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What Are The Rules In The US For Electric Scooters?

So let’s get to the all-important question – Are Electric scooters legal in America?

The answer is yes; however, there are electric scooter laws you still need to know and follow, and each state has slightly different laws that you need to abide by.

Electric scooters are street-legal in the US, but you cannot simply hop on one without knowing and following the rules of the road. Unfortunately, traffic laws for e-scooters are not as clear to riders as they should be.

It can all become confusing as electric scooter laws differ from state to state. They don’t require riders to pass an e-scooter specific DMV test; people can get away with riding them without particular knowledge of motorised scooter laws. In this article, we will try and clear some of the confusion.

Rental electric scooters vs privately owned scooters

Electric scooters have taken the US by storm, especially public share rentals run by rental companies such as Bird, Lime and Spin. These rentals are authorised explicitly by particular city authorities. Rental electric scooters are highly regulated and have special permission to operate in certain states.

But what about if you want the convenience of owning and using your own electric scooter where you live or work? Unfortunately, the state of electric scooter law is only just beginning to emerge in the United States and varies from state to state and even city to city. To shed more light on the matter, let’s look at an overview of federal legislation.

Federal Consumer Law – Safety Standards

Under the HR 727 amendment of the Consumer Product Safety Act, “low-speed bicycles,” or “two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of fewer than 750 watts, whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph” is considered legal. While no equivalent law exists for electric scooters, it’s generally accepted for e-scooters to fall under this category.

E-scooters, therefore, are allowed on roads with or without bicycle lanes as long as they are running under 25 mph. Riders must stay close to the curb and follow driving and traffic rules like driving on the right side of the road, observing traffic signals, and yielding to pedestrians.

Remember that each state has its own set of laws governing the use of e-scooters on public roads. So, You will also need to familiarise yourself with these state-specific rules.

Where exactly are electric scooters “street legal” in the US?

Electric scooters are street-legal in 38 US states, while another ten states have deemed them not to be street-legal. While electric scooters are street-legal in a majority of the states, some states have applied different laws to where and how scooters can be operated while on public roadways.

Four of the states – California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York, do not allow scooters on highways, expressways, or limited-access roads due to most scooters not being able to reach safe enough speeds to keep up with the traffic.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, and Virginia have added the stipulation that while scooters are street-legal, they must stay to the right side of the road while being ridden.

States where electric scooters are street-legal

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (except freeways/expressways)
  • Colorado (except interstate or limited-access roads)
  • Connecticut (must stay to the right)
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana (must stay to the right)
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine (must stay to the right)
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts (except interstate or limited-access roads; must stay to the right)
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York (except interstate or limited-access roads)
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (must stay to the right)
  • West Virginia

States where electric scooters are not street-legal

  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Can electric scooters be ridden on sidewalks?

Electric scooters can legally be ridden on sidewalks in only five states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

While a majority of the states expressly state that scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, the laws in 19 states fail to mention sidewalk use at all. Many states consider electric scooter speeds to be too dangerous for sidewalks where pedestrians, bicyclists, or even the scooter users themselves could be injured in an accident.

Rules for streets

You will find that in almost all cases, scooters are not allowed on high-speed streets (streets with a speed limit above 35 mph, for example). However, few scooter riders will want to do this anyway.

And again, only Pennsylvania and Delaware actually ban scooters on streets. You might be surprised to hear that cool niche communities are developing for high-speed scooters, but the majority of people are happy to ride at 15 mph or 20 mph.

Rules for speed limits

Maximum speed is one of the most commonly enforced rules for electric scooters. The most common speed limit is 20 mph, which many may not expect, coming from the shared scooter model where scooters are almost universally regulated at top speeds of 10-15 miles per hour.

Do electric scooters require a license, registration, or insurance?

The great news for electric scooters is that they only require DMV registration in one state, North Carolina. Nine states have decided to require driver’s licenses to ride a kick scooter, as well. However, this does not apply to other types of electric scooters or mopeds, which would require a license and/or registration.

Do I need insurance for my electric scooter? In the United States, local and federal transportation agencies do not currently require riders of electric scooters to carry insurance. Riders are only required by law to have a valid drivers’ license. The only places that legally require you to have electric scooter insurance are the state of Illinois in the US the state of Texas in the US if the power of the electric scooter’s motor surpasses 750 Watts.

Nine states have required driver’s licenses to operate an electric scooter to produce some order in the chaos. Still, this method is unlikely to become the norm, given the special power of micro-mobility to give people access to opportunities who cannot afford a car.

Minimum age and helmet requirements

The minimum age for electric scooter riding varies from State to State, although the most common age agreed upon in the nation is 16 years old and above. States like Michigan and Minnesota have an age restriction of 12 and above to ride an electric scooter.

Most states have a minimum rider age of 16, and states also often require a helmet for minors under 18. Others have extended this law to require helmets for all ages, and even if you are not legally obligated to wear a helmet, it is still highly recommended for your safety.

You can get a restricted driver’s license from the age of 16, so it is easy to see why this is the most common age restriction in the nation. To ensure that you are of the appropriate age to use an electric scooter, you need to ensure that you abide by your local and state laws.

When it comes to safety regulations, you should note that it is strongly suggested that you wear a helmet at all times, especially for riders under the age of 18; this law was extended to include the electric scooter and not just mopeds. Therefore, it is expected of you to take the necessary precautions. Even when riding a bicycle, ensuring your safety on the road should be one of your main priorities.

