The popularity of the electric scooter is on the rise, and why wouldn’t it be? They are a great way to get around, and it doesn’t take much practice to learn how to ride one well. The other significant benefit, besides how much fun they are, is that they do not require any kind of license and are appropriate for people of all ages.
Oh, you also save on petrol, insurance and above all, you are doing the environment a favour! So, you are no doubt convinced that an electric scooter is the way to, but which of the many on the market do you choose? To help you out we have selected the six best electric scooters on the market and available in Australia in 2019.
1. The Razor Ecosmart Metro ($550)
The Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter takes all of the elements from the first-generation Razor and refines them. It came out in 2018 and has recently dropped in price making it quite the bargain. It provides a 500-watt and a top speed of 30 Km/h. The construction features a bamboo deck, adjustable seat, and it even comes with a removable luggage carrier to style things up a bit.
The only issue with the Ecosmart is the maximum distance per charge, which sits around 16 kms and it takes up to 12 hours to fully recharge. Still, for getting around the city, it should serve you very well!
2. Glion Dolly ($830)
The next electric scooter to make our list is the Glion Dolly thanks to how lightweight and foldable it is. One of the most portable scooters on the market, the Glion also comes with a handle extension built directly into the frame. This makes for easier transportation as you can extend the handle and roll the scooter like a piece of luggage while it is folded.
The Glion features a 250-watt motor that gives a range of about 24 Km/h and only takes about 3.5 hours to charge fully.
3. Segway ES2 Ninebot KickScooter ($835)
The Segway KickScooter Ninebot ES2 is the second scooter released from Ninebot and is a lightweight and stylish scooter packed with features. From shock absorbers and theft protection to colored LED lights, this scooter offers a lot.
The Ninebot ES2 gives a smooth ride that is easy to handle at a low speed, and it offers two different brake systems including the rear manual brake.
The small solid rubber tyres can be deceiving, but they each come with a shock absorber to handle bumps and holes in the road, while this is great for the pavement, this isn’t the best scooter for off-road riding or jumping off curbs. The ES2 can reach a max speed of 25 Km/h with its brushless 300W motor, and the 187 W/h battery offers a maximum range of 25 km.
4. The MearthX Electric Scooter ($799)
If you like the sound of Segway KickScooter Ninebot ES2, the MearthX takes it all one step further. This relatively new contender in the market is making waves thanks to its superior mechanical and electrical design. The MearthX offers an advanced battery, max speed of 25km/h and a max range of 30km, the fastest top speed in this list.
The MearthX has a 250-350W rated power, instantaneous output 500-600W, along with a body construction of aero-grade aluminum, a premium battery, reliable dual-brake system, excellent LED display, and airless 5.5-6.5 inch tyre all for a very competitive price.
Martha also happens to be an Australian based company that offers a local warranty with its products.
5. Emicro One Electric Scooter ($1,500)
At the more expensive end of the electric scooter spectrum, we have the Emicro One, an easily foldable and lightweight scooter. With a top speed of 25 Km/h the price tag comes down to the construction, the materials are sturdy but very light and easy to carry around when you are not riding the scooter.
The Emicro One only weighs 7.5 kg and features curved handlebars and a 500W motor; it also only takes one hour to charge fully.
The downside to the Emicro One is the lack of suspension coupled with the air-core tyres which means it’s meant for smooth pavement only and you won’t be very comfortable if you try to head onto bumpier terrain. The handlebars are also quite low, so this may not be the best choice for overly tall people.
6. Swagtron Swagger 5 Elite ($490)
Swagtron’s Swagger 5 Elite can hit 28 Km/h and comes with an Android, and iOS app that acts as a speedometer offers cruise control and a headlight. A single charge will get you around 20 Kms and will take about 3.5 hours fully.
The carbon fibre folding frame isn’t as durable, or light, as some of the options in the list but it does offer one-touch folding for easy transportation and storage.
Choosing the right electric scooter
You are already winning if you have decided to get yourself an electric scooter. As we mentioned in the beginning, there are many benefits to choosing it as your mode of transportation, and the environment will thank you!
As for which one is right for you, that is a personal choice; you’ll want to keep the following things in mind though:
- How far will I want to travel and will the battery make it all the way?
- How long will I have to charge the battery fully?
- How fast do I want to go?
- How much carrying of the folded scooter will I do? (Weight become very important here)
- What is my budget?
In some cases, it may be worth spending a little bit more money to get a quality, durable scooter with a good battery life that isn’t super heavy for the times when you are carrying not riding. Just remember, you can try before you buy and the right choice is whichever one works well for you. Happy choosing and even happier scooting!