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Is it Legal to Ride an Electric Scooter in the UK?

Owning and riding an electric scooter in the UK is perfectly legal, as long as you stay on private land and have the permission of the landowner. Riding escooters on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements is illegal – but that could all be about to change.

The Current Legal Position

As electric scooters are powered partly by a battery motor, they are currently classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) and covered by the 1988 Road Traffic Act as ‘motor vehicles’. This requires them to be taxed and licensed with a valid MOT certificate in order to be allowed on the road, and they must also meet the same legal requirements as cars, including having number plates and signalling ability. Obviously, that’s not possible, meaning it is not currently legal to ride your scooter on public roads.
And while the Road Traffic Act prevents them from using the roads, the 1835 Highways Act prohibits a ‘carriage of any description’ from using the pavement (except to park).

So where does this leave electric scooters – in the cycle lane? Unfortunately not. While electric bikes have been granted the right to use cycle lanes as long as they have a limited speed and motor rating, their inclusion in the cycle lane is dependent on them also having pedals – ruling electric scooters out once again.

Clearly, the pre-existing UK laws governing escooter use are confusing and outdated, and by blurring the long standing definition of a ‘vehicle’, electric scooters are omitted from every current legal category, so they have no right to use the roads, pavements or cycle paths in the UK.

As electric scooters are already in widespread use across our towns and cities, manufacturers, riders and environmental campaigners have been putting pressure on the government to review the legal position – and it’s working.

The Future of Transport

The Department for Transport has made an open commitment to encouraging innovation in transport in order to help meet its other goals of reduced congestion and emissions.

As part of this new transport revolution, in March 2020 the Department for Transport launched the ‘Future of Transport Regulatory Review’, in which it acknowledged the need to “address areas of regulation that are outdated, a barrier to innovation, or not designed with new technologies and business models in mind.”

This broad and sweeping review of transport laws is an important and positive step towards the legalisation of electric scooters on UK roads.

The Call for Evidence goes on to state, “We want transport to be cleaner, safer, healthier, greener, cheaper, more convenient, and more inclusive. As regulators, we will judge every innovation on whether it serves those ends, or undermines them.”

That’s great news for electric scooters, which offer a convenient, affordable and emission-free travel solution, encouraging drivers away from their cars and thereby helping to clear roads and reduce pollution. Escooters also support the government’s aim to encourage the use of public transport, as they are ideal for ‘first mile and last mile’ transportation to and from terminals.

This public consultation is a timely first step towards legalising the road use of escooters in the UK.

Electric Scooter Road Trials

An important part of the Department for Transport’s investigation into the legalisation of escooters on UK roads will be testing and assessment.

In order to do this, £90 million has been invested in the creation of four initial ‘Future Transport Zones’ located in Portsmouth & Southampton, West of England Combined Authority (WECA), Derby & Nottingham and West Midlands. These zones will be used to trial emerging travel technologies and transport innovations including electric scooters, delivery drones and self-driving cars.  

The main focus of the trials will be to consider any restrictions that should apply to these new technologies for them to operate safely alongside traditional vehicles on the UK streets. These trials are imminent, though the old legislation must be changed before the pilot schemes can begin. That process can take several months, so current estimates are that trials are scheduled to start in late 2020.

In the meantime, an unofficial UK trial has been taking place at the have been available for the public to hire since November 2018, which is possible (and legal) because the Olympic Park is technically privately owned property. The trial was initially due to run for a couple of months but has been extended twice, allowing tens of thousands of people the chance to travel by escooter and suggesting that the pilot scheme has been a popular success.

Likely Outcomes

The Department for Transport consultation is expected to approve legalisation of electric scooters for use in public spaces, but the Call for Reponses document is clearly focused on maintaining the safety of other road users, making it likely that a range of regulations will be applied along with their decision.

Current trials will assess the rules that could apply to both riders and manufacturers to ensure safety on the UK roads. Suggested restrictions include licensing, speed limits in built up areas, riders meeting a minimum age limit and wearing a helmet, and manufacturers fitting speed inhibitors to electric scooters to cap the maximum speed, probably at around 15.5mph.

The most likely outcome is that electric scooters will be placed in the same legal category as electric bikes, which are allowed to use the public roads and cycle lanes. Ebikes are required to have working front and rear brakes, lights and reflectors when used at night and motors rated 250W or lower. Grouping electric scooters with ebikes for use on roads and cycle paths is a sensible outcome as the cyclists reach similar speeds to escooters. At the same time, the average speed of a car in central London is now only 6-7mph.

