We talk about it more and more, electric mobility is taking a growing place in our cities. The advantages of an electric scooter or an electric bicycle are now obvious; as compact as they are handy, they allow everyone to move around the city more freely but also more quickly.
But what is the price of an electric scooter, and how do you choose it?
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Did you know that you walk an average of 5 km per day to get around town? How far do you travel approximately each day?
The autonomy of the Lithium-ion battery of a road legal electric scooter is generally between 15Km and 50Km. Enough to easily cover most of your trips without having to think about taking the charger with you. It is important to note that the battery will discharge a little faster in very cold (-5 ° C) or very hot (+ 40 ° C) weather.
This is a very Swiss peculiarity, in some cities you sometimes have to climb very steep slopes to get to the office, home or to go shopping. However, the more powerful the motor, the more the electric scooter will be able to pull your weight.
The maximum power allowed in Switzerland is 500 Watts, but we also have more powerful models such as the INOKIM OX to meet all your needs.
If, on the other hand, you live in a city with little hills, the important criteria to take into account when choosing sufficient engine power is your weight. If you weigh more than 65 kg, a 350 Watts motor may appear to be relatively underpowered. You should therefore rather go for a motor of 450 Watts or 500 Watts such as the INOKIM Quick 4 or the E-TWOW GT.
This is a very important point, and again it all depends on your needs.
Do you have to make several train, tram or bus changes in your daily trips?
If so, you should rather opt for a compact and light electric scooter, to store it easily on the train or the bus while being easy to transport up the stairs.
If not, the weight is not necessarily a determining factor since you can always roll the scooter next to you so as not to have to carry it.
What is the load weight? This is the maximum weight that the manufacturer recommends that you place on the electric scooter so as not to damage it. Depending on the model, this load weight is between 100Kg and 120Kg. So this critera should be taken into account if you weigh more than 100 kg by choosing a more robust model such as the DUALTRON Mini Super.
Note that in any case, it is strongly recommended not to ride two people on an electric scooter, you will most likely exceed this load weight, which considerably increases the risk of an accident or of breaking your scooter.
Not all manufacturers pay the same attention to the quality of their electric scooters. This is why we try a lot of different scooters in order to select for you the ones that offer the best value for money.
There are electric scooters at very low prices even in Switzerland. But beware, they are rarely road legal, are often made of low quality materials, have very little power with 250 watts or less, break quickly, and finding the spare part is almost impossible, especially in supermarkets which are unable to offer a repair service. In many cases, a low-cost electric scooter will only work 6 months to a year, and you will then need to buy a new one.
An electric scooter road legal in Switzerland such as the INOKIM Quick or the EGRET TEN charges in about 5 hours when the battery is completely empty. Knowing that the average price per KWh in Switzerland is CHF 0.21, fully recharging your battery will cost you around CHF 0.46. On these two models the battery autonomy is 40Km, ie a cost per kilometer of only CHF 0.01.
You will find under this link the cost of electricity in your city; Federal Electricity Commission ElCom Prices
An electric scooter is not like a bicycle. To increase its lifespan, it is important to take care of it, store it in a dry place, away from cold or heat. They are not completely waterproof, but are splash proof.
Depending on the model, it will take a small maintenance budget to change from time to time, among other things, the inner tubes, brake pads, or the brake disc. You will find many of the spare parts in our Accessories section. Please contact us if you need another spare part. Please note that we only have in stock the brands that you find on our website.
It all depends of course on how often you use it, how well you take care for it, and where it is stored. There are, however, several very important elements that will allow you to increase the life of your electric scooter;
-Put grease regularly on the springs.
-Check the tire pressure every 2-3 weeks.
-Check the tightness of the screws every month.
-As much as possible charge your battery to the maximum.
-Do not charge directly after use, leave the battery cool down for 20 minutes.
A lithium ion battery should last around 800 charge cycles. But by following our advice you should be able to exceed 1000 or even 1200 charges.
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There is a wide range of prices for electric scooters between CHF 600, - and over CHF 3000, - to satisfy all users. If you want a robust and powerful product that will last you over time, we strongly recommend that you choose a good quality scooter.
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