First things first, let’s clear up a few details. There’s often a bit of confusion when talking about electric scooters, so here’s a short guide to the typical naming conventions so you know what we're talking about.
An electric scooter or electric moped is a two-wheeled vehicle which resembles a typical pizza delivery bike with a top speed of 28 mph or less. In contrast, an electric kick scooter is a small easy-to-carry device with handlebars and a deck to stand on, powered either by using one foot to push off or by using the on-board electric motor. Currently, it’s not legal in the UK to use a privately owned electric kick scooter on public roads, pavements, or cycle lanes.
In this article, we’re going to have a look at some of the best electric scooters and mopeds on the market right now. Over the last couple of years, there’s been big growth in the number of choices available for electric scooters. There’s plenty of variety in styles and a very broad range of budgets catered for – with prices starting from little over £1,500.
Most electric scooters give you a choice of charging options: either while parked up with the battery in the bike, or by removing the battery and taking it to 3-pin socket. It’s the flexibility of the removable battery packs that make these options really appealing for commuters.
The range from most is more than enough for most peoples' journey to work, and portable batteries will allow employers to offer workplace charging without the need for a car park full of dedicated charge points – all vehicles in this list are charged from normal 3-pin sockets.