Why are electric scooters more expensive than gas-powered ones?
There are many other factors that influence the cost of electric scooter, such as quality of materials used, manufacturing process, research and development behind it. However the main reason that the electric scooters are more expensive than gas-powered ones is the high price of lithium batteries. The price of a battery makes up from anywhere 30% – 60% of the total cost of the scooter. Batteries coming from manufacturers like Samsung, cost more than those from no-name brands. The motor does not cost as much as the battery, but having more power and two motor does increase the price.
However, remember that the running cost of an e-scooter is only about 25% as compared to its internal combustion engine counterpart. Which means that it pays off in the long run.
Why are some electric scooters cheaper than the others?
Prices of electric scooters range from couple hundreds to several thousands dollars. There are different price ranges for different categories of scooters, but even between scooters that are seemingly similar, prices vary greatly. What are the that determine how much a particular scooter cost?
First, there is the obvious – motor power and battery capacity. Lithium batteries are expensive, especially larger ones, and the battery makes up to 30% of the electric scooter’s price. The price depends on the size and power capacity, but also on the manufacturer. Batteries coming from manufacturers like Samsung, cost more that those from no-name brands. The motor does not cost as much as the battery, but having more powers and/or two motor does rise the price.
There are also many other factors that influence the total cost, quality of materials used, manufacturing process, research and development behind it, and many others. Incidentally, higher price does not always mean higher quality and better performance, but if something is priced suspiciously low, there is probably a reason behind it.
Which is the cheapest electric scooter?
Gotrax GKS is super lightweight, very easy to ride and it is an excellent choice for a first electric scooter. It is designed for kids, but if you are a smaller adult, weighing under 154 pounds, you can give it a go, especially if you have never tried riding an electric scooter. But because the handlebar is short and not adjustable it is not comfortable for riders over 5ft.
The performance is kid-friendly, top speed is limited to 7.5 mph, and the range is only 4 miles, which means a couple hours of fun. There is no throttle, you activate the motor by pushing the scooter, and features the Safestep technology that requires both feet to be placed firmly on the board before the motor engages.
With a price point of around $100, this is probably the cheapest electric scooter at the moment. If you find a better deal, please let us know, we are always on the lookout for e-scooters for less.