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Your Comprehensive Electric Scooter Buying Guide Is Here

Your Comprehensive Electric Scooter Buying Guide Is Here

With so many options out there, getting an e-scooter is nowhere near straightforward

The e-scooter industry might still be in its infancy, but these electrically-powered machines are enjoying an increasing amount of popularity by the day. People living in big cities have rushed to adopt this new trend out of purely practical reasons - with so many cars stuck in traffic, e-scooters are the shortcut more, and more people are willing to take. Factor in their relatively low maintenance costs and the fact that you can easily fold them for storage or transport purposes, plus the advantage of not getting to your destination with a sweaty back, like it happens with bicycles or kick scooters, and you get an unbeatable recipe.

But with high demand comes high offer. With more and more people looking to get an e-scooter, companies that produce them have multiplied like rabbits, and others are joining them as we speak. This means that you, the buyers, now has hundreds of options to choose from, from low-end, cheap e-scooters to performance and off-road-oriented ones. So, which one is best for you? Well, only you can decide that, but we’ll give you a hand with a guide that touches on what key aspects you should consider before placing that order.

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Hiboy MAX Electric Scooter Review

Hiboy MAX Electric Scooter Review

Another contender in the city-commuting e-scooter niche

Electric scooters are still booming although some governments are coming up with restrictions and sanctions for those who don’t ride them appropriately – as in with a helmet and not on crowded sidewalks, to start with. Also, don’t ride an e-scooter while drunk. Just don’t.

Now, there are a lot of options you can choose from in the under-$500 e-scooter niche, including the versatile Xiaomi M365. In this review, however, we’ll focus on the Hiboy MAX electric scooter.

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Segway Ninebot ES1 Gen 2 Electric Scooter Review

Segway Ninebot ES1 Gen 2 Electric Scooter Review

The ES1 Gen 2 comes with more power in the same straightforward what-you-see-is-what-you-get package

Segway upgraded the Ninebot ES1 electric scooter so the Gen 2 now packs a 300-watt e-motor instead of a 250-watt one. What’s more, Segway is adamant that the scooter (which is of the kickscooter ilk) passed a trial phase that included 6,000+ miles of road ride testing. The Ninebot ES1 is Segway’s entry-level scooter, the lightest it currently offers, and one of the lightest on the market. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at it.

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GOTRAX Xr Electric Scooter Review

GOTRAX Xr Electric Scooter Review

GOTRAX’s latest product, the Xr e-scooter, is a promising sub-$400 entry

GOTRAX has a new under-$400 scooter coming to replace the very-reliable GXL V2. It’s called the Xr and you can also have it in Ultra guise, with a more potent e-motor and larger battery pack. Its main rivals are the likes of Swagtron Swagger 5 ($299), Xiaomi M365 ($349), and Segway Ninebot ES2 ($589) - as you can see, pretty rough competition. We had a go at the GOTRAX Xr and here’s what we can report.

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Segway Ninebot Max Electric Scooter Review

Segway Ninebot Max Electric Scooter Review

Initially an Indiegogo project, the Segway Ninebot Max has got everybody talking recently

The Segway Ninebot Max electric scooter is powered by a 350-watt e-motor and trumpets a maximum range of 40 miles. That’s quite impressive, but at the same time, the Ninebot Max is a rather large scooter with few folding options, which puts a dent in practicality. In fact, it could be more destined to e-scooter fleets than personal daily use, although if space is not a commodity for you, the Ninebot Max will not disappoint. Check out the review below to see if this is the e-scooter you’re looking for.

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Turboant X7 Electric Scooter Review

Turboant X7 Electric Scooter Review

We had a go at Turboant’s X7 electric scooter and it did not disappoint

The entry-level electric scooter niche is a cutthroat affair right now. Companies that are more or less known in the scooter industry are battling for a piece of the pie as more and more riders are looking at e-scooters as a solution to avoid clogged city traffic or simply as an alternative to shabby public transportation networks that don’t properly cover their areas.

Enter Turboant and their X7 electric scooter, a contraption that’s looking to dethrone the hugely-popular Xiaomi Mi M365 and steal some of its customers. Turboant was kind enough to send us the X7 for reviewing purposes, so inevitably, we took it for a spin. Our impressions are for you to read in the hands-on review that continues below.

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Goplus Electric Scooter Review

Goplus Electric Scooter Review

Goplus’ e-scooter lets you stand up or sit down while riding with just a twist

Did you think there’s not much room for innovation when it comes to electric scooters? Well, think again. Goplus is offering an e-scooter that transforms to let you either stand up or sit down. What’s more, it has a Bluetooth function that lets you play music and its frame build is suitable for both teenagers and adults.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with an overview of the Goplus electric scooter, so that you know what to expect before making the acquisition. Check it out below.

