Buying guide for electric scooters
With an electric scooter, you get around quickly and smoothly. An electric scooter is easy to take on the bus, for example, it takes up less space than a bicycle and it gets you where you are going faster than if you were to walk. It’s really the perfect means of transport! The price of an electric scooter is also usually lower compared to an electric bike.
What is an electric scooter?
An electric scooter, also called an e-scooter, is basically a kick scooter, but with a motor and a more stable and powerful construction. The electric scooter's brakes are strong and designed to be able to brake at higher speeds in a safe manner.
In Sweden, an electric scooter is classed as a bicycle and is therefore allowed on public roads as long as it has a maximum speed of 20km/h and a maximum motor power of 250W.
Rules for electric scooters
The fact that the electric scooters are classed as bicycles also means that the electric scooter has to be equipped with a bell, brakes, lamps and reflectors when riding in the dark. The requirement to wear a helmet also applies to riders up to the age of 15.
It is your responsibility as a consumer to keep up to date on the rules that apply in your country and region. Always check the applicable laws before using your electric scooter.
Features of our electric scooters
What features are you looking for in your electric scooter? How and where will it be used?
For example, if you need to transport your electric scooter in the car or store it in a tight space, it helps if it can be folded up. If you may also need to carry the electric scooter, it’s easier if there is a handle to grip.
The deck you stand on is usually finished in a grip-friendly material, so that you don’t slip off. The width and length of the deck can vary depending on which electric scooter you try. It is therefore important that you test the electric scooter and see if the deck meets your needs.
Lighting and reflectors
An electric scooter must be equipped with lighting and reflectors when driving in the dark or in poor visibility. Often an electric scooter is equipped with these as standard. If you want a more powerful lamp at the front, it is easy to supplement with a lamp from the range made for bicycles, in most cases these are also suitable for an electric scooter. Lamps can be found here (LINK).
It is the duty of the consumer to ride the scooter in a legal manner, i.e. to have lighting and reflectors when riding in the dark or during poor visibility.
If there are different people in the household who will use the electric scooter, it is a good idea to be able to switch between different speeds selections, depending on experience or age. However, for an electric scooter to be ridden on public roads, the maximum speed must not exceed 20km/h.
The brakes are an important element on an e-scooter, which by law must be equipped with two brakes. Common types of brakes are motor brakes, disc brakes, drum brakes and mudguard brakes.
Note that a motor brake counts as one brake.
Think about the type of brake that suits you best and that your electric scooter should be equipped with.
A drum brake is slightly more expensive but requires minimal maintenance. A mudguard brake causes more wear on the rear tyre and means that you have to move one foot from the standing plate to the mudguard, a move that requires some balance. A disc brake is effective, but may require some maintenance and above all it must be kept clean to function optimally.
The tyres on an electric scooter are available in different sizes and can either be pneumatic, i.e. with an inner tube, or solid. With a pneumatic tyre, you of course risk getting a puncture but have a more comfortable ride as shocks from an uneven surface are better absorbed. A tyre made of solid rubber often gives a bumpier ride, but you won’t get a puncture. Solid tyres with air ducts to make the journey more comfortable are also available, and they provide almost the same experience as a pneumatic tyre.
The size of the wheels also makes a difference to your ride. A larger tyre naturally provides more stability than a smaller tyre.
The motor of an electric scooter can either be in the front wheel or in the rear wheel. A motor in the front wheel often feels like it is pulling you away and with the motor in the rear wheel you feel like you are being pushed away. What is best is down to personal preference. A disadvantage of having the engine in the front wheel may be that the tyre can skid on a loose surface more easily if you accelerate while turning. For an electric scooter to be ridden on public roads, the maximum motor power must not exceed 250W.
Depending on what you intend to use your electric scooter for, you may need a longer or shorter range. If you are commuting to school or work, you need to calculate how far you will travel, what the terrain is like, if you can charge the battery during the day and the seasons during which you intend to use it. In most cases, cold is the factor with the biggest impact on range. Other factors that affect the range are the air pressure in the tyres, weight of the driver, wind, gradients, speed and how many times you accelerate.
Electric scooter batteries are available in a range of different power ratings. The most common is for the battery to be 36 Volts. However, the number of Ah (Ampere hours), i.e. the capacity, differs quite a lot between battery types.
To be able to compare different batteries, you multiply Volts by Ah, giving you the number of Wh (Watt hours). In most cases, Wh is stated in the specification, but if not, you can use this calculation. Taking the best possible care of your battery is important for longevity - you will find tips about this in the electric scooter's manual.
Spare parts for your electric scooter
If you need a spare part for your electric scooter, you can order these at your nearest Biltema store. Welcome to Biltema!