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ELECTRIC SCOOTER BUYING GUIDE

Probably the most important factor to take into consideration when buying an electric scooter is range.

Depending on your individual circumstances you may find that a range of 25kms will be all you’ll ever need or you might find you need a scooter with more substantial range capability.

Remember that maximum range calculations for each electric scooter are made under ideal conditions with a rider that doesn’t weigh very much. Your weight, the terrain on your route, and your riding style will all combine to affect your maximum range.

REMEMBER

Include enough range to return home from your trip and leave enough margin so you’re not regularly running your battery down to under 30% as this can affect the lifetime of your battery.

Single Motor

Single motor scooters save on weight by removing the weight of both a second motor, as well as the extra weight required for a battery powerful enough to drive two motors at once.

Single motor scooters are often cheaper than dual motor models for the same reason and as such make a perfect entry level model for those looking to join the electric scooter revolution!

DUAL MOTOR

If you plan on riding your electric scooter up steep hills you’ll need a model that can propel to the top with ease.

If you’re the adventurous type, you might want a scooter with acceleration to satisfy your inner thrill seeker! Two motors are better than one in this case!

Motor Wattage

The wattage of the motor/s in your electric scooter directly affect the amount of power output.

The higher the wattage number the better so the more adventurous rider might want to look for scooters with dual motors over 750W.

SPRING SUSPENSION

Most electric scooters have spring suspension on their front, back or both wheels.

These models drastically cut down on the amount of bumps or shakes you’ll feel when riding on cracked or uneven surfaces.

These models drastically cut down on the amount of bumps or shakes you’ll feel when riding on cracked or uneven surfaces.

Hydraulic Suspension

For off-road scooters and those who want to feel like they're riding on a cloud, models with hydraulic suspension offer the most comfortable ride available on an electric scooter.

Kaabo electric scooters are industry leading in terms of Hydraulic Suspension.

Watch this space for more incoming hydraulic suspension scooters as the worldwide demand for off-road and sports scooters increases!

Solid Tyres

Solid, airless tyres are just that, solid. They are either made from hard rubber entirely or filled with polyurethane foam. Both types allow for little to no play in their ability to deform. Solid tyres are often referred to as indestructible tyres as they aren’t susceptible to flats.

For a sturdy, solid tyre electric scooter see the hugely popular Mercane WideWheel Dual Motor 13.2A

Solid Tyres allow you to ride unforgiving terrain without having to worry about getting a flat. However, their solid more robust form leads to a slightly shakier ride on rough roads.

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic, or air-filled, tyres are the most commonly used tyre for Electric Scooters. They are made of an airtight inner core of pressurized air which makes the tyre resistant to outside forces.

One of the biggest advantages of using pneumatic tyres is their ability to absorb unevenness from the terrain underneath you. This provides you with a smoother and less bumpy scooter ride.

Most of Scooter Hut’s electric scooters come with Pneumatic Tyres. Brands such as e-Glide, Kaabo and Segway offer tubed and tubeless pneumatic tyres across their ranges.

Regenerative Brakes

Uses electric power to create motor drag

Regenerative braking uses an electric scooter’s motor as a generator to convert the kinetic energy lost when decelerating back into stored energy in the vehicle’s battery. Then, the next time the scooter accelerates, it uses the energy previously stored from regenerative braking instead of tapping further into the battery’s energy reserves. Physics!

Advantages:
  • No added weight or maintenance
  • Minor energy recovery

Cable Pull Brakes

Uses Drum or cable pull Disc braking

Cable Pull brakes use a brake cable to activate the caliper. Most mechanical cable-actuated disc brakes are activated by a brake lever. Pulling on it shortens the brake cable, which is connected to the brake caliper. The brake caliper mechanically transmits force to cause the brake pads to pinch the rotor. You might feel more resistance from the cables on mechanical disc brakes over hydraulic disc brakes, as there’s often more friction.

Advantages:
  • Excellent braking power
  • Excellent braking power
  • Lightweight braking system
  • Easy to adjust and maintain

Hydraulic Brakes

Uses Hydraulic or Semi-Hyrdraulic braking

Fully hydraulic disc brakes use fluid-filled (hydraulic) lines to control activation of the brake calipers. When you squeeze down on the brake lever, it increases the pressure in the hydraulic lines which are connected to brake calipers. Semi hydraulic disc brakes operate similarly, but instead of having a hydraulic line that runs from lever to the caliper, they use a cable. The cable runs from the brake lever to the caliper and generally fires a hydraulic piston when activated.

Advantages:
  • Excellent braking power
  • Perform well in both wet and dry conditions
  • Perform well in both wet and dry conditions
  • Excellent braking control, especially with hydraulic disc brakes
Portability is a big factor to consider when looking for the right electric scooter for you

In order for an electric scooter to be considered efficiently portable it needs to fit into compact spaces like the boot of your car and must be lightweight enough to carry onto a bus or train or even to take into your office.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I get my electric scooter repaired/serviced?

All of the Scooter Hut stores are able to repair/service any of the electric scooter brands we stock. Simply visit any of our stores with your scooter and they will be able to quote you on parts and labour to have the scooter repaired/serviced.

Do electric scooters come with a warranty period?

Yes all of the electric scooters we stock come with a warranty. Not all of the components come with the same warranty period. The warranty period can be anywhere between 90 days to 365 days. If you believe you have a warranty issue please contact any of our stores or fill out the warranty form that can be located on our website.

What is the range I can expect on my electric scooter?

The max range we state in the product information is reached in ideal conditions by the manufacturer. The range you can expect on your scooter can be affected by several variables, ie - rider weight, riders throttle control, inclines and mode selection. All of these variables and others can play a part in the range you will receive from the scooter.

Are electric scooters waterproof or suitable for riding in wet weather?

All of the components on electric scooters are not waterproofed or suitable for riding in wet weather. Riding in wet weather will void any warranty on the scooter.

What is the max speed an electric scooter can do?

All of the electric scooters sold in Australia have been speed limited to 25km/h to meet Australian regulations.

Are electric scooters legal to ride in my state?

Electrics scooters can be purchased in every state in Australia but every state has different regulations and laws about them. We recommend checking the regulations in your state with your state road authority.

How much does postage cost for an electric scooter?

Electric scooters are only shipped via standard delivery at a cost of $10AUD.

What is the weight limit on electric scooters?

Electric scooters are rated to handle upto a weight limit of 150kgs. However most electric scooters are rated to handle 100kgs - 120kgs. Before purchasing please be sure to check the description of the scooter.

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