Electric Information > Scooters
Electric scooters are revolutionizing short-distance transportation in urban areas and college campuses. With compact electric motors and batteries, e-scooters are easy to ride and provide zippy, emissions-free operation.
Electrifying a classic scooter design removes the need to push constantly. The electric motor engages when you twist the throttle or start gliding to propel you up to 15-20 mph with minimal effort. Maneuvering tight turns and weaving through traffic is a blast.
Today's electric scooters feature swappable batteries to extend your range. Larger seated models border on light electric motorcycles, while some smaller kick scooters feature push assist only. With no fuel costs, e-scooters can save money for short commutes.
Why Ride Electric?
- No emissions for an eco-friendly commute
- Wind in your hair as you coast along
- Save money by avoiding gas costs
- Convenient folding and portability
- Typically cheaper than electric bikes
- Fun and fast trips around town
Types of Electric Scooters
There are a few main categories of e-scooters with different features:
- Kick scooters - Lean to accelerate with electric push assist
- Electric mopeds - Twist-grip throttle; can be seated
- Hoverboards - Self-balancing with electric propulsion
Benefits for City Dwellers
In crowded urban areas, electric scooters shine for:
- Beating traffic when commuting
- Running errands around a campus or neighborhood
- Having fun zipping around parks and plazas
- Connecting to public transit for "last-mile" trips
Electric scooter and bike sharing programs have become popular in certain cities. However, legalization is still underway in many regions to allow electric scooters on public roads and sidewalks:
- California recently passed a law to allow riding without a license
- Some cities like Atlanta have banned scooter sharing programs
- Using protective gear is recommended for safety