & Rear LED||Drive: Front & Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs||Display: Smart Display||Battery Position: Under Board|
If you live in San Francisco or some similar city with proper undulations to navigate on your daily commute, the WhideWheel Pro, which is the development of the successful Whidewheel, could be your choice of e-scooter.
Overall stronger build quality and with an all new 48W 15Ah lithium-ion battery pack delivers increased torque and acceleration. It easily manages 30% inclines. Maximum speed is similar to the regular 1000W Whidewheel with 26 mph (42 kph) and real-life range is increased slightly to 22 miles (35 km). There is an option to ride in ECO mode which will increase the range to approx 30 miles (48 km) if you cruise slightly slower.
Upgraded folding design makes for the same easy portability as the regular Whidewheel. Handlebars fold in to minimize risk of snagging things, and weight is similar at 54 lbs (24,5 kg) even though it packs a bigger battery pack. The weight is manageable if you need to bring it on a public transport, but not if you need to carry it for longer periods, or maybe up some stairs. Both of these e-scooters fit in most cars trunks, which is also something to consider when planning one's commute.
Bear in mind that this e-scooter is for smooth paved surfaces only. The solid wide wheel tires provide a brilliant sensation when riding on a well paved road or path. But venture out on cobblestones or rough surfaces and it quickly loses its charm.
This version also comes with 120 mm disk brakes front and rear for improved stopping power, as well as regenerative braking. It has a new led display that shows speed, battery charge, total mileage. Equipped with cruise control that is very cleverly done by pressing and holding a button at the desired speed on the display.
Touch the handbrakes or throttle and it disengages, same as in a car, very intuitive. Upgraded Led headlight and rear light help improve visibility forward, but for proper dark riding on city streets, we recommend to buy an additional front light. This is like the Golf GTI of electric kick scooters, and it even manages to look cool, which for an e-scooter is quite a feat.
If you want something that is fast, with great acceleration, high speed, brilliant braking system, fun to ride....this could be the best electric scooter for you.
- Never worry about flat tires
- Very powerful
- Eco & power modes
- Clever Display
- Folding mechanism takes some getting used to
"Awesome WideWheel Pro 2020"
" - OMG - this scooter exceeds all expectation!! So we’ll made, heavy duty in fact. The only thing remotely critical might be it’s weight, but that was forecasted and in being heavily and well made - that’s likely hand in hand!! Otherwise I’d buy it again. Already have 60 miles in it and I love it - my kids do too. Great purchase."
A lightweight scooter for short innercity commutes
|Motor: 300W brushless hub motor||Tires: 8.5" x 2" honeycomb solid tires||Dimensions: 43.3x18.1x47.8 inches|
|Battery: Lithium-ion 36V 7.5Ah||Suspension: inner suspension tires||Folded Dim: 43.3x18.1x19.7 inches|
|Range: 7-10 miles||Brakes: Rear drum & rear step on brake||Weight: 28 lbs|
|Top Speed: 18 Mph||Lights: front and rear LED||Drive: Front wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: Speedometer + App control||Battery Position: Under Board|
If your top priority in a commuter scooter is lightweight, portability, practicality, nimbleness, and not so much top speed or mile range...then the CityRider could be your ticket.
This one is equipped with a 36V 300 W brushless hub motor and has a max speed of 18 mph (29 kph). Mile range is a more modest 10 miles (16 km) but remember, this e-scooter is all about that swift inner city solution to get from A to B. It only weighs 18 lbs (13 kg) which is as light as they come and to pick it up and carry it around is a breeze. It is foldable with an easy pull of a latch mechanism on the stem. It then folds backward and clicks onto the rear bumper to make for a very practical "package" to carry.
Even though it is considered a "budget" electric kick scooter, it still has front and rear led lights, integrated turn signals, and lateral reflectors. Android and iOS apps let you personalize driving modes, different top speeds, customize the display unit for preference of miles or km, as well as cruise control.
Drum brake on the rear wheel as well as a stomp brake on the rear bumper, works fine on this lighter e-scooter.
Wheels are quite small and non air-filled tires makes this a commuter best suited for tarmac only, and not for undulating terrain. But it still accommodates for a rider weight of 220 lbs (100 kg) so it's not only an option for Quagmire skinny type guys. You can still make this your weapon of choice for your daily commute even if you enjoy a pizza or two with beer.
If you need to commute parts of your journey via public transport, bring your scooter into your workplace, carry it up some stairs and still have it deliver a comfortable ride enough for a smaller inner city commute...this is great value for money.
- Good top speed
- Modern Design
- Handlebars does not fold
"Can't get anything better for the price!"
" - The scooter is well build, I like the skateboard look of the base. The speedometer and turning lights are cool. I wish it had a bell! Speed wise is good enough for me, I've done about 30Km/h which is as much as I'd want to do in a scooter anyway. The handlebars are a bit tall, I'm 5'7" and they're fine but for my shorter girlfriend they are uncomfortable. I've had it for about a month and so far I love it!"
