The best electric scooters for 2019

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Scoot your commute! Here are the 9 best electric scooters on the market

ECORECO S5

Lightweight and affordable, Ecoreco’s scooters appeal to just about everyone. The company’s newest addition — the Ecoreco S5 — is an urban commuter’s dream. Weighing in at 30 pounds and sporting a slim, collapsible chassis, finding a spot for it on the bus or under your desk won’t be a problem. With a customizable max speed of 7, 12, or 20 miles per hour,  and a running distance of 10 to 20 miles per charge; this scooter will get you where you need to go quickly and reliably. With its included safe-start throttle, three-stage braking, LED lights, and mounts for your gadgets; Ecoreco’s S5 is a great choice for anyone looking to hack their commute without breaking the bank.
  Max Speed        Max Distance Charge Time   Motor Wattage   Weight  Max. Rider Capacity 
   20 mph 10-20 miles per charge    2-5 hours      700-watt  30 pounds     250 pounds

JETSON ELECTRIC BIKE

Jetson Electric Bike

Jetson’s first-gen eBike might look a lot like a standard-issue Vespa scooter, but the underlying mechanics and 500-watt electric motor are anything but traditional. With a charge time of less than an hour, the Jetson eBike won’t bog you down with charge-related delays between trips. The electric scooter also allows you to partially recharge the battery by simply pedaling, but suffers from a rather mediocre top speed of 20 mph. It is, however, capable of hauling up to 375 pounds and going 40 miles on a single charge, which makes for an enjoyable — albeit, rather slow — ride for two.

 Max Speed        Max Distance  Charge Time  Motor Wattage   Weight Max. Rider Capacity
    20 mph 30-40 miles per charge      1 hour      500-watt 125 pounds       375 pounds

GIGABYTE GROOVE

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With one of the longest ranges on our list, the GigaByke Groove doesn’t intend to limit you to short trips like some other scooters on the market. The nimble machine can travel up to 35 miles on a single charge, yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be burning rubber in the process — the Groove tops out at 20 mph given its ample 750-watt motor (probably to give you such great range, we’d think). An LED headlight, turn signals, digital speedometer are all added perks for inner city commuters. If distance rather than speed is your thing, the Groove is one of the best scooters out there for achieving it, and you have four different color options to get there in style.

   Max Speed       Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage   Weight   Max. Rider Capacity  
    20 mph 35 miles per charge     6 hours     750-watt 180 pounds    250 pounds

GLION DOLLY

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Nowadays, many manufacturers tout the portability of their foldable scooters, yet, if said scooter weighs more than 70 pounds, it really isn’t all that “portable.” Thankfully, the Glion Dolly folds up nicely and weighs a cool 26 pounds, rendering it a true portable. If carrying the Glion around isn’t your thing, the Dolly Model also comes equipped with a handle extension that’s built directly into the frame. Simply fold the scooter, extend the handle, and roll the scooter behind you like a piece of traditional luggage. The Glion’s 250-watt motor might not provide a lot of power, but the scooter’s durable aluminum frame, 15-mile range, and low recharge time (3.5 hours) are all pros for this practical option.

 Max Speed    Max Distance   Charge Time   Motor Wattage    Weight Max. Rider Capacity
   15 mph 15 miles per charge     3.5 hours    250-watt 26 pounds    250 pounds

RAZOR ECOSMART METRO

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The EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter is a refined, practical version of the first-generation Razor. Released last year, recent price cuts have brought it down to under $400, and it’s the cheapest model on our list. A 500-watt motor provides plenty of pop and a top speed of 18 miles per hour, while the sleek bamboo deck, adjustable seat, and removable luggage carrier add a welcome touch of style and pragmatism.

The rather limited max distance of 10 miles per charge and a daunting recharge time of up 12 hours are both glaring cons, but it’s hard to expect more from a scooter at this price point. You might not be able to finger whip the EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter as easily as its first-gen counterpart, but getting around town will be much easier.

 Max Speed     Max Distance   Charge Time    Motor Wattage    Weight  Max. Rider Capacity
   18 mph 10 miles per charge      12 hours      500-watt  67 pounds     220 pounds

WORKS ELECTRIC ROVER BR2

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With a price tag starting at $5,950, Works Electric’s BR2 is by far one of the most expensive electric scooters on the market. On the same token, the BR2 is also virtually unmatched in performance and technology. Brad Baker, the owner of Works Electric and creator of the BR2, addressed the high price quite straightforwardly: “You want something cheaper, go buy something else.” With a powerful, 4000-watt ZM2 Brushless Drive System, a top speed of 35 mph, and the ability to go from 0 to 30 mph in 4.1 seconds, this sucker is admittedly pretty hard to beat. The scooter’s 30-mile range just seals the deal.

