Things to consider when buying…
This is what gets an electric vehicle to get up and go, so it’s pretty important! Li-ion batteries are the most expensive, but also the lightest- making them great for zipping around. With SLA batteries you get the reverse- they’re cheaper and more powerful but heavy too.
Another thing to think about is whether you want a built-in or a removable battery. A built-in model will probably be cheaper, but a removable design makes it easy to swap out a drained battery for a charged one- so you’re less likely to be out of juice!
Think about how long you mind it taking your electric vehicle to charge. Do you need to be ready at a moment’s notice? Or are you okay to wait for a while before hopping back on?
Where it’s legal to use e scooters on the road in the UK, the speed limit is 15.5mph. So it’s up to you whether you want to go any faster than that in a private open space!
How heavy do you mind it being? If you’ll need to carry it for part of your commute, something lightweight might be better. But you also need to think about the weight limit for riders too – make sure your e-scooter can take your weight.
This is about how far your e-vehicle can take you on a single charge, measured in miles per charge. The longer the average trip you make is, the higher you’ll need your MPH to be!
Power’s measured in Watts. And this is important, not just for the speed you want to go, but for the kind of terrain you’ll be tackling. Hilly? You’ll need something that packs a punch to power you up those inclines. Some e-scooters will also come with different modes, so you can choose how hard the motor’s working. That saves you wasting battery when you don’t need extra power.
Don’t just kit yourself out with right scooter, make sure you’ve got the right accessories too! Safety equipment like a high-vis, light or helmet can protect you when you’re on the road.
Going for larger, air-filled tyres might make your e-scooter bulkier, but they’ll also making it a smoother ride. And if you’re travelling on uneven, rocky ground, puncture-free tyres might be a good option.
These can be handy to check how much battery you have left, what speed you’re going, and other useful bits of info. But they do up the price and you might not need one.