Regulations in Other Countries

It’s clear that the UK is currently lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to micromobility regulation. Electric scooters are extremely popular across Europe, with rental apps such as Lime, Jump and Bird operating hubs for hiring electric scooters successfully – and entirely legally – in a number of European cities. Similar schemes are currently unable to operate in the UK, which is another reason that increasing pressure is being mounted on the government to update their legislation.

At the present time, only 3 countries in Europe have yet to legalise the use of electric scooters in public spaces: Holland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Many other countries positively support the use of electric scooters as an eco-friendly transport method, particularly in urban environments.

In France, it is legal to ride an escooter in a cycle lane or on the pavement as long as the rider follows set speed limits, though hefty fines are handed out for riding on the pavement or parking a scooter inconsiderately in busy areas. Germany recently updated the relevant legislation to allow riders aged over 14 and wearing a helmet to ride on cycle paths, or roads where no cycle path is available. Escooters are hugely popular in Italy with both residents and tourists who use them on public roads for sightseeing. And in Austria and Switzerland electric scooters can legally use cycle lanes and roads at speeds of up to 25kph.

Risk Assessment

The safety of electric scooters on UK roads was placed under the spotlight in July 2019 following a fatal accident involving an escooter rider, television presenter Emily Hartridge, who collided with a lorry at a roundabout. An investigation established that a cyclist had been killed a year earlier at the same spot which was reported to have a confusing new road layout, and while some commentators called for enforcement of the ban on electric scooters, others pushed for improved regulation to improve safety for all road users.
Electric scooter accident
The International Transport Forum (ITF) published a report in February 2020 entitled ‘Safe Micromobility’, which compared the safety of electric scooters with other vehicles. The report includes electric scooters in its definition of ‘Type A micro-vehicle’ due to their low weight and top speed of less than 15.5mph, and states,

“A trip by car or by motorcycle in a dense urban area is much more likely to result in the death of a road user – this includes pedestrians – than a trip by a Type A micro-vehicle. A modal shift from motor vehicles towards Type A micro-vehicles can thus make a city safer.”

The report goes on to state that a road fatality is not significantly more likely when using an escooter rather than a bicycle, and the risk of an emergency department visit for an escooter rider is similar to that for cyclists.

Among the 10 recommendations the ITF makes, the report suggests that street layouts could be altered to make urban traffic with micromobility vehicles safer, along with suggestions for safer vehicle design and operation.

The Time is Right

The growing trend for electric scooters as a fun, efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around our towns and cities has forced the government to begin the process of legalisation. The outdated pre-existing transport legislation is no longer fit for purpose in an age of evolving technology, and the UK – once a world innovator – was beginning to be left behind in this emerging field. The Department for Transport’s Future of Transport Regulatory Review is a positive first step towards the UK’s micromobility laws catching up with the rest of the world. Electric scooters are an ideal solution to achieving a number of the government’s transport revolution goals, including finding greener, cleaner, more affordable and accessible modes of travel. Supporting a move towards public transport by providing ‘first and last mile’ travel, escooters are easy to use and an ideal mode of transport for anyone less physically able or suffering mobility issues to get around busy urban areas. Once riding an escooter becomes legal on the UK’s streets, uptake is almost certain to increase which will bring with it a range of benefits, including getting cars off the roads and reducing urban air pollution. As the government supported the introduction of cleaner electric cars with convenient charging points in city centre parking spaces, could we possibly see the same for scooter parks?

Here’s a video that summarises the subject “are escooter legal?”

Regulation of electric scooters will encourage safe and responsible electric scooter usage. Until the legal position is clarified, there is no way to enforce minimum safety requirements and expected riding standards, so the sooner the government updates the current legislation to make escooters legal on public roads, the better for everyone.

Commuting During Coronavirus – Hygienic Travel for Keyworkers

Since coronavirus cases first began to appear in the UK, the government’s advice has been clear – in order to reduce the spread of the virus, normal human contact must be reduced. With most of the country in lockdown, strict social distancing rules are in place as the vast majority of us work or study from home.

The exceptions to these rules are our keyworkers – the NHS staff and volunteers caring for those suffering from COVID-19 along with a small army of teachers, supermarket workers, utility workers and public servants. While we stay at home to save lives, they still have to get to work. Along with being essential, their journeys now carry more risk than they did in healthier times.

