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Electric Bike vs Scooter

Electric-powered vehicles have soared in popularity around the world in the past few years.

This is evident in the number of privately owned e-bikes, electric scooters, and other types of devices. Additionally, there has been a huge increase in the amount of sharing services for this type of machine, including electric bike-sharing or e-scooter sharing.

There are three key reasons why we believe this has happened. Firstly, technology has become much better. Now, many people want one of these machines because they are high quality and work really well, including durability and great battery life.

Secondly, they have become much more affordable and readily available. They are not just niche products for “techy” people, they are widely available and affordable.

Finally, they allow us to greatly reduce our carbon footprint and save money on commuting when we switch over from regular motor vehicles.

Any of these cool electric things to ride can be fun, save you money, help the environment, and help you get out and active at the same time.

Different types of personal electric vehicles:

  • E-bikes
  • Electric motorbikes
  • Electric trikes
  • Electric scooters
  • Hoverboards
  • Electric skateboards
  • Electric unicycles
  • Electric skates

E-Bikes and electric scooters are the most popular personal electric transporters.

Which one to choose?

Women with an electric scooter and man with an electric bike standing next to each other

Electric scooter vs electric bike? Which one do you prefer?


Why you need a personal electric vehicle (PEV)?

There are various reasons to consider getting a PEV, depending on your current circumstances and needs. For example, people with cars will experience different motivations and benefits to an older person who wants to get out and active again.

Commuting using a PEV instead of a car will save you lots of money over time on running costs, parking, and fuel. It helps you reduce time spent searching for parking, avoid traffic jams, and regular trips to the mechanic. Additionally, an e-bike is more friendly for the environment and will help you get some exercise if you want to use it without pedal assistance.

Someone may also get a PEV if they want to get outdoors or be more active without the limitations of their fitness. E-bikes are also a great way to do traveling adventures like bicycle touring.

two women riding electric scooter scooters

Popular reasons for using a personal electric vehicle:

  • to avoid traffic jams;
  • to avoid parking problems;
  • to avoid crowded public transport;
  • environmental friendly

Why prefer electric vehicles instead of regular bicycles?

  • eBikes are faster
  • eBikes won’t break the sweat
  • easier to ride in a hilly region

 

E-Bike vs E-Scooter

 


In this section, we will discuss the differences between electric bikes and e-scooters in nine different categories. Before you make the decision to purchase one or the other, read this comparison and consider which are the most important factors for your life.

For example, price and portability may not be important to you, but range and comfort may be. This will make an e-bike the most favorable option for you.

two parked kick scooter and bike beside curb

Electric scooter vs electric bike

Portability

In general, e-scooters are much more portable than e-bikes. This is because they are smaller, lighter, and have fewer moving parts. This allows them to fold up quickly and compact for easy transport and storage when needed.

There are some excellent folding electric bikes that can fold up into small packages for transport. However, these e-bikes are still quite heavy and are more complicated to fold up.

smiling man is carring a folded electric scooter in his hand

man is putting folded electric bike, RadMini into the back of van

Comfort

Many people value comfort if they’re going to be regularly traveling on a PEV. Of course, standing isn’t going to be as comfortable as sitting, so small e-scooters might be lower on the list for this type of person. However, some e-scooters do have seats that you can use when you prefer not to stand.

Another consideration worth noting is the size of the wheels on the device. This is a big factor in how bumpy and rough it feels on the road. For example, a commuter or a cruiser-style e-bike will have wider, shock-absorbent tires that smooth out road vibrations and make your journeys more comfortable. In general, e-scooters have narrow wheels which are not as comfortable to ride with.

Other important comfort factors to consider are the quality of the saddle, handlebar grips, and frame materials.

man riding with an electric scooter with a seat

Although you have to stand on most electric scooters, there are also electric scooters with a seat.

Range

Many factors come into play when finding the average range, including, battery size, speed, weather, rider’s weight, and type of terrain.

The average e-scooter has a max range of around 25 miles. With ranges varying from 5 to 45 miles depending on the model.
The average e-bike will have a max range of around 45 miles on average. However, max ranges vary from 30 to 80 miles based on the manufacturer.

Speed

Most electric scooters have a top speed between 15mph and 25mph, however, some expensive models have crazy top speeds up to 80 mph. E-scooters are not currently subject to restrictions in most states, find out more about individual state laws here. It is likely that further, more widespread restrictions will be common as popularity increases.

The e-bike classification system is broken into three types, Class 1, 2, and 3. Depending on where you live, there are different rules and restrictions on each class. Speeds are generally limited by manufacturers.

