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Electric Scooters Vs Electric Bikes: Pros and Cons

Electric scooters and electric bikes are both great options for replacing car trips or public transport or solving the last mile problem. Both are convenient, environmentally friendly, and fun modes of transport. They are great for commuting, running errands, and recreational rides. In this guide, we’ll outline the pros and cons of electric scooters Vs electric bikes to help you choose. We’ll cover range, portability, storage, speed, safety, comfort, environmental friendliness, cost, and more.

Generally, electric scooters are better for short commutes, riding in dense urban areas, those on a tight budget, those with limited storage space, and those who plan to use public transit. E-bikes are better for long commutes, riding hilly terrain, exercising, carrying cargo, and off-road riding.

The best electric transport option for you depends on a number of factors including the terrain you ride, the distances you ride, the luggage you need to carry, and your personal preference. I own both an e-scooter and an e-bike. I ride both regularly but get more use out of my e-bike. In this guide, I’ll share my experience.

An electric scooter in front of a wall of graffiti
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Electric Scooter Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Lighter weight
  • More portable
  • More convenient
  • E-scooters are less likely to get stolen

Electric Scooter Cons

  • Less comfortable
  • Less range
  • E-scooters can only handle smooth terrain
  • Not as fast
  • Not as durable
  • Parts availability can be an issue
  • Less versatile
  • You can’t carry much luggage
  • You get less exercise when you ride
  • It’s impossible to ride when the battery dies

Ebike Pros

  • More comfortable to ride
  • Better range
  • E-bikes can handle rough terrain
  • Faster
  • More durable
  • Easier to repair
  • Better parts availability
  • More versatile
  • You can carry more luggage
  • Better exercise
  • You can ride an e-bike without a charge

Ebike Cons

  • More expensive
  • Heavier
  • Less portable
  • Less convenient
  • Theft is more likely
An electric bike with a mid-drive motor

An Overview of E-Bikes and E-Scooters

An electric bike has an electric motor and battery that assist you as you pedal. The motor helps you to maintain higher speeds and ride further than you could under your own power. Most e-bikes have a max speed of either 20 or 28 mph depending on the class and motor size.

A few different electric bike designs exist. Most e-bikes offer a pedal assist that provides power only when you pedal. Some e-bikes have a throttle control that allows you to ride without pedaling. A range of motor sizes, motor types, sensor types, and battery capacities are available. These affect the bike’s performance. Check out my guide to different types of e-bikes for more info.

An electric scooter

An electric scooter is a stand-up scooter that is powered by a small electric motor in the rear hub. The battery is housed inside the footboard. On the handlebars, there is a throttle control that allows you to control your speed. There are also brake levers mounted to the handlebars.

Electric scooters feature small tires that measure 5-10 inches in diameter. Most e-scooters are designed to be ridden on paved roads and pathways. They can reach speeds of up to 15 mph (25km/h). E-scooters are sometimes referred to as electric kick scooters or e-scooters.

Electric Scooters Vs Electric Bikes

An e-bike


Most riders find electric bikes to be more comfortable to ride than electric scooters. The main reason is that electric bikes have a seat while most electric scooters do not. Electric scooters are ridden standing up. If you’re riding for more than 15-20 minutes, it’s always more comfortable to sit down. This makes e-bikes more comfortable for longer rides. You can ride for hours.

Electric bikes also offer a smoother ride than electric scooters. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, e-bikes have larger diameter wheels than e-scooters. Larger wheels roll over obstacles more easily because they have a shallower angle of attack. You won’t feel the bump as much when you ride an e-bike. This makes the ride feel smoother.

Electric bikes also have better suspension systems with more travel. Suspension can help to smooth out bigger bumps. Usually, an electric scooter only has a small amount of suspension travel. More bumps are transmitted into your body.

The tires of electric bikes are usually softer as well. Because the tires are larger and higher volume, they can be run at lower pressure. This makes the tires softer. The softer tires can absorb more bumps and vibrations from the road. They can more easily deform around obstacles. E-scooters have harder tires that don’t do as good of job of absorbing bumps.