Public Transport Anxiety

As the number of people commuting into towns and cities every day has reduced, so have the number of services being run. This means that the buses, underground and train carriages that were overloaded before the coronavirus crisis began remain just as packed. At the same time, social distancing encourages us to stay 2 metres from other people and avoid overcrowded public spaces to prevent us spreading or catching the virus.

The desire to avoid unnecessary (and unpleasant!) social contact on crowded public transport is leading many keyworkers to adjust their travel plans and use privately owned vehicles to complete their journeys.

Personal Protection Zone

While some key workers have turned to their cars to complete their commutes, parking, petrol and affordability put others off.

Instead, many are relying on their electric scooters to stay mobile during the pandemic, with some covering much longer distances than usual. Riding an escooter is an easy, safe, healthy and socially distanced personal transport option which gives the rider complete control to adjust routes if they encounter large groups of people. While shared electric scooters in other European cities are seeing low use due to a perceived contamination risk, privately owned escooters carry no such hygiene concerns.

Additional Health Benefits

During these uncertain times, scooter-riding keyworkers are choosing to be surrounded by fresh air on their escooters rather than breathing in re-circulated air while in close quarters with others on public transport. There are no shared surfaces to touch, and it’s easy to avoid anyone coughing – just steer away!

Additionally, scooting in the sunshine after a long day at work must have mental health benefits. Getting some gentle exercise in an outdoor space is actively encouraged by the government during this pandemic, and using the commute to and from work to do just that should be encouraged.

The Fly in the Ointment

It’s clear that many of the reasons that key workers are turning to their escooters as a safe and hygienic method of travel to work comply fully with the government’s suggestions and instructions during this unprecedented period. It’s a responsible, socially-distanced and healthy way to commute.

Unfortunately, it has still not been made fully legal despite the government launching a regulatory review to do just that, and the coronavirus crisis could even delay any decision further. Until the regulations are updated, our key workers risk a fine and points on their licence for choosing their electric scooter over a packed train to get to work. And when lockdown eventually ends, other commuters may also prefer to avoid the additional risk of using public transport until the virus has been eradicated, meaning we may see more escooters on our streets than ever before.

During these difficult times, the Coronavirus Act 2020 gives the police additional powers, including the ability to suspend fines and penalties awarded. Let’s hope that in the case of our key worker escooter commuters, they do just that.

Help Legalise Electric Scooters

As we mentioned in our recent blog, ‘Is it Legal to Ride an Electric Scooter in the UK’, the government has begun the process of updating legislation to make electric scooters legal to ride on UK streets.

While this is an excellent step in the right direction, the legal processes required to change the laws are lengthy, and in the current circumstances we believe that the legislation should be urgently prioritised to allow electric scooter owners to avoid using crowded public transport.

If you would like to help us raise this issue with the government, please sign this petition which requests that escooters are legalised as soon as possible.

A Few Reasons to Legalise Electric Scooters

  • Urban roads are increasingly congested – electric scooters encourage people out of their cars.
  • Air pollution levels are unacceptably high in many towns and cities – escooters are an emission-free alternative.
  • Supporting first and last mile public transport travel, portable electric scooters are a commuter essential.
  • A healthy way to travel, escooters encourage a more active lifestyle, getting riders out into the fresh air.
  • A recent report concluded that trips by electric scooter in urban areas were safer than trips by car or motorbike.

Additional Reasons in the Current Crisis

  • Reduced public transport services are cramped and crowded, and social distancing rules often can’t be adhered to.
  • Touching shared surfaces on buses and trains increases the risk of virus transmission.
  • Re-circulated air is an additional risk to public transport passengers, while escooters encourage fresh air.
  • Anxiety over public transport hygiene is driving commuters into their cars, and will continue to do so even when transport systems are fully re-opened.

At eScooter, we believe that micromobility vehicles, including electric scooters, are a vital part of the UK government’s plan for transport revolution, as detailed in the ‘Future of Transport Regulatory Review’. Given the crisis that the entire country faces now and through the coming months, we strongly believe that this legislation needs to be fast-tracked through parliament, now.

Please click here to sign the petition.

