The 5 Best Urban Electric Scooters For Your Commute
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Do you commute to work? Ah... those five words in that question that we have heard so many times, is an urban electric scooter the answer to upgrading your commute? And if you live in a densely populated urban area, as approx 54% of the worlds population do already, and is estimated to rise to ⅔ of all the people on the planet within the next 15-30 years...your answer usually begins with a sigh… and...”yes”....followed by the explanation as to how you travel, as well as lambasting said means of transport
Be it sitting in traffic in your car, or waiting for the bus, that always seems to be accommodating more people than it was ever designed for, or the subway, which is standing place only, when travelling at peak hours..if you even have a subway in your city that is. Of course you can bike to work people say. Yes true, but usually that means you arrive at work out of breath and sweating as if you’ve just been on the bike at the gym, which basically you have, and so is not a very attractive option for a lot of people.
- WideWheel Pro
- Inokim Light 2
No wonder then, that we are always looking for a way to cut the commute time as well as make it as convenient as possible, not to mention cutting another monthly cost to a minimum. Enter the urban electric scooter.
Few things on the human transportation side have grown as quickly and as strongly as the adult electric scooter. If you'd like to see the full range of what adult electric scooters have to offer then check out this other in-depth guide, this article will mainly focus on electric scooters suitable for an urban environment.
Here then, maybe is the answer to a lot of the problems in daily city commutes. We see them all over already, much to the chagrin of a lot of people as they lie scattered about and, in all honesty... it is not a pretty sight. One must ask oneself the question of how long the authorities will allow for this “use and throw to the side” way of moving around. The “rentashare scooters” might be convenient but they do look flimsy and they are obviously not top of the range quality. So you might want to consider investing in your own one. And in so doing, you will want to make sure you get the best one at the best price obviously.
So questions that you might ask yourself regarding your urban daily commute are things like, how far is it to my workplace? How much time do I spend (lose) on public transport? How much does my everyday commute cost me? How convenient can my way of transportation be, the accessibility etc?
Upon reviewing these questions, most would find out that if... the human body could transport itself, with reasonable speed, without any physical straining effort, not be bogged down in traffic, and not polluting the city air and….at a minimum monthly cost...it would be magic. The answer is, the urban electric scooter. Once you’ve decided this is an option for you, other things to consider are, build quality, weight, battery pack, charging times, safety features, brakes, lights and of course, price. Here is a buyers guide then to some of the best options on the market now.
Urban Electric Scooters
|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: 10 Miles||Brakes: Rear drum & rear step on brake||Weight: 28.5 lbs|
|Top Speed: 18 Mph||Lights: Front & Rear LED||Drive: Front Wheel|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs||Lights: Front & Rear LED||Battery Position: Under Board|
The Cityrider is a lightweight foldable scooter that might be an option if you don’t need to commute very far, you are looking for something that is not too heavy to carry, and is not to pricey. It weighs 28,5 lbs/12,9 kg, with a clever quick folding of the stem that makes it easy to carry in one hand. It has a range of 10 miles/16 km before recharging is needed. It has a 36V/300 W brushless hub motor that drives the front wheel and will reach a top speed of 18 mph/30 kph so plenty enough for your urban commute.
Rear drum and rear step on for stopping power is sufficient well enough. It has integrated front and rear LED lights as well as indicators which is a safety feature not to be discarded when dark outside. It has honeycomb solid tires, which is fine and assures you never get a flat tire, but obviously can’t compete with inflated tires for comfort. If you live in San Francisco, or a very undulating area, this one might not be the best option as you would need more power to cruise up hills without too much effort.
- Lightweight & Very Portable
- Unique Design
- Handlebars do not fold
Urban Electric Scooters
|Motor: 500W base / 800W peak||Tires: 8" rear solid, 8.5" front air||Dimensions: 42.5 x 23.2 x 46.8 inch|
|Battery: Lithium-ion 48V 10.4Ah / 13Ah||Suspension: Front spring / rear hydraulic||Folded Dim: 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 inch|
|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 Drive|
|Weight Limit: 265 lbs / 120 kg||Display: Advanced display with throttle||Battery Position: Under Board|
Upping your budget to just shy of double that of the Cityrider, you will step into the next level category of performance. The Horizon is a perfect urban commuter for those looking for a bit more options regarding range and maybe speed.
