Electric vehicles are awesome for a number of reasons, but one of the most fun reasons is just how darn fast they can be. Thanks to the unique torque properties of electric motors vehicles like the Tesla can leave even hypercars in the dust when it comes to acceleration.
You might even have seen this video of a modified mobility scooter nailing gasoline cars in the straightaways.
Which makes it kind of sad that personal electric transports like scooters and hoverboard tend to be a little slow. Obviously many manufacturers don’t want the bad publicity of people getting injured by using their products, but we know they can do so much more.
So if you feel the need for speed, here are 5 of the fastest electric scooters you can buy – if you dare!
The Zippiest Suggestions
Top Speed: 55 km/h
The letter Q doesn’t get many chances to shine in the English language, so bless Qiewa for giving it a little bit of spotlight with this awkward-to-pronounce brand.
On offer here is the Q1Hummer. No, it’s no relation to Arnie’s favourite military vehicle. However, with a maximum load of 250 kg it would carry the Terminator himself around without much fuss. Most people are going to be between a quarter and half of that figure, so there are no worries about load capacity here!
The motor is rated for 800W, which isn’t the largest we’ve seen by some margin. Still, it has a maximum speed of 55 km/h . That’s just fast enough not to reach the speed limit in most inner-city regions.
In terms of looks the Q1Hummer is pretty attractive. This does not look like a cheap toy. Rather, it looks like something an adult might be seen on. The value for money can be seen throughout its design . Front and rear disc brakes means you’ll be stopping on a dime. Dual shock absorbers and pneumatic tires also promise to smooth out the bumps effectively.
The batteries do take quite a while to fully charge, somewhere between eight and twelve hours. However, the quoted range is 100 kilometers . Even if we halved that you’d still have a hard time covering that much distance in a day. If you need to go further you should consider a motorcycle or even a car.
The cherry on top is the fact that the Q1Hummer is also waterproof , with an IP65 rating. Which means you don’t have to worry about inclement weather. The price seems a little steep at first, but if you take into account how well rounded and capable this machine is, those misgivings quickly disappear.
Top Speed: 44 km/h
The Elite’s looks are bound to be divisive. If you want a scooter that looks like a modern marvel of electronics, then this is not it. Instead it looks a little like a mobility device from the late 90s. That makes sense since according to the manufacturer’s site it’s been in production for over 10 years. Presumably it has been updates under the hood though.
That ugly exterior doesn’t feel quite so problematic when you take its price into consideration. By changing as little as possible, Super Scooters have kept the production price down, providing key specifications that really make this little guy a bargain.
Thanks to a 36V 1000W motor the 1000-Elite will push just a little over 40 km/h. Not far off scooters that cost more than twice as much . It’s also a model that comes with a seat, if that’s your sort of thing, but you can take it off.
The upscale features don’t end there either. It has disc brakes, shocks, all terrain tires and an LED headlight . I think it’s a real bargain. I’m not that sold on the use of lead acid batteries rather than more modern lithium units, but they say these guys will get 350 charge cycles done before snuffing it. Pity about the relatively low capacity.
The maximum ride weight is however only 113 kg , so chunker fellas should look elsewhere. On top of this the minimum range is only about 16 km, so if you need to go further before waiting six hours to recharge then you’ll have to spend more.
Top Speed: 32 km/h
While this roundup is about the need for speed, one of the main reasons to use electric vehicles is because they are more environmentally friendly. Simply being an electrical vehicle will only do so much though. Which is why the EcoReco M5 has been making headlines.
This scooter incorporates a number of features that make it even better for mother nature than the competition. Even so, it can still reach a pretty respectable top speed, albeit about half that of the Q1Hummer.
The minimum range is about 16 km with the maximum being twice that . You can set a speed limiter to help conserve energy as well. The motor is a high-efficiency 250W model and it also has an aerodynamic frame and regenerative braking, which converts motion back into electricity.
This is a very minimalist and futuristic little scooter . The little LED dashboard is a nice touch and provides all you need to know.
A solid rear tire is a debatable compromise, but this is a sidewalk machine no matter which way you look at it. EcoReco says 113 kg is the recommended maximum, but that the scooter can handle heavier riders if they are OK with slower speeds.
In truth, but most metrics the M5 is the perfect electric scooter for city-slicker millennials, but its top speed is only middling in this context. Still it shows that eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean glacial performance.
Top Speed: 35 km/h
The Mad looks as insane as its specifications claim it should be. It has a stonking 1600W motor that will provide neck-wrenching acceleration .
The top speeds seems to be limited to 35 km/h, but some riders have reported a small wire modification will unlock it to 48 km/h. The power of the motor is therefore not geared at overall speed, but at acceleration and tackling inclines. In other words it’s a little dragster!
The max range is about 40 km, but I doubt anyone will pussyfoot enough to actually get that much out of it. It takes 4-8 hours for a full charge too.
Disc brakes are a must at this power rating and they are present and correct. Be warned that there are complaints about the reliability of the electrical system, which at this price is quite a problem. If you do get one that’s ok, as most people do, it’s a beast.
Top Speed: 45 km/h
The EVO certainly looks like the love child of a Tesla and a MX bike. This is no eco scooter, but a mean offroad machine. It has 12” knobblies and plenty of torque for inclines and loose ground. This is a very fast electric scooter, but the downside is you only get about 20 km before the battery is empty. That’s at the most.
The Checklist for Fast Electric Scooters
The first and most important thing to check is whether a personal electric vehicle with a given top speed is legal where you live. Some countries and regions within countries have banned or require special licensing for EVs over a certain performance level. For scooters that are sold internationally this is sometimes achieved with a limiter that can be disabled, but that would still be illegal.
It’s very important that you know what the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle you’re buying. Yes, it’s painful to admit you’re too porky to ride, but overloading a scooter is one of the worst things you can do. It can lead to mechanical failure and unsafe stopping distances.
Finally, it’s not about how fast you go, but how fast you stop. Front and rear disc brakes are highly desirable for the fastest scooters. If at all possible go for models that do have them.
General Riding Tips
There are of course plenty of riding tips that relate to ALL electric scooters, but it goes without saying that you should wear a helmet at all times. Even a low-speed fall can do you in, so don’t think there’s an appropriate time not to wear protection.
Some electric vehicles have a “training” mode that limits maximum power. Allowing you to learn riding geometry and basic riding skills without the threat of sudden wipeout at high speeds. If you’re completely new to these scooters I strongly suggest you make use of such a mode if available.
The Fast Scooter FAQ
Why Am I Getting Much Less Range Than Advertised?
It’s physics! The range quoted on your scooter is not measured flat-out. You’ll have to do some digging or read some customer reviews to figure out at what speed you’ll be getting close to the claimed range. If you’re going to be cranking it then expect the time to a flat battery to drop dramatically.
It’s Not Going as Fast as it Should! What Now?
Are you close to the weight limit? Going up inclines a lot? These sorts of factors can limit top speeds. If your scooter is not going as fast as it should on flat ground within it’s recommended weight range then check if it isn’t in a “training” mode. If not, it could be time to phone up the manufacturer.