Top 5 electric scooter

Electric scooters are a fun way to get around town, offering the thrill of a standing riding position like a skateboard but with the stability that comes with holding on to handlebars. But while lower speed scooters like a Bird or Lime are convenient for short commutes, faster electric scooters offer more utility and fun. Here are the top 5 fastest electric scooter models and top 5 electric scooter brands we’ve tested that are available in 2020.

Before I jump into this, a quick note about safety: It’s important.

Like, seriously.

Fast electric scooters are a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. I’m not going to be your mom and tell you not to ride one – partly because I ride them myself so I know how much fun they are. But I also ride as safely and responsibly as possible. I always wear a helmet, and when I’m riding faster than 30 mph (51 km/h) or so I usually wear my motorcycle helmet. Heck, I often wear my motorcycle jacket and gloves too. (Did I mention that I love electric motorcycles?!)

So if you’re going to hop on one of these fast electric scooters, I recommend that you gear up accordingly and always obey your local traffic laws. Be on the lookout for cars because they won’t be on the lookout for you.

This year has definitely been the year for e-travel. Electric scooters are incredibly affordable while each design and model seems to have an extended battery life and extended range. With the recent surge in popularity of e-scooters, we’re going to be looking at the top 5 electric scooters.

Top 5 electric scooter

Electric scooters are a fun way to get around town, offering the thrill of a standing riding position like a skateboard but with the stability that comes with holding on to handlebars. But while lower speed scooters like a Bird or Lime are convenient for short commutes, faster electric scooters offer more utility and fun. Here are the top 5 fastest electric scooters we’ve tested that are available in 2020.

Before I jump into this, a quick note about safety: It’s important.

Like, seriously.

Fast electric scooters are a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. I’m not going to be your mom and tell you not to ride one – partly because I ride them myself so I know how much fun they are. But I also ride as safely and responsibly as possible. I always wear a helmet, and when I’m riding faster than 30 mph (51 km/h) or so I usually wear my motorcycle helmet. Heck, I often wear my motorcycle jacket and gloves too. (Did I mention that I love electric motorcycles?!)

So if you’re going to hop on one of these fast electric scooters, I recommend that you gear up accordingly and always obey your local traffic laws. Be on the lookout for cars because they won’t be on the lookout for you.

This year has definitely been the year for e-travel. Electric scooters are incredibly affordable while each design and model seems to have an extended battery life and extended range. With the recent surge in popularity of e-scooters, we’re going to be looking at the top 5 electric scooter options.

top 5 electric scooter 2020


BOOSTED REV ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Boosted Rev electric scooter from the side

Boosted is a brand that have been leading the electric skateboard market for some time. They have now applied their electrical expertise to scooters. The Boosted Rev sports a range of 22 miles on a single charge and has a re-charge time of only three hours. This e-scooter clearly does not like to rest for too long, it’s far happier out on the road! The Rev has a top speed of 24mph ensuring you get to your destination speedily. The brakes have regenerative charge to extend the battery as much as possible.


XIAOMI M365 ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Xiaomi m365 electric scooter side angle

The Xiaomi m365 model has been a major breakthrough for the brand. This scooter is packed with amazing features and is priced affordably. The battery life allows for both a top speed of 25kmh and a range of 30km and achieves this by generating a trickle charge during acceleration and braking. The scooter sits high on 8.5″ air filled tyres providing a smooth ride. It also features a rear disk brake which is provides better breaking power during wet weather.


XIAOMI M365 PRO ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Xiaomi m365 pro electric scooter side angle

The M365 release was such a success that Xiaomi has now released the pro model which includes some of the latest features in the market. For starters, the size of the scooter has been increased by 5cm in height and length – perfect for taller riders. The battery is the major selling point of the Xiaomi M365 Pro. On a full charge it boosts the range of the scooter to 27 miles (45km) so battery worries during the day should be a thing of the past! The motor has also been increased to 300W so the M365 Pro has more power to climb hills. The scooter also has a bigger display which shows a lot more speed, setting and battery information. The M365 is a great purchase but if your budget allows for the upgrade to the pro the improvements will definitely put a smile on your face.


SEGWAY NINEBOT ES2 ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Segway Ninebot ES2 electric scooter side image

The Segway Ninebot ES2 has many of the same features of similar e-scooters at the same price point, however it also has some truly unique features which help it to stand out on its own merits. The Ninebot has a top speed of 15.5mph/ 25kmh, and a max range of 25km. The battery benefits from a trickle charge from BrakElectric and Regenerative Brake Front and Step Fender Brake Rear. The deck and front wheel has shock absorption and ambient lights under the footboard which can be adjusted via the app. The app also controls a number of features including cruise control, lock your vehicle with anti-theft function, energy saving modes and many more!