The all around practical commuter scooter
|Motor: 500w Brushless||Tires: 8" Rear Solid, 8.5" front Air||Dimensions: 42.5 x 23.2 x 46.8 inches|
|Battery: Lithium-ion 48V 10.4Ah / 13Ah||Suspension: Front spring / Rear hydraulic||Folded Dim: 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 inches|
|Range: 20miles(10.4Ah) / 25miles(13AH)||Brakes: Rear drum brake + Regenerative||Weight: 40 lbs (10Ah) / 42 lbs (13Ah)|
|Top Speed: 23-25 Mph||Lights: 3 Front and 2 Rear LEDs||Drive: Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs||Display: Advanced display with throttle||Battery Position: Under Board|
The e-scooter market has rapidly come out with quite a variety of choices to accommodate the different tastes and requirements of commuters. The options seem nigh on endless and are ever growing.
So for example, if you've looked at the fluidfreeride CityRider, and come to the conclusion that its portability and no-nonsense practicality would be perfect for you, but you hesitate due to its lower power output and "darn"...you do have some slight inclines on your daily commute....enter the Horizon. Also from us here at FluidFreeride.
Here you find the same practical commuting scooter as the CityRider, but with a choice of two more powerful electric motors.
Output delivery is now upped to either 10.4 Ah or 13 Ah depending on which option you prefer. It has a 48V 500W brushless hub motor which can deliver a max output of 800W so even an incline of 15 % is now doable without any fuzz. Top speed is 25 mph (40 kph). Range for the 10.4 Ah version is 20 miles (32 km) or 25+ miles (40+ km) if you opt for the 13 Ah version.
It weighs slightly more than the CityRider but not overly much. At 40 lbs (18 kg) it has to be considered a "light" commuter scooter. Folding design equally on par with its sister models, and with handlebars folding in as well, a big plus. Here you have a combination of dual suspension and an air-filled tire in the front and a solid rear wheel. It sounds like an odd combination but provides a surprisingly smooth ride. Kickstand for easy parking also a plus. Stopping power provided by a rear drum brake as well as regen braking. LED front and rear lights as is expected on a modern commuter scooter. And even if you are "hefty" guy at 265 lbs (125 kg)...it will accept that as it is this electric kick scooters weight limit.
- Long Range
- Very practical
- Board deck can be a bit narrow
"Best scooter out"
"- This scooter has the perfect balance of speed, weight, quality and size for what I needed. I take it for my 5 mile work commute no problem. I personally feel that this is the best scooter out right now in 2020 for the price. Definitely recommend this for anyone that wants a convenient way to travel without worrying about parking, traffic, bus/train schedules or even just to get away from the crowds on public transportation."
INOKIM Light 2
A lightweight & long range commuter scooter
|Motor: 350W base / 650W peak||Tires: 8.5" x 2" air tires||Dimensions: 42.5 x 41.3 x 18.1 inches|
|Battery: LG Li-ion 36V 10.4Ah||Suspension: pneumatic tires||Folded Dim: 37.4 x 14.2 x 9.8 inches|
|Range: realistic 15-20 miles||Brakes: Front & rear drum brake||Weight: 30 lbs|
|Top Speed: 21 Mph||Lights: Front and rear LED||Drive: Rear wheel Drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: Adv. thumb throttle display||Battery Position: Under Board|
A premium ultra portable e-scooter from Inokim, one of the best brands on the market today.
Very easy to ride and maneuver. A low center of gravity deck that is perfect for those inner city commutes where it can get cramped and crowded.
It is a kick to start scooter, meaning you have to kick it to engage the 350W motor. This is safety feature and eliminates the jerky reaction some other scooters have when accelerating. It accelerates smoothly and undramatically to its max speed of 21 mph (34 kph).
It only weighs 30 lbs (13.6 kg) but still manages a range of 20 miles (32 km) on a single charge in real world riding. Impressive. And a testament to the quality and professionalism of Inikom and its' founder, the Israelian Nimrod Sapir, by some, considered to be the "father" of the electric kick scooter. Charging time is around 4-5 hours and even the weight capacity is impressive, allowing for 220 lbs (100kg) of commuter on board.
It even manages to have front and rear drum brakes operated by levers on the handlebar and has the best stopping ability of any lightweight scooter today. Very low center of gravity due to ist very low placed deck is brilliant for stability and ride quality. The downside is that ground clearance is sacrificed which needs to be remembered when negotiating curbs or other similar obstacles. No suspension but two pneumatic tires cushion the ride slightly. The Light 2 is best suited for well paved surfaces.
It folds in a very clever way, typically for Inokim. The front stem is attached to the deck via a cantilevered folding mechanism that makes it a very compact package once folded. Handlebars fold as well.
A very comfortable thumb activated throttle and an LCD display which saves its settings are other examples of why this is a premium e-scooter.
Yes, it does have a bigger price tag than other similar lightweight options but, it is worth every penny.
- Multiple color options
- Reliable build
- Long range
- Torque somewhat limited
"Light 2 delivers on promise"
" - The Inokim Light 2 was not my first choice. The online research changed my mind — specifically the mechanics of the folding mechanism and the speed-to-mileage ratio. Rides beautifully. 21 mph and about 20 miles per charge. Unexpected benefit? It the air-filled tires provide for magnificent and zippy gliding. A tad heavy to carry folded, but that’s off-set by the folding handlebars that make for very easy closet storage. My only complaint is that the cap that covers the charging port doesn't always snap back into place easily. Overall, very happy."