No governing body recommends that a rider not wear a helmet, and quite notably (as is also the case with bicycles), riders are trusted to make responsible decisions for their health and wear a helmet.

The final word on riding on sidewalks

Two States have currently banned electric scooters from being able to ride in the streets. These States are Pennsylvania and Delaware. You will have to ride your e-scooter on the sidewalk in these states.

Only being permitted to ride on the sidewalks places a slight restriction as you will not move as freely as those who are allowed to travel on roads.

Beware of pedestrians if you are travelling on the sidewalk, and remember to adhere to the speed limit of the state you are in. These rules are subject to change. To ensure that you are reading the most up-to-date version, you should check your local and state laws. Electric scooters are here to stay, but make sure that your scooter journeys are equally safe and fun by adhering to the rules in place.

Scooter Laws By State

States with the most established electric scooter legislation

It’s fair to say that some states have been quicker than others to pick up on the electric scooter trend and to legislate for it so that people know how and where they can use electric scooters. Let’s take a look at what some US states legislate regarding e-scooters.

Some states have no specific e-scooter laws but class them as motor vehicles; for example, like mopeds, this can entail requirements for insurance and licence, but it may, well in practice, prove impossible to obtain such things.

All of which throws into relief the impressive efforts the following states have made to clarify the legal position of e-scooters and facilitate their daily use. The following states have very clear laws regarding motorised scooters and operating electric scooters.

California

California was one of the first states to respond to the e-scooter craze, and the California Vehicle Code has clear cur rules and regulations that are easy to follow.

Max speed

Most states set their e-scooter speed limit at 20 mph, a few going for 15mph, and California is in the latter camp. CVC §22411 regulates the e-scooter speed, and going over it can result in a 250 ticket.

Where are they allowed?

E-scooters must be ridden in bike lanes (or bikeways, bike paths, bicycle paths etc.) whenever one is available.

The law only allows for four exceptions to riding in a Class II bike lane:

  • While passing another vehicle or pedestrian,
  • When completing a left-hand turn,
  • To avoid debris or other hazards in the bike lane, or
  • When turning right.

They are expressly prohibited from sidewalks and crosswalks.

You cannot operate a motorised scooter on a highway with a speed limit in excess of 25 miles per hour unless the motorised scooter is operated within a Class II or Class IV bikeway, except that a local authority may, by ordinance or resolution, authorise the operation of a motorised scooter outside of a Class II or Class IV bikeway on a highway with a speed limit of up to 35 miles per hour.

The 15 miles per hour maximum speed limit for operating a motorised scooter specified in Section 22411 applies to the operation of a motorised scooter on all highways, including bikeways, regardless of a higher speed limit applicable to the highway.

Do I need a licence and how old must I be?

Operators must be at least 16 years old and have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. Tickets for contravening this are usually around 200.

E-scooters, though, are exempt from registration, and license plate requirements, and, for those purposes, says the vehicle code ’a motorised scooter is not a motor vehicle.

Michigan

Within Michigan, electric scooter riders are classified under the same rules as electric skateboards. They cannot exceed 25 mph, nor can they surpass 2500W of motor power.

Electric kick scooters must stay on streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less. The scooter should be equipped with a white front light that is visible from 500 ft and a rear reflector visible from 600 ft away.

Are helmets mandatory?

According to Michigan electric scooter laws, only a scooter or electric skateboard operator who is under 19 years of age must “wear a crash helmet on his or her head.” (MCL 257.658(4))

Where are they allowed?

Electric scooters are allowed on public roads but must do the following:

  • Drive as far to the right side of the road as possible.
  • Not ride more than two abreast.
  • Use a designated path when required by a local ordinance to do so.
  • Not pass between lanes of traffic. (MCL 257.660(1), (2), (3) and (4))

Unusually you can ride on a sidewalk but must “yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian”, and you must “give an audible signal before overtaking and passing the pedestrian.” (MCL 257.660(5).

Do I need a licence/insurance?

It appears licences and insurance are not needed as only vehicles defined in Michigan’s No-Fault auto insurance law must be covered by licencing and car insurance. Electric scooters do not meet the definition of a “motor vehicle”.

Is there an age limit for riding on electric scooters?

Yes. Under Michigan electric scooter laws, kids under 12 cannot ride an electric scooter or electric skateboard “on a public highway or street.” (MCL 257.658(9)

New York

New York state has had a turbulent history regarding explicit bans of various kinds of electric micro-mobility.

However, as of 2020, riders can once again operate electric scooters that can travel up to 20 mph on the streets of NYC, granted that they’re over 16 years old and wear helmets if they’re under 18.

Main rules and regulations now include the following:

  • E-scooters must weigh less than 100lbs
  • They can be used on roads with posted limits of 30mph or less and on greenways and bike paths (New York State has over 1200 miles of multi-use trails, which can be used by e-scooters unless locally disallowed). They can’t be used on sidewalks unless locally authorised
  • If under 18, helmet wearing is mandatory
  • Local municipalities can opt-out / disallow e-scooters

Closing Комментарии и мнения владельцев

Before you decide to ride a privately owned electric scooter anywhere in America, first check the local laws and the specific rules and regulations of the state and city you are in. While some states are to be commended in clarifying the lines on what is and isn’t allowed on an e-scooter, not all 50 states have reached the same level yet.