9 Reasons why Electric Scooters are the Future

Electric scooters are rapidly increasing in popularity, and are clearly hugely on trend right now. But investing in an escooter isn’t just a fashionable flash in the pan – purchasing an electric scooter is a great investment in the future. Electric scooters are no 5 minute wonder, they are here to stay, and here’s why:

1. Clean & eco-friendly

A great choice for the environmentally conscious, electric scooters produce zero emissions, making them a much cleaner choice for short journeys than hopping on a moped or in the car. No additional air pollution is definitely the way forward – the UK government says so.

2. Impressive speed & range

Reaching speeds of up to 15mph and covering distances of around 18 miles, electric scooters are a great way to explore. Perfect for zipping around busy city centres, they are an equally fun way to take in the countryside.

3. Easy to ride

The controls of an electric scooter are so easy to use, anyone of any age can master them. A truly accessible personal transportation vehicle, escooters can often assist people with limited mobility who don’t require a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around and cover longer distances.

4. Healthy choice

A great way to get out into the fresh air and avoid crowded trains and buses, riding an electric scooter is better for you than you may think. Standing while you travel is great for posture (particularly if you’re at a desk all day) and your core muscles get a workout keeping you balanced.

5. Compact & portable

Folding down for easy storage in your car boot, hall cupboard, locker or under your desk, electric scooters are compact and lightweight enough to carry as needed. Big flight of stairs? No problem.

6. Effortless charging

When you finish your journey, just plug in your scooter battery and your trusty ride will be ready to go again in a couple of hours. No fancy equipment needed, just a regular socket.

7. Commuter friendly

For anyone using public transport – which is the government’s preferred future plan for travel – it’s highly unlikely that your bus or train takes you door to door. Electric scooters are a great ‘first and last mile’ solution to get you where you need to go – just fold it down and carry it with you.

8. Affordable option

Save the bus fare, get an escooter! You really don’t need to spend thousands to get a great electric scooter that will change the way you travel. And once you’ve got the scooter, charging only costs a few pence a day.

9. Almost road legal…hopefully!

The UK government are currently considering making electric scooters legal to ride in cycle lanes and on roads – they’ve set out possible plans in their Future of Transport Regulatory Review. Trials are about to begin in 4 new transport zones around the country, so watch this space!

Electric scooters are a fun, convenient and safe way to travel, which is why they are being seen in increasing numbers up and down the country. Buying an electric scooter now may be a fashionable move, but we promise you, escooters are not going out of style any time soon.

How to Stay Safe on an Electric Scooter

Electric scooters are a great way to travel, and when they are ridden correctly they are also a very safe method of transport. According to a recent report, it is safer to do short journeys in urban areas on an electric scooter than by car or motorcycle, and the risk of an A&E visit for an escooter rider is similar to that for cyclists.

To make sure every escooter journey is all fun and no fuss, we have put together some hints and tips on how to stay safe as you travel.

Before you hit the road

1. Read the manual

We know, it’s not as exciting as just jumping straight on your escooter and heading off on your first adventure, but it’s really important to familiarise yourself with how your new electric scooter works. Everything you need to know will be in the manufacturer’s instructions and trust us, investing a few minutes to read it will make your first experience smoother, easier and safer.

2. Wear protective equipment

Before you set foot on your new electric scooter, you need to invest in some high quality protective gear. Electric scooters move fast, which make them brilliant fun but also mean you need to take precautions to effectively protect yourself in the event of a slip or fall.

The most essential piece of protective equipment you will need is a helmet. This is obviously important if you’re going to be anywhere with traffic, but is equally important for off road adventures.

As you will be travelling at speeds of up to 15mph, we strongly recommend that you invest in the best helmet you can afford, for complete head protection you can rely on – this really isn’t the area to save money.

While the most recent research suggests that a good quality bicycle helmet offers enough protection for low-speed electric scooter journeys, riders undertaking high speed journeys and escootering in urban areas should look at motorbike or moped helmets for increased protection.

This Pank Urban Helmet is a great mid-range choice, which is comfortable, lightweight and keeps your head nicely ventilated.

The Bell Custom 500 is a popular high-end choice. Lightweight and open faced, this helmet has impressive EPS shock absorption in the event of an accident. It looks really good too.

Why not choose a convenient folding cycle helmet to complement your folding escooter? The Closca Bike & Scooter Helmet folds down flat to fit in a backpack, locker or desk drawer.

Want lights, Bluetooth and SOS capabilities built in to your helmet? Choose this Livall Helmet – use a simple handlebar control to let other road users know where you’re going!