INOKIM Quick 4
A great long range & comfortable commuter scooter
|Motor: 600W rear BLDC||Tires: 10" x 2.5" air tires||Dimensions: 42.5 x 44 x 19 inches|
|Battery: Samsung Li-ion 52V 16Ah||Suspension: pneumatic tires||Folded Dim: 44 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches|
|Range: realistic 25 miles||Brakes: Front & rear drum brake||Weight: 47 lbs|
|Top Speed: 25 Mph||Lights: front and rear LED||Drive: Rear wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: Bright advanced display||Battery Position: Under Board|
A step up from the Inokim Light 2 brings us to Inokim Quick 4. The same brilliant design and features, but more of everything.
A more powerful motor to begin with. 600W on the rear wheel and now we arrive at work quicker. Top speed is 25 mph (40 kph) and a realistic range of 25 miles (40 km). 7-8 hours of charging time.
Here now is a commuter scooter that won't shy away from some off road duties. Due to 10 x 2.5 inch air filled tires and dual damper suspension, it will handle itself on trails and grass or bumpy tarmac. Thumb throttle with that familiar Inokim style smooth acceleration, dual drum brakes, bright display at the center of the handlebar shows speed, battery charge, voltage, mileage, and it allows for three choices of speed settings/gears and cruise control.
The same clever cantilevered folding mechanism as on the Light 2. Very portable although slightly heavier at 47 lbs (31 kg).
Absolutely fabulous as per usual with Inokim.
- Easy folding in seconds
- Adjustable stem
- Large display
- Quite heavy to carry around
A compact very long range commuter scooter
|Motor: 2x 48V 800W BLDC||Tires: 8"x3.1" tubeless air tires||Dimensions: 45 x 24 x 48 inches|
|Battery: LG or Samsung 48V 24.5Ah||Suspension: front and rear spring arms||Folded Dim: 45 x 24 x 19 inches|
|Range: 40 miles (eco / single drive||Brakes: Hydraulic Disc + Regenerative||Weight: 60 lbs|
|Top Speed: 33 Mph||Lights: white front/side & red rear LEDs||Drive: front & rear wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs / 120 kg||Display: Minimotors display / throttle||Battery Position: Under Board|
The Mantis is one of our favorites and the lineup just got even more interesting with the new Mantis 8. Priced a bit below the Mantis 10 it offers a brilliant alternative if you want to save 500 USD.
It is slightly smaller and lighter than its bigger brother Mantis 10. But it offers a lot of the same as the 10 does. The name Mantis 8 is due to its wider than usual 8 x 3.5 inch pneumatic tires. Not as wide as the Widewheel but somewhere in between. It has a very good grip and instills confidence. Good enough for fun weekend trail rides as well as the daily commute. Front and rear spring arm suspension also helps to provide a comfortable ride.
It comes in two versions. Single or dual 800W motors. The single version has a top speed of 28 mph (45 kph), a mile range of 30 miles (48 km), rear wheel drive only, and rear disc plus regen brake, and a weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg).
The dual obviously, has two motors, a top speed of 33 mph (53 kph), a mile range of 40 miles (64 km), front and rear wheel drive, ABS, hydraulic disc plus regen brake, and is a tad heavier at 60 lbs (27 kg). The dual also has the brilliant Minimotors display.
And it folds although handlebars stay out.
Acceleration is mad. And we love that. Hills and inclines are not a problem. There's plenty of oomph in store. So much fun. If the Mantis 10 is the 7 series BMW, then this is the 4 series. You will not be disappointed.
- Compact & powerful
- Long range
- Great acceleration
- Handlebars does not fold
A grand tourer scooter for long commutes
|Motor: 800W base / 1300W peak||Tires: 10" x 2.5" air tires||Dimensions: 48 x 23 x 51 inches|
|Battery: LG 60V Li-ion 21Ah||Suspension: adjustable front and rear||Folded Dim: 48 x 23 x 22 inches|
|Range: realistic 33 miles||Brakes: Front drum & rear disc brake||Weight: 61 lbs|
|Top Speed: 28 Mph||Lights: front and rear LED||Drive: Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs / 120 kg||Display: Adv. thumb throttle display||Battery Position: Under Board|
Just by looking at it, you can tell this is a serious e scooter. Gorgeous design and looks.
A seriously quick, oddly quiet, and very comfortable and fun e-scooter. Top speed is 28 mph (45 kph) whether you choose the Hero or Super spec. Yes, it comes in two versions and the only difference is the power of the battery where the Super version has a slightly more powerful battery and thus a longer mile range with its 33 miles (53 km) vs the Heros 22 miles (35 km).
The acceleration is not brutal as we have come to learn from some of Inokims products, but rather modulated for a smooth getaway as opposed to the jerky version. Once it gets going, it builds gradually and you feel the power come alive.
A single-sided adjustable swingarm suspension system is a standout feature that reminds one of modern motorcycles. And it sure as hell helps when you need to change a tire if you have run a flat or just worn it out. A brilliant suspension system, soft, quiet, and ultra durable.