A woman riding an electric bicycle

E-scooters aren’t uncomfortable. For shorter rides, standing is fine. Your legs can act as a suspension system and absorb some bumps. Some higher-end scooters offer decent suspension systems that help absorb bumps and vibrations. There are also e-scooters that come with a seat.

Winner: E-bikes are more comfortable to ride than e-scooters.

Range/Battery Life

An e-bike battery

One of the biggest advantages of electric bikes is that they get more range than electric scooters. An average electric bike gets 30-50 miles of range. Some models get up to 100 miles of range with a dual battery setup. To compare, most electric scooters get around 20-25 miles out of a single charge. The longer range makes electric bikes the better choice for long commutes.

There are a number of reasons that e-bikes get better range. Most importantly, they have space for larger batteries with more battery capacity. An e-bike can easily fit a 1000 Wh battery. Most e-scooter batteries are around 250Wh.

Some e-bikes also have a dual battery option. You can carry a spare battery and swap them out if you choose. Electric scooters only have a single battery that is built into the footboard. You also can’t swap the battery out on most e-scooters. It’s built-in.

Another reason e-bikes get better range is because the battery doesn’t have to supply all of the power. With a pedal-assist system, the rider supplies part of the pedaling power. The battery doesn’t drain as fast because it’s only doing part of the work. This increases your range. With a scooter, the motor does all the work all the time.

Winner: Electric bikes get more range than electric scooters.

A woman riding an e-scooter


Electric scooters are more portable than electric bikes. There are a few reasons for this. First, electric scooters are significantly lighter than e-bikes. An average electric scooter weighs 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg). To compare, electric bikes weigh around 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg). Some heavy-duty models weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kg). An electric scooter is less than half the weight of an e-bike.

This makes it easy to pick up an electric scooter and carry it when you need to. For example, you may need to carry your scooter up a flight of stairs into your apartment. You might want to pick it up and load it into your car or carry it with you on a bus or train. Pretty much everyone can lift a scooter.

Electric bikes are too heavy to lift and carry. If you have to, you can lift an electric bike briefly to carry it up a few steps but that’s about it. If you’re a small person, you may not be able to lift a 60 pound electric bicycle at all. You’re not going to be able to carry it up multiple flights of stairs. It’s too heavy.

E-bikes are heavy. You won’t want to carry your e-bike very far.

E-scooters are also more compact than e-bikes. On most models, the steering tube folds down on top of the deck. This makes the scooter much easier to transport and store. You can easily fit an electric scooter in a small car. You can throw it in the trunk of a taxi or Uber. It is also possible to use an electric scooter for multi-modal transportation. They are allowed on most city buses and metros.

Electric bikes are much larger and more cumbersome. They are the size of traditional bikes. You can’t easily fit an e-bike in a regular car. You need a truck or a bike rack. If your e-bike runs out of battery while you’re riding, you’ll have to pedal manually to get home. You can’t put an e-bike in a taxi. Some folding e-bikes are small enough to bring on public transport but most aren’t.

Winner: Electric scooters are more portable than electric bikes because they are lighter and smaller.

A woman riding an electric scooter


Electric scooters are easier to store because they are smaller. You can fold the handlebars down onto the footboard. This makes the scooter really compact. You can easily store a scooter in a small apartment. Put it in a closet or under your bed. If you ride your e-scooter to work, you could store it under your desk. You don’t need a lot of space to store it.

Electric bicycles take up a lot of space in your home or garage. You can’t take your e-bike into buildings with you. You have to lock it up outside. There are folding e-bikes that are more compact. These are still bulky compared to scooters.

Winner: E-scooters are easier to store.

An electric bike with a step-through frame.


Electric bikes can handle a wider range of terrain than electric scooters. Most e-bikes are designed for city use. They can handle pothole-filled city streets, dirt and gravel roads, grass, and more. If you want to ride off-road, you can ride an electric mountain bike or an electric fat bike. These bikes can handle extremely rugged terrain including sand, mud, snow, rocky trails, roots, ruts, potholes, and more.

