The Best Electric Scooters Of 2012

You may have been looking for our review of electric bikes.

e-Zip E750 Electric Scooter by Currie Technologies

This electric scooter, the e-Zip 750, is currently the top-rated electric scooter on Amazon, with an average 4.5 out of 5 stars from 69+ reviewers. It has a 12-mile range (depending on rider weight) and top speed of 15 miles per hour.

It’s available from Amazon for about $350. Note: this scooter is currently out of stock, but the e-Zip 450 is in stock.

 

Moped-Style Electic Scooters

Today, electric scooters or electric mopeds are just as powerful as their gasoline-powered counterparts, with the added advantage of being virtually silent, clean machines that can plug into a standard electrical socket to recharge. Typically, a charge will give you enough juice to travel 20-60 miles, depending on the scooter and battery system. Most scooter comes with lead-acid or nickle-metal hybrid (NiMH) batteries, but they can usually be upgraded to the more expensive lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter and last longer. A scooter’s top speed is usually limited or “governed” to 25-28 mph in the U.S. in order to be classified as a “moped”.

You can find a range of moped scooters on Amazon.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for this roundup.
    Nice to see so many good choices in terms of low/no-emission transport.
    Any thoughts on the relative utility and value of low-end electric scooters like the eGo versus electric bicycles like the OHM Cycles you profiled last month on MetaEfficient?

    - Aaron Dalton, 1GreenProduct.com

  2. says

    Excellent overview, did the Powascooter PS168 miss out by much?

    The thing that stops me from switching is the range of these scooters, how long will it be before we manage to get ranges closer to 60-100 miles?

  3. cephoe says

    Richard,

    I do think scooters are overpriced in the U.S. (especially compared to prices in Asia). But cost can be offset by the savings gained by replacing a car for short trips.

    Justin

  4. cephoe says

    Aaron,

    I’m partial to electric bike like the OHM or the eZee because of the great reviews they get performance-wise, and because you can take them on bike paths.

    But eGo does come nicely equipped for the road with lights, fenders and other accessories.

    Justin

  5. John says

    I bought my wife an eGo because her foot problem made walking difficult for the 1.5 miles to work. She loves it, reports that it is a real “guy magnet” and has not had any trouble with it in a year or so of usage.

    One point about these reviews though — simple “top speed” and “top range” estimates are nonsense — you are NOT going to go 60+ miles on the Vectra if you go 60+mph.

    If you can’t get the full curves (speed vs. range) then at least you should settle on some standard speed settings and post the range attained at those (constant) speeds — say, 10 mph, 15 mph, 25 mph (or top speed), 35 mph (or top), and so on.

    The eGo, for example, will definitely take you 20+ miles — but not if you go for 23 mph for long!

  6. Steve says

    Beware of the R-20.

    Unless I’ve got a complete lemon, the build quality is abysmal. All exposed metal shows signs of rust. The trunk snapped off the cheap plastic mount in the middle of an intersection. Range is only 15 miles if you leave the headlight on. The charge indicator has stopped working. Need I go on?

  7. MattFish says

    I’ve been riding a Vectrix for 9 months now, after riding a long list of smaller electric scooters (2000-3000 watt varieties). It’s a dream machine. Expensive, but worth every penny, I’d have to say. I get up to 32-48 miles per charge depending on speed and type of driving. Excellent build quality. If you can spare the dough, there is absolutely nothing better on the market.

  8. says

    The reason i think that ZAP has not advertised too much for the ZAPINO is that really there is no need. Demand actually outweighs supply and being the best such product in the market, the scooter does its own marketing by word of mouth.

  9. swatter says

    The blurb on the Skeuter Condor was taken from the (horrible) website and the specs were below what I was interested in; however, a scooter club in Santa Monica has upgraded them with lithium iron phosphate batteries (LiFePO4) and a larger engine – increasing range (>60 miles) and speed (35+) – without breaking the bank like the zap $2000 lithium battery upgrade. There are 2 levels of upgrade, the second 90+ range and 50+ mph. With a scooter club vouching for Skeuter, and seeing the flexibility, I’m interested now even though I live on the east coast.
    http://www.zenbiotic.com/scootclubscooters.html#batterycomp

  10. Jenny Lee says

    Hi~How are you? I’m Jenny I’m from China I deal with scooters.Are you finding scooters now?Pls send me your enquiry,I will offer you ASAP.