  • Class 1: Top speed 20mph
  • Class 2: Top speed 20mph + Throttle 20mph
  • Class 3: Top speed 28mph + Throttle 20mph
grown man riding very small electric kick scooter with fast speed

Some electric scooters can go even over 50mph. You should wear full motorcycle safety gear when riding at such speeds.

Price

It’s clear that electric scooters are more affordable than e-bikes. However, they are much more limited in their capability and are really only appropriate if your sole purpose is to do short trips without much cargo (just a backpack).

The table below shows popular examples of entry-level products and high-end products from both categories. Although prices do vary even more than this.

Entry-Level Model High-End Model
Electric Bike Electric Scooter Electric Bike Electric Scooter
Brand Lectric XP 2.0 Xiaomi M365 Cannondale Tesoro Neo X 1 Dualtron Thunder
Speed up to 28 mph 16.7 mph 28 mph 50 mph
Range up to 45 miles 18.6 miles 105 miles 75 miles
Charging Time 4-6 hours 5 hours 5 hours 20 hours
Weight 63 lbs 27 lbs 55 lbs 95 lbs
MSRP $1,099 $599 $4,600 $3,899

Safety

Safety when sharing the roads with other, more dangerous vehicles is very important. Neither choice here is significantly safer to ride once the rules of the road are obeyed and good driving habits are practiced.

Most good e-bikes and e-scooters come with battery-powered LED lights pre-installed on the front and rear which are important for safety. Additionally, helmets should be worn with both.

The solid construction of an e-bike with a longer wheelbase, wider tires, and less sensitive handling makes it slightly easier to control and safely ride an e-bike compared to the scooter. This is especially relevant when traveling at higher speeds.

Utility

There is no competition between e-bikes and e-scooters when it comes to general utility. Electric bikes, especially purpose-designed utility e-bikes, are the perfect tools for completing a wide variety of tasks.

E-bikes can:
Have loaded pannier racks on the front and back
Support child bike seats in various positions on the bike
Pull trailers for pets, cargo, or kids
Carry large payload capacities (up to 325lbs)

With an e-scooter, you are limited to carrying a backpack, and they generally do not have the power or payload capacity to be loaded heavily as e-bikes do.

radwagon bike features

When talking about carrying some cargo, no electric scooter is as helpful as RadWagon electric bike.

Durability

In general, the durability of both products is quite good if you take good care and maintain them properly. The quality of the product and its parts is also a big factor in how long it lasts. In general, the budget models will not last as long as mid to high-end alternatives.

E-bikes have more moving parts and therefore more chance of having a part break or need maintenance. Additionally, you are more likely to subject your e-bike to heavy use such as on mountain trails and gravel paths. E-scooters are more limited in their use and therefore may not experience the same wear.

Lastly, the battery on these devices usually has a limited lifespan measured by total average charge cycles. This varies by manufacturer, the best ones being Samsung, Panasonic, Bosch, etc.

Exercise

E-bikes are still an excellent way to get exercise and activity despite having a motor, as many do not have a throttle and require pedaling to activate the motor. To get the maximum range possible it is also better to pedal as much as you are comfortable with. Also, if you take on very steep gradients most e-bikes will still require quite a lot of pedaling.

Of course, they are not as good as a regular bike for exercise, but they allow those with injuries or limited fitness to get back into cycling.

With e-scooters, there is very little chance to get any meaningful exercise.


 

Benefits of eBikes

 


woman is really happy when riding with e-bike

It’s clear that there are a lot of benefits to using an electric bike, especially when compared to a scooter. They are a great way to get exercise for many people who find it difficult to cycle, they allow you to take on many different jobs without breaking a sweat, they get you around quickly, and they are generally very comfortable to ride.

Here are a few of the advantages of e-bikes over e-scooters:

  • Longer range
  • Faster
  • Keeps you fit
  • More practical and useful
  • Safer
  • More comfortable

 

Benefits of Electric Scooters

 


2 women are laughing when riding with electric scooters

Although not quite as useful as e-bikes, electric scooters allow many people who live in large towns or cities to ditch the car and save lots of money, time, and effort on their commuting, day-to-day living, and running errands.

These devices serve their purpose perfectly and make many people’s lives easier, and more enjoyable. What’s better is that they’re super-affordable and convenient to use, especially if you don’t have a lot of space in your apartment.

  • Better portability and convenience
  • Affordable prices
  • Easier to store at home or the office

 

Conclusion

 


It’s clear from writing this article that both electric bikes and electric scooters are great products that can make your daily life a lot more convenient and enjoyable.

Cutting out the traffic, parking, expensive maintenance, and environmental impact associated with owning a car is a reason enough to get a PEV. Additionally, an e-bike is a great way to exercise and even see the world by bicycle touring.

We hope that after reading our comparison and having a better understanding of the key considerations, you can now make the choice that will best suit your individual needs.


 

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