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How Far Can An Electric Scooter Go On A Single Charge?

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Electric scooters are becoming another popular method of transportation for both commuters and tourists in big cities.

For good reason!

They’re compact, environmentally friendly, and don’t require as much work as riding a traditional scooter.

Running on batteries instead of gas, electric scooters are perfect for those who want a more cost-effective way to travel. However, some may wonder about the basic information behind these scooters.

That includes one very important question:

How far can an electric scooter go on a single charge?

This post will break down how electric scooters work, how long it takes to charge, mileage, and some of the best electric scooters you can check out for purchase right now.

How Do Electric Scooters Work?

A traditional scooter requires the occasional “kick, push” method with riders using their leg and foot to get momentum on the scooter.

That momentum will eventually run out, though, and riders will have to use their leg and foot again to move the scooter forward.

Electric scooters, just like electric bikes, run off of battery power so there isn’t as much work required by the rider.

woman holding an electric scooter

Photo Courtesy: [Mearth Technology/Pexels]

After using your foot to raise the kickstand under or beside the scooter, you can simply ride by steadily pressing the scooter’s throttle and maintaining balance.

The Motor Propels The Scooter

The electricity from the battery is transmitted back to the motor, allowing the scooter to move on its own.

Based on the type of scooter purchased, the motor will either make the front wheel or both the wheels rotate to push the scooter forward.

Rechargeable Right From Home

As previously mentioned, the electric scooter, like an electric bike, runs off of battery power. These batteries are rechargeable right from your home through any power outlet.

Some e-scooter models have built-in batteries where you’ll plug the accompanying charger right into the scooter. However, most models have removable batteries that come with an LED indicator light to detect the charge level.

Standard Speeds

The standard speed for a typical e-scooter is normally around 20 miles per hour, the top speed that can be used in the bike lane.

However, with recent changes in technology, more models are able to go up to 30 miles per hour.

For additional speed, you would need to purchase an electric scooter that resembles a gas-powered one with a full seat and deck to rest your feet. Those types of e-scooters can go up to 40 miles per hour.

How Far Can An Electric Scooter Go On A Single Charge?

You can always charge electric scooters on the go but you should know how many miles you can travel on the road between those charges.

Depending on the model, electric scooters can go up to 35-40 miles on average without charging.

However, other variables factor into how long your battery charge will last based on how much energy your scooter will be expending.

  • Weight

Weight is a significant factor in how much energy your e-scooter will use.

The weight of the scooter itself, the weight of the rider and any additional cargo will impact how much work the scooter has to do. The total amount of weight can decrease the range of the battery.

  • Terrain

The terrain where the rider goes on an electric scooter will factor into how much of the battery is used and how quickly.

Riding an electric scooter up a steep hill or other rough terrains will put more work on the e-scooter and, therefore, the battery.

If your ride is fairly smooth, you have a higher chance of the battery’s charge lasting a bit longer.

  • Speed

Another factor is the average speed that the rider is going.

Again, if a rider goes at the maximum speed of the e-scooter, that will impact how much energy the scooter is using and how quickly the charge will decrease.

  • Condition Of E-Scooter And Battery

Another important factor in how far the battery will take a rider is the condition of the battery and e-scooter themselves.

Researching good battery manufacturers will help you to find batteries that will last longer and give you a better range out on the road. A great motor matters in this regard as well.

Other things that will impact your ride and the overall charge of the battery includes the quality of your tires and the tire pressure.

Types Of Batteries That E-Scooters Use

Each e-scooter charges and travels differently based on the type of battery it uses.

Some of them take only 2-4 hours to fully charge while others may take 7-12 hours, all due to the battery. Below is a chart that breaks down the pros and cons of each.

Battery Type Pros Cons
Lithium-ion battery
  • The most common types of batteries found on modern e-scooters
  • These charge faster and can be charged at any time without causing damage to their lifespan.
  • They are lightweight and can be charged to their maximum capacity within 2-4 hours.
  • Most lithium-ion batteries are charger-specific so trying to use another standard charger could damage the battery
  • They are much more expensive than other batteries
Lead acid battery
  • One of the oldest type of batteries that is more resistant to corrosion and overcharging
  • Most of these batteries can be recycled and reused in new batteries
  • Inexpensive and simple to manufacture
  • Much heavier than other batteries
  • Shorter charge cycle than most batteries
  • Charges very slowly (can take up to 16 hours for a full charge)
Nickel Cadmium battery
  • Inexpensive to make and buy
  • Charges quickly
  • Long shelf life of potentially up to five years
  • Low charge capacity
  • Cadmium is toxic and has to be recycled properly
  • Lower power density

