Some are last-mile scooters, smaller and built for short distances at slower speeds but easier to carry and store. Larger scooters handle bumps better and can travel farther and at higher speeds. The drawback is that they're not ideal for carrying and are generally more expensive.
Not all scooters are created equal. The Emove Cruiser makes this abundantly clear. One of my first times riding this e-scooter I kept looking at the battery indicator expecting it to move; it didn't move an inch for miles. I'm a heavy guy and I'm also heavy on the throttle, but I've learned to ease off of it if I want to make it home. That's not the case with the Emove electric scooter -- it just keeps going even with heavy rider weight.
Keep in mind that these batteries can only be charged so many times before they no longer perform at an optimal level. That means the less you charge your device, the longer the e scooter battery will perform at its peak. That alone was more than enough for this scooter to make the list, but that's not all.
The Emove Cruiser has a wide deck, making it easy to stand in a staggered stance or side by side. It can support riders up to 352 pounds, hits a top speed of 25 mph and can travel approximately 60 miles on a full charge. The adult electric scooter takes about 8 to 12 hours to fully charge. It has 10-inch pneumatic tubeless car-grade tires, front dual suspension and rear air-shock suspension, all of which makes for a smooth ride. The acceleration is smooth enough that you can take off with one hand, though I wouldn't recommend it. The takeoff can also be adjusted for a more aggressive start if you want.
The scooter has a single-hinge, fold-down knob along with collapsible handlebars, which makes it convenient for storage. It weighs 52 pounds -- most of it battery -- so it's not the lightest. A key is needed for ignition and there are front and rear lights along with independent lights on the deck for added safety. It even goes a step further with an electric horn and signal lights. The signals aren't as visible during the day but are still a welcome addition.
There are three ride modes to choose from and even cruise control, though you'll need to connect a phone to the Boost via Bluetooth and use an iOS or Android app to toggle it on and off. The scooter has a rear mechanical disc brake, a bell and front and rear lights for safety and Swagtron even went so far as to include a cup holder.
The ride on its two 8.5-inch honeycomb puncture-proof tires is decent, especially considering the lack of a suspension. Shocks would add to the weight and cost, though. The scooter's top speed is 18 mph, dependent on rider size. Given the suggested user age of 12 years and up, larger, heavier riders might not reach that speed, particularly on inclines. The scooter's deck is pretty narrow, making it easier to carry but more difficult for riders with large feet to stand comfortably. The Boost has an IPX4 rating meaning it can survive a splash but not be submerged in water.
So many electric scooters force riders to make compromises. A lightweight scooter usually means a smaller battery that results in slower speeds and shorter travel distances. Couple that with the 5 or 6 hours it takes to recharge and that makes it hard to use on a continuous basis.
Enter the E-Twow GT SE, a 29-pound scooter with a top speed of 25 mph that can charge up to 80% in 2.5 hours. The scooter supports riders up to 220 pounds with its 700-watt motor powered by a 504Wh Samsung battery. During testing, it was able to travel about 15 miles before needing a charge. That's not far off from the company's 23-mile claim. Travel distances vary depending on rider size, style of riding, hills and wind conditions.
The scooter is easy to fold down and has collapsible handlebars making its storage footprint very small. The handlebar height is adjustable for shorter or taller riders. Additionally, it has a spring in the deck and a small suspension in the front to ease some bumps out.
The E-Twow GT SE is equipped with a headlight, electric horn, and three methods of breaking: the regenerative motor, physical rear disc brake, and a rear foot spoiler brake. There's an app for iOS and Android too.
Connect to the scooter's built-in Bluetooth and the mobile app displays the speedometer and battery info and has the ability to toggle the lights on and off. There's also an alarm if the scooter is moved; along with making noise, it will use the motor to slow its movement if someone tries riding off on it.
It's not the flashiest scooter I've seen but is by far the best-performing lightweight scooter I've tested. It's one of the most impressive ultraportable last-mile scooters you'll find. Be sure to activate the instant coupon for $100 off if you're purchasing through Amazon.