800W base motor with 1300W of peak power on the rear wheel. Amazing front drum and rear disc brake. 10 inch air filled tires are definitely good for some off road antics.
It does fold although not the handlebars. And it also weighs 61 lbs (27,7 kg). You won't want to carry it too far. A phenomenal all rounder of an e-scooter that is super quiet with no squeaks or rattles to further prove the Inokim brand's outstanding philosophy and build quality.
- Amazing suspension
- Long range
- Very comfortable ride
- Heavy to carry
"Best Scooter I've Ever Been On!!!"
" - The INOKIM OX Super is so awesome! Nice, wide deck and the design overall just looks amazing! Going 30mph still feels as stable as going 15 on my old scooter. The suspension is great and this rides on or off road with ease. Screen is grat and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. Seriously, the only downside of this scooter is that its 60 lbs. It's still manageable, but there's no way you could get everything this scooter has in a 30lb scooter."
An advanced scooter for long range commutes
|Motor: 2x 60V 1000W BLDC||Tires: 10"x2.5" air tires||Dimensions: 49 x 24 x 50 inches|
|Battery: LG/Samsung Li-ion 60V 24.5Ah||Suspension: front and rear spring arms||Folded Dim: 49 x 24 x 19 inches|
|Range: 45+ miles (eco / single drive)||Brakes: Dual disc (full hydraulic)||Weight: 65 lbs|
|Top Speed: 40 Mph||Lights: white front/side & rear red LEDs||Drive: front & rear wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs / 120 kg||Display: Minimotors display / throttle||Battery Position: Under Board|
Stepping up in the commuter e-scooter world, as well as experiencing top speeds and a smooth ride not expected on an e-scooter, we give you the Mantis.
This is a proper piece of kit and it comes with two powerful brushless 60V 1000W motors and 17.5 Ah or 24,5 Ah if you go for the Pro version. You can choose to ride in single motor mode, and it will give you an impressive top speed of 30 mph (48 kph). Mile range in single motor mode and with ECO driving enabled is approximately 30 miles (48km) which is quite astonishing.
If you feel the need for speed at a red light however, and want to get out of there like a bat out of hell... by all means, engage dual engine mode and try to hold onto the handlebars. It will accelerate you to a maximum speed of 40 mph (64 kph) quicker than you can say "best electric scooter"!!
The front and rear swingarm suspension offers a very comfortable ride in addition with pneumatic tires that are slightly bigger than the average commuter scooters at 10"x 2,5" in dimension. This allows for riding on various surfaces such as dirt, grass, and gravel quite effortlessly. Hills and inclines on your daily commute?....pfft....the Mantis eats them up like Peter Griffin does chocolate bars in a chocolate factory.
Dual semi hydraulic disc brakes make sure you stop in time at the next red light coming at you at warp speed. Two LED front and rear lights, as well as an LED lateral strip, makes sure you are seen. As with many other e-scooters, we recommend an additional headlight for proper dark riding though.
So one might think, this seems like one impressive adult electric scooter, but will it work as a commuter scooter? Well, yes and no....it depends on your preferences. It is still foldable and it weighs 61 lbs (27.6 kg). So portability is still in the picture although you can't be the weakest guy at the gym as your arm will go numb after 5 minutes.
Should you need to get it in the trunk of your car or carry it onto public transport, it is not too big and cumbersome for that. But there are more nimble options out there. It all depends on how and what you want to use your e-scooter for. This is a serious contender for a proper commute. If you have that distance to work that previously made you think..." commute on an e-scooter"? Nah... I think it's too far and will take too long. Well, this might be the powerful scooter you are looking for.
- Very long range
- Great on trails & off road
- Multiple settings & driving modes
- Heavy & large for public transport
- Handle bars does not fold
A luxury electric scooter commuter
|Motor: 2 x 1000W base / 2600W peak||Tires: 10" x 2.5" air tires||Dimensions: 48 x 23 x 51 inches|
|Battery: LG 60V Li-ion 26Ah||Suspension: adjustable front and rear||Folded Dim: 48 x 23 x 22 inches|
|Range: realistic 36 miles||Brakes: Front & rear hydraulic disc brake||Weight: 74 lbs|
|Top Speed: 40 Mph||Lights: Front & Rear LED||Drive: Front & Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs / 120 kg||Display: Adv. thumb throttle display||Battery Position: Under Board|
The OXO is sort of top of the line in the Inokim brand. The bigger brother of the OX, the same phenomenal ride quality and design, and a proper long range e-scooter.
Dual 1000W motors deliver an impressive top speed of 40 mph (64 kph). The extra large 60V 26Ah LG Li-ion battery is good for a realistic 36 miles (58 km). Adjustable front and rear suspension, big chunky 10 x 2,5 inch air filled tires, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, what more can one ask for?
As with the other Inokim e-scooters, great thumb operated throttle that is not fatiguing to use. Sure, all this good stuff means it is not in the lightweight category with its 74 lbs (33,5 kg) but it still is foldable. This is a great e-scooter to travel on various different surfaces as well as off road and hills. Obviously, a warrants premium price but someone has got to be at the top of the pyramid. And that comes at a cost. A serious commuter for longer distances as well as fun weekends.
