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A little while ago, a friend brought round his new Qiewa Q1Hummer electric scooter for me to try out and I must say, I was suitably impressed! Being a big fan of all electrically powered vehicles, this really sparked my interest in e-scooters, so I thought it was only right to include reviews of five of the best electric scooters currently available – this selection includes sensible commuter scooters like the excellent Xiaomi M365 through to the ludicrous Dualtron Thunder.
Evolution of the Electric Scooter
Traditional kick scooters have been around for decades, but it is only in the last few years with advances in technology that electric scooters have become widely available and practical for everyday uses.
E-scooters can be a fun and fast way to get around, particularly if you live in a large town or city where traffic congestion is a problem. With traffic pollution being a big concern in Western cities and even worse in some developing countries, we need to keep an open mind on all forms of environmentally friendly personal electric transport.
Personal mobility is important to individuals with certain health conditions and most electric scooters have an option to fit a small seat, making them a viable alternative to large and heavy mobility scooters.
Electric bikes have already revolutionised transport in a lot of cities around the world and demand for electric scooters is on the increase, with a lot of governments encouraging this relatively new and exciting form of electric transport.
So what makes electric scooters so great?
The biggest advantage in using an e-scooter, is the ease at which it can be transported. Imagine taking a train journey to work, but your office is a couple of miles from the nearest train station. You could always use a folding bicycle, but even these can be quite bulky. An electric scooter on the other hand folds down in seconds to an even smaller and lighter size making taking them on buses and trains a doddle!
The other big advantage with electric scooter is unlike e-bikes, you do not have to pedal. You just jump on twist the throttle and away you go!
What about the law and electric scooters?
In some countries e-scooters are completely legal providing they only produce a certain amount of power and have a limited speed. If electric scooters are going to be used in pedestrianised areas, I think it’s important that there is some kind of speed limit in place. If they are used in designated cycle lanes then 15-20 mph would be more than adequate. I’ve had a go on a couple of fast electric scooters and they are great fun to ride. Usually the more powerful e-scooters have fat tyres, suspension and mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes.
In some countries like the UK the e-scooter is classed by the government as a PLEV (personal light electric vehicle) and as such can only be legally used on private land. In my opinion, this law needs to be reviewed to allow new innovations in personal electric transport to be fully explored.
A lot of other European countries such as Germany, France, Finland, Switzerland and Greece have already embraced electric scooters. And in a lot of larger cities you can even rent them out through companies like Lime.
This makes complete sense. Why would you take a two or three mile taxi journey through congested streets, when you can hop on an e-scooter and get to you destination in less time, and without adding to the already dangerously high levels of air pollution?
The tide of public opinion is turning and I think it is only a matter of time that electric scooters will be re-classified by the British government, but in the meantime, if you do choose to use an e-scooter in the UK, remember you could potentially be prosecuted and receive points on your driving licence for using an uninsured and unlicensed vehicle. Take it easy, be respectful of others and most importantly ride carefully.
In the US electric scooters seem to come under the same law as ebikes meaning that as long as they do not exceed 750w or 20mph they are acceptable. You are not allowed to use them on sidewalks and in some places like New York City they are not allowed at all. Whereas in California e-scooters are classified as personal electric vehicles and are allowed on cycle lanes and roads as long as the rider is at least 16 years of age and a helmet is worn.
Are electric scooters safe?
I have read anecdotal reports of a fast electric scooter seizing up at high speed, causing injury to the rider, and there has been a recent high-profile fatality in London involving a collision with a truck.
Ultimately, everything has an element of risk attached to it, and having ridden a fast e-scooter, I felt totally in control, and the limits of the handling are quite obvious. There are some important considerations to keep in mind:
- Always wear a helmet and protective clothing, particularly on the vulnerable knees, elbows and wrists.
- Keep your speed down, especially in areas where there are pedestrians.
- Watch out for pot holes – these can prove catastrophic for an e-scooter rider due to the small wheel size.
- Where possible stick to cycle lanes and avoid busy roads at all costs.