Now we have a 10.4 Ah battery that will give you 20 miles/32 km range or, you can opt for the larger 13 Ah battery and extend your range to 25 miles/40 km. And this is actually one of the scooters that delivers on promise of range. In tests, and in comparison to other scooters, many of them fail to achieve the promised range from manufacturer. This one actually exceeded the range by one mile in real live world testing! It has a 48V 500W brushless hub motor that can deliver a peak output of 800W in bursts. This is perfect if you live in a hillier area as the extra power will easily tackle 15% inclines without losing performance. Top speed is 25 mph/40 kph, and it has a high weight capacity, 265 lbs.
The power delivery is less focused on quick acceleration but delivers more of a smoother start, which after all, is no bad thing as it’s not a drag race to get to work is it? A really smart feature is the folding of the stem, which allows for folding of handlebars as well, making it a neat package of 40lbs/18 kg or 42 lbs/19 kg if you opt for the more powerful version of battery. It is heavier than the Cityrider but not by much.
It should be easy enough to carry up some stairs or into your workplace for storage when not in use. It’s rear wheel drive with rear drumbrakes with a regenerative braking system. The front wheel is pneumatic (airfilled) whereas the rear is solid. This is something that needs to be taken into account. It’s easy to slide the rear when braking and for those who are into drifting, this can be fun….but also a bit risky if a quick stop is necessary. The overall ride is relatively smooth due to the suspension.
The front suspension is above the front wheel and this, in combination with the airfilled front tire, soaks up the roadsurface well enough. Cleverly, the rear has a dual hydraulic system which is attached to the standing platform from the wheel. This is much needed as the solid rear wheel has no flex whatsover, but with the suspension it feels like it does. It has three front and two rear LED:s with brake lights that will blink red to let people behind know you are slowing down obviously. It even has a USB port that you can plug your phone into for charging. How cool is that? It is available at 729 USD and is definitely a candidate to consider amongst others.
- Long Range
- Trolly wheels available for easy carrying
- Board deck can be a bit limited for some people.
Urban Electric Scooters
|Motor: 1000w||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 & Rear Spring||Folded Dim: 43.1 x 8.6 x 16.1 inches|
|Range: 22+ Miles||Brakes: Front & rear Disc||Weight: 54 lbs|
|Top Speed: 26 Mph||Lights: Front and rear LED||Drive: Rear & Front Wheel Drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs||Display: Smart Display||Battery Position: Under Board|
One of the strongest candidates on the market to consider is definitely the Whidewheel. Think Golf GTI world... if that is not a too crazy comparison. Whereas the Cityrider and Horizon is more Ford/Toyota, and nothing wrong with that, but still. This is a power package that is strong, fast, looks cool and has a lot going for it.
The dualmotor version, which has a 15Ah 500 watt motor on each wheel, so a total of 1000W. Focus on this scooter has been performance and unique design. It will give you a max speed of 26 mph/40 kph and a range of 20 plus mile range/32 km on a single charge. The name of course is based on it having very wide foam-filled wheels that will never puncture. Apart from looking cool, they give a certain “sporty” feeling and a sense of more control of the journey then narrower tires do. Did I mention it comes with cruise control?
The folding mechanism of the stem is maybe not the quickest one on the market as it is a turning knob version, but reason for this is again, focus on performance, and with this system, you will get a stem that is tight and without any risk of play or looseness in it. Handlebars can also be folded which is a great feature once you need to carry it or stow it somewhere.