Do some research at the state, county, and local level before you rent or purchase a scooter of your own. If the laws aren’t clearly defined, see if you can reach out to your legislators or any local groups advocating for clear laws to be made.

As always, remain safe above all else, and have fun while you ride!

Electrek review: GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is a lifestyle changing vehicle

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is one of those rare vehicles that doesn’t just excite me, it actually makes me hopeful about the future of urban transportation. I’ve spent the last two months using it as my daily driver, and it has fundamentally changed the way I get around town.

After nearly 200 miles in the saddle, here are my thoughts on the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter.

First of all, let’s get the numbers out of the way.

Video review

In addition to my written review here, you can also check out my video review to see the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter in action.

Non-tech specs

This is a city scooter, not a hot rod. Even so, it’s still surprisingly sporty despite its speed limit.

But that 30 mph (48 km/h) limit has a big advantage, which is to keep it street legal as a moped in as much of the country as possible.

For example, here in Massachusetts I can ride the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter with just a regular driver’s license. I don’t need to get a license plate (even though it came with one) or insurance (strangely).

I can legally ride in the road with cars or in the bike lane with bikes. Parking for mopeds isn’t clearly defined in the law here, but they are de-facto allowed to park anywhere bicycles can. That opens up sidewalks and other free parking, as long as you are considerate about parking only where there’s plenty of room left for pedestrians.

The GenZe 2.0 has three different riding modes: Easy, Economy and Sport. I never use Easy, as it is meant for first time riders learning to use the scooter. It neuters the acceleration to the point where it feels more like a toy. That’s probably good for practice in a parking lot, but not for road use. I keep it in either Economy or Sport mode. Both go up to 30 mph (48 km/h), but Sport gives you full power on acceleration and hill climbing.

The riding modes are selectable via the 7″ color touchscreen.

That touchscreen also displays the speed, battery level, tripometer, odometer, and acts as the interface for changing settings and reading the user manual.

The screen is surprisingly bright, even in direct sunlight. If you watch the video above, the screen looks much more washed out on the camera than it does in real life.

The handlebars house the other controls, such as turn signals, forward/reverse selector and horn. There’s no button for lights, as they turn on automatically with the scooter. That means you can’t forget to turn your lights on or off, but also removes the ability to go blackout during tactical ops. The sacrifices we make for convenience… sigh

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Speaking of convenience, the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter doesn’t have an ignition key. Instead, you press the “On” button and then type in your PIN code to unlock the scooter. No chance to lose your keys!

Actually though, the removable battery does have a key-lock for security. But with over 30 miles of range, you won’t need to remove it very often.

I wound up charging mine about once or twice a week, depending how much shopping and joy riding I was doing. You can also leave the battery on the scooter to charge it if you have a garage or a long extension cord from your apartment. You don’t even need to lug around a charger because it is built into the battery itself. Simply plug in an extension cord and the battery starts charging itself.

There is a locking storage bay in the rear of the scooter that is surprisingly large. I could easily carry all the groceries I would buy at one time. You might have to get a bit creative with packing though. Just think of it like 3D Tetris with a baguette as the long piece.

There’s also smaller storage under the seat, but I used that to stash a rain cover. The scooter is completely waterproof, but I didn’t want to have wet pants the next time I sat on it after a good rain.

Very rarely did I need to carry something that didn’t fit in the rear cargo area. In those cases, I just stuck it down on the floorboard and held it with my legs. That’s probably not advisable, but I see people do it all the time in Europe on gas scooters, so why not? Plus it’s not like I’m moving refrigerators here.

Convenience and usability

This is where the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter truly shines.

The scooter is just incredibly convenient.

When I’m running errands or heading to the supermarket, I can easily skip gridlock city traffic by (legally) hopping in the bike lane or (illegally) lane splitting.

Note to Massachusetts: Get with the program on lane splitting. California and most of the rest of the world already allow it! It just makes sense to let smaller and quicker accelerating vehicles filter to the front at red lights.

Anyways, if lane splitting isn’t legal in your area, that takes a bit of the convenience out, but the GenZe still has a number of other advantages.

In the city I can park basically anywhere I want. I can always take a car spot if I choose to, but I almost never do because a scooter gives me better parking options. I get to make use of special motorcycle spots, park on the sidewalk (check your local laws, here we have to leave 36 inches of space free on the sidewalk to make it legal), or just pull right up in front of a store and park by the door. Not only is parking easier, but it’s a heck of lot cheaper. Like, free-cheaper.

I also feel a lot safer on the scooter than on my e-bike. When I’m riding in the road, I get to take up a lane just like all the cars. People see an electric bicycle on the road and often think of it as infringing on their territory. But when people see a scooter or motorcycle, it might be an oddity, but it still belongs on the road. Thus, I’ve found that cars generally give me the space I deserve when I’m on the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter. That almost never happens on my e-bike.

And because I’m taking up my rightful space on the road, I’m not getting passed by cars all the time. This works great in the city, where speeds rarely exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). If you live in the suburbs or out in the country, then you might have to move your GenZe 2.0 over a bit to let faster cars by. But in the city… oh the city is mine!