Below I have hand-picked my choice of the five best electric scooters currently available. Please check the law in your country before deciding on a purchase. Some of these scooters are incredibly quick and need to be treated with respect!
So what are the 5 best electric scooters currently available?
- Xiaomi Mi M365 electric scooter
- GoTrax GXL commuting scooter
- QIEWA Q1Hummer
- QIEWA QPOWER
- Dualtron Thunder
I also really like the range of Nanrobot electric scooters, available from Aliexpress
Important note: If you are planning on using a fast electric scooter, it would be highly advisable to definitely wear a good quality helmet and even some form of body armour. Coming off one of these things at speed could result in serious injury, and good protective clothing will be the only thing between you and the ground.
Basic Electric Scooter technical terms explained
- Power output in watts: 750w = 1 horsepower
- Battery energy capacity: A battery with a capacity of 48v 26ah (amp hours) will have a total energy capacity of 1248 Wh (watt hours), which means that at a constant 1248 watts your would deplete your battery in one hour. If you were using a rough average of 30Wh per mile, then you would have a potential battery range of 41.6 miles. Energy consumption will never remain constant as there are many variables to consider like wind direction, rider weight and hills.
- Motor: Most modern electric scooters use a small direct drive hub motor. Usually there is a single motor in the rear wheel, but on some high performance models there are motors on both wheels . Some older e-scooters use an indirect drive system – either a motor that drives the rear wheel using a belt or a friction drive motor.
Right, so here goes! below are my reviews of the 5 best electric scooters currently available. I have chosen scooters to suit all riders and tastes, from 250w commuter scooters through to some seriously fast electric scooters for speed freaks! All the e-scooters below have been carefully selected based on specification, customer reviews and value for money.
My first review is of the Xiaomi M356 Electric Scooter, this is one of the best selling commuter scooters available at the moment. The reasons for its success are down to a number of factors:
- Excellent value for money
- It’s relatively lightweight compared to a folding ebike
- Decent build quality
- The Lithium battery gives a respectable range of approximately 18 miles
- Powered by a small, but efficient 250w motor that gives a sensible top speed of 15.5mph
- Bluetooth connectivity via a smartphone app unlocks certain features like ‘cruise function’.
This is truly an ‘e-scooter for everyone’ its simple minimalist, award-winning design has a strong yet lightweight frame, made from aerospace-grade aluminium. It also has excellent thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance for added durability.
Weighing in at just 26.9lbs, Xiaomi Electric Scooter is easily portable, making it a great solution for urban mobility. Another great feature is the ultra-bright 1.1W headlights with a range of up to 6 meters and flashing tail-light / brake light.
The 18650mAh high-capacity lithium LG batteries deliver can deliver a range of up to 18.6 miles on a single charge. Smart battery management via the app displays the health of the battery pack and notifies you immediately if there are issues.
Weight: 26.9 lbs
Load Range: 55-220 lbs
Max Speed: Approx. 15.5 mph
Maximum battery range: Approx. 18.6 miles
Battery configuration: 30 x 18650mAh LG lithium battery cells
Charging Time: Approx. 5 hours
The Xiaomi Electric scooter is ideally suited to individuals looking for a lightweight, easily transportable urban mobility solution. The motor is powerful enough to transport you along at a comfortable 10-15 mph, and the price is very reasonable. Xiaomi are a global tech giant and their expertise shines through with this scooter.
Using this scooter to complement your daily commute, whether using a bus, tube or train will ultimately save you time, over walking and definitely some money if you usually catch a cab for the last part of your commute.
The only downside is the limitations of the small 250w motor. It is perfect for riding on fairly flat or even slight gradients, but the limits of the motor are quickly reached on steeper hills, and you will need to get off and push.
Having said that, it is a great scooter (as long as you are aware of its power limitations) and if you really need a scooter that is going to power you up steep hills you will need something with substantially more power.