E-bikes can handle rougher terrain because their tires are wider and larger in diameter with more aggressive tread. They also have suspension systems with more travel. Larger tires roll over obstacles more easily.

An electric mountain bike
Electric mountain bikes can handle a wide range of terrain

Electric scooters are designed for riding on paved roads and paths. You can ride your electric scooter on city streets, bike lanes, bike paths, sidewalks, and on paved paths through parks.

Scooters can’t handle rough surfaces because the wheels are too small. They can get caught up on potholes, rocks, roots, and bumps. They can’t handle sand, ice, or mud. The tires don’t get as much traction. This limits where you can ride.

Winner: Electric bikes can handle a wider range of terrain than electric scooters.


Electric bikes and electric scooters have similar top speeds. Sometimes e-bikes are faster. The top speed is limited by your local laws. Most electric bikes and scooters come with a speed limiter that electronically limits the top speed.

In most cases, the top speed of an electric scooter is 15 to 20 mph (24-32 kph). The top speed of an e-bike depends on the class. There are three e-bike classes. Class 1 and class 2 e-bikes are limited to a top speed of either 15 or 20 mph (25 or 32 kph) in most of the world. Class 3 e-bikes have a top speed of 28 mph (45 kph). When you reach that speed, the pedal assist system reduces its power output to zero.

A man riding a red e-bike with two batteries

Electric scooters are a bit less regulated than electric bikes. There are some high-speed dual motor electric scooters available that can reach speeds of up to 30-50 mph (45-80 kph) or even faster.

There are also faster e-bikes available. In some places, e-bikes are sold without a speed limiter. Sometimes it is also possible to disable the speed limiter. Some high-powered e-bikes can reach speeds of 60+ mph (97 kph).

Winner: E-bikes and e-scooters have a similar top speed. The fastest e-bikes are faster than the fastest e-scooters.


E-bikes and e-scooters are both relatively safe. Some studies show that electric bikes are safer than electric scooters. There are conflicting studies that show that electric scooters are the safer option.

This new study from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) found that “E-scooter users had a lower casualty rate than other small vehicle users.” The study found that e-scooter collision rates were up to 5 times lower than collision rates for other types of transport, including bicycles. It’s important to note that this study used data from an e-scooter sharing company.

This report from Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) found that “From 2017 to 2021, injuries spiked 127 percent to 77,200 for micromobility devices, and the number of deaths rose from 5 to 48. E-scooters had the highest percentage increase in injuries and accounted for 68 deaths in the same time period.”

There are a number of potential reasons that e-bikes may be safer than e-scooters. The visibility is better. Drivers can more easily see bikes than scooters because they are larger. Bicycles are also more common than scooters. Drivers are used to looking out for them.

E-scooter tires also have a harder time rolling over obstacles because they are smaller in diameter. A larger bike tire is less likely to get hung up on a pothole or other obstacle in the road. Lower-end e-scooters have cheaper tires that may not offer enough traction. Cheap e-scooters may also come with poor braking systems that don’t offer enough stopping power.

Studies have also found that e-scooter riders are less likely to wear a helmet than e-bike riders. This may explain why those involved in e-scooter accidents are more likely to suffer a concussion than e-bike riders.

There are some reasons that e-scooters may be safer than e-bikes. It’s easier to bail from a scooter than a bike. You can jump off a scooter if you need to. E-scooters are also more maneuverable than e-bikes because they are smaller. This can help you avoid obstacles.

In the end, the best way to stay safe is to always wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. Before you go for a ride, perform a quick safety inspection. Check the brakes, tires, lights, throttle, handlebars, cables, etc. to make sure everything is in good working condition.

For more info on safety, check out my guide: Are Electric Bikes Safe?

Winner: It’s unclear. In some cases, e-bikes may be safer. In other cases, e-scooters may be safer.


Electric scooters are significantly cheaper than electric bikes. On average, an electric scooter costs $500-$700. Entry-level electric scooters cost as little as $200-$300. Premium electric scooters go for $2000-$3000.

