best e scooter for delivery

Finding the best e scooter for delivery and food delivery scooter for sale can be hard if you’re unaware of what features to look for especially that there are so many of them to find around. For this reason, we’ve put up a guide highlighting the top best electric scooter for food delivery in the category.

Our team has researched and reviewed these products to help you come up with a better decision. 

Best Electric Scooters for Food Delivery

What to look for in terms of speed, range, weight, charging time, durability

When regarding such elements, you will need to take into consideration a few questions:

1. What should I look for regarding speed?

When speaking of speed, consider that you will require to fall within the speed limits, to not place yourself and others at risk. Thus, you won’t need more than 20 miles/ 32 km/h top speeds, which is what most e-scooters are capable of.

2. How do potholes influence e-scooters?

Regarding potholes, the main issues lie with the tires’ life-span and suspension.

3. How often do I need to repair it?

When speaking of repairs, it mostly boils down to flat tires; however, always having tools/spare tires/repair kits available is a must. And by repair kits, I mean basic essential tools such as hex keys, rubber to cut and a small torch to patch your wheels, a wheel inflator. Repair kits are usually tailored toward wheel repairs since they are arguably the only vulnerable parts that can be repaired by yourself.

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4. How durable/heavy should it be?

Regarding durability and weight, look for a low-medium weight scooter. The average is at about 30 lbs or 13 kg. Most scooters are made from sturdy aluminum/carbon, which will last for a long time if treated properly.

5. What charging time should it have?

When speaking of charge time, think of how much you might be able to allow it there. A 3-5 hours timer is quite decent. Some even go to 8+ hours. Furthermore, regarding power costs, you will need an e-scooter that gives you enough milage for a full charge to make it worth it. This issue requires an entire paragraph all by itself. Check Return on investment below for more info on this.

The process of delivering with an electric scooter

Here is a video with the full process of delivering food with a Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter:

Return on investment delivering with an e-scooter

When considering an e-scooter for such a job, you will want to know if it is ultimately worth it financially. And it mostly is. However, you will want to check the prices, speeds, charge and range, build, etc.

One of the biggest issues with e-scooters is energy consumption per charge. The heavier the load is, the more energy the e-scooters will consume, and the greater the risk that you get stranded will be. Furthermore, depending on your weight, you might also be limited to only some e-scooters, since not all can hold a weight of 200+ lbs or 90+kg.

And it is all fine and dandy for a commuting ride, but for a day-long food delivery service? You will need to take a few things into consideration.

The best e-scooter range at full charge currently achieved by an e-scooter, like it is the case with the Dualtron Ultra, tops all charts at a whopping 80 miles or 130 km. However, the price is about 3,200$, without shipping and accessories. Such a distance, although it seems huge, could still be insufficient for a day’s worth of food deliveries.

Thus, it leaves you with a choice:

  • You can either have multiple e-scooters (and more reasonably priced ones), like the Nanrobot RS7, which achieves about 50-55 miles or 80-88 km per charge, at about 1,200$
  • You can choose an e-scooter with removable batteries, just like the Turboant X7. Due to their nature, they should be your go-to choice here. They are cheap and their batteries are fast to recharge. Furthermore, they are really good in cities and suburbs, where you will need to keep up with the legal speed limit since they are quite slow

However, here lies the catch. They are cheap and nice, but they usually also have a limited range of fewer than 20 miles or 30 km per charge. Thus, you will require more than 2 batteries for the day. According to the following study, the average delivery is about 6.9 km (4.3 miles).

You can take this info, take whatever model of scooter you desire and then calculate your battery efficiency by multiplying the average with the number of orders and then divide them by your scooters’ capabilities.  

So, a the Turboant X7, with a 20 mile/32 km range, will go like this: 20/4.3 = 4.65 rides per battery, multiplied with X number of batteries = how many deliveries per day. The average cost of power per 62 miles/100 km is 80 cents. Thus, three Turboant X7 full rides will cost you 2 dollars and 40 cents. If you have an average of 5 orders per hour, thus 40 per day, you will pay:

6.9 x 5 = 34.5 miles x 8 hours = 276 miles/7,25$ = 38$ per hour of which only 2.40$ go to power consumption. Not bad indeed.