Whichever helmet you choose, owning it isn’t enough, you need to wear it even on short journeys, so make sure you pick one that you like and look good in. Other protective equipment worth considering includes elbow and knee pads – especially important for high speed journeys – and gloves which improve handlebar grip.

3. Check your escooter

Before you leave home, have a quick look over your electric scooter to check that everything is in order.

Tyres:

Are they well inflated? Under-inflated tyres change how your electric scooter handles and can affect the mileage you can achieve in each journey. They can also leave you stranded with a flat tyre far from home. Are the tyres free from wear and tear? Is there plenty of tread?

Battery:

This sounds obvious, but does your escooter have enough charge to get you to your destination? And home again? Don’t risk running out of power and finding yourself stuck at the side of the road.

Brakes & Throttle:

It’s important to check that these are both working efficiently before you leave the house – discovering your throttle is sticking when you’re half way to work is far from ideal.

Frame:

Check that your escooter is fully unfolded and secured into the correct position to ride. It’s also worth carrying out a quick visual check to make sure there’s no damage or obvious wear and tear.

4. Get plenty of practise

Electric scooters have incredibly intuitive controls, and are easy for riders of any age to get to grips with relatively quickly.

When you first ride your new electric scooter – take it slow! Get used to the accelerator and brakes at low speeds to begin with until you get used to how the escooter handles. Once you’re comfortable with stopping and starting in an open space, practise accelerating and braking, turning and manoeuvring around obstacles. Make sure you spend time practising on a range of different surfaces too – the way your electric scooter handles will be different on smooth road surfaces compared to forest tracks. Take the opportunity to go over ridges and bumps to get to know how your escooter responds.

When you're out and about

5. Road conditions

As a beginner, it’s probably best to avoid riding your electric scooter on wet or icy roads. During and immediately after downpours, the road surface becomes slippery, no matter how good your tyres are. If you’re caught out in the rain, take it slow and steady for the rest of your journey, take any turns slowly and brake well in advance to avoid slipping.

Along with slippery roads and poor visibility, riding in torrential rain or heavy snow can cause damage to your electric scooter, so should be avoided if possible. It’s also a bad idea to use your escooter during thunder and lightning storms.

6. Night riding

If you’re riding your electric scooter in the dark, make sure your lights are clearly visible to other road users. This is also really important in low light situations and poor weather. While most electric scooters have both front and back lights, if you are doing a lot of riding after dark it may be worth adding some reflectors to your escooter so you can be seen more easily.

As well as making sure the scooter is visible, it is a good idea to wear some reflective clothing when you’re out after dark. Reflective jackets no longer have to be luminous yellow – this Reflective Silver Jacket is hard to miss! There are also some brilliant LED reflective belts that can be charged by USB.  As mentioned above, it’s also worth considering a helmet with lights to keep you well illuminated.

7. Road awareness

Riding an electric scooter is a great way to relax and unwind, but it’s really important that you remain focused on the road, and not your surroundings. Keep an eye out for pedestrians as well as cars and cyclists, and always try to expect the unexpected children and dogs that may appear in front of you when you’re off-road too. We recommend riding defensively wherever possible – that basically means expecting every other person or vehicle not to notice you, and anticipating their possible movements so you can avoid collisions. It’s not easy predicting the unpredictable, but slowing down and giving yourself plenty of space and time to brake or swerve is always a good thing. There are other hidden dangers that escooter riders should be looking out for too, including:

Grates and manhole covers:

Remember that your electric scooter has small tyres, which makes riding over grates harder, and metal covers can be slippery – try to give yourself space to go around them.

Potholes:

Uneven surfaces and holes in the road are uncomfortable enough in cars – they really should be avoided on an electric scooter, as they may cause you to lose control.

Puddles:

How deep is that puddle? Are you sure? Puddles can hide potholes – see above!

Rocks and stones:

Whether they are flying up at you or jamming your wheels, avoid rocks and stones as you ride wherever possible.

By keeping your eyes and ears open, you will soon learn to fit in with the flow of people and vehicles, keeping you safe and protected from unnecessary accidents.

8. Riding responsibly

Finally, it’s really important to ride sensibly and responsibly. Electric scooters are lots of fun and have a great safety record, but whizzing between traffic lanes, jumping red lights and generally not following the rules of the road will put you and other road users in danger.

It’s never a good idea to give a friend a ride on your scooter – they aren’t made for 2 people. Most scooters have a maximum weight limit, so you’re risking damaging your scooter as well as hurting yourself and your friend – and remember, if they fall off, it’s you that they’re hanging on to!

