Electric scooters have seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last year or so, both with kids and adults, who've discovered they can be a surprisingly convenient way to shave some time off the morning commute.
They're a big purchase though, and you probably don't know exactly what to look for from a scooter, so we've picked out some of the best on the market, breaking down the features and specs that you need to think about before you buy.
- RRP: £749.95, US$999.99
The Emicro One is, according to the company, the "world's most lightweight and compact electric scooter" with a weight of just 7.5kg, making it an ideal mode of transport for the morning commute (to the train station, anyway!).
It also features a motion control sensor unique to the Emicro One, which allows rider to start and control their speed by body movement. The company claims that the motion control technology also reduces the battery consumption, and allows the scooter to be used 'cable free'.
In terms of battery life, it features a fast charging battery that charges from flat to full in only an hour, with each charge providing you with 12km of scooting enjoyment.
It features three ride modes (eco, standard and sport) for better speed control and with a shock absorbent front wheel, this should provide its rider with a fairly comfortable ride. Unlike other scooters, it also features an LED display which shows both the current speed setting and the remaining battery charge, so you're never left without power.
- RRP: £157.99, US$159.99
The Razor E100 is your basic entry level electric scooter for kids. Boasting a steel frame, the E100 can reach speeds of up to 10mph thanks to the electric motor, though it’s worth noting that riders will have to be travelling at 3mph before trying to use the electric motor, as it’s not powerful enough to move the scooter when stationary.
Riders will get around 40 minutes of continuous use before it requires a charge, although it’s not clear just how long the charging process will take.
It boasts twist-grip acceleration control for finer control over speed (opposed to a button, which others feature) and features an 8in front tyre for extra comfort when riding. It’s worth noting that the maximum weight is only 54kg though, so this scooter is only intended for children.
- RRP: £309.99, US$269.99
Razor’s E300 electric scooter is a decent mid-range scooter, and is suitable for both kids and teenagers (possibly even big kids too, but we’ll let you decide that!). The E300 boasts a speed improvement over the E100, reaching speeds of up to 15mph while matching the 40 minutes of constant use that the E100 offers.
The E300 also features a ‘super size’ deck and frame, meaning the rider can stand firmly with both feet. It also features a twist throttle for finer control over speed, and a retractable kickstand so you don’t have to leave your scooter on its side when not in use.
The wider 25.4cm tyres should provide a comfortable and smooth ride, and the maximum weight limit for the E300 is 100kg.
Zinc Volt 120
- RRP: £129.99, US$129.99
The Zinc Volt 120 is another great electric scooter. It boasts top speeds of 12mph, and although we’re not quite sure how long/far you’ll get from a single charge, the scooter features a ‘fast’ recharge time. That being said, the scooter requires a 12-hour initial charge when first purchased.
Like others in our roundup, the Zinc Volt 120 offers durable tyres ideal for use on uneven, bumpy surfaces. Unlike other electric scooters, the Zinc Volt 120 offers push and go start-up. This means that you should be able to push off to gather a bit of speed, then let the electric motor do the rest of the work.
It has a slightly lower maximum weight than the Razor E300, at 70kg, meaning this is marketed towards children and young teenagers.
EVO Powerboard 48V
- RRP: £539
For those that want even more power and want to ride their scooters in the road, we’ve found the EVO Powerboard 48V road-legal electric scooter.
The scooter features street tyres, LED lights (both front and rear) as well as rear view mirrors. Riders can achieve a maximum speed of 24mph, and should achieve a range of 15.5 miles before requiring a charge.
Unlike other scooters in this roundup, the Evo Powerboard features a seat – those that don’t want a seat have the option to remove it. It also features front and rear disk breaks, and adjustable front suspension for a more comfortable ride.
It’s worth noting that to make this scooter road legal, you’ll have to fill out a V55/5 form and send it to the DVLA, costing £55 at the time of writing. The form, along with more information can be found here. A driver's license is also required to drive this electric scooter, with more information available here.