The best electric scooters

The best e-scooters for leisure and commuting.

The best e-scooters

by William Lobley |

If you live in a city, it's likely you'll have noticed the influx of e-scooters, topped with commuters on their merry way to work. With more people looking for environmentally conscious ways to travel and avoiding public transport, an electric scooter can be a great option.

Cycling is clearly still the number one choice when it comes to green travel, but many people are realising the positives of opting for a scooter. Simple to operate, carry and maintain, they're a solid choice for those looking for an easy way to get around.

E-scooters are both speedy (with some topping out at around 15mph), and great for distance travel, (between 10 and 40-mile trips), so it's no wonder that these sleek and powerful devices are gaining momentum.

Ready to meet your match? Here are our best e-scooter recommendations.

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, but 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 physical harm.

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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