Try to keep both hands on the handlebars – in the event that your electric scooter hits something slippery or bumpy, it’s much harder to control with just one hand.

And it goes without saying that escootering under the influence of alcohol or drugs is also a terrible idea.

Knowing that your scooter is in perfect working order, and that you have it under full control will make every ride more enjoyable. By following these safety tips, we hope that every journey you make on your electric scooter will be a great adventure, for all the right reasons!

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Electric Scooter Battery

Electric scooters are powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries that are small, lightweight and incredibly efficient. The health of your rechargeable battery makes a huge difference to your escootering experience, as it affects the speed and distance you can travel as well as how much charge you have left when you get there.

How you charge and store your battery directly affect its health. Here are our top tips for getting the best out of your escooter battery.

Don’t completely drain the battery

You’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to drain rechargeable batteries fully every so often. In the case of old style phone and laptop batteries that may have been true, but the same doesn’t go for modern lithium batteries. Each electric scooter battery comes with around 500 ‘charge cycles’. Don’t panic, that doesn’t mean 500 rides. Each charge cycle is from 100%, down to 0% and then back up. It’s important not to let your battery fully deplete, and it’s best to avoid overcharging too. We recommend not letting the battery drop below 10% charge, keeping it above 50% wherever possible, and topping up to 90% for maximum battery life.

Charge after every ride

Yes, even the short ones. It’s best to wait 30 minutes to an hour after you finish your ride to give the battery a chance to cool down before recharging. Take every opportunity you have to charge up as leaving the battery partially discharged for long periods will decrease its longevity, but don’t leave it on charge overnight and avoid overcharging.

Use the right charger

All escooter batteries are not the same, and the charger supplied by the manufacturer is the only appropriate one for your electric scooter. In the case of a lost or defective charger, we understand the frustration but while other chargers may appear to work, they may be causing long term damage to your battery. Similarly, trying another charger because it appears to charge faster may be slowly damaging your battery – stick to the manufacturer’s one that’s completely compatible.

Keep it cool… and warm

Lithium batteries don’t work well in extreme temperatures, so be careful to store your escooter in an appropriate environment out of the freezing cold and hot sun. Never charge your battery if it’s below 0 degrees C, or over 50 degrees C. If the battery has got very hot or cold, leave it to return to a moderate temperature before attempting to charge it. Batteries also work best when clean and dry as moisture can cause permanent damage – wipe with a dry cloth if necessary.

Store it carefully

When your escooter is going to be out of use for a while, make sure you store the battery at between 60% and 80% charge. Lithium batteries self-discharge when they are not in use, so you will need to check it every month or so, and top up again if necessary. If the battery is left for more than 3 months without charge, its lifespan may be damaged.

Ride with care

Keeping your tyres properly inflated, riding smoothly, avoiding rough terrain and not exceeding the manufacturers recommended weight limit may also protect the life of your electric scooter’s battery.

Read our “How to safe on an electric scooter” article here: https://www.escooter.co.uk/how-to-stay-safe-on-an-electric-scooter/

Prolonging the life of your escooter’s battery is easy and ensures optimal performance for years to come. By following a few simple charging tips, you can greatly increase the battery’s lifespan which increases your future fun!

Electric Scooter Maintenance Guide

Electric scooters require very little maintenance, and their ongoing running costs are generally very low. However, investing a little of your time to regularly check and maintain a few basic areas will result in your escooter lasting longer and staying in great condition, ride after ride.

Here are a few tips on keeping your electric scooter in the best possible working order for longer.

Cleaning

Any build-up of dirt and debris from the roads or tracks you ride on can cause problems for your electric scooter further down the line. We recommend cleaning your scooter every couple of weeks, or as soon as you get home from a particularly muddy ride to prevent more serious issues developing. To clean the escooter, wipe down with a damp cloth and use a toothbrush to get into small spaces. Don’t use a pressure washer or hose, as the water could affect the electrical components and remove the lubricant that keeps the scooter moving smoothly.

Battery

It’s a good idea to visually check your battery every so often, looking for corrosion or chemical leakage, which can be a sign that it’s time to change it. Other indicators that your battery’s health is in decline is if it’s losing charge faster or not holding charge at all. To maximise the life of your escooter battery, it’s important that you don’t let it fully drain. Keep your battery level at around 90% where possible, and don’t allow it to overcharge. Try to avoid exposing your electric scooter to extremes of high or low temperature, as that also decreases battery function.