- Adjustable suspension
- Works on any terrain
- Superior build quality
- Large & heavy to bring on public transport
"Get the OXO"
"Just do it. It's amazing. Fast, steady, comfortable, great mileage. Add the fast charger and tire sealant. Get some grease and ferrofluid for the motors. It's all worth it."
Gotrax GXL V2
|Motor: 250w brushless motor||Tires: 8.5"x 2" Pneumatic||Dimensions: 43.8 x 17 x 42 inches|
|Battery: 36V||Suspension: None||Folded Dim: 15 x 44 x 6 inches|
|Range: 8-12 Miles||Brakes: Electronic & Disc||Weight: 31 lbs|
|Top Speed: 15 Mph||Lights: Front taillight||Drive: Front Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs||Display: Led Light Status||Battery Position: Under Board|
The Gotrax GXL V2 stands for version two of Gotrax take on a daily commuter scooter. This one will not win any design prices for "best looking scooter" or some such, as the focus seems to lie solely on providing a practical tool to use as an e-scooter to get from A to B. In fact, it looks a bit like the "rent a scooters" out there. But at an asking price of 248 USD....one should probably not expect a Pininfarina design.
It tips the scale at 31 lbs (14 kg) and that is probably as low as it can get for anything that still needs to carry a battery pack. The stem folds down as expected but handlebars stay out. This might not be a deal breaker but needs to be taken into account when planning to find the best electric scooter for you and your daily commute. Power comes from a 36V 250 W front hub motor and will give you a range of 8-12 miles (13-19 km) depending on riding style as with all other e-scooters.
Top speed is a modest 15 mph (24 kph). The lack of suspension makes the choice of pneumatic tires front and back a necessity to provide a decently comfortable ride as long as the road is smooth enough. It will accept a 220 lbs (100 kg) rider and charge time is a mere 4 hours. That can be an important factor for a potential buyer who values practicality before image and maximum speed figures.
- Low price
- Quick charge time
- Limited range
- Handlebars does not fold
- Will struggle uphill
|Motor: 250w Brushless||Tires: 8"x 2" honeycomb solid tires||Dimensions: 38 x 45 x 16 inches|
|Battery: Lithium Ion 36 V, 7.8 Ah||Suspension: Front Fork Suspension||Folded Dim: 37 x 12 x 8 inches|
|Range: 15 miles||Brakes: Anti lock brake & rear foot brake||Weight: 28 lbs|
|Top Speed: 15 Mph||Lights: Front and rear tail lights||Drive: Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 255 lbs / 115 kg||Display: Led Light Status||Battery Position: Under Board|
The Glion Dolly might be the e-scooter that is the top smart choice for those who value their chosen transport for their commute to be foldable and offers maximum portability. It obviously has all those features that most modern e-scooters have today, LED display, front and taillight. It has a 36V 7.8 Ah 250W motor and can reach speeds of 15 mph (24 km). Not so much to write home about in that department, and don't expect it to climb hills and inclines like a Tour de France biker. But that's missing the point.
The focus from the design team on this scooter has been all about accommodating the daily commuter. Weight has been kept to a bare minimum of 28 lbs (12,7 kg), and the really cute trick is when you fold it. Stem and handlebars are foldable and once folded, you have a pull-out handle mounted at the front of the underside of the deck, same as on your suitcase or carry on luggage. You pull the handle out and drag it behind you exactly as you would your suitcase. Really smart.
Solid rubber wheels will work ok on city streets but can't compete with air filled tires. They still offer a reasonable smooth ride though.
It accepts a maximum weight of 255 lbs (115 kg), is solidly built and has a battery charge time of only 3,5 hours. The asking price is 500 USD and that might just hit the sweet spot for many potential buyers looking for the best electric scooter to commute on. And why not then, go for the Glion dolly foldable one?
- Good weight limit
- Light weight
- Limited Power to weight ratio
|Motor: 300W brushless hub motor||Tires: 10"x 2" honeycomb solid tires||Dimensions: 40.1x16.9x44.5 inches|
|Battery: Lithium-ion 36V 5.2Ah||Suspension: None||Folded Dim: 45x17x16 in inches|
|Range: 12 miles||Brakes: Front Brake & rear step on brake||Weight: 27,5 lbs|
|Top Speed: 15 Mph||Lights: Front and rear LED||Drive: Front Wheel Drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: Speedometer||Battery Position: Under Board|
The ES line is a popular series from Segway that hit the markets in 2017 and keeps getting updated once every year or so. Segway has the option of upgrading their scooters with an external battery pack should you want more performance out of them. A feature that proves how many different varieties are on offer know.
This is another e-scooter to have on your shortlist if all you care about is that innercity commute. You ride on flat tarmac surfaces, you don't have to travel overly long distances, you do want to be able to bring it up to your office/apartment or on to public transport without breaking any sweat.
It only weighs 27 lbs (12 kg) carries a lithium-ion battery that delivers 36V 5.2 Ah 300W of power, but can peak at 600W. This will give you a maximum speed of 15,5 mph (25 kph) which in all honesty....is well enough for an inner city commute vehicle that needs to navigate safely through traffic and pedestrians, not to mention bikers and so on.
