I’m sure you’ve seen those electric scooters all over the city. They are often used as a quick and easy way to get from one place to another, especially if you live in a high-density area like New York City, tokyo, Sydney or London. But what makes them so great? And which is the best electric scooter for commuting on the market today? Let me go ahead and answer these questions for you!
Straight off the bat let me tell you the electric scooter I’m most excited by….
It’s the CHARGEPRO developed by Charge By Hixon. This little guy has a 60V 30AH Lithium-Ion Battery which means that you’ll be able to get 60 miles in each and every charge and be able to hit 30 mph.
Now I know that doesn’t sound very fast/go very far compared to a motorcycle but this thing is TINY and absolutely sips power.
I’ll explain more below while we dive into why electric scooters are so dam good for city commuters.
Electric Scooter is so cost-effective
Power vs. Gas
Let’s take our CHARGEPRO as an example, it comes with a 60V 30AH, 2000W battery. According to Electric Choice the average electricity rate is 13.19 cents per kilowatt-hour in the USA. That means that for $0.27 (I rounded up) you can travel 60 miles.
According to Fuelly, the average 2021 CBR125R uses 86.7 miles per gallon. with a gallon of fuel costing $3.18 per gallon (gasprices.aaa.com) that means that the same 60 miles would cost $2.20 on a CBR125R. That’s ridiculous! Because I don’t know about you, but I’m not currently riding a 125!
With this same logic, let’s say you’re traveling 48 miles a day 5 days a week, that’s 240 miles a week. And let’s say you work 48 weeks a year. Seems like a standard commute to me.
Let’s see how much it would cost:
On the CHARGEPRO = $1.08 per week or $51.84 per year
On the 2021 CBR 125R = $8.80 per week or $422.40 per year
Ease of Use when Commuting
I, like every motorcyclist, love the feeling of riding, the freeness of punching it, cornering, and the feeling of perfectly shifting gears with a tingle of adrenaline while moving effortlessly through traffic.
But when it comes to commuting and being in traffic there are a few things that might just sway me towards an electric scooter like the CHARGEPRO over a motorcycle. Especially when it comes to ease of use when commuting. Let’s break these down:
Connected Front and Rear Braking
I can hear it already “connected front and rear brakes are dangerous! Well actually, the CHARGEPRO has got split braking, with a single brake. It’s a single brake but in emergencies the brakes are split to separate the force between the front and rear brake discs, reducing stopping distance and ensuring safe braking at high speeds. Pretty smart right?
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to changing gears on commutes, I hate it. Don’t get me wrong, on joy rides, changing gears are all part of the experience, but on commutes, I just want to set and forget. With an electric scooter like the CHARGEPRO you don’t need to worry about gears because… there are none!
No Licence Required
If getting a motorcycle license was the thing stopping you from getting a motorcycle for commuting, look no further, with an electric scooter you don’t even need a motorcycle license to ride. You still need your car license though.
Benefits of an Electric Scooter over a Gas Scooter?
Electric Scooters are:
- Cheaper to run, maintain, and service than gas scooters
- Are quieter than gas scooters
- Include significantly more features for both comfort and safety
- Better for the environment
If you are a daily commuter riding no more than 50 miles a day going and purchasing an electric scooter like the CHARGEPRO is a no brainer. How can you compare $422 per year on gas to $51 per year on power? Plus the reduction in maintenance costs, they’re quieter, better for the environment, and offer much much more features than their gas counterparts.
I will say, I have not personally riden a CHARGEPRO, but have completed a lot of research into this subject, both about the CHARGEPRO and other e-scooters and from my point of view buying an electric scooter for city commuting is just smart.