Electric Scooters or Electric Bikes: What to Choose?
Personal electric modes of transport are becoming increasingly popular around the world. People in urban areas are understanding that it is far easier and more efficient to ditch the car and use an electric scooter or e-bike.
Deciding whether to buy an e-scooter or e-bike can be quite challenging. There are a number of considerations you need to think about before making a purchase.
Many of us live in cities and apartments where space is in short supply. Some of us can not fit a full-sized electric bike in our house or carry it up flights of stairs. In this scenario, a foldable electric scooter is a better option. For example, when the Troxus T1 folds up, it is only 1150(L) * 485(W)*440mm, at this size, it will easily fit in a small studio apartment. On the other hand, if you live in a big house with no stairs, you will have no trouble finding space for a full-sized electric bike.
Budget is one of the biggest factors when deciding to buy an electric bike or an electric scooter. High-quality scooters are likely to be cheaper than a high-quality electric bike. Take the Troxus T1 for example, this electric scooter is made with high-quality materials and only costs $499. On the other hand, a top range electric bike can set you back a few grand. Another cost factor is theft. Due to the portability of an electric scooter, it is less likely it will be stolen as you can easily carry it upstairs and put it in your apartment. For an electric bike, you will have to buy a bike lock and maybe insurance, which will also increase the overall cost.
SPEED AND RANGE
There is no debate that the majority of e-bikes will have a higher max speed and a longer range than electric scooters. However, in cities, maximum speed and range may not be such a big factor. Scooters are smaller and more agile than electric bikes, this allows riders to easily go around traffic jams in the city. People who live in less crowded areas might choose e-bikes as they will be able to cover more distance if traffic isn’t such a big issue. People who prefer to buy scooters might live in the middle of the city where speed and range aren’t as useful.
Everyone loves convivence and efficiency, riders are no different. Depending on your individual situation an electric scooter or an electric bike can be more convenient for you. For some people balancing on a scooter is too hard and for others riding a bike can be challenging.
Some might argue that electric scooters are more convenient as they are lighter and more portable. For example, the Troxus T1 only weighs 35 lbs, so it can easily be carried upstairs, on the metro, and can easily be put into the trunk of a car. On the other hand, electric bikes can be bulkier and harder to transport.
As we have mentioned, there are a number of variables you need to consider when deciding on whether to buy an electric scooter or electric bike. However, when it comes to convenience, budget, and efficiency, electric scooters are perhaps the better option. Let us know what you think in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts.
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