To compare, an average electric bike costs around $2000-$2500. Entry-level electric bikes cost $800-$1200. Premium electric bikes can cost $6000-$10,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on a bicycle.

An e-bike in a field

If you’re on a tight budget, you’re better off going with an e-scooter. Of course, you get what you pay for. A $300 electric scooter isn’t going to perform as well or last as long as a $3000 electric bike. One great way to save some money is to buy used.

Winner: Electric scooters are cheaper than electric bicycles.

Maintenance Cost

It’s also important to consider maintenance. Over time, parts will wear out and need to be replaced.

The battery is the most expensive component you’ll need to replace. A new electric bike battery costs around $500-$900 depending on the size and quality. Because electric scooter batteries are smaller, they are cheaper to replace. On average, a replacement battery for an electric scooter costs around $300-$500. A battery lasts around 2-3 years or 500-1000 charge cycles.

You’ll also have to replace other wearable parts such as the brake pads, cables, tires, etc. On bicycles, you’ll have to replace the drivetrain components such as the chain, rear cogs, and chainring as they wear out. These parts don’t exist on e-scooters. An electric bike is slightly more expensive to maintain due to the added complexity of the drivetrain.

If you have to take your e-bike to a bike shop for maintenance, you’ll spend more on maintaining an e-bike. If you can do the maintenance yourself, the cost is similar.

You also have to consider the time and effort that maintenance requires. With an e-bike, you have to regularly clean and lube the chain. This is a messy and annoying job. Once in a while, you’ll have to adjust the derailleurs. You don’t have to worry about these jobs when you ride an electric scooter.

Winner: Electric scooters are cheaper and easier to maintain because they are simpler.


Electric bikes are more durable than electric scooters. They are basically normal bicycles with an electric motor and a battery. Manufacturers have been building bikes for decades. The designs are solid.

The larger wheels on e-bikes can also handle bigger bumps without causing damage. Most e-bikes are also water-resistant. They can be ridden in light rain. A quality e-bike can handle a lot of use and abuse.

An e-bike motor
A mid-drive e-bike motor

Electric scooters usually aren’t quite as durable. The designs are newer and less robust. Sometimes durability can be an issue. Particularly on cheap entry-level models.

Durability depends mostly on the quality of the bike or scooter that you buy. A premium e-bike will be much more durable than an entry-level model. Many cheap e-bikes and scooters aren’t water resistant so they shouldn’t be ridden in the rain.

Winner: E-bikes are often more durable than e-scooters.


Electric bikes are more repairable and easier to repair than electric scooters. If you buy an e-bike from a major manufacturer, you can take the bike to any dealership and have it repaired. If you buy an e-bike from a local bike shop, you can take it back to that same shop for repairs. Bike shops offer support for the bikes that they sell.

You can take your electric bike to pretty much any bike shop for regular repairs. For example, if you need to repair a broken spoke, flat tire, or broken chain, almost any bike shop can fix it for you. There is a bike shop in pretty much every town. It’s easy to get an e-bike repaired.

If there is a problem with the motor, battery, or electrical system, you’ll have to take the bike to a shop that specializes in e-bikes. Not every bike shop can work on e-bikes. Some shops only service certain brands.

Electric bike components are also easier to find. Every bike shop carries cables, brake pads, tires, chains, tubes, cassettes, pedals, etc. You can find many of these parts at big box stores like Walmart. Of course, you can also order parts online from Amazon or an online bike shop. When a wearable part on an e-bike needs to be replaced, you can easily find replacements.

Two electric scooters

It can be more difficult to get an electric scooter repaired if something breaks. There aren’t many repair shops that specialize in e-scooters. Oftentimes, you’ll have to ship your scooter back to the manufacturer for repairs. This can take weeks. You’ll also have to deal with the cost of shipping.

It can also be harder to find electric scooter components. Usually, you have to order parts online. You’ll have to install these parts yourself if there are no shops near you.