Also available on Aliexpress
Xiaomi M365 Review Rating:
Value for money: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battery range: ⭐⭐⭐
The GOTRAX GXL electric scooter. With a 250 watt brushless motor is a direct competitor to the Xiaomi, and can also reach a top speed of 15 mph, making it ideal for small trips or zipping around the campus to get to that lecture on time!
The battery range is slightly less than the Mi Scooter, but it is still a respectable 12 miles on a single battery charge.
The GXL e-scooter is equipped with a stylish and functional integrated handlebar display – meaning you can keep track of your battery life, headlights, and speed all at the touch of a button.
The reinforced X frame allows it to support riders up to 220 lbs – making it one of the strongest portable commuting scooters on the market!
The LED headlights are adequate for short evening rides.
Importantly for an electric commuter scooter, the GXL is IP54 water resistant, so riding in the rain and through small puddles won’t be an issue.
The brakes on the Gotrax GXL are adequate for a scooter of this size and power output. It is equipped with two handlebar brakes, including a small rear mechanical disk brake.
- Battery Type: Lithium 36V 5.2Ah
- Brakes: Disc Brakes
- Dimensions: L107cm X W43cm X H111cm
- Engine Spec: 250w Brushless DC Electric Motor
- Gross Weight: 14 Kg
- LCD display: Battery indicator and speed
- Max Rider Weight: 100 Kg
- Top Speed: 15 MPH
- Throttle Type: Twistgrip
The Gotrax GXL is one of the best value commuters scooter available, and if you are looking for a no-frills means of getting around, then it does the job nicely!
Its performance is on a par with the Xiaomi, so don’t expect to be climbing any steep hills as the motor will not be up to the job, but if you are just doing short journeys on town or city streets then it beats walking! The battery range is also less than the Xiaomi, and the lithium cells used in the battery pack are unbranded, which means the overall battery longevity will likely be slightly less.
GoTrax GXL Review Rating:
Value for money: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battery range: ⭐⭐
My passion for electric bikes has led me to start exploring all forms of personal electric transport and the Q1Hummer was my first introduction to the world of electric scooters.
Memories of my childhood experiences with kick scooters go way back to the 1970’s so when a friend came over to visit me with his new Qiewa Q1Hummer e-scooter, I was eager to have a go, and boy was I impressed!
The first thing that struck me about this scooter is it’s build quality – it seems very sturdy and tough, and is quite heavy at around 55lbs. A lot of this weight will be down to the huge 48v 26ah lithium battery pack concealed below the deck.
I live at the bottom of a short hill of 8% av. gradient over 0.2 mile and I was curious as to whether or not this scooter would make it all the way to the top with me on it. I’m 6’1″ and currently weigh in at around 240lbs. The deck is nice and big with a textured surface (to prevent slippage in wet weather).
For the test, I gave myself a bit of a run up and as soon as I hit the throttle I was quite surprised a the amount of power on offer and the acceleration. The scooter effortlessly tackled the first section of the climb, but did slow down substantially nearer the end (where the gradient ramps up to about 10%), but it got me up there, and that was impressive enough for me!
On the flat, this e-scooter feels plenty quick enough, and the power is delivered effortlessly. I was pleasantly surprised at how stable and planted it felt. The fat tyres and suspension did a good enough job of soaking up the bumps in the road.
Promo video for the Qiewa Q1Hummer
This was my first experience of a fast electric scooter, and I have to admit it was great fun! My overall impression was that the Q1Hummer is robust and well-built, and the electric motor had more than enough power for everyday riding.
If you live in a large town or city and needed a cheap and quick way of getting to work, without having to endure the daily monotony of being stuck in traffic or being herded onto packed trains or buses. Then the Qiewa Q1Hummer would make a fantastic commuter scooter. It has enough power to maintain a decent average speed and get you up hills. The powerful battery pack will give you an excellent range between charges.
One thing I would say though, is stay away from roads as much as possible and ALWAYS wear a helmet and protective clothing. You are very vulnerable on an e-scooter and most fatalities are as a result of collisions with vehicles.
Make sure you research the law in your country. Electric scooters are not yet legal in the UK, but are fine to use in most states in the US.