The nice thing here is that their fuel, electricity, is really cheap. So, your return-on-investment calculations will mostly involve the initial prices and any other possible repair/replacement along the road. This means that you will require to add only their price (scooter and/or batteries), safety gear, some tools, lock, and lights (if not attached from the factory) when calculating your return.

Furthermore, the benefit of removable batteries is that when one is in use, the others can be left to charge. And, unlike big names on the market, they usually require somewhere between 3 to 6 hours for a full charge.

How much money will you make delivering vs cost of the scooter?

This depends entirely on how much you are making. A crude, yet efficient calculation should go like this (with The Turboant X7 as an example):

The scooter (600$) + 3 batteries (200$) + accessories -helm, pads, tools, lights, lock – (about 150$) = 1350$ (one time purchase)

With a minimum wage of 7.25$/h for 8 h = 58$ daily (without tips). 58$ daily for 261 legal workdays in a year = 15,138$ / 12 months = 1,261.5$. Thus, you will almost cover an entire purchase with one months’ worth of minimum wage.

When compared to others:

Walking: walking is free, but not profitable since you cover very few areas in a long time.

Cars: the most expensive of the bunch: 1.46$ (at the moment of writing) per gallon (3.78541 liters of fuel). Depending on car consumption, traffic, and others, you will still lose a lot of money, since most food services expect you to use your own car. And this means you are to provide your own fuel, insurance, repairs, etc. Not worth it.

Bike: like e-scooters, including repairs and no batteries involved, but without energy consumption. More profitable overall, but also more tedious.

Ability to lock them

The more expensive they are, the more you will need to use at least one type of protection. Having a 500$ e-scooter stolen is bad, but a 2000+$ one gone? It is beyond bad. Thus, next to any purchase, you will have to make sure that you will apply the most efficient protection mechanisms for your best interest.

Unfortunately, most e-scooters do not come with an integrated locking mechanism out of the factory/sellers depo. And going over this statement, should you have an expensive scooter that came with a lock, you should consider ditching it.

Most locks that come with scooters are decent, don’t get me wrong, although they are not of the greatest quality. Most sellers specialize in the e-scooters themselves. And you will want to choose only what is best.

And what are a few dollars in addition, for your added peace of mind?  For an in-depth analysis of what to use, what advantages different methods present and other such gimmicks, check out my previous article on e-scooter protection and safety.

Ability to carry them

When regarding their ability to be easily transported and stored, you are in luck. Most e-scooters out there are foldable, and when folded, even when talking of tall e-scooters, will not occupy much space. And I am talking here of *under the bed/chair* kind of required space.

This also points toward the aforementioned ability to lock them. The greatest danger with e-scooters lies with the riders’ lack of attention. With most e-scooters being kick, and not key activated, a single moment of laxity can lead it to be stolen without you noticing.

Most e-scooters are relatively low/medium-weight, at an average of 27 lbs/12 kg. And there are multiple, practical ways to carry your e-scooter. They are:

  • Rain-proof bags, since they are large enough to fit most scooters out there.
  • *Strap-on to carry* belts; attach them to the opposite ends of the scooter and to carry it on your shoulders.
  • Attached cases/backpacks. Just fold them and grab the case as you would normally/wear it on your back. Carry your stuff and the scooter in one go! Just make sure you get one that fits your scooter
  • Add handles to your e-scooter to easily carry them by hand.

best scooter for food delivery

Taking from both pools of e-scooters, meaning with and without replaceable batteries, here are the best 5 to consider:

1. The Turboant X7 (with removable battery)

A great user-reviewed e-scooter. For a price-tag of under 600$, it comes with many more features (compared to others at this price bracket). They include things such as:

  • suspensions (they usually come at higher price-tags);
  • a short 3-4 hour charge time ;
  • a small and easy to maneuver deck and handle; furthermore, it is small and easy to carry when folded;
  • an easy to remove battery (flip and take);
  • it also has a LED battery indicator (5 lines);
  • a sturdy aluminum build;
  • a powerful motor, capable of going on 15 degree inclines, even when holding more than 250 lbs/113 kg.

