Are you thinking to purchase your first electric scooter? Buying an electric scooter can be a challenging task because there are so many options and factors to consider.
Electric scooters are gaining popularity as a mode of transportation. They offer the convenience of a bicycle in a smaller package that does not require peddling. Electric scooters come in a variety of brands, model, colors and with many other features. Choosing the best one for you will depend on what you intend to use it for.
If you're trying to decide which electric scooter to buy, you should think about some of the most important factors before shelling out a large sum of your money.
In this article, we've attempted to cover the top 10 important factors to consider when purchasing your first electric scooter.
One of the major factors which Indian buyers are concerned about is the price of the product/service they are purchasing. In India, battery technology is still relatively expensive, as are electric scooters. Some scooters cost more than Rs. 1 lakh, making them a little bit high but come with good features. As the use of EVs would increase, the prices would become lower in the future. On the other hand there are also electric scooters which fall between the affordable range of the major Indian population.
The average price of an e-scooter is as follows:
Slow-Speed Electric Scooters- These type of scooters cost around Rs. 50,000 and are ideal for small daily tasks.
High-Speed Electric Scooters- These type of scooters cost around Rs. 1,000,000 and are designed for long-distance commuting.
All scooters have a stated range for their models. This is the maximum distance a scooter can travel on a single charge. The greater the distance you plan to ride, the greater the range required. The range of an electric scooter is determined by the distance traveled on flat ground.
Slow-speed e-scooters have a maximum riding range of 50-70 kilometers, whereas high-speed scooters have a range of 120-200 kilometers.
Every electric scooter has a top speed. This is usually around 40 km and is sufficient for most purposes. If you are traveling in a city, you will most likely spend a significant amount of time driving slower than that. It is possible to spend more money and get a scooter that can reach speeds of up to 80 km. Having said that, such higher speeds are not advised for electric scooters as it affects the battery depletion time.
The majority of the cost of an electric vehicle is borne by the battery. On an average battery of an electric scooter lasts between 4-6 years and in terms of mileage it ranges in 5000-7000 miles. These stats are in your favour when it is maintained properly.
If you need to replace the battery of your electric vehicle, you'll have to pay a considerable amount. The lifetime of a battery gives a total return and you'll be happy with the savings.
When the charging runs out, you'll need to wait for the internal battery to recharge. E-scooters, just like smartphones, require time to recharge. To charge completely, the scooter must be plugged in and left for a few hours. EV Experts suggest you look for an e-scooter with a charging time of fewer than 7 hours, so you can charge it overnight. If your scooter supports fast charging, it's even better because you can charge the battery while commuting.
Here the interesting fact is that all the electric scooter brands are given a home charging facility where you don’t need to visit any charging station to charge the battery. Simply you can charge it at your home.
Some electric scooters and bikes come with a replaceable battery so you can drive your electric vehicle with one battery while charging the other at home.
One advantage of choosing a well-known brand is that you can rely on the build quality of its electric scooters. Customer feedback primarily helps in determining whether or not the build quality is appropriate. Although most manufacturers use similar materials to non-electric scooters and the build quality is generally good, it is important to understand the quality and shelf life of components as well as whether they are covered by your insurance or not.
Some electric scooters weigh far more than others. For some purposes, this is largely irrelevant. However, if you intend to carry a scooter around with you, it's a good idea to find something lightweight. It's worth noting that the fastest scooters with the longest ranges are usually much heavier in weight. The more powerful it is, the larger its size and weight. You can get the idea of this by looking at bikes in the shop.
You can charge your electric scooter simply at your home just by plugging in the charger that comes while buying the scooter. However, when traveling long distances, electric charging stations are required to recharge the battery power.
Customers would like to choose a brand that has a well-developed network of electric charging stations. This enables them to charge the electric scooter while they’re on the go. Nevertheless, the availability of charging stations on roads would be solved with a fast space in the coming years as the EV industry is growing rapidly.
The tires on electric scooters are either solid (airless) or pneumatic (air-filled).
Pneumatic or air-filled tires are superior because they absorb more shock from the ground. This makes riding the scooter more comfortable and easier to control. It is important to note that pneumatic tires require routine maintenance and that some models are easily punctured.
Whereas, on the other hand, solid (or airless) tires require less maintenance. The issue with solid tires is that they do not absorb shock and are thus uncomfortable to ride on uneven surfaces.
Electric scooters are not always dependable, and even the best-designed scooter requires routine maintenance. As a result, it is critical to purchase a scooter that comes with a warranty. Some manufacturers offer lengthy warranties. However, many scooters, particularly those purchased from outside the country, do not come with any kind of warranty.
These are a few important considerations to make when purchasing an e-scooter.
There are numerous brands to choose from, and there will be numerous new options available in 2022 as well. New companies are developing e-scooters with increased range and performance.
Thus, it is crucial to consider various important factors and make a wise choice while purchasing an electric scooter for yourself!
We hope that this article has assisted you in selecting the best e-scooter for yourself. To know more about electric scooter details, like their price, range, top speed etc., visit TRiDE Mobility website or download our app present on Google Play and Apple Store. Here we solve all your doubts regarding electric scooters.
Also, you can also read more about top reasons you should buy electric scooters where you will get to know about the benefits of eScooters.