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Emaxusa Electric Scooter Review

Emaxusa Electric Scooter Review

Here’s a no-nonsense scooter that won’t put a hole in your budget

Not every electric scooter out there is about all-out performance. In fact, most commuters don’t need souped-up e-scooters to cover that last mile from the underground or bus station to their home, so this is where the Emaxusa e-scooter comes into play.

It’s definitely not the most tech-ladden, high-performance electric scooter on the market but it comes wrapped in a sleek, no-nonsense package destined for adult riders that want a particular dose of comfort first and foremost. Let’s find out more about the Emaxusa e-scooter.

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NANROBOT D5+ Electric Scooter Review

NANROBOT D5+ Electric Scooter Review

Performance, comfort, and looks make up this all-rounder from NANROBOT

China-based NANROBOT has been rapidly expanding its electric scooter portfolio over the past years so that it now includes the D5+. Marketed as an adult-oriented e-scooter, the D5+ ticks a lot of essential boxes that customers are more inclined to consider, including the likes of performance and comfort.

What’s more, the D5+ also looks very good in comparison to most of its peers, but keep in mind that all these qualities are reflected in the price tag. Stay with us to find out more about the NANROBOT D5+ electric scooter as we take a closer look at what it brings to the table.

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Hyundai Wants an Electric Scooter in Every New Car It Sells

Hyundai Wants an Electric Scooter in Every New Car It Sells

So does Audi, by the way, for its eletric range

The electric scooter industry is booming, despite the fact that these things have pushed governments into considering banning them or come up with a new set of laws to regulate their use in urban areas. As it turns out, when used incorrectly, electric scooters can leave their riders with serious injuries, not to mention other innocent people. We’ve covered the topic in greater detail here. However, today’s piece is not about safety issues.

Long story short, Hyundai is launching a new electric scooter that might end up in every new car the Koreans sell, as the company wants to look at ways to improve last mile mobility, a logistical living hell that’s forced carmakers like Ford to develop its own delivery robot.

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Audi's New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand

Audi’s New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand

Thanks to an unorthodox design, you’ll have one hand free, but we hope it’s not for text messaging

Well, we guess this one was coming sooner or later: Audi has just launched an electric scooter that has e-tron embedded in its name and we can’t stop wondering how come the announcement came just a month or so after BMW highlighted plans to build its own such contraption. Nonetheless, is this a sign that carmakers are looking to branch out into other sectors that involve some sort of means of transportation? Well, it could very well be, provided the numerous study they carry out have pointed that this would be a profitable piece of the pie. And we know for sure that people have the hots for electric scooters to the same amount they crave crossovers. Therefore, from a theoretical view, selling e-scooters might bring some extra profit to a car manufacturer. After all, some of them have been building bikes for quite some time (think Porsche and BMW, for a change) so moving on to electric scooters doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, does it?

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Check Out the First Electric Scooter That Fits Inside a Backpack

Check Out the First Electric Scooter That Fits Inside a Backpack

While most e-scooters are chunky and not that easy to carry, the MiniFalcon is incredibly compact

While e-scooters come in all shapes and sizes, their proportions aren’t yet to a point where we can fully consider them items that are hauled easily from A to B. Moreover, you’ll have to blame the electric motor or motors as well as the battery pack for the hefty weight, despite the fact that most e-scooter manufacturers are looking at lightweight materials such as aluminum to avoid customers getting backaches from lifting too much weight. The MiniFalcon project, however, wants to deliver an electric scooter that fits in a backpack and at the same time, won’t force you to get too friendly with your chiropractor.

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Razor E100 Electric Scooter Review

Razor E100 Electric Scooter Review

Razor’s E100 e-scooter is a hugely popular kid’s choice

In case you were wondering how come everybody ignores the children when it comes to electric scooters, well, think again. There are companies that offer such fun contraptions not only to adults, but to kids as well. One such company is Razor and one of its most successful electric scooters is called E100. Now, keep in mind that the E100 is made for children aged eight and above. With that in mind, its top speed is limited to 10 mph for obvious reasons, but it comes in a wide range of lively colors, which is good to see, considering that most e-scooters these days - the adult-focused ones, that is - display the same matte black coating. We also believe this is the perfect introduction a kid can get into the world of electric scooters before moving on to something that packs more performance.