2. The Qiewa Q1Hummer (fixed battery)

Another great pick. However, despite its 1.400$ price tag, it brings great features such as:

  • 65 miles/100 km range;
  • A whooping capacity of 550 lbs/250 kg, including the all too powerful ability to climb 35-degree angles;
  • Incredible speed and range; according to one Amazon reviewer: ”Third gear is downright scary!”;
  • A sturdy, long-lived build for both its body and components;
  • A short 3-4 hour charge time, but with high power consumption as higher speed-modes;
  • Small, yet maneuverable deck and handlebar.

3. The Swagger 5 City Commuter (fixed battery)

Last, but not least, an incredibly cheap (for an e-scooter) model, at about 300$, which comes with:

  • A great, sturdy build;
  • Good power, speed and ability to climb 20-degree inclines;
  • Comes with integrated lights;
  • A large hand brake for a good grip;
  • A decent range, top speed, and climbing angle;
  • A high weight capacity, despite its supposed ”flimsiness”.

Electric Scooter Categories

Budget Electric Scooters (<$300)

GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
The Xr Elite is a no-frills, but capable electric scooter with pneumatic tires and a disc brake

Most scooters that fall into the budget e-scooter class are not recommended for anything but minimal or light recreational use. At this budget price point, expect under-powered motors, low capacity batteries, and weak brakes. However, there are some excellent and very functional electric scooters in this category. They are worth taking a look at if this fits your budget.

See Editor’s Choices for Best Electric Scooters Under $300

Commuter Electric Scooters ($300 to $1200)

The commuter class of electric scooters is the biggest one and therefore divided into three categories. At these price points, we generally find that scooters are fairly balanced in terms of features, quality, and performance.

Budget Commuter ($300 to $600)

Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter on dock of lake
The Xiaomi Mi M365 is one of the most popular, value-priced scooters in the world and helped launch the sharing market.

These scooters are great for traveling shorter distances, have a reasonable range, and suitable build quality for daily commuting. Expect occasional repairs over the few years expected lifetime. Budget commuter scooters are best when your commute has relatively smooth surfaces and not a lot of steep hills. They are light enough that you can fold and carry them up stairs once in a while.

See ESG Editor’s Choices for Best Electric Scooters Under $600

Mid-ranged Commuter ($600 to $900)

Man crouching with a folded Ninebot Max electric scooter
The Segway Ninebot Max has become the go-to scooter for many scooter rental fleets, due to its range and strong build.

A mid-ranged commuting electric scooter will have a slightly larger battery for more range and possibly more motor power than the budget commuter. You won’t see any dual-motor scooters at this price, but you will see the incorporation of suspension into some models.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $900

Premium Commuter ($600 to $1200)

EMOVE Touring Electric Scooter
The EMOVE Touring is a premium commuter electric scooter with great power, range, and brilliant suspension.

Scooters in the premium commuter class typically add suspension, larger motors, bigger batteries, and better brakes to the budget and mid-range offerings. The ride will be more comfortable, safer, and have a better range due to these upgrades. However, there is a tradeoff with increased weight (around 40 lbs) that makes loading into a car or carrying upstairs more difficult.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooter Under $1200

Performance Electric Scooters ($1200 to $1600)

Apollo Explore electric scooter
The Apollo Explore is a balanced Performance Electric Scooter with a single motor, comfortable ride, and long range.

Performance electric scooters start to offer either serious speed or ultra-long range. Many of these scooters incorporate dual motors and sizable battery packs. The longest-ranged scooter in this category can deliver up to 50 miles of real-world range. At this price point, which ranges from $1200 to $1600, you will also start to see some premium features including large tubeless pneumatic tires, semi-hydraulic or hydraulic brakes, powerful lights, and turn signals.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $1600

Extreme Performance Electric Scooters ($2500+)

Man riding the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11
The Wolf Warrior 11 is an extreme performance electric scooter capable of exceeding 40 mph.

