3 Electric Scooters That You Can (Actually) Buy (w/video)

DEC 4 2014 BY TDILLARD 11

The Go-Ped ESR-750EX

The Go-Ped ESR-750EX

One of the big hits in the Kickstarter world is EVs in general, and scooters, skateboards and other personal electric vehicles in specific.  Unfortunately, though a lot of them are remarkably innovative, more than a few of them are simply, well, impossible – leading us to wonder at the gullibility of the Kickstarter backer mentality as well as the credibility of many Kickstarter project creators.   The very kindest thing we can say is they didn’t do their math.

In response to this general trend, and to pat the back of a few companies who have real products that are available today, we thought it’d be fun to look at three little electric scooters that you can actually buy.  (…and we have been good, for goodness sake.  Just sayin’.)

First, and featured in the photo above, is the Go-Ped ESR-750EX AKA the “Hover”.  There are a few different versions, but you have versions as light as 42lbs, top speeds of around 20mph, and ranges of 28 miles at the maximum.  It does come with lithium batteries (pretty common now on e-bikes), and with 10″ wide tires it’s going to be safe around town, and yes, it folds for the train (or driving) part of your commute.

Go-Ped ESR-750 folded

Go-Ped ESR-750 folded

There’s a dealer network apparently, but if you’re interested, allow up to 6 weeks for delivery.

Suppose you like the bigger wheels, for a smoother ride and a little more safety in the gravel.  Check out the Razor EcoSmart Metro.  This scooter has been around for a few years, and is one of the only products tailored by Razor for adults.

Razor EcoSmart Metro

Razor EcoSmart Metro

All of these have a similar specs – the Razor claims an 40-minute range and speeds of up to 18mph, and running at about 67lbs.  It does not fold, and there’s no lithium option, so humping this on the train probably isn’t great, but bringing it up the elevator into your office or apartment for a recharge and off-street storage is well within possibility – unlike a lot of larger Vespa-style electric scooters.

Say you want something really small that you can throw in your backpack?  Besides just running to your local toy retailer and picking up a Razor e300, you can go for the ultimate small, light, foldable scooter: the Hobbyking ScootPlus.

Hobbyking ScootPlus

Hobbyking ScootPlus

We covered that a few weeks ago, and we’re kind of cheating.  It’s on backorder, so if you call us on the “…you can actually buy” part, we’re guilty as charged.  But it’s a 17mph, 24lb sweetheart that folds down to nothing, is lithium powered, has a hub motor and regen braking.  How could we leave it out?

Want a little more of a taste of what you might be looking at when you get one of these?  Here’s the Hoverboard unboxing video:

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11 Comments on "3 Electric Scooters That You Can (Actually) Buy (w/video)"

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David Murray

While cool, there is just absolutely nowhere I could safely ride one of these in my town. I’d almost say they’d be fun to go down park trails but most parks have rules against motorized vehicles. (although I think there is some debate on what counts legally as motorized)

James

In my county near Seattle, they’ll look the other way on bike paths like our Burke-Gilman Trail ( Railbeds converted to bike and walking paths ) if you’re on an electric scoot. I’ve passed Segways on there too.

Go-Peds got a bad rap back when they invented the gas Go-ped back in the ’90s. Soon, neighborhoods and communities were complaining, and police forces were fining people who rode the noisey 2 cycle gas scoots on public paths. The electric scoot changed a lot of that.

DanCar

I bought an electric scooter from amazon for $1k. Top speed about 26mph. Suffers from low quality, but otherwise does the job. Range is about 8 miles at top speed when new. Seller claims a range up to 20 miles.

David Murray

Not surprising. I’ve also noticed most of the electric scooter companies greatly exaggerate their range. And if any honest company would put the real range, they wouldn’t be able to sell theirs because on paper it would look so much worse than all of the lying competitors.

Makes me wish the EPA would rate them so we’d have a standardized way to compare.

James

I can vouch for the American-made Go-Ped. Mine is the Hoverboard, or ESR-750H. The difference being a very clever and comfortable front and rear suspension that really soaks up those irregularities and cracks ( like tree root bumps ) on paths and sidewalks. I didn’t opt for the lipos, but went lead-acid, as the savings is humongous. Every year-and-a-half or two I replace the two batteries for around $100 ( shop around ). It’s a heavier scooter by about 18 pounds or more, but like I said, the cost difference is huge. I still can get the Go-Ped easily in the back of my Volt.

This is a conveyance that you may not think of as a necessity. Some buy one as a toy, but soon realize it’s a savior for those times when you park a distance from an event, or you want to tool around a fair, town, tourist area or park where long distances need to be covered and you’re clean and green and electric! Soon after you try it – you’ll find yourself tossing the scoot in the back of your BEV, EREV or PHEV far more than you ever thought you might.

James

I also have to say that when I attend a car show or event and tool around on my Go-Ped Hoverboard, lots of people admire it and ask where I got it. It’s that cool.

James

The Go-peds are hatchback-friendly. There is also a basket kit and a seat kit. The seat goes on and off pretty easily, but it’s so easy to stand and zip around, I find the seat only necessary if I want to putt down the road a mile or so to the supermarket. The basket kit is unnecessary mostly – as a messenger bag over the shoulder can even carry a spare battery. With the seat, you can scoot right into the local grocery store sitting down, you place the little basket from the store over your handlebars making the factory basket non-essential. You sit and drag one foot on the floor – which makes you look like you just may be on a disability device. I mention this because nobody tries to tell you that you cannot ride your scooter inside! It works amazingly well.

As a Volt owner, this is my only BEV.

My first BEV was a Bladez 2000, sadly no longer in production. It made a great little last mile ride for the train or subway. Very rugged, but at 45 lbs too heavy for regular use in the car. I’d buy another scooter as fast or faster and half the weight. Hope the Hobbyking scoot plus makes it to market in time for Christmas.

Michael

I don’t think you can actually buy the Razor right now. I’ve been looking for one in stock for about three months without any success.

Scott Franco

I’ve been looking at one to carry on an airplane. The factors mentioned here are a problem. I don’t want to stand up all the time, it has to fold, and it has to be light. Right now, I use a folding bike which is greatly superior on all counts.

You forgot to mention ecoreco M3 and their new M5.

I have their M3 and its fast , well made , and very slim and sexy. The scooters mentioned above and bulky and plain ugly.

http://ecorecoscooter.com

Also check out onewheel rideonewheel.com. I received mine a few days ago. It is so fun.