Front and back spring suspension is sturdy with a well balanced set up, and a front brake and a rear disc brake makes sure you stop in time. It does weigh a bit more with dual motors and now the scale stops at 50 lbs/22,7kg:s...so maybe not something you carry very long distances but why would you? A high positioned front led headlight as well as a rear light with brake indicator is good, but maybe not the most illuminated scooter on the market if you plan on riding a lot in the dark. Bringing extra lights as you would on a bike for instance is then recommended. On eco mode riders have claimed to get 30-40+ miles on a single charge. If you're looking for an electric kick scooter that can combine daily commuting and offer the fun speed for the weekends this might just be the perfect electric scooter for you.
- Can Tackle Any Hills
- Great Speed & Range
- Unique Cruising Style Riding
- Folding Process Takes Somewhat Longer
Urban Electric Scooters
|Motor: 2x 60V 1000W BLDC||Tires: 10"x2.5" pneumatic air tires||Dimensions: 49 x 24 x 50 inches|
|Battery: LG 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||Display: Minimotors display / throttle||Battery Position: Under Board|
If the Whidewheel is the golf GTI of the bunch, then the Mantis is the BMW 7 series. This one is for the serious electric scooter user who needs to make sure to get to where you want comfortable, can climb steep hills effortlessly, and even over rougher terrain….and fast as hell!! It seems this one has most of everything covered to accommodate its user. Like with the Whidewheel, there are two versions to choose from.
The Base version is equipped with a 17,5 Ah 40 mile/64 km range option, or the PRO version with 24,5 Ah 55 mile/88 km range. This is the one we will focus on here. The PRO version has two 1000 W motors. You can choose to conserve battery and drive on the one motor only, (eco mode) or with both for more performance. In eco mode, the range will easily be 50 miles/80 km, and in full power mode 30 miles/48 km which is quite astonishing actually. Maximum speed is 40 mph/64 km/h which is also astonishing if not to say slightly on the mad side of all things electric scooter wise. This is a full helmet and protective gear scooter make no mistake about that.
The mantis is a great option for if your urban commute is ot all bike lanes and smooth surfaces, but rather a lot of pot holes and rough terrain. The Mantis is built to handle certain off road conditions
The dual front and rear spring arm suspension works wonderful and again makes you feel like you are in a higher division of these types of vehicles. This in addition to bigger wheels fitted with 10”x 2,5” airfilled tires, makes for a very comfortable ride and one that will not shy away from dirt roads, curbs other smaller obstacles if not to extreme that is. Offroading on weekends in rougher terrain is a possibility with this scooter. Weight will obviously climb with a bigger package such as this and the PRO hits the scale at 65 lbs/29 kg. So the elevator to work or to ones appartment is probably the way to go with this one.
Apart from front and rear, It has a really cool LED underdeck lighting as well that makes sure you are seen at night, and again will indicate you have the coolest scooter around. Fully hydraulic dual disc brakes is what will make sure you stop in time if needed. It will take between 8-12 hours to recharge so that needs to be planned for. At 1 649 USD it is not the cheapest out there, but as with the BMW, you get what you pay for. The display is easy to operate and gives you the options with the press of a button to go eco mode or turbo….turbo is the most fun of course and most likely that’s where it will stay. Oh...and lest I forget to warn you, when accelerating, it is easy to make the front wheel spin, such is the power here. Will impress and scare away competitors though.
- Very Long Range & Great Speed
- Smooth Ride With Brilliant Suspension
- 35%+ inclines
- You can carry it - but it still very heavy
Fantastic power scooter!
The Mantis is the perfect blend of low weight with powerful motors. The engendered steering makes the scooter feel light and nimble at low and high speeds. It feels light and maneuverable at sub 10mph just like a smaller scooter and rock solid at 40mph without any of the twitchy tendency’s other scooters in this class have. It’s also at the perfect price point. I like the hook for the stem when it’s folded down. This keeps it from swinging around. The size of the Mantis is perfect for RV’ers that want a compact mode of transportation that can travel at normal road speeds but takes up a small amount of space. The suspension is great for a person of my weight (190lb). It’s smooth and eats up the bumps. I could go on and on. What are you waiting for? Just buy one!