And the performance! I said the GenZe 2.0 is no hot rod, and it isn’t. You won’t be burning rubber, but it still has decent get up and go. Unless there’s someone next to me with something to prove, I always pull away from red lights faster than cars. I can also climb hills on the GenZe 2.0 easily, and feel the same power as I do on the flats. By the way, this is the same scooter that Scoot uses in San Francisco. If it can handle those hills, it can handle your city too.

Lastly, I love the suspension. It’s another amazing upgrade from an electric bicycle. The plush seat and comfortable suspension make potholes barely noticeable.

One other note is cold weather riding. It’s been getting chilly over the last month or so, but I’ve been riding the same amount as ever. With a decent jacket and a full face helmet, your body and face stay warm. The main problem is your hands, since they are exposed out on the handlebars. For that I added bar mitts, which are like mittens that are meant to mount to your handlebars. Then you just slide your hands inside them to control the bars, switches, throttle, etc. You can wear normal thin gloves or even no gloves at all if your bar mitts are good enough. They only cost 16 on Amazon and I highly recommend them for winter riding. They fit on bikes too!

App integration

A hidden gem of the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is the well programmed smartphone app. It houses a number of extra features. The telemetry built into the GenZe 2.0 continuously sends all of its data to the Cloud where you can check it with your phone. Forget how much battery you have left in your scooter downstairs? Just check your app.

You can also run diagnostics to check if there are any issues with your scooter, view your past trip logs, and see where you stand on the distance leaderboard versus other GenZe 2.0 owners (people have gone over 10,000 miles on their scooter so far!)

It’s raining outside but I can still check my GenZe’s charge level comfortably from inside

There’s even a trip planner that gives you turn-by-turn GPS navigation and only takes you on roads up to 30 mph. Don’t underestimate how useful that is. I used the Waze navigation app a few times and it kept trying to take me on highways – not a fun thought for a city scooter.

One of the most important features of the app is theft warning. If someone touches your scooter, you’ll get a notification. If it gets stolen, you can track the scooter to its new location so you (or the police) can go get it back.

And if you just need some peace of mind, you can check the GPS anytime to make sure your scooter is still where you left it. While covering the Paris Motor Show and Milan Motorcycle Show for Electrek over the past couple months, it was really nice to check in on my scooter and confirm its location from halfway around the world.

Price

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter starts at 3,699 and increases to 4,299 if you get the model with all the bells and whistles (cargo box, center locking kickstand, etc.)

Compared to taking a Lime or Bird scooter, that’s fairly expensive. But as a car replacement for city dwellers, it’s quite reasonable. This is a made-in-America, roadworthy motor vehicle. It’s no electric bicycle.

I know, I know. The Комментарии и мнения владельцев are going to be full of “I can buy a used car for cheaper than that.” And that’s fine, but that’s not the point. If you need a used car then this isn’t the vehicle for you. The GenZe 2.0 is for someone who either doesn’t need a car in a city, or wants a second vehicle for trips where a car would be overkill.

Any while we’re on the subject, your car is fine and all, but would you ever describe a trip in it to the local supermarket as “fun?” My trip sure is!

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In summary

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is a total lifestyle changer. I’m definitely a scooter guy now, and I love it.

It’s turned the act of getting around from a hassle to a pleasure. I never thought simple errands would be so much fun, but now I’m looking for excuses to hit the road. Anything to get me back in the saddle of my aluminum frame-steed, flying down the road with the wind in my helmet hair and a stupid grin on my face.

To be honest, I’m having difficulty trying to prevent this review from coming off like an ad. I always give honest reviews and discuss exactly what I don’t like about a product in addition to all the good stuff. But with the GenZe 2.0, I’m struggling to find faults with it. If forced, I could probably say that it feels a bit heavy at 232 lbs, though I still managed to lift up the backend while maneuvering through the pedestrian door of a parking garage when the gate was broken (another win for a scooter!).

Also, while 30 mph is usually enough for a city, I’d love another 5 mph or so for the few 30 mph roads that everyone speeds on. But then again, if the scooter was faster than 30 mph it wouldn’t be legally classified as a moped anymore and I’d lose many of its advantages such as free parking, no moto license, etc.

Oh, and another downside is the fact that it’s a one-seater. This will actually turn into a problem for you on multiple occasions, as this thing is the ultimate babe magnet. It should come as no shock to you that me and my GenZe are making knees weak left and right when we pull into the local Trader Joe’s parking lot. I can’t tell you how many times the ladies impulsively bite their lip when I respond cooly, “Yea, it’s electric.” But you better also start practicing the line “Sorry, it’s a one-seater” as you twist the throttle to pull away while kicking at the fingers of eco-minded men and women clutching onto the floorboard hoping to ride tandem with you back to your place. It’s a tough world out there, but you can’t help how good you look on this thing.

Seriously though, all-in-all I am just incredibly happy with the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter and can’t really think of anything actually bad to say about it. If you’re a city dweller like me without the need for a car, then this is an amazing way to get around. If you’re in the rotation for your kids’ carpool, then this probably isn’t the vehicle for you. At least not for your first vehicle.

I’m interested to hear what you think of the GenZe 2.0. Let me know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below!

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The best electric scooters 2023: smooth-riding e-scooters in the UK

With a new year comes a new wave of electric scooters that are hitting the streets, and we’re happy to share that we’re testing quite a few of them this month, including a fully folding e-scooter from Riley and a new offering from Pure.