If you buy a cheap electric bike or electric scooter from a no-name manufacturer, you may have trouble getting it repaired if something breaks. Some bike shops won’t touch random Chinese e-bikes or e-scooters for liability reasons. A bike shop near me has this policy. Sometimes e-scooter sellers don’t offer support. If something breaks, you’re on your own. You’ll have to order parts and attempt to repair it yourself.

Sometimes replacement parts can be hard to find if you buy a no-name e-scooter or e-bike. Many electric bike and electric scooter companies simply buy their products from a large factory in China and add their own branding. They don’t actually make the product. It can be difficult to find replacement parts.

If you want support after you buy your e-bike or e-scooter, it’s best to buy from a major manufacturer. Ask about repairs, replacement parts, and maintenance before you buy. If it looks like the bike or scooter will be difficult to repair, look for another model. It’s better to spend a little more money to get a product that comes with some aftermarket support.

Winner: E-bikes are usually more repairable than e-scooters.


Electric bikes are more versatile than electric scooters. There are a few reasons for this. First, you can ride over a wider range of terrain with an e-bike. Most e-bikes can handle potholes and dirt paths. This allows you to ride your e-bike in more places. Most e-scooters aren’t capable of riding off-road.

You can also go on longer rides with an e-bike because they offer more range. This greatly increases versatility. You can use your e-bike for longer trips across town or touring. You can’t do this with an electric scooter.

Electric bikes can also carry much more luggage. You can attach a basket or rack and panniers to your e-bike. Most electric scooters can’t carry much cargo.

A woman riding a folding electric bike with panniers
You can mount panniers on most electric bikes

E-bikes can also be used for exercise. You can pedal your e-bike if you want to get a workout. Riding an electric scooter doesn’t really give you any exercise. The motor does all of the work for you.

There is one case where an electric scooter is more versatile. You can take your electric scooter with you to more places because they are more compact. There are places you can’t take an e-bike because they’re too bulky.

Winner: E-bikes are more versatile than e-scooters.

Carrying Capacity

Electric bikes can carry far larger and heavier loads than electric scooters. You can mount racks and panniers on an e-bike. Many e-bikes even come with a built-in rear rack. Alternatively, you can use bikepacking bags. If you need to carry more gear, you can tow a cargo trailer behind your e-bike. This allows you to carry a massive amount of stuff with you.

You can also carry a passenger on some e-bikes. Sometimes you can install a passenger seat on the rear rack. If you have children or a dog you could tow them in a child trailer.

If you need to carry a particularly heavy load, you might consider riding an electric cargo bike. Most electric cargo bikes can haul loads that weigh up to 220-330 pounds (100-150 kg).

An electric cargo bike
Electric cargo bikes can carry extremely heavy loads

Electric scooters can’t haul as much cargo. You can only carry what you can fit in a backpack. There are some e-scooters that come with a small rear rack. On some scooters, it may be possible to mount a small basket or carry a bag next to your feet.

Winner: E-bikes have a greater carrying capacity than e-scooters.


You’ll get more exercise when you ride an electric bike. This is because most e-bikes require you to pedal. Pedaling is the only way to activate the pedal assist system.

Many people assume that e-biking isn’t actually exercising because the motor does the work for you. This study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that riding an electric bike with pedal assist raised the heart rate enough to be considered exercise. The study also found that people who ride an e-bike actually burned more calories than those who rode a regular bike because e-bike riders rode more frequently.

Riding an electric bike can be a pretty good workout. If you’re looking to lose some weight or get fit, an e-bike is the better choice.

A man riding an e-bike on the shoulder of a road
Riding an e-bike is a great way to get some exercise.

When you ride an electric scooter, you don’t get as much exercise. The motor does all of the work for you. Riding an electric scooter does provide some health benefits. You will have to use your core muscles, arms, and legs to stay balanced and control the scooter. You will feel tired after riding a scooter long distance. Of course, it’s always good to get outdoors and breathe some fresh air.

Winner: Riding an electric bike gives you more exercise than riding an electric scooter.