Inokim Light 2
Urban Electric Scooters
|Motor: 350W base / 650W peak||Tires: 8.5" x 2" air tires||Dimensions: 42.5 x 41.3 x 18.1 nches*|
|Battery: LG Li-ion 36V 10.4Ah||Suspension: Pneumatic tires||Folded Dim: 37.4 x 14.2 x 9.8 inchess|
|Range: 15-20 miles||Brakes: Front & rear drum||Weight: 30 lbs|
|Top Speed: 21 Mph||Lights: Front and rear LED||Drive: Rear wheel drive|
|Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100kg||Display: Adv. thumb throttle display||Battery Position: Under Board|
On the other end of the spectrum of the Mantis, and if you don’t care about top speed, acceleration, or impressing other fellow commuters in any way except coming to work on an ecosmart metro electric scooter in the best way possible, you will find the Inokim Light 2. This is a premium lightweight electric scooter where portability and quality make it a top pick of choices. It looks really cool and is very well built oozing of high quality. That comes at a price though, and as far as lightweight scooters go, it is not exactly cheap. But probably worth every penny.
The first thing that stands out when riding it, is the very low positioned deck. This is great as a low center of gravity improves the handling and is a great feature for a city commuter. Power comes from a 350 Watt rear hub electric motor and it is a kick start e-scooter meaning there is no zero start function. This is for safety reasons and also acts as an energy-conserving feature. And where some other rivals like the popular Xiaomi Mi M365 has the same system, it is not as refined and leads to a lot of jerky false starts. Not so on the Inokom Light 2, it is superbly adjusted, and kick-starting it is not a problem.
The acceleration is tuned for a smooth ride and you notice it pulls slightly stronger up to its top speed, 21 mph (32 km/h), once you get going rather than shooting off from a standstill. All with the intention of providing the best commuter scooter experience for busy streets and inner-city traffic. Even though it is not a super-powerful electric scooter it will climb some hills if not too steep. It has a 374 Watt-hour 36V 10.4 Ah lithium-ion battery, that provides a range of between 15-20 miles (24-32 km/h) and that makes it the longest ranged lightweight scooters on the market.
Not many ultra-lightweight electric scooters can boast a dual brake system, but trust the Inokim to deliver. Front and rear drum brakes provide great stopping power. It lacks suspension but does come with pneumatic tires that will absorb some rough surfaces, but it is best suited for roads in good repair.
It is obviously foldable and weighs a mere 30 lbs (13 kg) so easy to pick up and carry. Once folded it measures 37 inches in length (94 cm) and 7.5 inches wide (19 cm) which makes it one of the most compact packages available. Handlebars also folds.
It has one of the best thumb-activated throttles we've ever tried. Holding it down for longer periods of time is very easy and not tiring at all. A very good LCD display that also saves your settings, means you don't have to reset everything between rides. Low mounted front and rear lights are good, but maybe you need a higher one for extra safety in the dark.
The Inokim Light 2 is definitely one of the best electric scooters in its class out there today. It has interesting features such as the stem with its blade-like design, that provides more stability and strength when riding. Because the stem is elongated in the direction you pull on the handlebars, it helps the stem not to twist, something other round stems have tendency to do. Even the fenders are well thought through in its design and not just something added as an afterthought almost. The Inokim Light 2 sets the bar for lightweight commuter scooters.
- Excellent Throttle
- 12 Month Warranty
- Multiple Colour Options
- Heavier than some of its competitors (but still very light).
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Urban Electric Scooters
Still not convinced from the models you've seen or perhaps have some more questions about the best electric scooters for commuting? Read our full article on commuting with electric scooters where we compare the different methods, combining scooters with public transport, how much you can save per month by using an electric scooter, ideal scooters for rider weight, charge times when at home and at work and other brands like Segway, Razor, Glion Dolly, Gotrax GXL and much more.