15.5 miles (25 km) range on a fully charged battery is as expected compared to competitors. Compact rubber tires are part of the package to keep it light and well....compact. It does offer front and rear suspension to help with providing a smooth ride slightly better than it would without. Good front and rear lights for visibility in dark hours and of course foldable. Another scooter that is in the 500 (or slightly less) USD area that could tick your boxes when looking for the best adult electric scooter to get to work on.
- Clean design
- Poor riding quality
|Motor: 250w brushless motor||Tires: 8.5"x 2" Inflatable Tires||Dimensions: 42.5 x 16.9 x 44.8 inches|
|Battery: LG Lithium Ion 36 V, 7.8 Ah||Suspension: None||Folded Dim: 42 x 17 x 19 inches|
|Range: 18 miles||Brakes: Disc Brake & Regenerative||Weight: 27 lbs|
|Top Speed: 15 Mph||Lights: Front and rear tail lights||Drive: Rear Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: Led Light Status||Battery Position: Under Board|
At only 26.9 lbs (12.2 kg), and with a range of 18 miles (30 km) and a top speed of 15 mph (24 kph) as well as being very portable with a foldable stem, the Xiaomi Mi M365 is a very viable option as a daily commuter. It has a quirk of its own compared to other e-scooters when you take off.
This one requires you to kick off as on a regular kickboard before the throttle engages which is not too much of an issue but needs getting used to. It is small enough to pack away and bring it with you on public transport or stow away in the trunk of your car is easy. Handlebars do not fold though which can be a bit of an "argh" moment when you snag something unwanted.
No suspension but air filled tires instead provide a decent ride. 250W hub motor is the power source on offer here. Front wheel drive.
This is a scooter that will allow for some hillclimbing if not too extreme. It will accept a rider of 220 lbs (100 kg) which is quite impressive as it doesn't look it since it is such a small scooter. Build quality is solid and at an asking price of 499 USD it is definitely a contender.
And if you love your technology, this one has a companion app feature where you can monitor a different variable of things such as battery health, cycle life, charge status, speed, distance, and an alarm activator. You would need to invest in a good quality phone holder though if you plan on using it as a display when riding.
- Award winning design
- Clever app
- Limited power
|Motor: 350 W||Tires: 8.5″ tubeless pneumatic tires||Dimensions: 41.6 x 16.5 x 45.9 inches|
|Battery: 36 V 6.4 Ah (230 Wh) removable battery||Suspension: None||Folded Dim: 41.6 x 16.5 x 17.7 inches|
|Range: 9-15 miles||Brakes: Mechanical disc brake||Weight: 29.7 lbs|
|Top Speed: 19 Mph||Lights: LED front headlight||Drive: Front wheel|
|Weight Limit: 275 lbs / 125 kg||Display: LED display||Battery Position: Under Board|
Another e-scooter to seriously put on your shortlist of possible innercity commutes is the Turboant X7.
Another lightweight scooter at only 29.7 lbs (13.5 kg) foldable stem and....wait for it...with an option to remove the battery and bring it with you. This is brilliant as it allows for parking of your scooter and bring its most valuable asset with you....the battery pack. Battery in one hand, charger in the other, and hey presto, no problem getting up five stairs to your apartment. Really clever as it makes it less desirable to steal if the power plant is not on it while it sits parked amongst bikes or in your basement garage.
The 36V 6.4 Ah 350W will give you a top speed of 18 mph (30 kph) and a range of 9-15 miles (15-25 km) depending on which of the three speed settings available you choose to use.
All other features are as expected in the low price range of around 400 USD. No suspension, tubeless pneumatic tires, LED front and rear lights (which flashes when you brake... "ohlala"), mechanical disc brake, and stomp brake on the rear, regen brake on the front, load capacity 275 lbs (125 kg). Definitely an option to consider as it most certainly can be an excellent daily commuter.
But the thing that really sticks out is the removable battery. It sits in the front stem and is very easy to remove. This feature might be the one that seals the deal for potential buyers as again, it shows how innovation and practicality are further being developed to make electric scooters a viable commute option.
- Removable battery
- Limited range
Razor ecosmart metro
|Motor: 500-watt||Tires: Spoked with 16″ (406 mm), pneumatic tires||Dimensions: 57″ x 20″ x 42.9″ inches|
|Battery: 36V||Suspension: None||Folded Dim: Does not fold|
|Range: 12 miles||Brakes: Hand operated, rear||Weight: 65 lbs|
|Top Speed: 18 Mph||Lights: None||Drive: Rear wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kg||Display: None||Battery Position: Under Board|
At the other end of the spectrum of maximum portability and lightweight e-scooters....we have the Razor EcoSmart metro electric scooter.
Let's start with the weight of this thing...67 lbs (30 kg)! That's like carrying around a 10 year old child, for those of you who are parents and can appreciate what carrying such a person can feel like. So no....you won't bring it onto a public transport of any sort.
But in all honesty, this e-scooters designers have put comfort at the top of the whiteboard when they held their preproduction briefing. So it looks more like a bike with its 16 inch bespoked wheels. And you sit on it as you would on a bike or a moped.
Top speed is 18 mph (29 kph) and the range is 10 miles (16 km). It is not foldable, and you would need a big car to manhandle it into the trunk without using the f word more times in 5 minutes than Eddie Murphy in the whole RAW show. But if you are all about comfort!! Then this is the winner by far. It does take 12 hours to recharge the battery mind you.