We should have a number of new e-scooter reviews available soon and, naturally, fresh entries on this guide. Stay tuned!

Michelle Rae Uy, Buying Guides Editor

The best electric scooters are a convenient, cheap and green way of commuting. That’s right; these aren’t toys that get you quickly from one spot to another in a fun way. E-scooters also offer a cleaner, greener, more sustainable means of commuting, especially in congested areas like big cities where public transit isn’t as prevalent and extensive.

Although electric scooters are getting a bad rap because of irresponsible riders as well as the lax road rules that govern their use on public roads, they’re actually excellent commuting alternatives. Plus, they’ll help you limit your carbon footprint as well as minimize air pollution and road congestion. They will also help you save money by reducing your fuel usage.

When ridden safely, the best e-scooters offer plenty of benefits to the riders and to the environment. And, much like the best electric bikes, they will get you out of that artificial air environment you spend most of your days in and breathe fresh, natural air.

We’ve tested many e-scooters ourselves, from the best budget e-scooters and the best electric scooters for students to the more premium ones. We gathered the best electric scooters in this guide, considering things like performance, weight and ease of use, build, and features like app support and anti-theft protection. Focusing on those that are ideal for everyday commutes and running errands instead of expensive performance models that boast much higher top speeds, you’ll find the best electric scooter for you, whether you’re a casual user, a daily commuter, or a hill rider.

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Reasons to avoid

The second-generation Pure Air Pro takes our top prize for the best electric scooter of 2022. It’s a big upgrade from last year’s model, with a longer range, more powerful battery and – surprisingly – a smaller price tag. It can hit a top speed of 15.5mph at full throttle but offers a very impressive maximum range of 50km (about 31 miles) if you’re willing to cut back the speed and ride at a slightly more sedate pace.

The electric scooter folds easily for storage and carrying, with a sturdy catch to hold it together, and the air-filled tires and large with a puncture-resistant fluid. In our tests, the suspension ironed out small bumps in the road, and acceleration felt smooth as butter.

The Pure Air Pro isn’t perfect – pushing the speed will drain the battery fast, and it’s pretty heavy. However, for the more experienced rider the Pure Air Pro is tough to beat. If you’re new to riding, you’ll be better off with the lighter and less powerful Pure Air, below.

Reasons to avoid

Although not as powerful as the Pure Air Pro, the Pure Air is the best electric scooter we’ve reviewed in terms of value for money. We’d recommend it for people looking for their first ride, or something that’ll be dependable and long-lasting.

It’s an entry-level electric scooter that sits below its big sibling, the Pure Air Pro, in a few different ways. However, thanks to its low price, the Pure Air sits above the Pro in this list of the best e-scooters.

The Pure Air has the same top speed as most of the scooters on this list, and it’s got a fair range if you don’t drive it too fast. It’s also sturdy, safe to ride and decked out in lights and reflectors. We found the Pure Air safe and comfortable to ride for the most part, and well worth your money if you’re looking for your first electric scooter, though experienced riders will love it too.

Reasons to avoid

The NIU KQi3 Pro may not have that sleek and lightweight design that seems to have been the very first marker of an excellent electric scooter. What this impressive model does offer is much more important: comfort. It’s also surprisingly, amazingly affordable – more affordable than other premium e-scooters with less features.

Its brilliant fat tires, as we found out during our extensive review, are the ticket to a smooth ride. Each tire on this is 2.5 inches thick, and that allows the scooter itself to have amazing shock absorption – so amazing, in fact, that we don’t have to weave through a bad road just to avoid the small potholes and big cracks when riding it, which is something we do with other electric scooters.

NIU also slapped on amazing features like regenerative brakes, the always-on Halo headlight and rear light, zero starting (which activates as soon as you hit 200 riding meters for safety), and anti-theft. The anti-theft feature is uncommon if you’re looking at e-scooters within this price range and is therefore a nice treat. Once it’s activated, an alarm will go off if someone tries to wheel the scooter away, ride it, or turn it on. So while it doesn’t actually prevent someone from loading it on the back of their truck, it certainly makes a huge fuss, which will hopefully deter petty thieves.

Reasons to avoid

The Kugoo Kirin G3 is a staggering scooter with an imposing profile to match, boasting a 936Wh juicing a 1200W motor that gives it a 70-km (37-mile) range and a top speed of 50kmh (about 31 miles). It’s an impressive piece of kit whose max speed and great acceleration won’t lag far behind cars in large metropolitan areas. Of course, its 10.5-inch off-road tires make riding a smooth affair even if you have to take it on not-so-well-paved roads.

During testing, we had no range issues and were able to zoom up and down hills, thanks to its powerful motor and 30-degree hill grade. And, we found its deck to be very effective at keeping our feet in place during high-speed rides. Its black and orange colour scheme might not be for everyone, but you cannot deny that it adds a bit of stylish flair and a study look that means business.

There are a few things that could be improved here – the on-screen buttons, for example, we found to be a little finicky. However, this scooter’s pros far outweigh its cons, and none of the cons is deal breakers.

How to choose the best electric scooter for you

Don’t panic if you haven’t purchased an e-scooter before. Choosing one isn’t as hard as you might think; you just have to know the main things to consider. And, trust us, you’ll learn more as you do your research.

Urban commuters typically prioritize weight and portability over power, especially if they live in a city that’s mostly flat and with good roads. Consider top speed as well – although do consider the e-scooter rules in your city, state, or country.

