The choice for low-cost and convenient electric mobility continues to expand as astute investors see the market for such products. Because of this reason, you will find both battery-powered scooters and bicycles on the street.
Both vehicles will get you around, provided your destination is not too far away. However, if you have to choose between the two, which is the better option overall?
This article compares electric bikes and scooters to help you make a choice, based on your circumstances.
If space is a premium with your living arrangement, an electric scooter is an obvious choice. They have smaller footprints than bikes, especially if they are foldable, making them easy to park. Similarly, you can easily transport an electric scooter in your car or a public bus or train.
While both vehicles are easy to operate, many people grew up with bikes, making them easier to handle. So if you are already familiar with a bicycle, it is the better option.
A bike will let you be in a sitting position, which is more comfortable, instead of standing like many scooters require. You will feel the unevenness of the road surface on a scooter due to their smaller tires
When you run out of battery, getting home or where you can charge is easier on a bicycle since you can still ride it. Electric scooters, on the other hand, are not so straightforward.
If comfort is your priority, electric bikes are the better option. However, your mileage may vary.
Speed and range
In some places, electric scooter speeds are capped lower than electric bikes. If you want to go fast, an electric bike will suit you better.
Electric bikes generally have longer ranges than scooters, making the former more suitable than for riders that cover longer distances in the course of their daily activities.
It is worth noting that electric bikes are better perceived in most places. For example, the UK bans privately owned scooters on public roads, except you rent one in select cities. This is due to the bad reputation electric scooters get with respect to safety.
If cost is the most important consideration, electric scooters win by a mile. You can get a high-quality scooter for about $500, whereas top model electric bikes cost multiple thousands of dollars.
Also, electric bikes require more maintenance and are more prone to being stolen, which makes the insurance more expensive.