The InMotion S1 is an exceptionally comfortable last-mile scooter. Coming in at $1,099, this responsive scooter has front and rear suspension, 10-inch puncture-proof pneumatic tubeless tires and a handlebar height of 42 inches so there's less hunching over when you ride. It's powered by a single 500-watt brushless rear-wheel motor and can get up to speeds of 18.6 mph. The rear motor positioning is great for minimizing some of the weight in the front when lifting on or off of a curb.
If you are on the heavier side, the S1 gets noticeably slower on inclines. InMotion rated the scooter to travel 59 miles before needing a charge. We found that to be closer to 20 to 25 miles from our testing; this always depends on travel speeds, rider size, and the terrain.
The S1 has a simple and clean design minimizing the multiple buttons you find on other scooters. It has a single multi-function button: long-press to power on/off, quick press to toggle the lights and double press to switch between eco, standard and sport modes. The LCD is bright enough to see in sunlight, and the illuminating blue ring around it gives it a futuristic look. The scooter has a durable industrial feel, somewhat like a rental. It weighs 53 pounds and can support riders up to 300 pounds, which is surprising for a scooter of this size; most only support up to 220 pounds. It can also be folded down for carrying or storage.
There's a bell, too, on the right side of the handlebar, above the throttle. It's an odd placement, but there's really nowhere else on the left for it. Lastly, something you don't see on a lot of scooters are side reflectors. With the deck lights on, the need is kind of moot, but it's good to have when the lights are off.
The S1 also has an iOS and Android app that connects via Bluetooth where you can tweak some of the settings along with being able to turn the lights on and off and power the scooter off. You can also see the battery percentage travel range. There's even a social aspect where you can post photos and follow other riders.
Both City models have three riding modes, Eco, Comfort and Sport. A companion app for iOS and Android also allows riders to control scooter settings such as top speed, park mode, run diagnostics and more.
The Dualtron Storm is not a last-mile electric scooter, it's a leave-your-car-at-home product. From the first moment I stepped on it to more than 1,500 miles later, it still impresses me with its power. Capable of 50-plus miles per hour and able to hit 40mph in its power-saving Eco mode, this scooter does not disappoint.
The scooter is rated to travel 80 miles on a full charge, and I think this is possible for disciplined riders that maintain slow speeds (15 to 25 mph), depending on rider frame and terrain. Its big battery can take up to 19 hours to top off with the standard charger. But the company does offer a fast charger that can do it in under 7 hours. This electric scooter uses a lithium-ion battery pack of 72 volts, with a battery capacity of 31.5 amps (3,024Wh) and it has two charging ports for faster charging.
The Storm scooter model has a wide deck, rear signal lights, a horn and deck lights that can be customized via the supplied remote. All the lights make it very visible in low-light conditions, which is good because scooters can be tough to spot in traffic. Two Nutt hydraulic 160mm disc brakes are used to bring this hefty scooter and its 11-inch tubeless tires to a stop fast. And while it might be big, the handlebars and stem can be folded down, making it small enough to fit in a car trunk. Dualtron Strom is the best for experienced riders and if you are a beginner you can go for Dualtron Thunder.
The price is as substantial as the scooter itself, but you get a great riding experience in return. You're buying into a great community, too, that is good for sharing tips, customizations and meet-ups for all riders.
The Eagle One makes this list because Varla found a way to build a quality electric scooter with similar specs to many currently on the market, while keeping the price competitive. And it even comes with some cool accessories.
The 77-pound scooter rolls on 10-inch pneumatic tires with dual 1,000-watt brushless motors powered by a big 52-volt, 18.2Ah lithium-Ion battery. Rated top speed: 40 mph. I was only able to get up to about 33 mph but my lighter girlfriend hopped on and hit 37 mph. The Eagle One supports a total weight of 330 pounds but is recommended for riders up to 265 pounds.
On a single charge you can get up to 40 miles of travel, but I only reached about half of that. I ride aggressively, though, switching between dual- and single-motor modes and staying in its top gear. Staying with a single motor and at slower speeds will always get you farther, but I like a little speed. The scooter model can be charged in about eight hours with a single charger and just under five hours connected to a second charger.
The Apollo Ghost is a great scooter for both beginners and long-time riders. With dual 800-watt motors, beginners can start off slowly using just one for smoother, softer acceleration. Once you get a feel for it, you can turn on the second motor for 1,600 watts of power and more aggressive performance. 781b155fdc