If you are thinking of joining the move towards electric mobility and committing to a more sustainable form of transport, it is important to assess which vehicle best suits your needs, possibilities and lifestyle.
Is it better to buy an electric scooter or an electric bicycle? Here are the factors you should take into account.
Electric scooter vs. electric bicycle
If price is the key factor, an electric scooter is the best
If you compare the prices of electric scooters against electric bicycles, a scooter is the best by far.
For between €250 and €400 you will find electric scooters that meet all requirements with regard to design, autonomy and power. Most scooter users purchase within this price range, although as in everything, you will always find more expensive models that can cost up to €900.
In the case of electric bicycles, it is difficult to find models that cost less than €1,000. Folding or compact electric bicycles are less comfortable and less robust, but cost between €600 and €800.
However, if you love cycling and these prices are outside your budget, there is a cheaper alternative that may interest you: Electrify the bicycle you have. Nowadays you can find numerous bike workshops and specialist shops that can transform a conventional bicycle into a model with an electric motor.
More and more people are actually doing this themselves using one of the kits available on the market. With a budget of between €400 and €600 you can buy a complete kit to transform your bicycle into an electric bike.
If you are buying a new model, an electric scooter will always be cheaper than an electric bicycle, but with these kits there is very little difference in the price between a scooter and an electric bike.
Electric bicycles have more autonomy
If you are looking for maximum autonomy, an electric bicycle is better than an electric scooter. Generally speaking, electric bicycles have an autonomy of around 80 km, whereas with electric scooters this is 25-45 km.
These values are always provided by the manufacturers and are usually measured under ideal conditions: Flat terrain, with no wind and for a person weighing 70 kg. That's why we recommend that you focus on battery capacity.
Electric scooter batteries are between 6,000 and 8,000 mAh, whilst electric bike batteries generally exceed 13,000 mAh. Folding electric bicycles have batteries with a capacity that is similar to that of scooters, between 4,000 and 6,000 mAh.
The most compact is the electric scooter
If you are looking for an urban vehicle that is easy to store and transport, an electric scooter is a better option than an electric bicycle.
An increasingly comfortable folding system together with a lighter weight make a scooter the preferred option for those who need a vehicle that is as compact as possible.
There are also numerous models with removable batteries and this enables the scooter to be easily stored at home or where you work whilst you recharge it.
As they are so easy to transport, many people also use them for what is known as the "final kilometre". This represents the distance between your final destination and where public transport leaves you or where you have to park.
Although it would seem that by taking the car and then an electric scooter you are using more energy, you are actually saving time and money. We can park further away more easily, which means you spend less fuel by not driving around, and you save yourself saving us the stress of not arriving on time and not finding a place to park.
Lower fuel consumption means greater sustainability and greater savings. In fact, you can check how much it costs to charge an electric scooter and you will see that it is a truly economical vehicle.