There is such a thing as a badass scooter,

and Works Electric calls it the Rover:

brad baker works electric rover in action
Onroad or off, Works Electric’s Rover is rugged enough to take what you can dish out – and keep rolling.

Proclaiming yourself builder of the world’s finest electric scooter would be an eyebrow-raising assertion outside the eccentric, green-obsessed city Brad calls home. “Electric scooters” conjure up images of wannabe Vespas limping along in the right lane on crowded city streets, or worse, something you would buy at a toy store. But Baker’s company, Works Electric, has elevated the humble scooter from novelty to serious transportation.

Scooters have a really crummy connotation,” Brad acknowledges. “I think there’s a big necessity for compact, portable transportation. But it doesn’t have to be silly.”

Take a spin on Works’ Electrics’ Rover

One hell of a scooter

At 95 pounds, the Rover has little in common with the push-scooters you’ll find putzing around college campuses and cul de sacs. For one, under the floorboard, you’ll find the same style of battery packs as you would beneath Tesla’s Model S. And a three-phase, brushless DC motor that will whisk you – quietly – to 35 miles an hour when you crack open the electronic throttle.

Standing on it feels half like riding a bicycle and half like riding a skateboard. You can stagger your feet and crouch for stability in turns, but starting and stopping is as easy as twisting a throttle and squeezing a brake lever, respectively. No engine, no clutch, no shifting.

“I think there’s a big necessity for compact, portable transportation. But it doesn’t have to be silly.”

“There’s nothing out there that even compares to it, in terms of the range, the speed, mixed with the fact that it’s still a compact electric vehicle,” explains Patrick Marzullo, the Works cofounder who helped Brad dream up the design.He’s right. Razor’s fastest electric scooter goes half the speed. A Segway can’t match the Rover’s speed either, or its range. Gigantic Vespa-style electric scooters can, but they weigh three or four times as much. This unique combination of small size and high performance has its perks.

“It’s a really easy piece of transportation to store in a small space, whether you’re in an apartment or a house,” Patrick says. “You can drive it to work, put it under your desk, put it just about anywhere.” That means no parking to pay for. Or vandals to worry about – or for that matter, insurance. And you can fill it up in about four hours with 18 cents worth of electricity. It’s exactly what Brad and Patrick set out to design little more than a year ago.

From humble origins

Even before was building his own vehicles from scratch, Brad has been a car guy. After getting his degree in mechanical engineering, he served a stint at a GM factory in Ohio where he got a taste of how America’s existing makers of transportation work: terribly. His sole job was to oversee the paint jobs on an assembly line of Chevy Cobalts as they rolled past. Not paint them, but press a button when something went wrong. When even that responsibility became usurped by an aggressive union boss who decided he would run the show, Brad fled the corporate life by heading West on two wheels. Bicycle wheels.

The trip led to his fateful reunion with Patrick, a high-school friend attending school in Montana. Both bound for Portland, Oregon, they became roommates – and Brad began experimenting with homemade electric vehicles.

Works Electric Rover
Despite its beefy construction, the Rover’s aluminum frame keeps weight down to just 95 pounds.

He started, practically enough, by electrifying what he knew: a mountain bike. But soon enough he had moved on to a lifted Suzuki Sidekick that resembles an overgrown Power Wheels. And a homemade electric chopper, still proudly parked in his garage, that looks like a prop from the next Mad Max movie. Huge slab sides conceal an enormous bank of batteries that can fling the chopper to more than 100 mph. An enormous side cowl seemingly ripped off a Nova at the drag strip, flushes outside air through the packs to keep them cool. As futuristic as the powertrain is, up front, a single headlight and springer suspension project old-school Hell’s Angels badass.

But an opportunity at another Portland company showed Brad the practicality of thinking small. He landed an engineering gig at Boxx Corp, a tiny company developing a tiny product: the “1-meter vehicle,” an electric scooter that basically looks like a computer case with wheels. Unlike at GM, Brad loved the product. Like at GM, business prospects looked dismal. Enamored with the idea of pint-sized electric transportation, but disillusioned with the financial ledgers at Boxx, Brad decided to break out on his own.

Napkin sketches turned into CAD diagrams, which turned into aluminum skeletons in Brad’s backyard workshop.

