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Lime, along with Bird, is one of the two biggest players in e-scooter sharing (hire schemes). Both companies began in the USA before spreading to Europe and elsewhere. They have not come to the UK – except in London’s Olympic Park – yet because the government has not yet legalised them for public roads. As great as these schemes are, many users are realising that it makes sense to buy their own electric scooter and thus want to know which e-scooters they have been riding when using Lime, or a similar scheme like Bird.
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The answer is both simple and yet bears some discussion. Simply put, Lime uses – or uses variations on – the Xiaomi M365 and the Ninebot-Segway ES2, both of which we sell. Lime started out using the Xiaomi M635 e-scooter, which is the one they have been most associated with. This is the e-scooter with both a black and white version and the battery in its base (making the base a couple of inches deep). However, Lime also started putting the Ninebot-Segway ES2 (or the ES4) on the streets (it is not clear why but it is thought that Xiaomi could not meet demand). The ES2 is the one with the battery in the stem and thus a shallower base.
The ES2 Sandwiched by Two M365s
But just to complicate matters, Lime has started commissioning bespoke variations of the scooters, and calling them “next generation” e-scooters. These tend to be slightly less useful for ownership because they are essentially made to stay out on the street – being heavier and larger (and thus less “mobile”). So, basically, if you want to buy the same e-scooter as you have been riding, then go for the Xiaomi or the Ninebot-Segway. A comparison of the two can be found here. You can also buy the M365 and ES2.
Overall, Lime-S scooters are very affordable. Their pricing model is also very straightforward, which is a breath of fresh air considering how complicated Lyft and Uber pricing can get.
To start any Lime ride, regardless of time or distance, is $1.00. No matter where you are or when you are using a scooter, you have to pay this $1.00 fee. This fee is charged to your credit card directly through the Lime app.
After the $1.00 start fee, the scooters cost $0.15 per minute. Even if you aren’t moving, you still get charged this per-minute fee. Lime and Bird have the same pricing structure an neither of them charge a Surge or Prime Time rate like Uber or Lyft. At least not yet.
Unlike Uber or Lyft, there’s no mileage fee for Lime scooters. It doesn’t matter if you travel 5 miles or .5 miles, the only thing that matters is how long it takes.
Here are some examples of how much a Lime will cost you:
- 5 Minutes: $0.75 + $1.00 start fee = $1.75 total
- 10 Minutes: $1.50 + $1.00 start fee = $2.50 total
- 15 Minutes: $2.25 + $1.00 start fee = $3.25 total
- 30 Minutes $4.50 + $1.00 start fee = $5.50 total
- 1 Hour: $9.00 + $1.00 start fee = $10 total
How Much Does A Lime Scooter Cost Compared to Other Alternatives?
As you can tell, Lime scooters are pretty cheap when you compare them to other transportation alternatives. In this section, we’ll examine how much Lime costs versus some of their competitors.
Lime vs. Bird
This is a tie. These two scooter companies currently use the exact same pricing structure, so there is no difference. Bird offers different promotions for first-time scooter riders, but that’s about it. Lime also offers these type of promotions, which end up helping riders earn free ride credit amounts.
Lime vs. UberX or Lyft
Ride-sharing is probably the biggest competitor to dockless scooters. We used the Uber Fare Estimator to see how much a ride costs in the city of Denver, CO for a base comparison. You can check your city by clicking on the “City Based Fare” tab and entering your location. In Denver, here’s the breakdown of UberX pricing. It’s the exact same for Lyft in this city, so this comparison works for UberX and Lyft.
- BASE FARE: $0.79
- PRICE PER MINUTE: $0.14
- PRICE PER MILE: $1.05
The first thing you’ll notice is that the base fare and price per minute for UberX are actually cheaper than Lime. But the fees don’t stop there, Uber also charges a per mile fee, which quickly makes the service more expensive than renting a scooter.
For instance, let’s assume you’re going on a 4-mile trip in an UberX and it takes you 15 minutes. The price per minute would total $2.10, and your price per mile would be $4.20. After you add in the base fare, the total cost would be $7.09.
One thing to keep in mind is that every city has a different minimum fare for Uber so that cost could be bumped up to the minimum. Another thing to remember is that you should tip your driver on every ride!
Now let’s look at what that same trip would cost on a Lime scooter. First, let’s assume that you average 10 mph on your trip, this is very reasonable considering the top speed is 15 mph.
Going 10 mph, it would take you 24 minutes to travel 4 miles and get to your destination. That means your total cost per minute would be $3.60. Add in the $1.00 rental fee and your total is $4.60.
That’s a total savings of $2.49.
There are advantages to taking an UberX which can make it a cheaper option. First, you can fit up to 4 people in an Uber, if you split this same ride evenly it would come out to $1.77 per person. Another advantage is that you’re in a car, meaning it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing or cold or hot.
