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What you should consider when buying an e-scooter

Not only electric cars, but also electric scooters are driving through cities more and more often. But what do you need to consider when buying one? atechbook offers tips.

They scurry quietly through the city. Without annoying, revving engine noise, humming and environmentally friendly: electric scooters are increasingly popular with city dwellers. But for whom are these electricity-powered vehicles profitable? atechbook gives tips on buying e-scooters.

What distance do you travel daily with the e-scooter?

The biggest advantage of e-scooters is that they are emission-free, says Matthias Haasper, head of research at the Institute for Two-Wheeler Safety (ifz). In addition, many are convinced by the lower noise level. After all, the e-drive is quieter than that of gasoline-powered variants. He also sees an advantage in terms of costs: Currently, 100 kilometers can be covered for less than one euro in energy costs.

The biggest technical challenges with an e-scooter, however, are range and charging time. Haasper advises prospective buyers to check their usage habits and, above all, keep an eye on the range of the particular model. “How many miles do I want to drive at a stretch, and how much time do I have for recharging?” The distance should also take into account inclines, which consume more energy.

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Charge the battery and estimate the weight during the test drive.

Even in cold weather, the action radius becomes smaller with one battery charge. Fast-charging functions of the e-scooter can be helpful here. The ADAC advises borrowing the e-scooter for a while and test-driving it before buying. In the best case, over several charging cycles, so that the advantages and disadvantages can be experienced well. “In addition, interested parties should check where regular charging of the batteries can take place. If the battery is removable, the weight of the batteries also decides,” says an ADAC spokesman. Also important: the service life of the batteries, because replacement is usually expensive.

E-scooters are available as small, light and motorcycles. Small scooters may not be moved on all roads and, with their maximum speed of 45 km/h, are often an obstacle even in inner-city traffic. A car driver’s license is sufficient for small scooters, class A1 is required for light scooters, and A or A2 for motor scooters. All e-scooters can be driven with a motorcycle license.

Lower maximum speed is cheaper

The range of small e-scooters with a top speed of around 25 km/h starts at around 1500 euros. Faster ones up to 45 km/h cost around between 2000 euros and 3500 euros. For highway-ready e-scooters with a top speed of up to 120 km/h, customers have to pay roughly between 3700 euros and 13700 euros. Manufacturers such as BMW, Emco, IO Power Scooter, Kreidler, Kumpan, Solar, Innoscooter, Tante Paula, Govecs, Trinity Electric Vehicles and Unu offer vehicles in various performance classes.

“Particularly interesting for city dwellers who don’t park in their own garage are models where the battery can be taken into the home,” says Julia Ahrens of the Bundesverband eMobilit├Ąt (BEM). She also sees an advantage in driving fun. “Once you’ve ridden it yourself, you know what acceleration means.” Numerous municipalities or counties promote electric vehicles such as e-bikes and electric scooters, either directly or through regional electricity suppliers, often coupled with a contract for electricity supply.

This is intended to make cities cleaner and quieter. “Conventional scooters have had to meet the Euro 4 standard since January 2016,” says Anja Smetanin from the ACE Auto Club Europa. “Nevertheless, they emit proportionately more harmful exhaust gases than modern cars and are very noisy.” That’s why e-scooters are an environmentally friendly alternative, she adds.


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