    Regards,

    Jenny

  11. spencer says

    Just curious to know, does a hub motor offer better efficiency than the regular DC brushless motors?
    I’m doing research for a scooter conversion and curious to know what type of motor I should buy.
    I live in Taiwan so I know I can get the LiFePO4 here but want to make sure I can find the appropriate motor setup.
    If I could do 60v, I think I could make my old 50cc ICE into a neat machine.

  12. michael bose says

    great intro … do keep abreast …. NOTA BENE : conspicuous by abscence mention of reliability , maintenance. street legality concerns , insursance status …. again thank you …. mab

  13. says

    We have a machine shop at a very good location for the sale of scooters and electric bikes. We have been at the same location for over 50 years. The traffic cout passing our facility every day is about 25,000. We are looking for a distributor.

  14. cephoe says

    michael bose:

    we’d be happy if you send us a donation, and we’ll be able to fund some further research.

    justin

  15. says

    Hi there,

    We currently sell some of the cheaper version electric scooters directly from China. Probably can’t compare to the “best electric bikes” of 2008, but definitely worth having a quick look at. Check it out at http://www.tradingcompany.com if you get the chance.

    We are an American trading company based out of China, so we understand the quality needs of the US and other western countries.

    Drop me a line if there is anything there that might be of interest.

    Cheers,
    MZ

  16. Kelley says

    This is so helpful. Do you think you can add details about how secure the vehicles are–I mean, what type of anti-theft security these vehicles may have? The electric bikes and scooters–they’re not key-starters, are they? I would love to get one to run errands in, but what would be the point, if someone will steal if if I park it outside the store? Thanks.

  17. Maurice C. says

    25 MPH? Here in Florida, that would legally make the E-Zip Trailz bike a MOPED, which requires a driver license, tag, and registration! To keep it legally a BICYCLE (NO license, tag, or registration), one HAS to keep the bike’s speed UNDER 20 MPH (yes, even while pedalling!). Not only that, the Trailz even has an electronic governor to automatically shut the motor OFF, if the speed exceeds 18 MPH.

  18. says

    great reviews on the different types of electric scooters. I’m a fan of electric scooters as well and I think they’re the best thing in the world as it’s environmentally friendly and friendly to our purse as well.

  19. Maurice C. says

    Even though I am getting a regular bike soon, I STILL have a “hankering” for a cheap electric scooter, as well, just to ride around the house, since here in Florida, one needs a driver’s license to ride a scooter ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS….but NOT on “private property,” at least. And so, if I DO get one in the not-too-distant future, I’ll have MORE than one way to have some “fun in the sun!”

  20. Maurice C. says

    I have FINALLY made up my mind….I’m not interested in bikes, scooters, cars, ANYTHING on
    wheels, anymore….it was just a half-baked, foolish dream, and I never
    should have been watching NBC Weatherplus…since that channel is going OFF
    THE AIR pretty soon, anyway. Those scooter and bike things are for people
    who have jobs, and DO have SOMEWHERE to commute to on wheels….I AM
    RETIRED, AND NEED NOT GO ANYPLACE UNLESS ABSOULUTELY NECESSARY, AND ONLY BY
    BUS! I would surely get BORED with a bike…even an electric bike, and end
    up either selling it, or just THROWING IT IN THE TRASH! Maybe God does NOT
    want me on wheels…ever…after all!!! Do you agree? I’m pretty BLESSEDLY
    assured of THAT!!! I DON’T EVER WANT TO DRIVE ANYTHING, OR RIDE ANYTHING BUT
    A BUS!!! That’s the ONLY thing I ever want to ride, from now on! My money
    would be BETTER spent on ELECTRONICS….NOT electric vehicles!!! ;-) Just my
    two cents!

  21. Andrew says

    Great review. Wonder what they have now that it’s been six months since this review was done?

    And Maurice C., its great to see that you’ve made a decision.

