Both electric scooters and bikes have their own advantages and disadvantages, depending on you, the buyer and rider, what your needs and preferences are.
To avoid confusion, consider the following:
1. Cost: Electric scooters are generally cheaper than electric bikes, both in terms of initial purchase and maintenance. Mearth e-scooters have hot-swappable batteries so your don’t need to cut short your trip just to recharge.
2. Speed: Speed depends on the rider's weight, terrain, wind and traffic conditions. The e-scooter’s advantage over electric bikes is their higher speed. Electric scooters can go faster than electric bikes, as they can reach speeds of up to 32 km/h or more, while electric bikes are usually limited to 25 km/h or less by law. Electric scooters can also accelerate faster than electric bikes, as they do not require pedalling or shifting gears. With such a feature, electric scooters can help you save time and avoid traffic jams by zipping through the streets.
3. Comfort: Bikes or electric bikes have larger wheels, suspension systems, seats and handlebars that can absorb shocks and vibrations. But although electric scooters may have smaller wheels, less suspension, Mearth’s heavy duty, on-and-off terrain electric scooters (seats are optional) with pneumatic tires that absorb shocks and vibrations, and can make the rider be comfortable on rough roads or long rides.
4. Maneuverability: Electric scooters are more nimble and responsive than bikes or electric bikes, as they have smaller wheels, lighter frames and shorter wheelbases which makes it easier to maneuver them. Electric scooters can also turn more easily than electric bikes, as they have a lower center of gravity and a tighter turning radius. Electric scooters can also handle bumps and curbs better than electric bikes, as they have suspension systems and pneumatic tires that absorb shocks and vibrations. Electric scooters can help you navigate the city with more ease and comfort.
5. Portability: Electric scooters are more portable than electric bikes, as they are lighter, smaller and foldable. They can be easily carried, stored and transported in public transport, cars or elevators. Bikes and electric bikes are heavier, bulkier and harder to fold or carry, which can limit their mobility and convenience.
6. Safety: Both electric scooters and bikes have safety risks, such as accidents, injuries, thefts and vandalism. Electric scooters are less regulated and not totally accepted by the law (depending on the state or region), and the public. Unlike electric bikes.
7. Versatility: How are electric scooters more versatile than electric bike? They can be used for different purposes and occasions. Either for commuting, leisure, recreation, fitness or delivery. Another good thing is that different people of different ages, sizes and abilities can also use them. To date, electric scooters do not require a license or training to operate, while electric bikes may require a license or training depending on the state or territory. Did you know that e-scooters can also be customized and accessorized with various features and gadgets, such as lights, horns, speakers or phone holders? And then, the fun part does not end. Electric scooters can help its rider/s enjoy a variety of activities and experiences, on the road or while bonding with relatives and friends.
There is no doubt about it. Electric scooters obviously have many advantages over bikes or electric bikes in Australia – from lower cost, to higher speed, better maneuverability, greater portability, to comfort, and higher versatility.
Electric scooters are ideal for urban dwellers who want a convenient, fun and eco-friendly way of getting around the city, and sometimes on different, less travelled terrain.
But, ultimately, it all depends on you – making the choice between an electric scooter or bike whatever is your personal preference, budget, lifestyle and purpose.
Research more before making a decision, so you’ll be happy to get the best one that will truly suit your need, whatever that is. Ride safely, follow road rules and enjoy the trip.