Extreme scooters like these are the highest performing in every category except portability. They have massive, dual motors (some reaching speeds above 40 mph), extended battery life for extreme range (>40 miles), top-notch suspension, and hydraulically-activated disc brakes for stopping at fast speeds. Although still suitable for daily commuting, their larger tires are the only ones built for off-roading. These extreme performance scooters are the heaviest as well (typically +70 lbs), so if you need to fold and carry these scooters, make sure you are comfortable with the weight.

See ESG Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Scooters Under $2500

Electric Scooter Features

What else should you know before buying an e-scooter? Now that we’ve gone over some important factors to think about, let’s dive into some other topics that will likely influence which scooter you choose to purchase, including price, range, weight, top speed, rider weight, and IP rating.

Price

There are always going to be better and worse values in purchasing electric scooters, but basically quality and features improve with price. You won’t be buying an extreme off-road beast scooter for $200. Refer to the electric scooter categories for price brackets. 

You can use the comparison database to set min and max limits for the price to a budget range that suits your needs. This will return all scooter options available in that range, and you can jump to our detailed reviews (written and video) for most.

Range

Range refers to the distance a scooter can travel before it runs out of battery power. The range of your electric scooter will depend on various factors, including motor power, rider weight, scooter weight, weather, mode, and average speed. We perform a real-world range test on all scooters to determine a realistic assessment of range. 

Our ESG certified range test is performed by the same rider on the same urban route with frequent stops, rough roads, and uphill climbs in the scooter’s highest performance mode. The 165 lb rider pushes the scooter to its limit, maxing out the throttle and riding until the battery dies completely.

A cautious rule of thumb is to take whatever the manufacturer advertises and divide by two. Results from the 2018 electric scooter survey show most manufacturers overestimate by 30% in their range claims.

Like all batteries, as time goes on your battery capacity (and scooter range) will diminish. Most batteries will maintain their integrity for at least 300 to 500 charging cycles, with the best batteries enduring up to 1000 charging cycles before beginning to degrade. Think about your commute and how far you travel in a typical day. Remember that when your scooter runs out of power, no matter the size, you can still kick to push it.

Pro Tip: You can also bring your charger with you or buy an extra charger to leave at your destination. Some high performance scooters have dual charging ports, cutting charge time in half when using two chargers.

Weight

Weight can be a big consideration if you need to fold and carry your scooter, especially on a regular basis. 

Most scooters with a reasonable range (>15 miles) will weigh over 25 lbs. Scooters far exceeding 30 lbs will be fairly difficult to carry for long durations. Having a handle or shoulder strap will help bear the weight. Some scooters have extra wheels or a folded configuration that allow them to be rolled like the compact, commuter-friendly Glion Dolly. However, scooters will still have to be carried up stairs or lifted into a vehicle when transporting. Even the highly portable Dolly has folded dimensions of 37 in by 12 in by 8 in and weighs 28 lbs, which can be awkward for some to carry. 

If you are in the market for recreational joyriding or beast mode off-roading and not focused on its portability, the weight is not as important a factor as build quality and top speed. If you are looking for a commuter electric scooter to solve the last mile problem on your everyday route, its weight is important to consider.

Think about your commute: 

  • Will you need to walk up stairs? 
  • Does your destination have an elevator? 
  • Do you have permission and space to store your scooter inside (primarily in workplaces)?
  • Do you have alternate transportation when poor visibility and/or inclement weather occur? 
  • Are you able to lift the scooter into a trunk? 

Some conditions, like rainy weather, may call for you to take public transportation or a rideshare home. Most drivers will allow you to put your scooter in the trunk, but you still need to be able to maneuver it into the vehicle yourself.

