Electric scooters are starting to appear everywhere. With gas prices soaring, many people are even looking beyond the traditional gas scooter in their search for more savings. The question, of course, is whether or not an electric scooter is a good buy. How much will that “cheap” scooter cost you in the long run? Follow along as we take a look at the answers to those questions.
First of all, how much is it going to cost to buy the two wheel electric scooter. In basic terms, the rider’s weight is an initial consideration. Most scooters have riders in the 180 to 200 pound range. If it’s much lighter than that, then you can get away with a low-end scooter that costs around $200. If it weighs in the given range, you can probably get away with a $300 electric scooter. There are scooters designed to fit heavier riders and obviously cost more to buy, but you get the basic idea.
Next is the cost of running an electric scooter. Speed will be a consideration when using power, but most electric scooters run at 10mph and higher end models top 30mph. The land will also have to be considered. If you live in an area with significant hills, spending money to get at least a 350-watt electric motor is recommended. But we want to know in general terms, in a normal city environment, how much it will cost to run the electric scooter.
Gas scooters average around 70 to 100 miles per gallon, depending on the variations mentioned above. Some people report spending $6-$10 per week using a gas powered scooter for quick trips. That’s a considerable difference compared to a car, considering an average Honda Accord probably gets around 40 miles to the gallon. On the other hand [plugging into a 120 volt outlet] typical electric recharging costs for a year range from $73 to $150. Other estimates put recharging costs at around 10% of the price of gasoline to run a gas-powered scooter. Obviously an electric scooter can offer huge cost savings.
And considering that an electric scooter has no combustion engine, no belts, no carburetor, no oil changes, no spark plugs, the maintenance cost is almost zero. All of this adds up to illustrate that the costs of running an electric scooter are incredibly low. And you usually don’t have to get a license or insurance to operate it and parking becomes free! Electric scooters are great for the environment and for your pocket.
Therefore, by adding the cost of ownership to the cost of operating an electric scooter, they offer a great alternative to a gas-guzzling vehicle and even a low-cost gas scooter.