The best electric scooters to get you from A to B

The future is green - get on board with the best e-scooters.

The best e-scooters

by William Lobley |

Personal transportation is changing. While cars, public transport, road bikes and good old fashioned walking used to be the only options available for people to commute, the past few years have brought about a new option - the electric scooter.

Especially true for larger cities, teamed with public avoidance of public transport and emptier roadways in the wake of the pandemic, it’s clear that we're on the cusp of a green transport revolution.

While cycling will always be a popular option, e-scooters offer a simplicity that any commuter can get on board with. Easy to use, simple to carry and requiring minimal effort from the user, it's no wonder the electric scooter is growing in popularity.

Electric scooters take the basic scooter form, and add in a battery pack and small electric motor, effectively turning into a small, lightweight vehicle. E-scooters are both speedy, with some topping out at around 15mph, and great for distance travel, providing enough juice to complete between 10 and 40-mile trips. It’s no wonder that these sleek and powerful devices are gaining momentum with those looking for green travel alternatives.

Eager to jump on the trend? Here are our best e-scooter recommendations, plus some handy FAQs to get you started.

Are e-scooters legal in the UK?

Unlike people-powered scooters and e-bikes, privately owned e-scooters are not currently permitted for use on public roads, pathways, or cycle roots. E-scooters can only be legally used on private land, with the landowner's permission. However, the tide is changing. With the UK Government’s ongoing trial of rental e-scooters and increasingly loud calls to clean up inner-city air, it’s only a matter of time before they are fully legalised for private use.

Standard, non-motored scooters, are legal for use in the UK. Private and hired e-scooters are already legal in many European countries.

Trusted e-scooter retailers:

Pure Electric

Amazon UK

Halfords

Do I need to wear a helmet?

While there is no legal obligation to wear a helmet when using an e-scooter, it is highly recommended. Many e-scooters can achieve speeds of 12-15mph, and any crash or accident that occurs at these speeds could cause some serious damage.

We strongly recommend that you wear a helmet when using traditional or electric scooters and bicycles. Here are two of our favourites:

How do e-scooters charge up?

E-scooters are charged via a standard power outlet. The plug and cable will be provided with the e-scooter.

Why does an e-scooter’s speed or distance range change?

The top speed and maximum range of an e-scooter are deduced from tests in near-perfect conditions, i.e. no headwind, flat surface, equitable temperature, lightweight load. All of these factors affect an e-scooters performance.

Hills, heavy loads, wind direction, and cold temperatures can all negatively affect an e-scooters performance. It is unlikely that a user will always be able to get the peak performance from a battery.

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