Of course, there’s also battery life. A handful of the best electric scooters give you a week of use before they need charging. However, more commonly, e-scooters for commuting only give you two or three days. That heavily depends on the miles you clock in every day though. An 18-mile e-scooter should last you about three days if you’ve got a three-mile-per-trip average, but you might need to charge it every night if you’re commuting more than eight miles per trip.

A top-notch braking system is very, very important for your safety. Some of the best e-scooters have a simple braking system while a few of the more robust ones come with a dual one, which is much more reliable and safer for riders. That’s especially if you live in a hilly area.

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Naturally, build, weather-proofing, and wheel size are to be considered as well. Features are important too. Depending on your needs, you might need things like app support and an anti-theft system.

Which brand of electric scooter is best?

There’s no one best electric scooter brand. However, there are several that we’ve found to deliver the most well-constructed and great-performing e-scooters: Pure, Kugoo, Segway, and Xiaomi.

Segway is a little on the expensive side, but they do make great scooters with excellent build and smooth performance. Meanwhile, Kugoo has the art of building rugged commuting electric scooters that feel also feel luxurious to ride on. Finally, you can count on Pure and Xiaomi to give you the best value for your money.

Can I ride an electric scooter in the rain?

That very much depends on the electric scooter model you have and the ingress protection (IP) rating it has. Most commuter electric scooters have protection against water jets from all directions, which gives them an IPX5 or IPX6 rating. However, those aren’t recommended to use during rain, especially heavy downpours, most likely in case you encounter flooding.

If you want something that’s completely safe to use in the rain, we recommend finding something that can survive submersion. That would have an IP rating of IPX7 or above.

Glossary of electric scooter terms

Commuter electric scooters. A commuter e-scooter is a type of electric scooter that’s designed specifically, as its name suggests, for everyday city commutes. They’re designed to be sleeker and more lightweight, a lot of them having a folding capability to make them easier to take on a bus or a train.

Hill grade. An electric scooter’s hill grade rating is the incline angle that its motor can handle when going up a hill. Most commuter e-scooters have a hill grade rating of 15% to 20%.

Pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires are essentially just rubber tires filled with air. They deliver better stability, suspension, climbing, and traction than solid tires.

Solid tires. Solid tires are the opposite of pneumatic tires in that they are not air-filled but are instead made up of layers of rubber. Some solid tires have built-in air s, but they generally need less maintenance and are less prone to flats and punctures.

Regenerative brakes. Brakes with this regenerative braking feature have the capability to recover some of that kinetic energy the e-scooter uses during braking and send its back to the battery to extend its range.

Kick start. A kick start simply means that to get an e-scooter going, you have to kick it off quite literally with a nice, firm push using your foot.

Zero start. A zero start means that an electric scooter doesn’t need you to kick it off to get going. Its throttle does all the work for you.

How we test electric scooters

Testing electric scooters is the fun part of our job because we get to ride around our cities and get a bit of fresh air and sunshine. We don’t always go for a joyride, however.

Every e-scooter we test, we use for at least two weeks, running errands, commuting, and exploring new areas. We test its performance – just how instantaneous it starts up, how fast it picks up speed, how reliable its brakes are, and how effective it is at climbing inclines. We test it in different road conditions as well to see how it fares outside of city roads. That’s just to start.

We also take a look at its design – whether or not it’s easy and intuitive to use if the dashboard is bright enough to be visible in bright sunlight, how great and spacious the deck is, and if the folding mechanism is quick and effortless. Finally, we check the battery, to see if it lives up to the rating and if has fast-charging capabilities.

When we’ve got all our data, we then compare all of that with the price to make sure that it isn’t overpriced and is a great value for the price.

Top 10 Best 30 mph Electric Scooters (Jan, 2023) | Bikesmode

Gone are the days when people consent to the low speed of electric scooters. Now we are living in the 21st century. Everything is fast, and people like to buy fast-speed things; the same case is with electric scooters. The speed of 30 mph is considered a superior speed, and such models are available in the market now.

If you are looking for the best electric scooter for you, we are presenting you the 10 best ~30 mph electric scooters to choose from.

Looking for an electric scooter that can reach speeds of 30 mph? Look no further than, Our selection of 30 mph electric scooters offers a variety of options to suit your needs. Whether you want a compact and portable e scooter or a more powerful and feature-packed model, we’ve got you covered. All of our 30 mph electric scooters are reliable, high-performing, and built to last. So why wait? Start enjoying the freedom and convenience of a 30 mph e scooter today.

Let’s discuss all one by one!

Top 10 Best 30 mph Electric Scooters (Jan, 2023)

Apollo Explore Review

(Best Overall)

In the world of fast-speed electric scooters, Apollo Explore has a special place. It is one of the best electric scooters with speed above 30 mph. It is equipped with high-quality features that make it the best both off and on-road electric scooter.

It provides its users with the best acceleration with its sound quality motor of 1000W. You also don’t need to worry about the speed of the Apollo Explore because it comes with a speed of 31 mph which is considered a city-friendly speed. With this fast speed of the electric scooter, you can enjoy a ride up to an impressive range of 34 miles.

This power punch has a battery of 52V 18.2Ah and the 1400W peak output to pass by the slope with a 20% grade. It can also run on the hilly areas, and surprisingly even at such a strenuous path, it can carry a maximum load of 265 lbs. Apollo Explore’s battery contains the Dynavolt cells, which are highly reliable like the LG.