THE URBAN HMBRG ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Urban Hmbrg electric scooter side image

The Hmbrg is the newest electric scooter to SkateHut. We’ve been looking forward to getting this scooter in our store so much that we already have it available on pre-order now. Offering 10″ air pressure tyres with both front and rear disk brake delivers the smoothest of rides on urban journeys and on rougher terrain. In terms of speed it has a range of 30km and a top speed of 30km/h. The Hmbrg also comes with the option to include a seat and racks to carry items.

WHAT SCOOTER SHOULD I BUY?

The focus of this site has always been to help scooterists find the best machine. This entire site is designed to be a comprehensive resource on every scooter from all the main manufacturers, but it still can be difficult to get started. This article will help you do just that by asking some of the key questions.

What displacement is right?

To get started, ask yourself what sort of power or engine size you’re after. Small scooters (50cc) will be good for 30-50mph, which means around town use only unless you’re crazy. There aren’t many scooters between 50cc and 125cc, which is where the mid sized scooter market starts (125-170cc). Mid-sized scooters add enough power to hang with traffic on backroads and slower highways (i.e. 50-70mph), but you have to move up to 250cc+ to be fully capable of cruising on highways with 60-70mph speed limits.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&client=ca-pub-2266364363711860&output=html&h=193&slotname=6338535260&adk=1718823971&adf=2570314566&pi=t.ma~as.6338535260&w=770&fwrn=4&lmt=1613030213&rafmt=11&psa=0&format=770×193&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.motorscooterguide.net%2Fwhat-scooter-should-i-buy%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&adsid=ChEIgMiTgQYQ-tTk1PKKj-jUARI9AIICxrIiriQ39QEeXxgaL_j4FYyq06Z-qIZ3Rv5elexSVhhjHUN4dsUDai0oVKD9uRxQfuibrbXy3A3tbw&dt=1613031487367&bpp=26&bdt=45557&idt=45454&shv=r20210208&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dfaac32180c595fc4-228476cf6eba0090%3AT%3D1613031396%3ART%3D1613031396%3AS%3DALNI_MbV-Fhm0ojtExueDgdQX5TvlK0SqQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C1265x721%2C1200x280&nras=2&correlator=381962572989&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1917307634.1613031491&ga_sid=1613031491&ga_hid=2094725738&ga_fc=0&rplot=4&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=732&u_aw=1280&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=48&ady=1831&biw=1265&bih=721&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21067981%2C21068769%2C21068893&oid=3&pvsid=2592509680143583&pem=272&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1280%2C0%2C1280%2C800%2C1280%2C721&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=4s1k4HsKUz&p=https%3A//www.motorscooterguide.net&dtd=45565

Opting for a bigger motor certainly adds power, but it also means a machine that is more expensive to buy, insure, maintain and fill with gas. Bigger scooters are also a bit more of handful for smaller riders looking for something light and nimble. So carefully consider what size of scooter meets your realistic needs, and then ask yourself if such a scooter also meets your budget. The challenge is might be finding the right balance between what’s practical economically and what gets you excited. Opting for a scooter that is impractically too small in a bid to save money often ends with dissatisfaction, while selecting a bigger machine than you need ends up being a costly lesson.

Why are you buying?

Consider what your main motivation is. If you’re buying because you’re a scooter enthusiast looking for a blast on two wheels then you probably already have a favorite brand and you’re not reading this article, so if you are reading this then maybe you’re buying a scooter for practical reasons.

The danger if you are buying a scooter to save money is to wrongly assume all scooters are economical and then purchase some attractive machine which might end up costing more to operate than you planned. I did just that when my wife and I purchased two mid sized scooters – a Vespa LX150 and a Yamaha BWS 125. We figured it would be a fun and cheap way to travel but once we actually got the scooters I realized that our combined gas usage was the same as just taking our car, plus any money saved by diverting wear and tear off the car was lost because we were spending an extra $70 per month on insurance for the scooters plus they were depreciating. Our car only cost us $2500 a few years earlier and the total depreciation on these two scooters by the time we sold was over $3500.