  22. Maurice C. says

    Thanks, Andrew. It’s great to see that someone “sat up and took notice” of my last post. Right now, as it stands, electric vehicles are too expensive and dangerous for the likes of me. Someday maybe, if I live long enough (I’m 46 years old), electric bikes and scooters will be more enjoyable for me, because they, IMHO, will be so much cheaper and safer. Of course, if I DON’T live long enough….I wonder if people ride scooters and bicycles in Heaven….?! ;-)

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  24. Maurice C. says

    @ canoas: So now, Vectrix has some competition! Maybe now, the prices will start to come down–even in TODAY’S sorry economy. Lotsa luck to ya…I hope even MORE companies will jump on the electric scooter/motorcycle bandwagon! ;-)

  25. says

    Electric Scooters and bicycles will be a cost effective tool for most who use them. Either to get somewhere faster than their feet can take them, or take them there, when their feet cannot. Electric Scooters and power assist bicycles are also lots of fun if we like it like that.

  26. Maurice C. says

    @Scooter Lady:
    Well, yes…I guess you’re right. Perhaps I COULD change my mind again, and reconsider getting at least a CHEAP electric bike or scooter, try it out, and see that it CAN be a lot of fun, only if I make it that way. A scooter does NOT have to be “boring”…it’s all about our attitude, the way we CHOOSE to look at things. If we make it “boring”, it WILL be boring. But if we make it “exciting”, well, we really CAN make it as exciting as we DARE WANT it to be. That goes not only for scooters, bikes, or anything else on wheels, but also for ANYTHING in life…so, go ahead and go for all the excitement you can handle…LIFE IS TOO SHORT…SO, GO OUT AND PLAY…PLAY HARD! ;-)

  27. Russ says

    Federal law states that a low powered electric bike is treated as a regular bicycle if it has a motor of less than 750W and it is incapable of propelling a 170 pound rider on flat ground BY ITSELF over 20 mph. The top speed of the Ezip Trailz by itself is no more than 18 mph so it meets the current law. You can pedal it faster if you like though I doubt the quoted 25 mph with light pedaling claim unless it was down a slight hill. Heck you can ride it at 4o mph down a BIG hill and as long as you’re not breaking the speed limit for that road you’re perfectly legal and it’s STILL A BIKE.

    “CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

    16 CFR Part 1512

    Requirements for Low-Speed Electric Bicycles

    AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    ———————————————————————–

    SUMMARY: Public Law 107-319, 116 Stat. 2776 (the Act), enacted December
    4, 2002, subjects low-speed electric bicycles to the Commission’s
    existing regulations at 16 CFR part 1512 and 16 CFR 1500.18(a)(12) for
    bicycles that are solely human powered. For purposes of this
    requirement, the Act defines a low-speed electric bicycle as “a two-or
    three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor
    of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level
    surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an
    operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.” Public Law No.
    107-319, section 1, 116 Stat. 2776 (2002). The Commission is issuing
    this immediately effective amendment to its requirements for bicycles
    at 16 CFR part 1512 to promptly inform the public of the newly enacted
    statutory requirement on low-speed electric bicycles.

    DATES: This amendment is effective upon publication in the Federal
    Register, that is, on February 12, 2003.”

  28. says

    Today, electric scooters or electric mopeds are just as powerful as their gasoline-powered counterparts, with the added advantage of being virtually silent, clean machines that can plug into a standard electrical socket to recharge. Typically, a charge will give you enough juice to travel 20-60 miles, depending on the scooter and battery system.

  29. Dennis says

    Has anyone had any experience with any of the scooters distributed by the Green Scooter Store out of Gresham, OR.? They’re Chinese manufactured and under the name of “Interstate Auto Group, LLC”?

    I recently purchased one, and if anyone else has , would like to share our experiences both with the product, and with the distributor.

  30. Dennis says

    Anna H-C, just read your post, and if you want information privately concerning the subject of representing that product, (GreenScooters) please e-mail me directly, and I can supply you with my experiences. Dennis10101@gmail.com

  31. thinx says

    I belong to an informal scooter club, and many of us have acquired electric scooters in the last three years. The problem with a lot of the electric scooters I have seen is that they are manufactured in China or have significant running gear that is sourced from China. The quality of these components ranges from abysmal to atrocious. My girlfriend (who has two scooters – a honda silverwing gas scooter and an electric one – calls the chinese things “scrapooters”.

    Electric scooters are, in my opinion, overall the most efficient transport available for US suburban commuters – definitely worth it. But if you are buying a cheap-ass chinese made plastic scrapooter, PLEASE factor into your purchase calculations that it will be utterly disposable and major pieces will start to disintigrate/burnout/stop-working in about two years.