Scooter Weight : 55lbs
Max Loading Weight : 550lbs
Max Power: 800 watts
Battery range: 35-65 miles
Drive Speed: 3 adjustable drive speed 12/25/37MPH
Electric Instrument Gauge: YES
Handle Bar: Quick adjustable range from 38in-48in Brake: Dual disk brake for stable braking
Suspension: Dual shock for smoother ride
Foldable : 2s quick-folding
Light: Headlight +Side light +Tail braking light
Tire: 10’ pneumatic tire
Remote control: Yes remote key fob included for anti-theft and lock/unlock
USB Port: Yes can charge phones
Kick Stand: Yes
Waterproof: IP66: Can be ridden in the rain but could not be submerged in water
Battery information : 48v 26Ah 5C 18650 lithium battery
Charging time :8-12 hours
Package Dimension: 46 x 11 x 20 inch
Road System requirement : Adaptable to different road surfaces and different terrains – suitable for light off-road riding
Seat: NOT included but can be purchased separately and installed easily
Qiewa Q1Hummer Review Rating:
Value for money: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battery range: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Qiewa QPower is the Q1Hummer’s big brother – this electric scooter is an absolute beast and not for the faint hearted! If you are looking for a nice mellow e-scooter then this probably isn’t the scooter for you.
The dual 1600w motors provide masses of torque, and hitting the throttle (in full power mode) will catapult you forward at a remarkable pace.
Like its lower powered sibling the QPower has a very tough and durable feel about it, which is important considering the power on offer.
Qiewa QPower Promo Video
The brakes have also been upgraded from mechanic disc brakes to hydraulic brakes – very important, due to the weight of scooter and rider combined with a high top speed.
Other features include twin powerful LED headlights, and a clear LCD display with trigger throttle.
Another great feature is the ability to switch between single and dual motor operation, and choose different levels of power from ECO to Turbo mode. You will get a much greater battery range in single motor mode, but in full-power dual motor mode battery range will be greatly diminished.
If you are after a real speed machine, and are looking for off-road thrills, then this scooter takes some beating. It is not the most powerful electric scooter in this selection, but 3200 watts of peak power is not to be sniffed at!
The QPower is a capable off-road machine with fat tyres, hydraulic brakes and enough travel in the suspension to iron out those lumps and bumps.
If you’re thinking of buying the Qiewa QPower, you will need to factor in the additional cost of safety gear. This is a fast electric scooter and coming off this at speed could result in serious injury if you’re unprotected.
- Motor Power: 3200Watts(2x1600Watts)
- Max range: 60 miles (20 miles approx in full power mode)
- Max Speed: 45mph
- Scooter Weight：37kg
- 11 inch off-road pneumatic tire Single/double motor switching Hydraulic brake
- Max load:300Kg
- Dual controller
- Battery: 48Volts 5C Power 26Ah 18650 lithium battery
- 45 degree dual shock absorber 2Second Quick-Folding
- IP5 waterproof
- Anti theft warning
- Power saving mode
- Dual charging interface (faster charging)
- Double Brake light * (Different weight, different road, will affect the distance and speed)
Qiewa QPower Review Rating:
Value for money: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battery range: ⭐⭐⭐
Following in the footsteps of the excellent Dualtron Ultra, the Thunder is on another level altogether! With high power direct drive motors driving both wheels and producing a peak power output of 5400w, this is an e-scooter that needs to be treated with respect!
Power is supplied by an incredibly powerful 59.2v 34.8ah lithium battery pack, and boy, does this scooter need it! The 2060Wh (watt hour) capacity of the battery would be quickly diminished if you rode this scooter flat-out for half an hour. But that scenario is unlikely during daily use, in fact if this scooter is ridden sensibly then it is possible to achieve a range in excess of 70 miles.
As electric scooters go, the Dualtron Thunder is packed full of high-tech features, that you will not find on many other scooters. Hydraulic brakes with ABS and the Dualtron EYE display and throttle with built-in fingerprint scanner – this really is an e-scooter for the 21st century!