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Gotrax GXL V2 Electric Scooter Review

Gotrax GXL V2 Electric Scooter Review

The brand’s most potent scooter to date is its most tempting for the commuters: meet the improved Gotrax GXL 2

When Gotrax launched the GXL electric scooter, the company was adamant that those who bought it would begin to love their commute. And they were true. The GXL (or Glider XL) became a popular choice and a sought-after electric scooter on Amazon - so much so that Gotrax decided to offer an improved version of it, suggestively called GXL V2 (or Version 2). As some of you might know, the Gotrax GXL is a direct competitor for Xiaomi’s Mijia M365 electric scooter and a popular choice for those with short daily commutes thanks to its zippy character, low weight, and adequate range. Even more enticing for buyers was the “ride now, pay later” program Gotrax offered for its GXL e-scooter. We’ll get to that and more in a jiffy.

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Xiaomi Mi (M365) Electric Scooter Review

Xiaomi Mi (M365) Electric Scooter Review

Xiaomi’s take on electric scooters look neat and promises a lot of value for a convenient price

You might have heard about Xiaomi in a different context than electric scooters, but that’s alright. The Chinese giant has been quickly expanding its tentacles to smartphones and fitness gear (especially bracelets and smartwatches), so it goes without saying that the company couldn’t just sit and watch the e-scooter boom without launching its own product. The Mi electric scooter, which, according to Xiaomi’s marketing talk, was created to work “as simple as it looks.” Well, it does look good, we’ll give you that. In fact, the scooter was awarded the Red Dot Award for design, but as it often happens, coming up with a tempting e-scooter isn’t just about the looks. So let’s dive deeper into what the Xiaomi Mi electric scooter has to offer.

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Glion Dolly Electric Scooter Review

Glion Dolly Electric Scooter Review

Glion’s Dolly e-scooter is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive offer on the market, but it’s a well-rounded package with a nice practical twist

E-scooter buyers know they have to deal with a sea of choices that are expanding even more as we write this. But it a market that’s beginning to cover pretty much everything the customer wants, it’s the well-rounded packages that gain the most traction in terms of sales. Such an example is the Glion Dolly electric scooter. Now, its makers say the Dolly was designed to end tedious commutes in such a way that you won’t ever need to travel by car or by bike. In doing that, Glion’s Dolly aims to deliver a pretty frank offer that stays in an affordable price range while offering a little something from each world. Mind you, the Glion Dolly doesn’t tick all the boxes like some of its (way) more expensive peer, but this electric scooter was not created with performance in mind. For that, there are other scooters which we’ll present in detail here on TopSpeed. But for now, let’s take a closer look at the Glion Dolly e-scooter and what it brings for the hardcore commuter.

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How dangerous are electric scooters?

How dangerous are electric scooters?

Or better yet, shouldn’t we be more careful while using them?

Electric scooters are popping up in major cities like mushrooms as people are looking for faster and cheaper ways to go around the city. The thing is, these electrically-powered two-wheelers can reach speeds that match or are greater than the legal limit imposed around cities, so you’d think people would be inclined to treat these e-scooters with the proper respect. We’re not saying you should fear them, but respect them and understand how they work and how they can hurt you. Because at 20+ mph, falling off an electric scooter or hitting a pole or getting hit by another car is just the same as if you were riding a bike or a motorcycle. And yes, you could get killed by riding an e-scooter, as it was the unfortunate case of British YouTube star and TV presenter Emily Hartridge, who lost her life after being hit by a truck in a roundabout while riding her e-scooter in south London. According to the Guardian, this is the first fatal collision involving an e-scooter in the UK.

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NANROBOT D4+ Electric Scooter Review

NANROBOT D4+ Electric Scooter Review

The D4+ is one of the most powerful e-scooters out there and comes with a matching price tag

In today’s clogged traffic that’s beginning to affect smaller cities and not just your run-of-the-mill megalopolis, one mobility solution has been and is still adopted on a large scale: the electric scooter. These buzzing machines can take you from A to B around the city at average speeds similar to a car that abides by urban speed limits, with one huge advantage. Unlike cars, electric scooters are not restrained to the road, are obviously much easier to squeeze through traffic, and let you get to that big meeting in time without breaking a sweat - unlike bikes, for example.

The NANROBOT D4+ electric scooter is one of the best such contraptions out there because it ticks a lot of boxes. In fact, its only drawback is the spicy price tag when compared to other electric scooters, but ultimately, if we take into account its capabilities, the sticker becomes justifiable. However, before you actually make a buying decision, let’s see what the NANROBOT D4+ is all about.

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