Scooters come in both electric and gas versions
Scooters are a popular way to reduce gas usage and still get to work or run errands. With the growing interest in electric vehicles, more and more companies are coming out with electric versions of their scooters, though the gas versions are considered just as economical.
Electric scooters are powered by a large battery, usually made of lithium ion or lithium phosphate, and are plugged in to recharge. Gas scooters are powered by a combustion engine that runs off either gasoline or diesel.
Range and Speed
Electric scooters can reach anywhere from 30 to 60 mph and can travel up to 60 miles before they need to be recharged. Gas scooters can reach up to 100 mph or faster and can travel up to 200 miles before needing a fill-up.
Some states consider electric scooters to be mopeds because most don’t go faster than 30 mph. As a result, they are allowed to operate in the bike lane. The rider doesn’t need a motorcycle license to ride them. Other states do not allow electric scooters on the road at all because they aren’t considered vehicles. Gas scooters that go faster than 30 mph are considered motorcycles by most states and require a motorcycle license.
Electric and gas scooters are very similar in appearance with a seat to accommodate one to two people and a luggage rack and foot board.
Electric scooters do not have the torque of gas scooters because their power is constant. You can buy an electric motor scooter that offers better torque for tackling hills. Gas motor scooters can draw more power to tackle hills because their engine’s power relies upon the speed of gas combustion in the engine.