- Basket is a plus
- Does not fold
Riding Comfort of Electric Scooters
When all is said and done, what really matters? You want to be comfortable while riding your scooter. It’s got to feel right. That’s why at FluidFreeRide, we look for the best designs available depending on your preferred choice of usage.
One thing to consider is the type of tires and the suspension. Some are airless and others are solid. In the last few years, crazy tire progress has taken place. Michelin created an airless tire that has been all over the news. What are the advantages? You don’t have to worry about flats and it has better stability. Airless might be a great option for you.
Make sure to check for tire sizes and front/rear suspension. You will want suspension if you use solid airless tires since all these things will affect your ride. But we all know the best way to really get a feel for it… test drive. Try to go out and ride a friend’s scooter or even watch YouTube video reviews. The best part about buying online is the reviews and experiences you get from real drivers (more on that later).
Walking Commute vs Electric Scooter Commute
What’s a significant walking distance you may ask? That may vary a lot depending on who you ask. All factors such as age, physical ability, or pre-existing injuries, will affect what a person may consider a significant distance. For arguments sake, let's say you spend 15 minutes traveling one way on your commute. That’s 2.5 hours per week. How much time could you save by perhaps using an electric scooter or even a bicycle?
The big question is, do you want to spend hours a week on your commute? Using the average walking speed of 3.1 mph (4.98 kph) and the distance of your commute, you can work out how long it takes you.
So, the question you want answered is; can an Electric Scooter save you time on your commute when you usually walk?
The quick answer, Yes!
Let’s use this commute example to look at the difference using an electric scooter at an average speed of 20 mph (32 kph).
15 minutes walking = 2-3 minutes on an electric scooter
This is the equivalent to:
10 hours of walking = less than 1 hour on an electric scooter
Although you will have to pay upfront for the cost of the electric scooter (finance options makes this less of a problem nowadays), the running costs of commuting on an electric scooter are far less than compared with other transport options. Granted, walking is free, but can you put a price on the time you’ll save on your commute?
Luckily for you, when looking at saving time by changing your commute, not only is an electric scooter cheaper than other methods, but also more environmentally friendly. This is a win-win in our book.
Biking vs Electric Scooter - which is faster?
According to a study in Copenhagen, the average speed of a bike is 9,6 mph (15,5 kph). Denmark is the country with the second highest percentage of its population using bicycles as a means of transport.
Easily calculated, a bike is roughly half the speed of a decent electric scooter. Note, this excludes rented scooters as these are often limited to 12-15 mph (20-25 kph).
One upside to commuting with an electric scooter is how quickly you can stop and start. If you have had the pleasure of riding an e-scooter, you’ve probably experienced setting off quickly from a standstill. Whilst cyclists are still trying to accelerate, you’re already far off in the distance.
It is worth mentioning that there now are electric bicycles as well. Although you have the assistance when riding distances or up an incline, the limitations of the size, weight, and practicalities of a bicycle remain the same - electric or not.
Bus vs Scooter Commute
For the sake of relevance, we will be focusing on bus commutes that match the average electric scooter range, which is around 10-25 miles (16-40 km).
Buses... no one particularly enjoys a bus ride through a busy city as a necessary commute.
Through no fault of their own, buses aren’t reliable for keeping to time schedules when they get caught in traffic jams or suffer breakdowns. These potential delays can cause them to be unpredictable and unreliable. Not mentioning sitting next to potentially unfavorable strangers. It is not the ideal journey on your way to or home from work.
To list the average speed of a bus and compare it to an electric scooter is near impossible as each city has its own prerequisites for how effective travel by bus can be.
A study done by the New York Department of Transportation showed the average speed of a city bus was 7,44 mph (12 kph) with some bus routes as slow as 3,9 mph (6,2 kph) which is essentially walking speed!
It’s unfair to paint every bus commute with the same brush though when it’s not uncommon for a bus commute to be really effective. Especially in the outskirts of a city.
The issues mentioned above become more of an issue the closer the route is to a city center. With this in mind, combining your bus commute with your e-scooter can make for a great idea. Jump off a few stops earlier and glide through the city in no time on your electric kick scooter cutting out that infamous traffic. Keep in mind, when using an e-scooter in this manner, to choose a model that you can easily carry on to the bus.
Less time on the bus, less money forking out for various and often expensive bus tickets.
Train, Tube, or Scooter?
If you’re taking the train to work you may be traveling more than the 10-25 miles that the range from an electric scooter can offer. However, there are other aspects that an electric scooter may help with in combination with your train journey. Unless you live and work next to the station, it is likely you’ll have a stretch of your commute where you may walk, get the bus, bike or use your electric scooters to overcome the issues covered above.
When taking the subway, tube, or the metro, (each city has its own preferred nicknames), you might be in range to use an electric scooter instead for your commute. Subway speeds vary heavily and the average speed for each stretch is incredibly varied. If we keep looking at New York as an example the average subway speed is 17 mph (27 kph) but has a top speed of 55 mph (89 kph).