Pro Tip: For comparison, the average weight of a household standup vacuum cleaner is 12 lbs to 18 lbs and many have similar dimensions to large folded scooters. Alternatively, visit a sporting goods store and pick up a few dumbbells or kettlebells to test what weight you can comfortably manage.

Top Speed

Top speed is not a huge factor for most commuters as long as the scooter can reach 15 mph. In fact, some municipalities have laws against going over 15 mph on electric scooters and most restrict scooters from driving on pedestrian sidewalks. 

Riding in a car or even on a bicycle at 15 mph feels different than riding an electric scooter at that speed because of the tires and acceleration. In reality, when traveling on roads or in bike lanes, 15 mph to 18 mph is fast enough. If riding in urban traffic regularly, scooters with good acceleration and top speeds in this range can help you avoid accidents. If you are interested in extreme performance scooters, those can go up to 50 mph (like the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11) and we recommend wearing serious safety gear when traveling at those speeds.

Pro Tip: Always wear a helmet when riding your scooter at any speed.

Rider Weight

The max load or max rider weight is the weight limit that the electric scooter can support. For most scooters, this limit ranges from 220 lbs to 270 lbs. If you weigh more than this, you’ll want to make sure you’re looking at scooters that can support your weight. For safety reasons, you shouldn’t exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer.

Keep in mind that even if the scooter is rated for your weight and you’re at the top of the limit, it will be slower and have less range compared to a lighter rider. Also consider if you’ll be carrying a backpack or anything else that will add to the overall weight the scooter will bear. For riders near or above 220 lbs, you should focus on electric scooters with at least a 500-watt motor.

Pro Tip: You can filter the comparison database based on rider weight.

Motor Power

Adult electric scooters have hub motors, which are brushless direct current (BLDC) electric motors that are built into the hub of the wheels. All electric kick scooters have at least one motor while more powerful ones will have dual motors.

Electric motors are rated based on their power consumption, which is expressed in units of watts (e.g., 600 watts). More powerful motors will have greater wattage. Motor power generally starts at 200 watts and goes all the way up to 6270 watts on the Dualtron X.

An average budget commuter scooter, like the Xiaomi Mi M365 has a 250-watt motor; a mid-range commuter scooter like the Fluid FreeRide Horizon has a 500-watt motor; and an extreme performance scooter, like the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11, has dual 1200-watt motors (or 2400-watt motor power).

For adults, we do not recommend anything under 250 watts for daily commuting. This will be adequate for flat surfaces and very small hills. If you live in an area with steeper hills, think about going to 350 or 500 watts. Even with 500 watts, your scooter will slow down on medium-sized hills. Larger motors will not only help with powering up hills, but they will also get you up to top speed more quickly.

Suspension

Suspension, similar to that in a car, smooths out bumps and indentations in the road and improves ride quality. Without it, and especially if you have solid (airless) tires, you will feel every bump that you travel over. If your commute is longer or has rough terrain to cross, strongly consider purchasing a scooter with suspension. 

There are three main types of suspension systems that are typically found on electric scooters: spring, hydraulic or air piston, and rubber suspension. Scooters with the best suspension will have some combination of spring and piston — a combination called coil-over-hydraulic or coil-over-air.

Suspension can be attached to the front, rear, or both wheels. Scooters in the premium commuter class should have either front or rear suspension.

Close up of Apollo Pro Ludicrous suspension
Many electric scooters have no suspension, while high performance ones, like the Apollo Pro feature a beefy spring suspension.

Many scooters forgo suspension in favor of large pneumatic tires that provide damping effects. These can offer a better form of suspension than cheap spring suspensions.

Lighting

Close up of red LED taillights of the EMOVE Touring
Some scooters, like the EMOVE Touring have corner “button” LEDs which help with visibility but aren’t bright enough to stand on their own.

Scooters, like bicycles, can have a white front light and a red rear light. If you ride after dark, it is necessary to have both a front and rear light. Due to the design of electric scooters, they typically do not have very visible rear lights. If you are going to ride at night, strongly consider adding some flashing red rear lights to your helmet or backpack.