    I used to give them benefit of doubt but not any more. They are craptastic. Ride em, but don’t plan on keeping them for very long.

  32. Rick says

    I just got back from China, where there are electric scooters EVERYWHERE. I talked to a rider who told me that the best brand of electric scooter is Phillips. These scooters cost around $500 in China. Lesser quality models run $300. I researched e-scooters online and found that most of the higher-power, higher-quality models available in the U.S. cost $2,000 plus. Where does the 400% mark-up come from? Does anyone export directly from China? Is there any way to buy a scooter directly in China and have it shipped to the U.S.?

  33. says

    I purchased a veloteq two years ago and am very impressed. I average 50 miles per charge. Looking forward when the lead acid battery dies so I can replace it with the LiFePo4. This scooter is top of the line with cruise control, etc for around $1800 canadian.

  34. says

    Nice page. I am into electric vehicles too and would like to open up adealership in Luxembourg. Europe one day. Especially for the ZAP products or the best lines from China, or both. My website above has nothin to do with scooters or “E-stuff”. Its a travel website for Thailand, a profitable hobby of mine. Hope to have my Evehicle dealership one day, but it aint gonna be easy.

    P.S: I have an idea to make range further…. switch to alternate battery when you are low = 2nd battery or smaller battery as reserve…. good idea? At least you wont be left somewhere w:o elecricity…. :) Willem from Thailand.

  35. Hal Callaway says

    Need some help with an electric scooter. When I bought the unit new, it seemed to run fine for about 6 weeks. Then the original batteries failed. I replaced with four new ones (12V). Again, the scooter ran great. After about an hour of use, the charge ran out…..so I was only getting intermittent bursts of power…a few seconds at at time. I then recharged…..the same thing…..only intermittent momentary power. Thinking it was the charger, I replaced with a new one and recharged the batteries again. The same thing…..just momentary power…..nothing over a second or two. Anyone have a clue as to what’s causing this, and the cure? Thanks in advance.

  36. says

    I need your honest opinion. I have a regular beach cruiser-type bicycle that is still under warranty, but I’m thinking about converting it by mounting an electric motor and battery. I’m also considering purchasing a new EZip Mountain Trailz electric bike. Which option would be more economical? Should I buy a ready-built e-bike, or build one from scratch? Thank you for your time. :-)

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  37. Howard Olsen says

    Hal, I had the same symptoms on a 24 volt Chinese BMX freedom someone gave me, and it turned out to be the fuse. It looked OK but it had intermittent internal disconnect. After replacing it, no problemo.

    Maurice, I’m a retired ham and my first electric scooter project was a 2003 Viento made in California. They have notoriously weak rear wheels. After much $$$ and some pain it runs again like a bat out of LA. Although I haven’t ridden motorcycles in many years, the Viento can be scary. It is silent yet develops massive torque with a touch of the throttle. This means if you aren’t firmly seated, it runs away without you. I once hit a small dip in the grass while parking and it almost took me through a hedge. This led me to a habit of switching it off as I approach my destination. It goes about 30 mph and has three 30 pound batteries so it weighs about 200 pounds. Compare the Chinese Freedom BMX scooter which weighs about the same as a single Viento battery and goes about 5 mph. Apples & oranges. Anyway, I use it for trips to the post office (about two miles), and I’ve learned to exercise caution.

    • Kenneth Sherri says

      Hello,
      Howard Olsen, I also own a Viento scooter and have a problem w/ the back wheel…
      I wondered if you could tell me how you got yours on the road again and if there is a way I could use that resouce to get mine going as well?
      Thanks Much,
      Kenneth

      • Howard says

        Dear Kenneth,
        After three tries, I finally bought the right size wheel on Ebay for $.99 although shipping pushed the cost up to $30. If I remember it is an 18 inch, 36 hole motorcycle wheel that accepts a 2.5 inch tire. The rim is purple but much stronger than the original. The biggest problem was the motorcycle rim accepts much larger spokes than the Viento hub. I had to use homemade cone shaped washers for the new wheel so the nipples wouldn’t slip through the holes. I also installed a new tire and tube. The original tire was 2 inch and going to 2.5 inch is a VERY tight fit, but I’m rolling again. Let me know if you need more details or photo. Aloha, Howard

  38. John says

    Hal

    It sounds like you have a short where a exposed wire is touching the frame, etc. I would suggest getting an electrician to check it out for you.

