e scooter buying guide

What to Look for When Buying an E-Scooter - A Complete Guide

When it comes to traversing a limited area inside the city, e-scooters are nothing short of a gift. These scooters are not only small in terms of space requirements, but they are also inexpensive. Because there are so many options and things to take into account when purchasing an electric scooter, it may be a challenging undertaking. A top-notch electric scooter may cost as little as $36,000 or as much as $144,000. Complicating matters are the numerous dubious websites that include "reviews" from people who have never used a scooter in their lives. So, if you're planning to buy an e-scooter for the first time, the advice listed below is something you might want to think about doing.

  • Consider the price factor 

  • The most obvious thing to think about when buying an electric scooter is the price. Like electric scooters, battery technology is still somewhat expensive. Compared to typical ICE (internal combustion engine) scooters, some of the best scooters might cost more than Rs 1 lakh. Make sure you research and understand every aspect, including the scooter's on-road cost, financing options (if applicable), deals, and the kinds of tax benefits you'll get when you buy it.

  • Battery life 

  • The majority of the expense of an electric car is borne by the battery. If you need to replace your battery, you'll have to pay more than half the price of an electric scooter. As a result, it is critical to evaluate the battery type and typical life expectancy. A lithium-ion battery is utilized in practically all-electric cars.

    It's crucial to understand the manufacturer's battery life guarantee because replacing a battery is so expensive. A normal lithium-ion battery will last around 6-7 years before needing to be replaced, and the majority of manufacturers provide at least three years of guarantee on their batteries. This also depends on how you operate your automobile because the battery's capacity can be affected by overcharging, undercharging, extreme heat or cold, riding style, and other factors.

  • Wheel size 
  • We highly encourage you to avoid wheels with diameters smaller than 10 inches. Smaller wheels provide a rougher ride and are more prone to being trapped in bumps.

    Large wheels with air in your tyres are usually required. You'll need fat treaded tyres and suspension if you plan on doing a lot of off-road riding.

  • Distance range 

  • The range is yet another important aspect to take into account when buying an electric vehicle. The manufacturers' claimed range and the actual range gained in practice differ similarly to how gasoline mileage does. Check the electric scooter's maximum range and, if possible, get in touch with the owners to find out what the actual range is. Today's market offers scooters that can travel 50 to 200 kilometres on a single battery charge. To increase their total range, some electric scooters now come with an additional battery pack. You might consider purchasing something with a large range if you regularly travel great distances.

  • Availability of the charging stations  
  • Companies will build a charging station for you at your home, allowing you to charge your electric scooter there. Long-distance trips, however, necessitate the use of electric charging stations to replenish the battery. Therefore, we advise picking a manufacturer with a well-established network of electric charging stations. If required, you may use this to recharge your gadget while driving. To make your life much simpler, investigate if your scooter can be charged using regular wall outlets or third-party chargers. Finding a charging station nearby in India may be made easier with the use of websites like ChargeList and mobile applications like EV Plugs and Static.

    By following these tips you can refine your choice of getting the scooter.