Choosing to ride an Electric scooter creates a new habit. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these Electric scooters?
Advantages of electric scooters
significant savings in consumption
An electric scooter costs less than 1 euro for 100 kilometers of electricity. Comparable models have an average consumption of around 3 liters/100 km, making the consumption savings particularly interesting and recouping the extra costs identified at the time of purchase.
Almost complete silence during operation
No sound, no vibration… The gliding feeling unique to an electric scooter is impressive, and you can enjoy the scenery without being disturbed. The last thing you hear is electric motors’ faint whistling and rolling.
Of course, electric scooters emit no odors or pollutants without exhaust fumes.
Euro standards for scooters are far less advanced than those applied in the automotive world, making environmental considerations all the more important.
Reduced maintenance costs
Electric scooters are much simpler and have far fewer wearing parts than combustion models. This means you can save a lot of money on regular maintenance.
No traffic restrictions
In big cities, low emission zones are gradually becoming the norm. These zones, which prohibit the most polluting vehicles from accessing certain areas, are now primarily intended for trucks, commercial vehicles, and private vehicles.
Undoubtedly, the system will gradually expand to include electric motorcycles. Start with the pros.
Refuel at home or office
An electric scooter is an ideal solution for those with a grid-connected garage. Many models also offer a removable battery system for convenient battery charging at home or in the office.
Apply for a grant
There are many subsidies for electric scooter buyers. Nationally, electric scooters can be insured for up to €900. You can also add a conversion bonus when your old petrol or diesel vehicle is scrapped.
At the local level, some municipalities also provide specific funding. For example, in Paris, the allowance is up to 400 euros. This complements the aid already granted at the national level.
Disadvantages of electric scooters.
High purchase price
The government has set a special bonus for electric scooters, but this is not enough to cover the extra vehicle cost. The difference between comparable combustion models can be significant depending on the brand and type of vehicle selected.
Switching to an electric scooter requires careful consideration of the stakes. The first question to ask yourself when choosing an electric scooter is how you will use it, or more specifically, how much you will ride each day.
Today electric scooters rarely range more than 50-100 km (they already cover many applications!).
Gas scooters take only a few minutes to refuel, while electric scooters take quite a while to charge. In most cases, manufacturers are happy with charging solutions that can be plugged into a simple socket. The average charging time is 4-6 hours, so you must be patient to get back on your scooter.
However, be aware that some electric scooters offer fast charging systems. However, these models remain extremely rare.
Suzuki, Yamaha, Piaggio, Peugeot, BMW, Honda… The major scooter brands offer only a product range absent from the electric vehicle segment or often reduced to one or two models. It’s not enough to help democratize technology for many.
Today, the electric scooter market is predominantly dominated by startups. Among the most popular brands are Niu, Super Soco, Equity, and Askoll. Some automakers are also jumping into adventures. For example, Seat has teamed up with the Spanish company Silence to sell electric scooters in 125 categories.