    John

  39. Hal Callaway says

    Howard and John,

    Thank you both so much for your suggestions. I will try the fuse first (if I can find it) then look for a loose wire or connection. I have noticed that if I elevate the rear wheels off the ground, and turn on the power, they turn freely and seem to be getting power consistently (instead of intermittently) Gosh, I’m not THAT heavy, about 180, so am hoping that the weight isn’t an issue. Please let me know if any further thoughts.

  40. John says

    Hal

    Your weight would not be a factor. Is there any torque when you lift it up. Try touching the ground slightly and see if it still runs. If so, again a short somewhere, possibly inside the motor. Try other loose wires first but you may have to take the motor apart to look for short. Again, an electrician could probably find it quickly.

  41. says

    66 y/o with emphysema, need something (?) to carry me and my photography gear around off-road. Would really hate to get jammed up in mud. Need something with a minimum of red tape for its use in most public places, like parks and sidwalks.

    A little direction would be a good thing.

  42. Jim Manville says

    Aloha. I have an iMoto2 Verde electric scooter which has been a lot of fun even though it never came close to matching the specs for mileage and speed. It has trouble with the hills in Kailua Kona but used to have about a 30 mile range and a top speed of about 25mph on flat roads. Of late, the mileage has dropped off significantly. I rode it to the library yesterday and, when I hopped back on, it wouldn’t go when I twisted the throttle. I could feel it trying, but it vibrated for a few seconds and then cut off. The manufacturer suggested it could be the batteries, but I’ve checked the connections and put a voltmeter on them and everything checks out. The scooter doesn’t seem to be able to carry any weight. But when I put it up on its stand and twist the throttle, the wheel spins. I was wondering if anybody has any suggestions or thoughts on this problem. Mahalo.

  43. Hal Callaway says

    Jim, I am having identical problems with my electric scooter.

    Mine was purchased from GreenCycle in Gresham, OR. I’ve had 12 issues with the bike since purchase four months ago. It has been in the shop, or merely inoperable three of those four months. Unfortunately they don’t back their product or honor the warranty for an hour after it leaves their door. “Your tough luck” is their attitude. If anyone is considering purchase, please let me know, and I’ll send you a list of what to expect.

  44. Jim Manville says

    Hal,

    I just checked out the scooter this morning. I had a friend sit on the scooter and twist the throttle while I put the voltmeter on each battery. The needle didn’t move on three of the four, but, on the fourth, the needle dropped to the bottom. Which I think tells me that that battery is kaput. In which case, I’m told that all four need to be replaced. Frustrating since I just replaced all four last September for about $400 (it costs a lot to have batteries shipped out here and it’s a weird amperage (12V22aph SLA). The whole scooter only cost me about $1500 when I first bought it back in 1/07. The battery problem might be related to the fact that a power surge fried my battery charged back in December and I had a hard time finding a replacement. So the scooter sat without being charged for a long time. I’m trying to do the right thing for the environment but they sure don’t make it easy.

    Aloha.

  45. Justin says

    From Dennis Thorn Forwarded by Justin:

    Jim, I replaced all four of my batteries a month ago. (The originals
    only lasted nine weeks.) So, I don’t think mine is a battery problem.
    Took it to a professional shop in Phoenix about three weeks ago, and
    still don’t have the verdict back from them.

    I liked your comment…”they sure don’t make it easy”. And the
    problem is compounded by sellers that have little understanding of, or
    the integrity to stand behind their products. All they supplied with
    the bike was an 8 page leaflet translated from Mandarin to broken
    English.

  46. John says

    Jim & Hal

    It is a shame you are both having bad luck with your bikes. I would suggest fixing them up and selling and then buying a quality bike. Veloteq is the brand I have been riding for two years without a problem. It is great on hills and is top of the line and they back the warranty. Best of luck and don’t give up.

    John

  47. Jim Manville says

    John,

    I went to the Veloteq site and had several questions.

    How accurate is the mileage claim? Is it really 35 miles or is that based on ideal conditions (perfectly level track, 140-lb rider, no wind, no rain, etc.)

    I didn’t see anything about the top speeds for the scooters? What is your experience and which one do you own?