To put it simply, any scooter will save money if you’re buying it instead of a car. But if you’re buying a scooter in addition to your car then only a 50cc will really save enough money to be worthwhile. Even then you have to use it a decent amount. So the take away lesson here is that if you are buying a scooter for practical reasons then make sure it’ll really save money. To do that, you’ll want to think about which brands hold their resale value and what scooters cost the least to own and maintain. To answer that, start by mulling over the next question.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&client=ca-pub-2266364363711860&output=html&h=193&slotname=6338535260&adk=1718823971&adf=3439371510&pi=t.ma~as.6338535260&w=770&fwrn=4&lmt=1613030213&rafmt=11&psa=0&format=770×193&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.motorscooterguide.net%2Fwhat-scooter-should-i-buy%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&adsid=ChEIgMiTgQYQ-tTk1PKKj-jUARI9AIICxrIiriQ39QEeXxgaL_j4FYyq06Z-qIZ3Rv5elexSVhhjHUN4dsUDai0oVKD9uRxQfuibrbXy3A3tbw&dt=1613031487394&bpp=4&bdt=45584&idt=45888&shv=r20210208&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dfaac32180c595fc4-228476cf6eba0090%3AT%3D1613031396%3ART%3D1613031396%3AS%3DALNI_MbV-Fhm0ojtExueDgdQX5TvlK0SqQ&prev_fmts=0x0%2C1265x721%2C1200x280%2C770x193%2C300x600&nras=2&correlator=381962572989&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1917307634.1613031491&ga_sid=1613031491&ga_hid=2094725738&ga_fc=0&rplot=4&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=732&u_aw=1280&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=48&ady=3048&biw=1265&bih=721&scr_x=0&scr_y=1140&eid=21067981%2C21068769%2C21068893&oid=3&psts=AGkb-H-6s1P5KZP8oJQikRpfJmTS_OHwDMw_w77oXJOJvtJtROpRET_U8nYw4yn7ozlT7DpW2Bw5w2D0&pvsid=2592509680143583&pem=272&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1280%2C0%2C1280%2C800%2C1280%2C721&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=zCeTkcTayH&p=https%3A//www.motorscooterguide.net&dtd=50669

How long will you own it?

Purchase price is a big factor in any buying decision, but resale value is also important if you don’t plan on keeping it forever. The difference between the purchase price and the eventual resale price is what you really spent to own it.

Well known and highly regarded brands like Honda, Piaggio, Suzuki and Yamaha typically have very good resale value, so you can sell a scooter for over 50% of what you paid for it even after 5 years. Conversely, poorly known and lower quality brands like Chinese machines have very little resale value so the upfront price savings can be lost when you try to sell it. In between are brands like the Taiwanese (Kymco, Genuine, PGO, SYM) which depreciate at moderate rates. Vespa’s are another thing entirely, with depreciating typically quite slow except for the grand or so you lose when you roll it out of the showroom.

If you think you’re only going to own the scooter for a few years, stick with a trusted brand that will be easy to sell. Honda is the best in this regards, but Yamaha, Suzuki, Vespa, Piaggio and Aprilia sell pretty good as well. If you plan on owning it longer then a Taiwanese built machine (Kymco, Genuine, PGO, SYM) could be the right call because these brands make pretty good machines but they aren’t well known enough to have decent resale value. Over a time period of more than 5 years they can be cheaper in total cost.

Almost everyone would do well to stay away from Chinese scooters. They have no resale value yet they don’t last long enough to earn their purchase price. The only owners who can come out ahead with a Chinese machine are those who are willing to do quite a bit of wrenching if necessary. If you’re willing and eager to get your hands greasy and you can’t afford at least a Taiwan built machine, then a Chinese scooter will be an interesting experience if nothing else.

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You might have seen some tempting 20 year old scooter on Craigslist for $200, which has you pondering where the optimal intersection is between age and price. Depreciation for scooters is typically about 50% in the first 5 years and then really slow after that. Even a machine from 1990 will probably fetch $500 if it’s running well, which is probably 50% of it’s new MSRP.

The lesson here is that you don’t save much money opting for scooters that are older than about 5-7 years. There are older scooters that are much cheaper, but these are typically not running or not running well, which is the real reason why the price is low. Consider that a 1995 Honda Dio typically sells for $800, while a 2007 Honda Ruckus goes for maybe $1000. Those extra $200 for a 11 year newer machine are very well spent.

So most people should look for machines that are somewhere between new and 7 years old depending on their budget. People with really small budgets and who are mechanically inclined can look for scooters that are non-running but supposedly ran well when they were parked 5-15 years ago. These machines are always a gamble, but the home mechanic can often get them running for under $200 so they’re a fun project if you buy them cheap and invest sparingly in them.

Making a short list

By now you should have narrowed down the engine size you’re after to a pretty small range and hopefully focused in on 1-3 manufacturers. The scooter market really isn’t that big, so if you also know roughly how old of a scooter you want to buy then you’re all set to go make a short list. If your list is 50cc scooters from Japanese brands sold from 2009 thru 2012 then you’re probably only looking at 4-5 machines.

So browse through the main pages for each brand your interested in to identify candidate models and then go read the individual pages for all the info. If you’re looking at 50cc then also consider if you want a 2-stroke or 4-stroke. Otherwise, if you’ve chosen your list based on practical criteria then now may be the right time to listen more to other side of your brain and select the machine that appeals to your passion. The scooter with the cool looks is probably going to make you happier than the one with 25% more storage. Buy the one you love and you won’t regret it.

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