HERE IS A QUICK GUIDE TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR RESEARCH
While you are searching for a reliable electric scooter. It is essential to decide what you will use it for and which type of scooter you need. Will you be using it for commuting or for leisure?
THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
Is the scooter a real brand or just another cheap Chinese model? What about the range on a full charge and how long will it take to charge? Top speed and are there any speed settings? The type of battery? Motor size? Can it take my weight? What if it fails? Can I get the parts I need? Has my seller got a repair service? Where do they trade from and are they local? Maybe I have to send my scooter to another country just for them to tell me the issue is not covered in the warranty? I wonder how much will it cost me to send it back to that country? Could it be gone for long if I need to send it back to the seller? Does my seller offer and honour the warranty?
YOU NEED TO SET YOUR ESCOOTER BUDGET
If you are commuting and thinking of swapping the car, bus, train or luas for an electric scooter. When investing in your new electric scooter it’s important to take into account how much money you will save. Maybe you don’t want to save money you just want to have a reliable high-performance electric scooter.
Let’s say, if you use a local bus company for commuting. Whether its Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Wicklow or Belfast then on average you are roughly spending €1000 per year. That’s if you need to take just one route on your journey. Now it will obviously double to €2000 if your journey requires another bus, train or luas to get to your destination. You’re probably spending between €550 – €2000 on fuel if you drive to work. That is obviously depending on your model and then you have tax and insurance on top of that.
So now you have worked out your budget let’s have a look at your options and what to expect for your money.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER BUDGET UNDER €400
Scooters under €400 are not recommended for anything other than light recreational use. You can expect some sort of failure within months even weeks if used daily for your commute to work or college. The majority of these models are cheap Chinese copies of the real electric scooter brands. At this price-point you should expect under-powered motors and low capacity batteries. Weak brakes and a vibration from your toes to your head.
These scooters are built for flat surface only so you will need to take into account where you intend using it. Before you purchase you should also do a quick search on Google, Amazon, Alibaba, Aliexpress or e-bay. Try to find out if spare parts can be purchased easily. Of course, you want to ensure your seller has a warranty in place. And in most cases for this range under €400 it will be only 3-6 months. If you are buying online from another country. Then please note that in the case of a warranty issue you will have to send your scooter to the country it was bought from for inspection. This will most likely cost a lot and will take weeks to be returned to you.
MID-RANGE €400 – €650
A mid-ranged commuting electric scooter will have slightly larger batteries for more range and possibly more motor power than under €400 range. There won’t be any dual-motor scooters at this price and if you do they are most likely cheaply made Chinese models. Some might have incorporation of suspension into some models. Suspension and shock absorbers are very important to take into account especially as the roads in Ireland are not perfect. The smallest of potholes can do a lot of damage to your scooter. Unless you have pneumatic air filled tires which now means your electric scooter is now at risk of a puncture also.
Expect to pay anything from €25 with some companies charging €50 for a puncture repair for electric scooters. When you compare that to €20 for a car puncture repair, Then it’s definitely something to think about. Again you want to ensure your seller has a warranty in place and in most cases for this range you should expect nothing less than 12 months.
These premium electric scooters are more reliable and made with a higher build quality than the mid-range. For a smooth and better quality ride, most models have suspension and shock absorbers. To climb hills with ease they will feature brushless motors and engines with a high wattage. They must have a bigger battery capacity with top brand cells. Brake systems with KERS technology regenerative braking that recharges the battery while riding should be built in. Front and rear lights for better visibility and other technical features not found on the Budget or Mid-range offerings. The ride will be more comfortable, safer, and have a better range due to these extra features.
When paying more than €650 you should always expect to see the brand and sellers confidence in their product and expect nothing less than a 2-year warranty. The seller should also be offering and have a reputable after-sales service. Most companies selling premium electric scooters will have a finance option to help you spread your payments over a number of months.