The 11″ diameter wheels have extra wide tubeless tyres, and the height of the scooter body can be changed by adjusting the suspension arm angle by up to 3 steps. This adjustment can be made to suite the riding environment and the weight of the rider to provide optimum ride comfort. The Rubber cartridge suspension is easily adjustable
The LED lighting system is comprehensive and covers the handle bar, folding parts and along the length of the deck, this increases the visibility of the scooter at night and reduces the risk of accidents.
The handlebar and handle folding fasteners make the Dualtron Thunder quick and easy to fold for storage and transport.
The Minimotors Biometrics system is the first fingerprint scanner of its kind to be installed on an electric scooter.
|Motor||MAX 5400W BLDC DUAL HUB MOTOR|
|Battery type||Li-Ion battery pack|
|Battery capacity||59.2V 34.8Ah||2060Wh|
|Charging time (1.7A)||20hr+||When using standard charger(1.7A)|
|Charging time (3.4A)||10hr+||When using 2 standard chargers(1.7A)|
|Charging time (6.5A)||5.3hr+||When using quick charger(6.5A, option)|
|Charging time (8.4A)||4.2hr+||When using quick charger(6.5A)+Standard charger(1.7A)|
|Max mileage||120km||75±5kg load, 25km/h flat road continuous riding|
|Max Speed||70~80km/h||Speed adjustment function on the throttle display. Single, Dual mode seletion on the handlebar.(Single, Dual motor selection function)|
|Folding||Handle post two touch double folding||Patent pending|
|Gradability||Around 70% (35°)||Weight, road condition, battery status, temperature can affect to the gradeability|
|Product weight||Around 43kg|
|Unfolded size||1238 x 609 x 1219mm||Length x Width x Height|
|Folded size||1238 x 319 x 543mm||Length x Width x Height|
|Dashboard||EYE throttle is applied as the default option.(Bettery level, TRIP, ODO, Time, Speed display and mode change.)||Cruise / Electric brake / Auto save function(3minutes)|
|Light||Dual LED headlight&taillight, brake light is built in||DC to DC converter is built in(12V 3A output|
|Brake||Hydraulic brake+160mm disk||Common use for front and rear wheel|
|Suspension||15-step adjustable new rubber suspension
3 step variable suspension system
+ 5 kinds of rubber cartridge replaceable design
|Rubber cartridge normal is applied basically(Soft, Medium soft, Hard, Medium hard cartridge is optional/Patent pending)|
|Tire||11inch ultra wide tubeless tire(Proper air pressure 45~50psi)|
|Product material||Frame and handle: Aviation-grade 6082-T6 aluminium, Shaft: SCM440, Covers: Polypropylene|
The Dualtron Thunder is a truly remarkable scooter, not only is it blistering fast, but it’s also packed full of technical innovations, never before seen in an electric scooter.
Having hydraulic anti lock brakes is a first among e-scooters and also an excellent safety feature on something this quick. And as a theft deterrent the Minimotors Biometrics fingerprint reader is a great idea!
Another important note, is the high build quality of this scooter. The Dualtron Thunder is manufactured from high quality 6082-T6 alloy.
The only real downside to all of this is the weight penalty – at approximately 90lbs (43kg) it’s a hefty beast to be carting around!
Out of all the scooter featured here, this is the one I would buy. The battery has a massive 2060Wh energy capacity, and although very quick, it can be ridden quite sensibly in low power mode for over 70 miles. When it comes to steep hills the excellent torque produced by the 2 wheel drive system really comes into play, and makes hill climbing effortless.
Dualtron Thunder Review Rating:
Value for money: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battery range: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
More popular electric scooters available on Aliexpress (Global shipping)
Nanrobot offer a great range of electric scooters, I have included links to their best selling e-scooters below -these are available for global shipping.
Another contender for one of the best commuter scooters is the Kugoo S1 350w Electric Scooter. This great little scooter is currently one of the best sellers on Aliexpress and has excellent customer reviews.
Kugoo S1 350w electric scooter