    How easily does it handle the hills?

    There also didn’t seem to be any prices attached to the various scooters. It just gave a range of between $1900-2100. Accurate?

    Aloha and thanks for your help. I am kind of fed up with my scooter at this time although it was a blast for about a year and a three-quarters. Maybe the ocean air is hard on the components, giving it the benefit of the doubt.

  48. Jim Manville says

    Mike Zev,

    I checked out some of the scooters at tradingcompany.com. Everything seemed to be conditional on buying at least 2 scooters. I only need one. Am I missing something?

  49. Dennis says

    I purchased a mid-level scooter from Green Scooters.com. After speaking with Mark, the distributor in Gresham, OR., I was confident that it was a reliable machine. Boy, was I wrong!!! He not only fails to stand behind the product, but the scooter eats batteries. Have had two sets fail in four months, even though I’m diligent in recharging. If anyone is considering a purchase from this company, e-mail me, and I can send you a litany of documented problems that I’ve encountered with this product and company. When contacted, Mark said he would have to send the issue to his factory in China to get it resolved. Two months…..nothing.

    It’s rip offs like these that are casting a dim light on electrics, and reputable internet sellers. Hope nobody else gets ripped off from this guy.

  50. John says

    Jim

    You will have no problems with the Veloteq. Mine goes about 40 miles on a full charge including hills because it charges the batteries while coasting. They also have a built in transmission for quick starts and tackling hills. If you want more info you can contact Peter Steinke at info@golectric.com. They are governed for a top speed of 32 km/hr. This makes them legal in Canada without a license, insurance or plates. The governor can be over-ridden for a top speed of 36 km/hr but this will reduce the milage slightly.

    Dennis

    You may want to check out these bikes as well. They are good quality and I know they sell them in the states out of Texas.

  51. John says

    Jim, Hal, Justin, Dennis

    You can also check out http://www.Daymak.com. The sell and E-bike called the “Smart” bike. Range is 50 miles with two battery system. Not sure of the quality although I hear they honour the warranty. I still recommend the Veloteq for quality.

    John

  52. says

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    If the company will not trust their product enough to warranty it, why should you trust it?

    Quality (Sustainability) – No one can match EMPED EV for low replacement parts cost. New frame $200, Motor Controller $395, Complete painted bodywork ready to install $150.00.

    You can get the parts you need at a price you can afford if you need.

    Also EMPED EV have available 36 month Extended Service Plan (ESP) which covers you for wear items and gives you discounts for all future upgrades and warranties your EMPED EV for a full 36 months. The longest warranty available in the LEV category.

  53. William Thomas says

    There’s no mention of the 2009 EVTamerica, R-30. I’ve owned one for over a year. With the exception of a problem with the Soneil Charger,(it was replaced,free),I’ve had no other glitches. It’s advertised at a top speed of 45mph, but mine is closer to approx. 42mph. Great acceleration on a full charge.(5-6hrs.) Excellent brakes,and can carry its own weght,which is 320lbs.

  54. dennis says

    NATIVE Z6 Electric Scooter Impressions and 450 Mile Opinions and Views – Product Review
    with LIFEPO4 battery

    GOOD POINTS
    Regen braking does 90% or more of braking – however, the twist throttle must be turned back slowly, otherwise the regen braking does not engage.
    35 mile range in real-world driving to 100% drain; 25 mile range allows for 70% depth of discharge which is suggested for optimum battery longevity.
    Low center of gravity – good balance and side-wind resistance.
    An infrared thermometer shows that all components stay under 50 degrees Celcius including disc brake, controller casing, motor casing, batteries, and Battery Management System circuit.
    Good headlights.
    Foot board allows for different sitting positions comfortably.
    Excellent (durable-looking) quality materials throughout.
    Motor does not draw high amps at low speed (in contrast to the Ego electric scooter, and most other brushed DC scooters)
    Tires stick well to the road in dry and wet weather.
    Good acceleration.
    Very good brakes.
    Fun to ride!
    Looks great.
    Excellent ride characteristics once the rear shocks has been tuned for softer riding by an experienced motorcycle mechanic.

    BAD POINTS
    Fuel/energy gauge sits at full, or near full, until the very last mile.
    No storage unless an after-market box is added (from $50 or more)
    Manufacturer did not provide a user guide or service manual. The said manufacturer of the BMS in California does not answer their phone, and this company has no contact info on the Internet, should something go wrong.
    Surges (controllably) at very low speeds.