Some of the additional remarkable features include the 10” pneumatic tires that can roll over smoothly on the rough and tough paths and can take you from all the obstacles; an LED light strip on the stem, under-deck lighting, trigger throttle, 52 lbs weight, dual spring suspension, and many more.

When you have all the incredible features in a single electric scooter, then why choose any other model!

  • 1000W motor
  • Speed of 31 mph
  • 10” pneumatic tires
  • 34 miles range
  • Best for off and on-road ride

EVOLV Tour XL Plus Review

(Best for Riding Quality)

The EVOLV Tour XL Plus is an ideal option for the riders who want an extra touch of the feasibility of use and a feel of a premium electric scooter. It combines all the good features prerequisites for any best electric scooter, like excellent riding quality, top speed, and maximum mileage.

Speaking of the motor, the EVOLV Tour XL Plus comes with an engine of 600W that can give the peak output of 1200W. This motor can also carry you to a long distance of 31 miles with a speed of 28 mph which is far enough to help move extended distances at a breakneck pace.

over, it is also ideal for overweight riders and requires a fast-speed ride without any disturbance as it has a loading capacity of 265 lbs. Its 10” pneumatic tires can grip the road perfectly and roll smoothly over obstacles and potholes. The only issue is the weight of 50.7 lbs, which makes it difficult to carry and lift it.

It is equipped with an LG 48V 13 ah battery that provides the extended duration of the ride. Interestingly, it is one of those electric scooters that are water-resistant, and it has a water-resistant rating of IP56. So nothing can stop you from enjoying the ride, not even the rain!

  • 600W motor with 1200W output
  • 30 miles range
  • 25mph; 40km/h speed
  • M26 LG battery
  • Highly adjustable and foldable
  • High stopping power

EMove Cruiser Review

(Best for Range)

The next best 30 mph electric scooter on our list is well-known for its range. It would be not wrong to say that it is 3 in 1 electric scooter. best speed, best waterproofing, and best range. You’ll be amazed to know that it has a matchless range of 62 miles. After every single charge, you can take it to such an incredible extended distance. Its other exceptional feature set and build quality also made it ideal to use

Its 1000W motor also adds to features and is strong enough to support the range of the electric scooter. It can take you anywhere with a top speed of 30 mph, even during hill climbing. It can hit 40 km in 3.8 seconds and 32 in only 6.0 seconds.

Amazingly, it can carry a load of 350 lbs, so it is ideal for heavy riders. It is a water-resistant scooter having a rating of IPX6. It also takes headlights, deck lights, brake lights but unfortunately, no signal lights. Its charging time is 9-12 hours, and some users find this charging time not suitable, but if it has more extended charging hours, at the same time, it is also providing extensive running periods. So charging time is not a big deal.

You don’t need to worry about the path type, weight, type of motor, speed, range, water, and many more if you are buying Emove Cruiser!

  • 1000W motor
  • Best range of 62 miles
  • 30 mph speed
  • 52V 30Ah LG battery
  • Waterproof

Zero 9 Scooter Review

(Best for Strenuous Climbing)

Do not hesitate from the adventures. Welcome them with open arms and a very conformable ride with the famous strenuous climbing electric scooter with all the quality features, and that is Zero 9!

The incredible feature of this scooter is its motor that gives a power of 600W that is sufficient enough to support the private inland rides with good performance compared to the other scooters of its size. Amazingly, it has a 48V; 13Ah LG battery that provides a maximum speed of 24mph after a single charge of 8 hours. This product has a carrying capacity of 220 lbs (~100kg) weight with its bodyweight of 40lbs (18kg), and has the power to cover the maximum range of 25 miles that is considered safe with the 24mph speed. A rider weighing approximately 165 lbs can incline up to 10% on the mountain without any discomfort.

Appealingly, it is easy to adjust the front disc and the rear drum brakes that give the ultrapower and smoothness when stopping in an emergency, along with the dual rear and front spring suspension that quickly absorbs all the shocks during the ride with two pneumatic tires of 8.5” size with an air-filled inner tube.

over, it has an adjustable stem, foldable feature, front headlights and rear brake lights, a transparent LCD with the controlling light ability. Do not waste your time browsing!

  • Range 25 miles
  • Speed 24 mph
  • Motor 600W
  • Battery 48V; 13Ah
  • Balance commuter
  • Brakes and dual suspension
  • 100 kg weight limit
  • Handlebars loosen up during the long rides
  • Outweighted flats associated with pneumatic tires

Speedway Mini 4 Pro Review

(Best for Weight)

If you are looking for a lightweight scooter with a high-quality performance with an affordable range of during the daily city rides, then you can find all this in a single package except one model, and that is Speedway Mini 4 Pro!

Incredibly, it has a high-power BLDC hub motor that gives an output of 1360W high enough to cover a speed of 28mph. It has a great battery capacity of 48V; 15.6Ah is sufficient to reach a range of 30 miles after a single charge of a standard time of 6 hours. The rider must keep the temperature of the battery optimum to keep the battery life high. The rider can climb up to 27% inclination. The climbing depends inversely on the rider’s weight. The deck is shorter with the minimum size of wheels, i.e., 8 inches. The air-filled tube tires are more suspected to the punctures, which creates inconvenience during a ride of a less inhabited area. It is equipped with a dual suspension system to absorb the shocks during the bumpiest rides.