On the car ride back from a camping trip, Brad and Patrick hashed out plans for what they envisioned as the perfect urban electric vehicle. “It would do all the things any other scooter would do, but be more compact, faster, more fun to drive,” Patrick explains. “Pretty much the next day, he started sketching stuff, and we started meeting at least once a week and refining the sketch.”

Napkin sketches turned into CAD diagrams, which turned into aluminum skeletons in Brad’s backyard workshop. “The first one, I pretty much built by hand from the ground up,” Brad explains. “I did all the machining, all the bending, all the cutting, in this shop.”

Batteries presented the biggest design challenge. The Rover needed to be small and light enough to fit anywhere, but pack enough juice to be cover a whole day’s urban commute. The solution looks a lot less like the battery in your car and a lot more like the one in your laptop.

“It has probably the most advanced battery pack that you’re going to find in a scooter right now,” Brad boasts. “We’re using lithium-ion technology — very similar technology, if not the same as what’s going in the Tesla Model S vehicles.” A special phase-change material, or PCM, helps keep each cell cooler, extending life to likely match the life of the scooter. At 1.3 kilowatt hours, it’s also a large battery for a vehicle as small as the Rover, but not that bulky. “These particular batteries are very, very energy dense, meaning they can pack a lot of energy in a small space.”

Works Electric Rover brake macro
Disc brakes help bring the Rover to a stop in a hurry, coupled with a regenerative braking system that feeds electricity back into the battery as you slow down.

This modern battery tech puts their creation in a class of its own. “The Rover weighs 95 pounds. It has a top speed of 35 miles an hour. It has a range of a little over 30 miles. This is the first time you’ve ever been able to get to that level of performance in a vehicle this size.”

To further set the Rover ahead of cheap competitors, Works sourced LED headlights and taillights, designed a custom receptacle for a seat accessory, and even built-in regenerative braking so that you recharge the battery as you slow down. A 45-degree “speed plate” over the rear wheel helps riders plant their weight where it counts and stay onboard when the torque kicks in. Brad insists the motor could pop the front wheel off the ground if he wanted – though sadly for YouTube viewers everywhere, he’s programmed the throttle controller not to. A cell-phone holder on the handlebar stem lets you mount your phone where you can see it, and Works is developing an app to display your speed and keep track of your range, among other things.

Roving

The resulting ride is incredibly intuitive, yet distinct. Grabbing the handlebars feels like piloting a bike, but the staggered foot position on the wide, long deck is more like a snowboard. The low-slung design, with the battery weight packed into the belly of the beast, makes it easy to keep upright even at rest, without the gyroscopic motion that keeps a bike upright. A pair of extra-fat tires sourced from pit bikes give it a sure-footed feel as you roll back and forth across their wide profile in curves.

“It’s a very very unique riding experience,” Brad grins. “And really really fun.”

Thanks to Brad’s programming, cracking open the throttle doesn’t threaten to snap your neck back, but the Rover whines quickly up to its top speed of 35 miles an hour, which will have you passing confused cyclists on trails and bike lanes in no time. On the flats, anyway. Without gears, the Rover chugs noticeably when you give it a hill to chew on. And though those beefcake tires won’t slip out from underneath you on rough terrain, without any real suspension, venturing offroad can turn into a knee-crunching affair as you fight the handlebars for control. But go ahead, try cruising through a quarry on your Vespa.

Works Electric Rover in action
At its top speed of 35 miles an hour, the Rover feels right at home in cities and residential neighborhoods.

Brad’s first customers appreciate the Rover’s unique traits. “The two things they say are always how easy it is to ride – they’re always surprised – and then also how powerful it is,” Brad says.

One of them lives in a community in Baja, California where only electric vehicles are allowed – but didn’t want a golf cart like everyone else. The Rover lets him adopt an electric lifestyle without completely conceding to a bland look and performance. Another, a former helicopter pilot in Alaska, uses it to commute from his remote home into the nearest town without running out juice halfway or buying gas. And he wouldn’t be caught dead in a golf cart.

Rolling forward

If you want to land your own Rover, be prepared to drop around $5,000 for the base model and almost $6,000 or the elite model with a 30-mile range and 35mph top speed. Which really could buy you a taste of something Italian – even if it is more Vespa than Ducati. But Works isn’t apologetic about the price of its handmade machines.

“You want something cheaper, go buy something else,” Brad insists. “We’re trying to give people something they could never get with these other guys. Ours will always be the most powerful, and the fastest, and the sweetest.”

Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/best-electric-scooters/
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