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There is no doubt that scooters are fast becoming the most popular means of personal transportation. Because of its efficiency, relatively low price, ease of use, and lack of strict rules regarding their use, more and more people have started to keep their cars at home.
People used to think that scooters are only for kids. If you asked them, they would say “No self-respecting person would ever ride a scooter”. But gone are those days. These days there are more scooterists on the road than ever. The day when all of them will swarm the bike lanes is not far away. Governments across the globe are also promoting this economical and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Not only will scooters free up the roads, but they can significantly reduce a person’s carbon footprint. But before you buy one, you must know at least the difference between various types of scooters. This article will help you with that.
A few decades ago, it was much easier to shop for a scooter. There weren't many varieties of it back then. But these days, 'scooter' is an umbrella term for a lot of different kinds of scooters ranging from the push scooters that kids play with to more serious modes of mobility. So, here is a list of the most common types of scooters that you will come across. Knowing how they are different and what are their different features will help you make a better choice when you are shopping.
When you slightly change the wheel configuration of a skateboard and add handlebars, you get a kick scooter. And just like skateboards, they are a means for short commutes and to perform stunts. The way you stand on a kick scooter is not like a skateboard though. Because the deck will be larger than a skateboard, you can keep your both feet pointing forward on a kick scooter. These are mostly used by children, but there are adult kick scooters as well. But these days, after the advent of electric scooters, older people do not prefer kick scooters.
Due to their affordability and convenience, electric scooters are very popular these days. Folding electric scooters are electric versions of kick scooters. The only addition is a battery pack and a throttle and, in some cases, a small screen to display the speed and battery. People use them for short-distance daily commutes instead of taking public transport. And because they are foldable, you can even travel with them on the buses and metro trains. Depending on the model, these can have a range of up to 50 kilometres, which is more than enough for getting around the city if you are on your own.
Experts say that personal mobility is the future of in-city transportation. Because of the growing concerns over Global warming and people getting tired of spending hours in gridlocks, more and more people will use it for short commutes. Compared to folding electric scooters, electric scooters with seats feel more stable and in your hands. Also, the seat stem allows more space for bigger batteries. If you want, you can attach a small basket to the seat stem to store your bag as you ride. But the downside is that they do not have the portability of a foldable scooter. So, tough luck if you want to take it with you on a bus.
What if you want to ride an electric scooter but want to take it through a much more challenging terrain? Normal electric scooters with their small wheels and less powerful motors are not the ideal fit for that. In that case, off-road electric scooters can save your day. Off-Road scooters have bigger and chunkier tyres and beefier batteries that hold more juice. They are also extremely sturdy and can take a lot of beating. And to climb steeper slopes, you need more horsepower. A typical off-road scooter comes with a 1600 Watts motor that will let you go at a max speed of 30 kilometres per hour.