BUYING YOUR FIRST ELECTRIC SCOOTER CAN BE OVERWHELMING AND FRUSTRATING. THERE ARE LOTS OF CHOICES OUT THERE AND IT’S HARD TO FIGURE OUT JUST WHAT IT IS YOU NEED
TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR RESEARCH HERES A QUICK GUIDE TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY
When you are searching for a reliable electric scooter, it is essential to decide what you will use it for and which model of scooter you need. Will it be used for commuting or for leisure?
THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING……
Is this scooter that I’m viewing online actually a real brand or just another cheap Chinese model? What speed can it go? Type of battery does it have? What is the range on a full charge and how long will it take to charge? 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? Is my seller local? Will I have to send my scooter to another country just for them to tell me the problem is not covered in the warranty? How much will it cost me to send it back to that country? How long will it be gone for if I need to send it back? Will my seller honour the warranty?
YOU NEED TO SET YOUR BUDGET
If you are commuting and thinking of swapping the car or bus for an electric scooter. It’s important to take into account how much money you will save by investing in your new electric scooter. Maybe you don’t want to save money you just want a reliable high-performance electric scooter.
Let’s say on average if you use a local bus company for commuting in Malta then you are roughly spending €1190 per year. That’s if you need to take just one route on your journey each day, That obviously doubles to €2380 if your journey requires another bus to get to your destination. If you drive to work you’re probably spending between €250 – €2000 on fuel depending on your model. Then you have tax and insurance on top of that. 2 cab journeys a day can end up costing you over €3500 for the year.
So now that you have worked out your budget, next let’s have a look at your options and what to expect for your money.
BUDGET UNDER €350
Scooters under €350 are not recommended for anything other than light recreational use and if used daily for your commute to work or college you can expect some sort of failure within months even weeks. 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, low capacity batteries, weak brakes, and vibration from your toes to your skull. These scooters are built for flat surface only. So you will need to take into account where and how you are using it for. Before you purchase you should also do a quick search on Google. Check Amazon, Alibaba, Aliexpress, e-bay to find out if spare parts can easily be purchased. Of course, you want to ensure your seller has a warranty in place. In most cases for this range under €350 will be only 3-6 months. If you are buying online from another country 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 take weeks to be returned.
MID-RANGE BUDGET €350 – €650
A mid-ranged commuting electric scooter will have slightly larger batteries for more range and possibly more motor power than under €350 range. You won’t see any dual-motor scooters at this price and if you do they are most likely cheaply made Chinese models. You might see the incorporation of suspension into some models. Suspension and shock absorbers are very important to take into account especially as the roads in Malta are not perfect, The smallest of potholes can do a lot of damage to your scooter unless you have pneumatic 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 a maximum of €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, most models have suspension/shock absorbers for a better quality ride, brushless motors, engines with a high wattage great for climbing hills, bigger batteries with top brand cells, better brakes, regenerative brake system that recharges the battery while riding, 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. Paying more than €650 you should expect to see the brand/sellers confidence in their product and expect nothing less than a 2-year warranty offering and a reputable after-sales service. Most companies selling premium electric scooters will have an option to help you spread your payments over a number of months.