Read our guide to electric scooter lighting.

Brakes

Qiewa QPower front disc brake and wheel
The Qiewa QPower has massive fully-hydraulic disc brakes that give very strong stopping power.

A quality braking system is essential for staying safe and in control while riding an electric scooter. Like those on a car or bicycle, brakes are what slow the electric scooter down. Electric scooter brakes can be broken into two categories: mechanical and electronic.

Mechanical brake systems are those that rely on a physical mechanism to slow the scooter down and include foot, drum, and disc brakes. The typical 15 mph stopping distance for mechanical systems is 20 feet, with the absolute best being under 10 feet. 

  • Foot brakes, which are activated by pushing your foot down on the rear fender, cause it to rub against the rear tire, slowing it down. This type of brake has stopping power but is not as effective as drum or disc brakes.
  • Drum brakes are enclosed inside the wheel hub, are generally lower maintenance than other braking types, and have consistent performance in wet conditions.
  • Disc brakes have the most stopping power and are lighter than drum brakes. They are typically found on higher-end premium commuter and high-performance scooters, but may appear on better quality budget commuter scooters as well.
  • In our real-world road tests, we found disc and drum brakes to be the most effective. 

Electronic braking systems rely on using the motor itself for braking and include strictly electric and regenerative braking systems. Electric and regenerative brakes are the weakest. If you are traveling at 15+mph and need to stop quickly, these alone will not do the job. The typical 15 mph stopping distance using an electronic brake alone is 30 to 40 feet. 

Mechanical braking systems will offer much stronger braking than electronic systems. However, electronic systems benefit from not requiring any periodic adjustments or maintenance. Many scooters will have a combination of both electronic and mechanical braking systems. For safety reasons, we recommend scooters that have at least two braking systems in case one fails.

Learn more in our technical guide to electric scooter brakes.

Tires

Close up shot of Thunder electric scooter LED taillights

Tires come in two types: solid (airless) tires and pneumatic (air-filled) tires

  • Solid tires There are a few varieties of airless tires and these include honeycomb, polymer-filled, and solid. Solid tires are inferior to pneumatic in every way except they have virtually no maintenance required. When riding on solid tires, you’re more likely to feel every bump and even stumble over lines of paint on the road. 

Pneumatic tires We always recommend pneumatic tires because they give better ride quality (with or without suspension) and their supple rubber performs much better in adverse road conditions. Some air-filled tires have inner tubes that can be replaced if damaged; other air-filled tires are tubeless. Pneumatic tires have the advantage of shock absorption and better handling (especially in bad weather). 

The downside to pneumatic tires is there is more maintenance required than the airless variety. Pneumatic tires are prone to punctures and need to be filled with air when they have low pressure. Pneumatic tires, with tubes and tubeless, are common in all price classes except the budget range, where tires are almost exclusively solid.

Pneumatic tires are common in all price ranges, except the Budget range, where tires are almost exclusively airless (solid).

Pro Tip: Do not underestimate the improved ride quality you will get with pneumatic tires. These will make a huge improvement when rolling over even minimally bumpy terrain, where road vibration can be very uncomfortable on your feet and legs. Additionally, you can prevent flat tires by following a few simple tips.

Learn more about the differences between pneumatic and solid tires in our electric scooter tire guide.

IP Rating

The ingress protection or IP rating tells you how resistant an electric scooter is to dust and water. The IP rating consists of two numbers, but we focus on the second because it tells you how water-resistant the scooter is. The greater the number is — the more resistant it is to water and moisture.

Not all scooters have an IP rating. If you are planning on riding your scooter in all weather conditions, you will want to invest in one with at least IPx4 water-resistance.

IP RATINGMEANING
IPx0No protection
IPx1 to IPx3Very limited water resistance
IPx4 to IPx6Suitable for riding in the rain
IPx7+Can be fully submerged in water

Pro Tip: You can sort our electric scooter comparison database, based on IP rating (the column is titled “Water”).

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