This scooter can carry a weight of 265 lbs with a bodyweight of 35 lbs. The handlebars are easy to fold and manage. It contains an e-drum brakes system that gives high maintenance on slippery roads.

over, it contains LED light on the side for enhanced predictability and indication but does not give space to add more lighting. The product offers six months warranty. Its lightweight feature makes it worth buying!

  • 30 miles range
  • 28 mph speed
  • BLDC hub motor with 1360W output
  • 27% inclination
  • Very easy to carry
  • 48V; 15.6Ah battery

Turbowheel Dart Review

If you seek an electric scooter with an affordable budget with a high power capacity, then Turbowheel will give you all this with a quality range of specifications!

Wonderfully, it is equipped with a motor of 600W that gives a maximum output of 1200W. Along with its 613Wh LG battery that assists in attaining the top speed of 25mph or 40km/h high enough to take the rider beyond the boundaries. It has a weight capacity of 250lbs or 113kg, and the product weight is 39.5lbs or 18 kilograms.

The rear drum brakes system makes it suitable to control all the bumps and shocks along with the pneumatic tyres of 9 inches. The product requires almost 5-6 hours with the fast charging of 2 hours, giving the maximum range of 30miles with a moderate cruising speed.

It has an aesthetic appeal due to its classy red and black design. The blue LED strips under the deck, and handlebar stem has greater predictability. It has no water resistance, so the rider must care for the scooter, especially on rainy days. The product size is 42.91 inches in length, 7.87 inches in width, and 14.96 inches high with an adjustable and foldable feature.

The additional components of Turbowheel Dart include added stopping power, regenerative braking system, high indication, M26 battery cells with 10A battery, although the weight is a bit heavier than other scooters. The reliability and the fair price make it worth buying!

  • 600W motor with 1200W output
  • 30 miles range
  • 25mph; 40km/h speed
  • M26 LG battery
  • Highly adjustable and foldable
  • High stopping power

Top 10 Best Cheap Electric Scooters in 2023

Are you looking to get an electric scooter but have a limited budget? Then this article is for you. We review 10 of the best affordable e-scooters currently on the market so you can make the right purchase.

It Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Electric scooters are becoming more popular in cities and towns, and with good reason. They combine the versatility and eco-friendliness of a bicycle with a motor vehicle’s convenience, making them the ideal way to get around town.

Choosing the right electric scooter can be challenging since there are so many factors to keep in mind. Our electric scooter buying guide can help you figure out precisely what you need from your e-scooter, from max speed to extra features like cruise control and a convenient folding mechanism. The only thing you then have to consider is your price range.

Cheap electric scooters have a bit of a bad reputation, mainly due to poor manufacturing practices, which led to underpowered, potentially dangerous scooters. Luckily, the technology behind electric scooters has improved dramatically, meaning that there are plenty of cheap electric scooters with solid built quality out there.

If you want to buy an electric scooter on a budget, your first concern should be the scooter’s build quality. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best electric scooters in the mid-range and affordable price bracket to help you find the perfect scooter for your wallet. While you won’t find the WideWheel Pro on this list, there are still plenty of electric scooters at a considerably more attractive price.

Top 10 Best Cheap Electric Scooters

Turboant X7 Pro

The Turboant X7 Pro is the premium offering from this innovative electric scooter company. It builds on the popular X7 while adding larger tires and a higher maximum range, making it one of the best electric scooters on the market price considered.

Many cheap scooters will feel flimsy, and loose handlebars are an increasing problem for beginners and experienced riders alike. The X7 Pro has amazing build quality with solid handles, a thick folding tubular stem, and a removable battery. It feels reliable even when loaded to its max weight capacity of 275 lb, making it a solid pick for heavy riders as well.

The 350-watt motor may not win prizes for being one of the fastest electric scooters on the road, but it makes up for it by being one of the most reliable. Acceleration feels smooth up to around 16 mph, after which it slows down noticeably. It’s still zippy enough to get you around town with ease, which is all that you need.

The battery is one of the best aspects of the T7 Pro. The lithium-ion 360Wh battery can power the motor for around 30 miles under ideal conditions, translating to approximately 15. 20 miles under everyday road use. Unfortunately, the battery does take up to six hours to charge fully, so it’s a good idea to keep a spare around, just in case.

While most people don’t take their scooters off-road, the 10 tires should be able to handle light trails and a bit of grass. Larger tires tend to absorb impact better, and while you’ll still feel every bump in the road, it’s not nearly as jarring as with smaller wheels solid wheels. The tires have plenty of road grip which makes controlling the scooter easy and comfortable.

Turboant spent a lot of time working on this scooter’s ergonomics, and the results speak for themselves. The rubber handles feel stable yet comfortable, and the push-brake handle is conveniently located at the right handle. The entire braking system feels responsive, and the lag time is negligible on the e-brake, which is a massive improvement on the original T7.

Overall, the Turboant T7 Pro is an excellent buy at this price point. It’s comfortable, reliable, and has a long-lasting battery that’s perfect for your daily work commute. Most of the competitors that offer similar features and specs are well out of this price range, making the T7 Pro our top choice. For those reasons, this is our top pick under 600.

Given its incredible value and solid range, it’s one of the best electric scooters for commuting.

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