Electric Scooters - What you need to know to avoid getting carried away
The wind has started to blow electric and while there is still enough life in a scooter with a gasoline engine, electric scooters are becoming more and more easily available.
Not only is it better for the environment, but it is also generally cheaper, although it is initially more expensive, as there is virtually no used market yet.
So can an electric scooter keep up with its ancestors in terms of speed, performance and style?
Read below to see our selection of the best electric scooters on the market right now - and some that may change the game even more in the future…
Primary Differences: Performance
Electric scooters, like their
"cousins" with fossil fuels, are available in a range of prices
depending on what you want in terms of performance.
Electric scooters do not have an engine and are powered by large batteries — usually lithium-ion batteries — essentially an oversized version of a laptop battery that typically powers electric motors for propulsion.
The top models are still able to achieve speeds comparable to gasoline scooters, certainly big enough for the roads of Greece.
The E-FUN Tiger, for example, can reach speeds of up to 110 km / h on a 120-minute charge and will give you the equivalent of a full petrol tank.
Primary Differences: Initial Cost
This is the main concern for most people
who are considering a new electric scooter and are well aware of it. Is the
initial cost worth the reduced running costs?
Any new electric scooter may seem expensive, with an initial cost that you can not easily afford.
The good news is that the state subsidy for electric scooter could give you € 800 from its list price.
If you are still looking at a more expensive option, for example the E-FUN Puma - admittedly a top electric scooter, it costs just under € 6,500.
However, the government has also pledged to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and is considering launching it by 2032 - something we need to consider as we move forward.
Primary Differences: Operation Costs
Electric scooters cost a full charge very cheaply, which can give an average range of 120 km - plus you have the added convenience of being able to use a standard wall outlet instead of going to a gas station.
Primarily, electric scooters also need less maintenance than their "cousins" with gasoline, further reducing operating costs.
Overall, electric scooters will cost less to run than a petrol equivalent right now.
In addition, if you are very environmentally conscious - in terms of the wider carbon footprint as well as noise pollution - you can be sure that an electric scooter is worth the money for even more reasons.