In general, it’s safe to say that Lime is cheaper than Uber for a single person. But as soon as you add more people to the equation, UberX will be more competitive.
Lime vs. Driving Your Own Car
Driving a personal vehicle is the most popular commuting option in the United States, but not everyone has a driver’s license or owns their own vehicle. For people without a car, Lime is a great option, is it more expensive than driving? To answer that question, we can rely on the standard mileage rates as defined by the IRS.
The standard mileage rate is “based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.” The rate takes into effect the cost of gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, registration, depreciation, and other variables. It does NOT include the cost of a vehicle or car payments. This number is used for people calculating business expenses for driving, but we can use it here as well.
In 2018, the standard mileage rate it 54.5 cents per every mile you drive. That means that if you drive 4 miles, it costs the average person about $2.18.
Going back to our earlier estimate that a 4-mile Lime scooter ride would cost around $4.60, we can deduce that driving your own vehicle would be $2.42 cheaper than riding a scooter.
Other factors that could tilt the scales include parking costs and car payments, two variables that are not figured into the standard mileage rate number.
When it comes to longer distances, driving will almost always be easier. Electric scooters are restricted by their battery life and you can only go so far on a single charge. And if you’re driving on a highway, good luck finding a bike lane for your scooter.
Lime vs. Public Transportation
Now let’s take a look at taking government-funded public transit. The cost of riding the bus is subjective, one newspaper looked at the cost of riding the bus in various cities, and it ranged from $1.25 to $2.60. This price is pretty hard to beat, but there are a lot of downsides to riding a public bus.
The first downside is that you have specified pick up and drop off locations which means you could still spend a lot of time walking once you get dropped off.
Next is that you are at the mercy of the bus scheduled. Anyone who has ever taken the bus knows it’s not always on time and it rarely works well with your schedule.
Finally, the worst part about riding the bus is that it is slow. City buses often make dozens of stops, meaning that if you need to get all the way across the city, you’re going to be making frequent stops.
In general, the city bus is probably the lowest cost option outside of walking or riding your bike. But the many downsides of public transportation have us leaning towards riding a scooter or calling an Uber or Lyft.
Other Lime Scooter Fees
The standard rental fees are the most obvious fees, but Lime does reserve the right to charge you additional fees as outlined in their User Agreement.
The most significant fine comes from vandalism or damaging the product. If Lime determines that you damaged one of their scooters, you can be held responsible for up to “$1,500 for each Lime-S, in Lime’s sole and absolute discretion.”
The fine is very similar if you lose a scooter or if you steal one. Here’s what Lime says about lost of stolen scooters:
“You may be charged up to […] $1,500 for each Lime-S, and a police report may be filed against You. We may also charge a service fee of $25, in Our sole discretion, for rentals in excess of 24 hours where the Product is not considered lost or stolen.”
Another fee that Lime can charge is the “Pick-Up” fee, which can be up to $120. The Pick-Up fee is charged to a Lime user if they park the scooter in a restricted area. For instance, if you take the scooter into your home or garage and lock it there, you will be charged the fee. Or if you lock the scooter behind a fence or on private property.
The reason behind the fee is because the scooters are meant for sharing. If someone makes it impossible for others to find the scooter, it ruins the system for everyone.
Lime also has a separate fee if you “Park or place any Product in a manner that prevents Lime from accessing it. If you violate this Section, Lime may charge you up to $450.” These two fees seem very similar to us, so we’re not 100% sure if you would be charged both fees at the same time. It’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure you park any scooters correctly in public areas.
The next fine outlined by Lime in their User Agreement is implemented if you ride a scooter in a restricted area. Many cities have restricted areas, like pedestrian malls, where the scooters aren’t allowed. If Lime finds out you broke this rule, you could be assessed a fine. As the agreement states: “Lime reserves the right to charge You up to $50, in Lime’s sole and absolute discretion, if You use any of the Products in any restricted areas.
Are Lime Scooters Worth the Cost?
Lime scooters and other scooter rental options are definitely affordable. They’re also super fun to ride and environmentally friendly – two factors which you can’t put a price on.
Compared to taking an Uber, dockless scooters are almost always cheaper if you’re by yourself. If you’re riding with friends, taking an Uber or Lyft will probably save you some money.
Compared to driving your own car or taking the bus, renting a Lime is probably more expensive. But there are other factors which can tilt the scales in favor of Lime. The convenience factor scooter sharing through the Lime app is enough to make us never want to take the bus again.
Electric Scooter Categories
Budget Electric Scooters (<$300)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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+)
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
|IPx1 to IPx3||Very limited water resistance|
|IPx4 to IPx6||Suitable 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”).