Charging Tips For Your E-Scooter

  • You can charge your electric scooter directly after a short ride. However, if your ride was longer, you had a long ride, let the battery cool down for about 30 minutes and then charge it.
  • Do not leave your e-scooter’s battery without a charge for too long. Three months without a charge will wear down the battery. It is suggested to charge it at least once every 30 days, even if you don’t ride it as often.
  • Use the original charger that is designed for your electric scooter. Do not try to use knock-off chargers that could end up damaging or overheating the battery.
  • When charging, store your scooter or battery away from other items and potentially flammable materials.
  • Regularly check the charger that comes with your electric scooter for damage to the cord or the plug.

Considering Long-Range Electric Scooters

If you plan to ride an electric scooter into work, around your city, or across other long distances and are looking to get the most bang for your buck, you may want to consider purchasing a long-range e-scooter.

Long-range electric scooters can travel up to 70 miles, providing users with a longer ride time without having to be charged as regularly as normal e-scooters.

Depending on the model and range of the e-scooter, long-range scooters can be a bit pricey but they are certainly worth the investment.

Below is a breakdown of some of the best long-range electric scooters out on the market right now!

Scooter Name Price  Specs Pros Cons
GOTRAX GXL $299.99
  • Top speed is about 15 miles per hour
  • Has 12-mile range from a 3-4 hour charge
  • Weighs 26 lbs and the max rider weight is 220 lbs
  • Dual braking system and digital display with speed, battery life, and headlight control
  • Has a portable design for commutes; folds down and locks for easy storage
  • Great value
  • Simple design and interface for new users
  • Excellent customer support from GOTRAX
  • Low max weight and acceleration is lacking
  • Rear reflector but no taillight
  • 250-watt motor won’t be able to handle steep inclines by itself
Segway Ninebot ES4 $769
  • Top speed of 19 miles per hour
  • Has 28-mile range
  • Weighs about 31 lbs with a max rider weight of 220 lbs
  • Front and rear wheel shock absorbers and anti-lock braking system for maximum rider comfort and safety
  • Offers Bluetooth and mobile app capability

  • Sleek and lightweight with one-step folding system
  • Boasts up to 800W of power which delivers quicker speed
  • Has its own mobile app to manage rides while on the go
  • Low max weight
  • Traction isn’t great on terrain other than smooth pavement
Zero 9 Electric Scooter $1,099
  • Top speed of 22-24 miles per hour
  • Has about 25-mile range
  • Weighs about 40 lbs with a max rider weight of 220 lbs
  • Dual braking system and double suspension
  • Great balance of speed and range
  • Powerful lights for night riding
  • Excellent build quality and LG batteries
  • Low max weight
  • Handlebars tend to loosen over time
EMOVE Cruiser $1,399
  • Top speed of 26 miles per hour
  • Has about 50-mile range
  • Weighs about 55 lbs with a max rider weight of 352 lbs
  • Semi-hydraulic brake discs and key ignition
  • Water resistant
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Incredible build quality
  • Prolonged battery life
  • Much heavier than other e-scooters and is not the best for portability
  • Reportedly cheap key ignition
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 $3,199
  • Goes up to 50 miles per hour and can last up to 70 miles
  • Has hydraulic front shock absorbers and a rear spring brake
  • Weight is at 101 lbs with a max rider weight of 330 lbs
  • 8-hour charging time
  • Has great off-road suspension and is one of the fastest e-scooters out
  • Offers great power and range
  • Much heavier than other e-scooters and is not made for portability
  • Some of the attachments like the LED headlights reportedly have loosened over time (unless secured with thread locker)

If you live in a metropolitan city or a safe area to ride electric scooters, you should definitely consider purchasing one.

They are environmentally friendly, less work to ride than a regular scooter, and take up less space on the road.

And, most of all, they’re fun to ride…even if you are commuting in for another dreary day at work!

As long as you keep these facts and tips in mind for your e-scooter’s battery, you should be able to maintain your scooter for the long haul.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this article.

We hope that it has been beneficial in learning more about electric scooters and the batteries that help power them.

Before you go, be sure to leave a comment you have on the information you read.

You can also check out some of our favorite electric bikes and get more information on how much of a charge they typically get as well.

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