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- Why should you pick an electric scooter over other vehicles?
- Riding Comfort of Electric Scooters
- Driving a Car vs Electric Scooter
- Cycling vs Electric Scooter - which is faster?
- Bus vs Scooter Commute
- Train, Tube or Scooter?
- The Fastest Electric Scooters For Commuting
- Comparison of claimed range between some of the popular electric scooters
- Are you interested in buying an adult electric scooter for commuting?
- Structural Design of the Electric Scooter
- Motor and Power Performance
- Electric Scooter Batteries and Range
- Weight and Commute Portability
- 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 weigh up. Often, the two major factors that influence that decision is how long will it take you to get from A to B and how much is it 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 bugbears with your commute.
Of course, you might be thinking that your commute may need to include more than one mode of transport, but fear not, we’ve got that covered! Almost every commute is likely to involve some walking, even if it’s those 10 steps from the car park to the office. However, when we mention walking, we are referring to a significant distance.
Riding Comfort of Electric Scooters
When it’s all set and done, what really matters? You want to be comfortable while riding your scooter. It’s got to feel right. That’s why at Fluid Free Ride, we look for the best designs available depending on your usage occasion like WideWheel, Mosquito and more.
One thing to consider is the type of tires and the suspension. Some are airless and others are more traditional. For the last few years, there have been crazy progress on the types of tires in the market. 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 bee a great option for you.
Make sure to check for the 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 both know the best way to really get the 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 can, of course, vary a lot depending on who you ask. All factors such as age, time constraints, physical ability or pre-existing injuries will all affect what a person may consider a significant distance. For argument 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 potentially hours a week on your commute? Using the average walking speed of 3.1mph (4.98km/h) and the distance of your commute, work out how long it takes you.
So, the question you want to be answered, can an Electric Scooter save you time on your commute when you usually walk?
Let’s use this example commute to look at the difference when using an electric scooter at an average speed of 20mph.
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
The quick answer, Yes!
Although you will have to pay upfront for the cost of the electric scooter (but with the handy finance options, this becomes less of a problem), 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 more environmentally friendly. Win-win if you ask us.
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, maintenance, upkeep, fuel and necessary costs of the vehicle can set you back potentially thousands a year. Plus there is the cost to the environment that simply have 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. There are some lucky people out there for whom this is not an issue, but on the flip side, parking charges for employees commuting in cars can be extortionate and even taken straight from their wages. With an electric scooter that could easily slide under your desk or locked in a bicycle locker, there is even more money saved that you’d much rather spend on something other than parking.
Cycling vs Electric Scooter - which is faster?
According to a study in Copenhagen, the average speed of a bike is 9.6mph (15.5km/h) - Denmark being 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 km/h).
A nifty upside to commuting with an electric scooter is how quickly you can stop and start. If you have ever had the pleasure of riding an electric scooter, you’ve probably experienced setting off quickly from a standstill whilst cyclists are still getting back on the saddle, meanwhile, you’re already far in the distance.
It is worth mentioning that of course there are electric bicycles. Although you have had 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 relevancy, we will be focusing on bus commutes that match the average electric scooter range, which is around 10-25 miles.
Buses, no one particularly enjoys a bus ride through a busy city for a commute. Although through no fault of its own, buses by nature aren’t reliable for keeping to time when they get caught in traffic jams or breakdown. These potential delays can cause them to be unpredictable and unreliable, not to mention sitting next to potentially unfavorable strangers. 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 city bus speed was 7.44 mph (12km/h) with some bus routes as slow as 3.9 mph, essentially walking speed.
It’s unfair to tar every bus commute with the same brush, when it’s not uncommon for a bus commute to be really effective, especially in the outskirts of a city. The issues mentioned above are more of an issue the closer the route is to a city center. With this in mind, combining your bus commute with your electric scooter can make for a great idea. Jump off a few stops earlier and glide through the city in no time on your electric scooter cutting out that infamous traffic. Keep in mind, when using an electric 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 your commute, 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 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 km/h) but has a top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h).
This being said, we feel there is more to a commute than just speed. We have all been there, stood for a long period, on a hot stuffy cab, pressed against the stranger next to you feeling like 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?
The real question is… which E scooter do I buy?
The Fastest Electric Scooters For Commuting
|WideWheel||Speedway Mini 4||Ninebot Segway ES4||Xiaomi m365|
|Top Speed||25+ MPH||
|18.6 MPH||15.5 MPH|
|Motor location||Dual front & rear||Rear||Front||Rear|
|System Voltage||48 V||48 V||
Total Peak Power
2 x 500W
|13.2Ah / 633Wh||15.6Ah / 748Wh||10.3Ah / 374Wh||7.8Ah / 280Wh|
|Tires||8" extra wide never flat||8" Air front solid rear||8" Solid||8" Air|
|Brakes||Rear Disc||Rear Drum||Front e-brake / rear step on||Front e-brake / rear disc|
|Weight||50 lbs||36 lbs||33 lbs||26.9 lbs|
Comparison of claimed range between some of the popular electric scooters
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 with 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.
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 take it on trains, up the stairs and hide it under your office desk, you probably want a light 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 neighbourhood 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.
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 footboard 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 footboard. 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 handlebar. That can be a make it or break it for you. Is it too far out? Is it too close? Is it comfortable on your hands? There was one prototype recently designed that looks really amazing, it’s a single tube design, but it might not be so practical. Find the things that matter to you.
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 it’s just to stroll around the community, then this might not be as important for you.
For practical purposes, power is important for speed, also if there are any hills it might need to climb. You can measure that through the voltage, watt, and torque.
If you need something to compare your options with, consider the Horizon M Classic Looks and Long Range scooter we offer. It can go 20mph with a 36V (voltage) and 350W (watts). By comparing it to other electric scooters, you can get an idea of what kind of power you want.
Electric Scooter Batteries and Range
How long a scooter can run is probably one of the biggest make it or break it. If you choose a 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 over claim range. You can reach these promises if you weigh 100 lbs and ride in perfect conditions at 50% of top speed. You can take a big chunk off 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 (and the return) along with some extra battery life you may need for shortstops on the way. Even if your battery dies, you may still be able to manually use it. But it’s worth the extra battery life if there is only a small price difference.
Weight and Commute Portability
When deciding the best scooter for you, it’s important to know what it’s like when you need to carry it. What’s the scooter weight? light or heavy? If you need to carry your scooter for long distances, a light one is best. The ultimate weight is what really makes your scooter portable or not.
If you live a few floors up in your building with no elevator, it might be hard to carry around a heavy scooter. We find that people who live in big cities do better with lighter rides as they can easily fold them up and take onto public transport. . If you don’t need portability, then a heavy and more powerful scooter can be a good option. It’s faster, stronger, more stable, and enables you to go longer distances.
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—all 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!