    NUETRAL POINTS
    Battery charger has a cut-off relay “kludged” with fragile-wires that will need attention if not handled very gingerly.
    Brake lever does not disengage motor.
    Like most other electric scooters, without modifications to ruggedize and weatherize the Native Z6 Lithium, weather and durability issues will likely crop up by 1000-2000 miles, and may be hard to diagnose due to lack of service and maintenance information.
    No motion-sensing alarm, but an aftermarket alarm can be added.
    Manufacturer states that motor brushes may need to be replaced at 4,000-6,000 mile intervals.

    INFORMATION FOUND ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THE Z6 (snipped text)
    We are advised that the Electric Motorsport (made by Native Cycles?) Native Z6 requires motor terminal re-torquing at 300 miles and yearly intervals. (No user manual from the company, unlike their GPR-S.

    A look at the Z6 electrical terminal shows that there is no lockwasher. Fairly hard to reach one terminal which is underneath the chassis. Might be impossible to reach with a torque wrench — only a long thin piece of wood can be inserted far enough in my exerience. Do you think that using thread-locker liquid on the nut would hold it, and prevent slippage?

    Since this appears to be a brushed/brush motor, we’re thinking of vacuuming the brush dust every 500 miles — does this seem reasonable?

    Chains — to lubricate every 300 miles.

    I oil the non-O-ring chain on my GPR-S every 100 miles and have only had to adjust the chain slack once within 1200 miles. I recommend oiling the chain more frequently than 300 miles if it is not an O-ring design.

    My 2009 GPR-S manual (which I can send to you if you PM me) has little advice about maintenance. I also have the Tiger Boxer owner’s manual (which I can also send you) and it also has almost no maintenance advice. There is no information about changing brake fluid, changing fork fluid, greasing and adjusting steering bearings and swing arm bearings, removing and replacing the wheels and brake calipers, etc. Chassis maintenance is left up to you to figure out. There is also little in the way of torque values for the chassis fasteners available. The recommendation is for you to take it to a local motorcycle dealer – whom I am sure would not touch the bike with a ten-foot pole for liability reasons. These bikes are designed for hobbyists who will have do their own maintenance and repairs, in my opinion.

    I lubricate the chain of my Brammo Enertia every 200miles and tighten the chain every 1k miles. I also inspect brake pads and tire tread at 1k intervals.

  55. summer says

    I have an electric moped, and it only goes 30-40mph,
    I was wondering if there was a way to increase that, but not too spendy.
    And then it only goes like 30 miles an hour or less on a full battery,
    and I want to make it go a bigger distance fully charged.
    I believe it’s a 50cc electric baja moped.
    Please help.

  56. Amy says

    Can anybody shoot me some advice?

    With all the smog, the increasingly ridiculous gas prices, and the super high cost of car insurance- I’m thinking of bidding my SUV adieu. I would very much like to try out a scooter. Here are a few very important things to factor in:
    1. I weigh about 300 pounds and I’m very tall (6 ft).
    2. I do not want to pay any insurance.
    3. I don’t want to have to get a special license (unless it’s unavoidable).
    4. I only have about $1000.

    I’m really worried about getting ripped off, or sold a piece of junk that will last me a year. :(

    …Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen people that are about my height and weight that are up and running either with electric or gas scooters- I just don’t have the chance to ask them. I’ve heard of Baccio and uhm… that’s about it.

    Have any recommendations?

    Appreciate it :o)

  57. Ronie says

    Hello guys,
    I am considering buying an electric scooter. I talked with a local retailer and he offered me a chinese brand – ‘Hongli’. He says, its a 800Watt-battery scooty. It has a maximum speed of 50km/h and mileage per charge is between 50 to 50 km. Do you have any idea about the brand Hongli? Could the claimed mileage and maximum speed be real?

  58. says

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    • Martin says

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      We will launch a new model of e-motorcycle E3000B, which will enter into the European market at the end of December. It has CVT E3000A motor and CVT E4000B motor. Whether you are the manufacturer or an importer, if you have any interests in the product, please feel free to contact me at any time.
      Thank you for your consideration and I am looking forward to hearing from you

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