Reliability is one crucial aspect that matters to consumers, especially if people plan to buy an electric scooter for their own personal use. The truth is that a large portion of the electric scooters on the market are not very reliable at all and are not worth the investment. So what is the most reliable electric scooter? In this blog post I will try to answer that exact question.
It is predicted that the electric scooter market size will grow to $41.98 billion by 2030, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Electric scooters are here to stay and companies are working very hard on innovation, design and manufacturing to produce the highest quality electric scooters possible. Unfortunately the reliability of scooters is often overlooked. It is great to own a fancy e-scooter but if it doesn’t last then it is not worth buying.
What is The Most Reliable Electric Scooter?
Ninebot Segway Max G30
The Ninebot Segway Max G30 is a very popular e-scooter and it is also one of the most reliable electric scooters you can get for the money. It is the more reliable, lower maintenance and beefier version of the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. Basically it is a reliable commuting machine perfect for daily use.
It has a top speed of 25 km/h and a 65 km range, according to the manufacturer. The range in real world conditions for a heavier rider is certainly less than 65 km but the range is still superior than the M365.
The 350 Watt motor can reach 24 km/h in 5.4 seconds, which is faster than the 6.3 seconds for the M365. In order to engage the motor you need to kick start the scooter to about 3km/h then push the throttle otherwise the motor will not engage. This is a safety feature which can be a bit annoying but still important to have.
The Segway Max G30 has front drum brake and rear electronic brake, which is useful if one braking system happens to fail. The drum brake also requires no maintenance because the braking mechanism is encased within the wheel and therefore protected from the elements.
Although the MAX does not have a suspension, the 10-inch pneumatic tires along with the sturdy frame, thicker stem and large deck make it still a formidable commuting scooter.
The frame is very durable and it is basically a beefier version of the M365 frame. Another important factor that increases the reliability of the Ninebot MAX G30 is the IPX5 water-resistance, which means it can be ridden in light rain.
It is certainly very reliable and practical commuting electric scooter. It is a bit heavy at 18 kg but overall it has received exceptional ratings and reviews from customers.
The Emove Touring is another very reliable electric scooter and one of the best in its price range. It has great ride quality, long range, huge deck and power – everything you need from a reliable commuting electric scooter.
The 48V 13AH LG battery has a maximum range of 25 miles and the 500 watt motor has a max speed of 40 km/h or 25 mph. The powerful 500 Watt motor also accelerates the scooter to 20 mph in 7.2 seconds. It has enough acceleration and overall top speed to zip through traffic quickly and efficiently,
The braking system of the Emove Touring is very reliable and is able to come to a full stop from 15 mph in jusr 16.6 feet. The braking system consists of rear wheel drum and regenerative braking with no front brake.
The riding quality is excellent for the Touring due to the impressive front and rear spring suspension and large deck. Another reason why the Emove Touring is considered to be a very reliable electric scooter, is the impressive portability.
The folding mechanisms include the folding stem,telescoping stems and handlebars. The folding mechanisms are very robust and require very little pre-ride adjustment. The folding handlebars are especially reliable. The Emove Touring has maximum carrying capacity of 330 pounds, which is also more than the 220 pounds of the M365 or the MAX G30.
ZERO 9 Electric Scooter
When people ask, what is the most reliable electric scooter? then the ZERO 9 has to be mentioned. It is more expensive than the Ninebot Segway MAX G30 and the EMOVE Touring but if you are looking for a very reliable and powerful scooter then the ZERO9 is the one.
It is a formidable scooter with its powerful 600 Watt motor, long range and light weight. It has a maximum range of 22-25 miles per charge, which is achieved with the 48V 13Ah LG battery. The top speed is up to 24 mph or 38.5 km/h.
What makes the ZERO 9 especially reliable is its all around capabilities and overall build-quality. It has enough power to go up steep hills, plenty of top speed and range. Plus the ZERO 9 only weighs 40 pounds, which is a great package for only $1,099.
The front disc and rear drum brakes of the ZERO 9 are very strong and reliable. It comes to a full stop at 15 mph in just 10.2 feet, when compared to the 16.6 feet of the EMOVE Touring.
Also the front and rear spring suspension along with the air-filled tires, make the riding very comfortable even riding on light off-road and bumpy roads.
The ZERO 9 has a clean design, it is solid and well-built. The stamped metal parts and heavy bolts make the scooter very robust and durable. It also does not have any rattling, loosely coupled components or loud motor.
The only drawback for this scooter might be the 220 pound weight limit, which excludes heavier riders. But it can certainly be reliable used for everyday commuting and it can take much more abuse than your standard rental scooters.
Hopefully this answered the question, “What is the most reliable electric scooter?” Obviously the more expensive a scooter is the more reliable it also is. It is very hard to get a super reliable electric scooter for less than $500. It is better to spend a bit more money on a more expensive scooter with better reliability and overall quality, rather than a cheaper scooter, which might quickly fall apart.
There are more reliable electric scooters than these but the price for these scooter is out of reach for most, which is why I did not list them here.