Tyres

For electric scooters with inflatable tyres, it’s important to check the tyre pressure regularly. A quick and easy way to see if they need more air is to just push down on them with your thumb. If your thumb sinks into the tyre, it’s time to check the manufacturer’s manual for the correct psi and refill. It’s worth checking tyres weekly as under-inflated tyres can cause punctures and negatively affect the escooter’s steering.

Bolts, Screws & Joints

Every month or so, check that all the bolts and screws on your electric scooter are properly tightened, keeping the frame completely secure. In particular, keep an eye on the folding joints, which may loosen with regular use. While you are checking the joints, it’s worth checking the lubrication levels, as proper lubrication prevents friction damage.

Brakes

Brakes should also be checked regularly to keep them working effectively. Disk brakes may need to be adjusted, and excessively worn brake pads may need to be replaced in order to prevent tyre damage – refer to the manual for more detail.

Those are the main areas to concentrate on when maintaining your electric scooter, though the manufacturer’s instruction manual will provide more information on preventative care and replacement parts.

Investing your time in a little regular maintenance can make a big difference to both the lifespan and ride quality you achieve from your escooter. By setting aside just a few minutes a week, you can keep your escooter looking pristine and riding like a dream.

Are Electric Scooters Worth the Cost?

Electric scooters are a fun, convenient and environmentally friendly way to get around, but how much does owning and operating an escooter actually cost, and do the benefits make it a worthwhile financial outlay?

Electric scooter costs

The escooter

The first, most obvious and biggest outlay is the electric scooter itself, which is obviously a one-off cost. Escooters range from a few hundred pounds up to around £1,500, and as the technology has evolved and the market has opened up, a larger price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a better scooter. The simpler, lower priced escooters on the market also tend to have less complicated and expensive ‘extras’ to go wrong.

Safety equipment

Part of the reason that escooters are so much fun is that they are fast, travelling at speeds of up to 15mph. However easy they are to ride and control, you need to protect yourself in the event that another road user or pedestrian causes you to wobble. Investing in a good quality helmet is absolutely essential, and it’s a good idea to add elbow and knee pads to the shopping list too.

Charging

Instead of guzzling fuel, escooters need an electric charge to re-fill their drained batteries. No adaptors or extra equipment are required – just plug in to a standard socket and recharging takes around 3-4 hours. In the UK that should cost you around 15-20p.

electric scooter charging port

Maintenance

Unlike cars and mopeds, escooters require minimal maintenance, and by keeping your eye on a few basic areas yourself, it’s easy to keep your electric scooter in tip-top condition. We recommend checking the tyres are properly inflated, checking the folding joints and screws are tight and working and trying not to completely drain the battery to keep your scooter in great working order. If you do need to replace any parts, they are inexpensive – new tyres are the most likely replacement within the first couple of years if you are racking up the miles, and cost around £15 each.

Extras

On the rare occasions you can’t fold your electric scooter up and take it with you, or store it in your car boot or under your desk, you will need to lock it up. It’s worth investing in a good quality lock and cable to keep your escooter secure when it’s parked in public.

Benefits of owning an electric scooter

OK, we may be biased, but where do we start?

  • Escooters are a fast and fun way to get from A to B, saving you time – that extra 10 minutes in bed could become a reality!
  • With an affordable one-off purchase cost and low running costs, electric scooters are a much cheaper choice than using a car or moped for short journeys, and there are no parking costs.
  • Travelling by electric scooter is much more convenient than using public transport, and no traffic jams will slow you down.
  • The lightweight and portable design makes electric scooters easy to transport and store when not in use – just fold your escooter and place it in your car boot or under your desk.
  • Electric scooters are a green, emission-free way to travel, which is great for the environment.
  • Getting you out into the fresh air, you will arrive at your destination feeling happy and relaxed – no more crowded public transport!

In our opinion, electric scooters are absolutely worth the cost. Changing the way you travel, allowing you to control your commute and offering the opportunity for exploration and adventure without damaging the planet – it could well be the best money you ever spend. Interested in buying an escooter? Check out our escooter model below.

Why Electric Transport is the Next Big Thing

In 2018, the UK government set out its ambition to lead the way in the field of electric transportation with the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy. Promising a “massive roll-out of infrastructure to support the electric vehicle revolution”, the strategy expects at least half of all new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030, and the UK “the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.”