Environmentally Friendliness

Electric scooters and electric bikes are both environmentally friendly modes of transport. They have no emissions because they don’t use fossil fuels. They don’t cause air pollution. In addition, they are quiet. They don’t produce noise pollution like gas vehicles.

Electric scooters and electric bikes are much lighter than cars so they require less energy to move them around. This makes them more efficient for short trips, such as running errands or commuting to work. To make your bike or scooter even more environmentally friendly, you could charge it with solar.

According to this article from the Department of Energy, “In 2021, 52% of all trips, including all modes of transportation, were less than three miles, with 28% of trips less than one mile.” This means for most people, an electric scooter or electric bike could replace their car for the majority of their trips. Whenever you can replace a car trip, you reduce pollution and help protect the environment.

For trips less than 5 miles, an electric scooter is often the better choice. For trips longer than 5 miles, an electric bike is often the better choice.

Electric scooters and electric bikes aren’t as good for the environment as non-powered models. They require batteries and electricity. Battery recycling technology is getting better and better so the environmental impact is minimal. Electric scooters and bikes are still an excellent alternative to cars. They are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Winner: Both e-bikes and e-scooters are environmentally friendly electric vehicles.


E-bikes and e-scooters are both extremely fun to ride. The electric motor makes these vehicles surprisingly fast. Electric motors have loads of torque for fast acceleration. It’s so much fun to zoom around town.

If you like riding through dense cities, an electric scooter may be more fun. You can maneuver through smaller gaps and turn faster. E-scooters can also offer extremely quick acceleration due to their high power-to-weight ratio.

If you like riding off-road or at high speeds, you might have more fun on an e-bike. E-bikes can handle more rugged terrain and often have a higher top speed. Riding trails with an e-bike is so much fun.

Winner: Both are fun to ride.

Riding Without a Charge

Electric bikes can be ridden without a charge. If your battery runs out while you’re riding, you can simply pedal home normally. It will take more effort because you’re carrying the weight of the battery and motor but you can ride normally. You will get home. the trip will just take a little longer.

You can ride your e-bike with a dead battery

Electric scooters can’t be ridden without a charge. If your battery runs out while you’re riding, you’ll have to walk or call an Uber for a ride home.

There are some exceptions to this. Some e-scooters can be ridden like a regular kick-push scooter when the battery runs out. The motor may create some resistance and slow you down though. You’re better off walking.

Winner: You can ride your e-bike home if the battery runs out.

Ease of Use

Electric bikes and electric scooters are both easy to ride. Most people can simply hop on and start riding. There is a small learning curve. It might take you a few minutes to get used to the feel of the electric motor pushing you. The throttle or pedal assist can take some getting used to. After riding around for an hour or so, you’ll start to feel comfortable.

Most people already know how to ride a bicycle. This makes e-bikes very intuitive and natural to ride. You simply hop on and start pedaling, like any other bike. The steering, brakes, and shifting all work the same as any other bike. The pedal assist system takes care of controlling the motor for you. An e-bike with a throttle may be slightly more difficult to ride because there is an extra control that you have to learn how to use.

E-scooters may be slightly more difficult to ride. Most people aren’t as used to the feeling of riding a scooter. You also have to use a throttle to ride an electric scooter.

Both electric bikes and electric scooters are easy to ride. With some practice, anyone can learn how to ride either one.

Winner: E-bikes can be easier to ride than e-scooters.

Security and Theft

Electric scooters are less likely to be stolen than electric bikes. The main reason is that e-scooters are small and light enough to carry with you. You can take them into offices, malls, restaurants, cafes, and your home. You never need to leave your scooter unattended. This greatly reduces the likelihood of theft.

E-bikes are more likely to be stolen. This is because they are too large to bring with you indoors. When you ride an e-bike, you’ll often have to leave it locked up outside. Thieves also know that e-bikes are valuable. This makes them a target. E-bike theft is a serious issue in some cities. If you ride an e-bike, you’ll need to invest in a high-quality lock.