That being said, we feel there is more to a commute than just speed. We have all been there, stood for a long period, in a hot stuffy train car, pressed against the stranger next to you feeling like packed sardines, simply praying that your stop is next. Why put yourself through the trauma when you could be coasting along, with the wind in your hair, feeling free as a bird?
Driving a Car vs Electric Scooter
Driving a car in this current age may not be the revolutionary answer it once was. For some occasions and purposes, a car is entirely appropriate. However, the costs incurred (not to mention being stuck in traffic and then not being able to park) make it an expensive venture.
Even if you have bought your car outright and do not owe any finance on the vehicle, the maintenance, upkeep, fuel and necessary costs of the vehicle can potentially set you back thousands a year. Plus, there is the cost to the environment that simply has no measurable amount.
For those slightly shorter commutes, using an electric scooter can potentially be quicker. Especially if the commute is through a busy city or town center. In addition to the basic costs of owning and running a car, there is the possibility of having to pay for parking. For some lucky people out there, this is not an issue. But on the flip side, parking charges for employees commuting in cars, can be sky high and even taken straight from their wages. With an electric scooter, that could easily slide under your desk or be locked in a bicycle locker, there is even more money to save that you’d much rather spend on something other than parking.
Structural Design of the Electric Scooter
By far, the first thing you should pay attention to is the design of the scooter. It really depends on what you want.
For example, if you want one built for easy portability so you can bring it on trains, carry up stairs, hide under your office desk, you probably want a lightweight scooter with the perfect design that folds down quickly, and is easy to carry around. If you want a fast and powerful scooter to get you up the hills in your neighborhood, you need to look for a bigger motor and will likely end up with something heavier that is not so easy to carry.
If you want a comfortable scooter, you’ll look for different features that give you a smooth (and enjoyable) ride like dual suspension for example.
Some quick things you can look for are the wheels and motor position. Is it front wheel drive or rear wheel drive? Front wheel drive is typically built into lighter and more economical scooters. Rear wheel drive provides for a better weight balance and riding experience. Just like BMW uses rear wheel drive for all their cars. There are also dual wheel drives that can give you more power, control, and accuracy while riding.
The aesthetics and weight distribution are very important too. Consider your battery positions. Is it placed in the front pole above the front wheel motor to minimize weight? While these scooters are typically the most lightweight around, your scooter will be front heavy and the deck may come up when you get off too fast at a traffic light.
For longer rides and best stability, the battery should be placed under the deck. Are they placed in areas that won’t get in your way? Does it make sense to have it where it is? You don’t want to be tripping over anything if the scooter hasn’t been engineered well.
The one thing you’ll notice the most is the position of the handlebars. That might be a dealbreaker for some. Is it too far out? Is it too close? Is it comfortable in your hands?
Motor and power performance
The motor and power of your electric scooter really depend on what you want to use it for. It all comes down to time. If you need to get somewhere fast, consider getting something more powerful. If you just want to to stroll around the community, then this might not be as important to you.
For practical purposes, power is important for speed. And also if there are hills it might need to climb. You can measure that through the voltage, watt, and torque.
Electric Scooter Batteries and Range
How long a scooter can run is probably one of the biggest dealbreakers. If you choose an e-scooter that doesn’t last long, it might not even be worth it to you. That’s why it’s important to know what battery your scooter comes with and what kind of battery brands you can add on.
For Safety, IEC standards are an important regulation to understand. They partner with other organizations to develop protocols for lithium batteries and more. It’s important to make sure any batteries you choose are up to global standards.
When choosing an electric scooter, review how long the battery lasts. Take into consideration that manufacturers often significantly overclaim range. You can reach these mile ranges if you weigh less than the max weight limit, and ride in perfect conditions at 50% of its top speed. You can take a big chunk off of these claims if you are planning on using the full potential of your scooter.
At Fluid Freeride we call out a realistic range that you will be able to attain with regular use. Think of how long your commute might be (including the return) along with some extra battery life you may need for shortstops on the way. Even if your battery dies, you might still be able to manually use it as a regular kick scooter. It’s worth the extra battery life if the price difference is small.
Electric scooter features You Can’t Live Without
Technology is changing as you read this. And with that comes awesome, irresistible features. These days, scooters come with great apps that feature diagnostics, speed settings, and more.
It’s worth asking and researching the types of integrations and apps that are available for your electric scooter. It might be the one thing that wins you over when it’s time to decide.
Electric Scooter Reviews and Recommendations
Never underestimate the reviews. Look at it like profiting from someone else’s risk when he/she purchases it. They’ll tell you if it was a good product or a bad one — at no cost to you. It’s the best way to know if you are buying a great electric scooter.
Reviews are the best determination of whether you should buy a specific brand or model. Research and do your diligence when it comes to choosing the right one.
Electric scooters are one of the best investments anyone can make. It’s convenient, fun, affordable, and saves you money on transportation. At less than half a cent of electricity cost per mile, riding an electric scooter costs roughly one-twentieth of riding a gas fueled car.
This is how you find the best electric scooters. Use this guide as a roadmap and share your new ride when you finally decide!
At Fluid Freeride, we work hard to reinvent your commute. With only the best scooters, like the WideWheel, you can count on us to get you the ride you deserve. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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