And it’s not just cars. Electric buses are now a regular sight on the streets of London, and personal electric vehicles including electric scooters are expected to be legalised following the Department for Transport’s Future of Transport Regulatory Review.

So why is electric transport receiving so much support and investment?

Electric transport is better for the environment

In recent years, there has been a huge shift in public awareness surrounding climate change. An increasing demand for more sustainable and environmentally sound transport options has been reflected in the government’s stronger position on reducing greenhouse gases. By switching to zero emission electric vehicles, damaging carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide gases from petrol and diesel engines will no longer enter the air.

With large cities still feeling the harmful effects of air pollution, residents will benefit from improved health along with a reduction in ecological damage as more electric vehicles are introduced. London already has an ‘ultra low emission zone’, and other cities around the UK are all set to follow suit, supporting cleaner travel through urban areas.

Lower running costs

The cost per mile of fuelling an electric vehicle instead of a petrol or diesel one is much lower. Current estimates suggest that charging an electric car costs around half the cost of petrol per mile, and that price drops to a third if you charge your car at home instead of public charging points.

In addition, electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain than those with an internal combustion engine. To put it simply, battery operated vehicles have far fewer moving parts, and less to go wrong. Servicing costs are lower, and replacement parts are often cheaper too.

Convenient charging

With an electric vehicle, you will never be forced to take a detour looking for a petrol station or queue on a busy forecourt again. Designed to charge easily when you’re at home or work, an electric car can be charged by a standard outlet during the working day or overnight and be ready for hundreds of miles of travel, and smaller micromobility vehicles can even be plugged in under your desk. Public charging points are also increasingly widely available, and this will continue to improve as the number of electric vehicles on the road grows over time.

While new owners often struggle with ‘range anxiety’ – the fear of being restricted by battery levels – electric vehicle batteries offer impressive journey ranges that, with a little planning, won’t limit movement.

Electric vehicles are now becoming mainstream, which is a good thing for the planet and a great thing for our wallets. Offering a cleaner, cheaper and more convenient way of getting from A to B, the transition to a fully electric future is a real possibility.

Keep Fit & Healthy on an Electric Scooter

As well as being a fun, affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around, riding an electric scooter is also a great way to improve your health, fitness and wellbeing.

Get Out of the Car and on Your Feet!

In this modern world, it’s fair to say that many of us have a slightly too sedentary lifestyle. Hours a day are spent sitting at our desks and in our cars. As well as the slightly rounded position that many of us favour being bad for our backs, sitting for too long is also bad for general health.

In recent years there have been positive movements towards incorporating more standing time into our days. Standing desks have become a common sight in most modern workplaces. In the same way, using an electric scooter to get around instead of sitting in the car is great for your posture, helping to prevent back pain.

Fresh Air Boost

Every time you choose take your escooter out for a spin, you benefit from getting more fresh air into your body. As well as cleaning your lungs, the increased flow of oxygen you get from fresh air helps you to digest your food more efficiently (great for weight loss!) and strengthens your immune system by helping white blood cells function properly, fighting off bacteria and germs. (If the sun’s shining, you’ll be soaking up vitamin D which supports a strong immune system too.)

Fresh air also boosts energy levels and concentration as more oxygen improves brain function. On top of all that, oxygen affects your serotonin levels, so a blast of fresh air can help to relieve stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed.

Burn Extra Calories

As an added bonus, recent studies suggest that standing also burns more calories than sitting due to the number and volume of muscles the body naturally uses to stay upright – so consider your electric scooter journey and extra boost to any weight loss plan!

Those extra muscles you’re using when riding an escooter are all about body balance, which naturally happens as you start to scoot. The body’s core muscles around the stomach, pelvis and back are used for stabilisation every time you ride, naturally improving your core strength in a way that we like to think is more fun than hours of planks and sit-ups. If you want to get your body moving even more, try escootering up and down inclines – the shift in balance makes your core work even harder!

Explore the Great Outdoors

One of the best things about owning an electric scooter is that it gives you complete freedom. There are so many places and outdoor spaces that aren’t accessible by car, but might be too far to walk. Having an escooter encourages you to get out and about.

A great support for people with limited mobility to get a little more active, electric scooters are so much fun to ride that they motivate everyone to take that extra trip, go somewhere new, experience something different. So, jump on your escooter and go – it’s great for both your physical and mental health.

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