Just how fast are electric scooters? It’s safe to say that speed is exciting—and for many of us it’s something we crave. Well, now our need for speed desires can be satisfied on an electric scooter.
While many of the electric scooters you see on urban streets today will only reach speeds of about 20 miles per hour, you may be surprised to know that some can go much, much faster. 2020 has welcomed improvements in electric scooter technology—and an electric scooter that can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
Electric scooters have revolutionized how we get from A to B. They are a convenient and preferred choice for many urban travellers—and they are increasingly becoming a suitable option for those looking to go fast, really fast.
This article will explore average speeds of electric scooters, how they get their speed, how fast they can truly go, and what things you should do to stay safe in top speeds.
How Fast Are They?
Electric scooters have quickly become a very popular way to get around. They’re portable, environmentally friendly, and fun. While they certainly aren’t as fast as some other modes of transportation, electric scooters can reach high enough speeds to allow them to be attractive options for commuters around the world.
Many people who are considering using an electric scooter themselves have started wondering just how fast these can get. Gone are the days of endless and exhausting pushing on a kick scooter, you may be surprised to find electric scooters can get much faster than you think.
Most of the electric scooters that you’ll find on the market today will reach a maximum speed of around 20 miles per hour (32 kilometres per hour).
Where Does Their Speed Come From?
While most electric scooters will reach top speeds all around 20 miles per hour, some can go much faster. How exactly do electric scooters reach speeds nearly as fast as some cars?
Strong batteries are one of the most important factors in providing top speeds for electric scooters. The voltage of the battery will supply adequate power to meet the needs of the motor. Most commonly, you will find batteries that give either 24, 36, 48, or 52 volts. While voltage doesn’t directly impact speed, batteries with more power are capable of supplying power to motors capable of higher speeds.
The motors in electric scooters range from around 200 to 2000 Watts. As a rule of thumb, higher wattage means higher speeds. For example, some of the scooters that are capable of speeds closer to 40 miles per hour have motors with 2000 watts of power.
Electric Scooter Top Speed Record
As far as stand up electric scooters go, we’re currently very impressed with one that can reach speeds of up to 52 miles per hour (83 kilometres per hour)! The NANROBOT LS7 Electric Scooter can reach high speeds with the help of two 1800-watt motors in both the front and rear wheels. It’s powered by a 60-volt lithium battery and is one of the most expensive electric scooters on the market.
If that sounds impressive, hold your horses because things get a lot faster with the Rion2 RE90 (racing edition) from Rion Motors—built for racing and super-fast. This is the world’s fastest production hyper scooter and its 96.6-volt lithium battery 24,000 watts of power allow it to reach top speeds of over 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour)!!!
How to Get Even Faster
Electric scooter manufacturers will promote top speeds, but it’s important to realize that those high speeds aren’t always achievable. There are several factors that contribute to reaching top speeds. These include the type of terrain, tire pressure, the weight of the rider, and how much charge is in the battery.
Fortunately, if you feel the need for speed, there are some things you can do to make your electric scooter go faster.
If you want to ensure a top speed every time you ride your electric scooter, make sure that you keep air in the tires. Check tire pressure frequently and top up as needed. Additionally, make sure that you’re always riding with a full charge. If your battery drops, you may notice slower speeds. In fact, if you’re below 50% power you’ll notice the speeds dropping quickly.
If you’d like to go the DIY route, make sure that you’re confident about the tasks you are going to perform. Many times, making modifications on a vehicle requires a significant level of technical expertise and can pose risks if you’re not fully competent. Also, realize that making modifications will most likely invalidate any warranty that came with your scooter.
If you have the know-how and want to improve the speed on your electric scooter, this will likely involve installing either a more powerful battery and/or another electric motor. Exercise caution when installing a more powerful battery as this could cause the electrics to overheat. This will require you to reprogram the scooter’s controller or connect the new battery directly to the motor.
Upgrade to an electric scooter with a seat
If you’re after top speeds, you’ll likely have to upgrade from a standing electric scooter to one that comes with a seat—more like a moped. These electric scooters come with a step through frame and a place to put your feet on. They are limited by range and are much slower than gas-powered scooters but can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour).
Electric scooters are designed for convenient urban travel, not for types of travel that require more speed. While it may seem slow, if you’re simply heading to work in the city, you most likely don’t require speeds of more than 20 miles per hour. While they may lack speed, electric scooters provide other benefits like low-cost driving, no noise, no pollution, and a fun ride.
Whether you’re making modifications to your old scooter or buying a new scooter capable of top speeds, safety should be a top priority. it’s generally not recommended to ride faster than 20 miles per hour in city streets. If you reach those speeds, it’s crucial that you wear a helmet and protective gear.
If you’d like to explore higher speeds, be sure you do so in areas that are free from traffic and pedestrians. Also, consider protective body gear like chest, knee, and elbow protectors. Additionally, be sure to check local laws to make sure you are using high speeds in areas where they are allowed.
In some cases, a scooter will require a driver’s license if speeds will exceed 20 miles per hour. That said, faster electric scooters are not to be used by children.
Top Speeds with Low Emissions
What is there not to love about electric scooters? Not only are they a fun way to get around, but they’re also one of the best environmentally friendly options for urban travellers. Where kick scooters used to require a lot of effort to reach unimpressive speeds, modern electric scooters are capable of so much more.
We’re fortunate to live in a day and age where technology has allowed for the impossible to become possible. When it comes to electric scooters, we’re able to reach crazy speeds. Although they aren’t necessary for the average traveller, true speed enthusiasts are able to reach the same speeds of most cars with all the excitement provided by an electric scooter.
If you thought the racing world could only be accessed with cars and motorcycles, think again. Faster electric scooters are being released on the market consistently. Who knows, one day we might all be zooming around on hyper-fast electric scooters.