Winner: E-scooters are less likely to be stolen than electric bikes.


Looks are subjective. Some riders prefer the look of e-scooters. They have kind of a futuristic vibe.

Others prefer the classic and familiar look of an e-bike. Some modern e-bikes have compact geared motors and integrated batteries. It’s hard to tell them apart from regular bikes. Nobody will know you’re riding an e-bike. E-bikes also have more customization options. There are built-in lights, locks, and racks and luggage.

Personally, I think it looks kind of goofy seeing an adult riding an electric scooter. I associate scooters with children. I used to ride a Razor scooter all over the place when I was a kid. To me, scooters are a bit childish. E-bikes are a bit more adult. Some people will disagree with me on this. Many people also don’t care about looks. They just want affordable personal transportation.

Winner: Looks are subjective. In my opinion, e-bikes look better.


E-bikes and e-scooters are both great options for commuting. The best choice really depends on your commute.

If you have a long commute like 10-20 miles or more, an electric bike will be the better choice because it has a longer range and a more comfortable seated riding position. E-scooters are better for shorter commutes of less than 5 miles.

Winner: E-bikes are better for long commutes.

An electric bicycle with panniers

Who Should Choose an E-Bike?

  • Those who need to ride long distances
  • Those who value comfort and those who want to sit down while they ride
  • People who need more range
  • Riding off-road
  • Those who need to carry luggage
  • Those who ride for exercise
  • People with certain disabilities who can’t stand and ride
  • Those who like to travel fast

Who Should Choose an Electric Scooter?

  • Those who value portability
  • People on a tight budget
  • Those who ride in tight and crowded areas
  • People who live in an area where theft is a common issue
Rental e-bikes in a city

Which is Better?

Neither is really better. E-scooters are lighter, more portable, and require less effort to ride. The main drawback is that they have a shorter range compared to e-bikes and they don’t have seats.

Electric bikes offer more range and cargo space and they are more off-road capable. The main drawbacks are that they are larger, heavier, and less portable.

The choice depends on how you ride and your personal preference. If you’re looking for a convenient way to get around a crowded city, an electric scooter might be best. When you want to ride longer distances in comfort, an electric bike is the better option.

If you want to use multiple modes of transportation for your commute, an electric scooter will be the better choice thanks to its portability. With an electric scooter, you can ride to your nearest metro station, fold up the scooter and take it with you. Once you reach the stop closest to work, you can unfold your scooter and ride the rest of the way. E-scooters can solve the last mile problem.

E-bikes aren’t ideal for multi-modal transport because they are too large and heavy. You can’t take an e-bike on the bus with you. There are some exceptions. Folding e-bikes can work well for commuting.

My Experience

I regularly ride an electric bike. I also own an electric scooter. There is also an electric scooter and e-bike rental service operating in my city. I occasionally rent a scooter or bike to ride around downtown.

In most cases, I prefer riding my electric bike. It’s faster and more comfortable. I don’t get range anxiety due to the large battery. It can also be ridden on a wider range of surfaces. The roads aren’t in the best condition in my city. My e-bike can easily handle potholes and cracks in the road. I can even ride gravel roads and dirt trails near my house. I also regularly use my e-bike for grocery shopping. My panniers can carry a surprising amount of food.

Riding e-scooters is fun. They’re surprisingly quick and extremely nimble. It’s fun zipping through downtown. The biggest drawback for me is the looks. I always feel kind of goofy while riding an e-scooter. They’re kind of childish.

A white e-bike

Final Thoughts

Electric scooters and electric bikes are both great modes of transport for those who live in a city. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. E-scooters are great for short trips in dense urban areas. Electric bikes are best for longer rides and riding on rougher terrain or bumpy roads.

When deciding between an electric bike and an electric scooter, consider where you’re going to ride, the distances you ride, the terrain you ride on, what you need to carry, and your budget. Whichever transport option you choose, I hope this guide has helped you in making your decision.

Do you ride an electric scooter or an electric bike? Share your experience in the comments below!

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