The average speed of an electric scooter is about 16 mph (or 25 km/h).
To get a better idea of the available options and best fit, it is advantageous to compare speeds obtainable by different brands. I will outline the most popular electric scooters, compute the average max speed, outline them and comment on factors influencing the maximum speed.
The maximum speed of electric scooters for adults
|Scooter name (link to Amazon)||Max. Speed [mph]||Max. Speed [km/h]|
|E-twow USA Uscooters ECO||16||25|
|E-twow USA Uscooters Master||16||25|
|GOTRAX GXL Commuting Electric Scooter||15.5||25|
|Segway – KickScooter Ninebot ES4||19||30|
|SWAGTRON City Commuter Electric Scooter||18||29|
|Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES2 Pro||15||24|
|Xiaomi Mi M365||16||25|
|Kugoo S3 Electric ScooterRazor E300||18.6||30|
|NANROBOT D4+ Pro||40||64|
As you can see, the average priced electric scooter’s maximum speed is between 15 and 22 mph (or 24 and 36 km/h).
Electric scooters for kids have a maximum speed between 15 and 18 mph (24 to 29 km/h).
For example, the Xiaomi Mi M365 can reach a top speed of 16 mph (25 km/h). The controller on the scooter limits the speed, even if you are accelerating downhill. This limiting factor can be removed. However, it is not straightforward using the provided phone application.
Some of these models are capable of higher speeds if unlocked. With a firmware change, the Xiaomi Mi M365 can also reach 30 km/h (19 mph). It is important to remember, however, that unlocking the speed will likely result in voiding the warranty – so think twice if it’s worth it. For a speed limit removal tutorial check this article.
What influences the maximum speed?
There are numerous factors that influence the maximum speed. With respect to the scooter itself, the most important ones are:
- Electric Motor Power – the maximum power (measured in watts, W) that the motor can produce
- Aerodynamic factor– how well the scooter lets air flow past, reducing the drag force
- Tires – airless tires mean less friction with the ground and no flat tires but they are less comfortable on rough terrain. Tires filled with air depend heavily on the tire pressure – higher pressure means less friction with the ground, faster speeds, and increased battery life. Tire pressure adjustments should coincide with the recommended values from the user’s manual; a too high a pressure can be dangerous and also lead to punctured tires.
- E-scooter’s weight – a weight difference as small as 4.5 lbs (or 2 kg) can influence the maximum speed
The rider also influences the maximum speed, for example:
- Rider’s weight – lower weights allow for higher speeds
- Additional weight – backpack, clothes, equipment, etc.
- Rider’s aerodynamic factor– minimize the area you are taking up; the wider you are the more resistance (drag) when riding
There are other factors from the environment such as:
- Wind speed (headwind or tailwind) – can increase or decrease your top speed
- Terrain – flat terrain will have less friction between the tires and ground than an “off-road” or rough terrain
- Terrain incline – downhill acceleration will increase your top speed
How to improve your maximum speed
The main factor that will stop you from reaching a higher maximum speed is the scooter’s hardware speed limitation. Most scooters are limited to a certain speed due to legal regulations and safety measures. I, by no means, encourage you to unlock this limitation and ride like this – it is simply an option. If you are willing to unlock your speed – ride it with care: on flat terrain and far from any cars or obstacles.
What’s the fastest electric scooter?
From what I’ve researched, the fastest electric scooter on the market is the NANROBOT LS7 (link to Amazon) Electric Scooter. This monster scooter reaches a maximum speed of 52 mph (83 km/h) which is significant for an electric scooter. Depending on your state or country, this scooter may need to be registered as a road vehicle.
Weather conditions that affect the speed include rain, snow, wind, fog and hot/cold environments.
As you probably guessed, the rain will limit your top speed because the water forms a layer between your tires and the ground. This layer can lead to hydroplaning and is quite dangerous, for this reason traveling at your top speed on a wet terrain is highly dangerous. Also, be careful with the brakes! Riding fast on wet ground is dangerous with narrow tires as they are likely to slip when braking hard.
Read more about riding in the rain.
I don’t ride on snow nor do I advise it for two good reasons.
- Narrow tires – they will most likely slip
- Wrong tire profile – most electric scooters are made for 3 seasons (hint: not winter), so the winter tires are not part of the package
Reaching a top speed on snow will be probably when you fall in a valley.
Read more about riding on snow.
A tailwind can help you reach top speed while front-wind will prevent reaching the full potential of your electric scooter. The 100 m Olympic run wind for a record to be valid needs to be less than 6.5 ft/s (or 2 m/s). So, when you are bragging to your friends, consider the wind-legal limit of 6.5 ft/s (or 2 m/s).
Indeed, there is more humidity in the air which can impose more resistance when riding, so be aware of being able to break in time. Your brakes won’t work as well on slightly wet ground and the probability of you slipping is higher. Also, the safety of riding fast when foggy weather due to limited visibly is concerning.
Hot or Cold Environments
Hot or cold weather can affect battery performance. Batteries work better at temperatures of about 20°C (68°F). A too low or too high temperature will decrease the performance of your scooter’s battery, leading to your speed being slower.
How to protect yourself
There are certain ways to protect yourself when going fast:
- Wear a bike helmet
- Wear protective gear for elbows and knees.
- Adapt the speed to the weather, terrain and traffic conditions
- Get used to riding an electric scooter before driving at full speed
- Don’t take corners (even small turns) with high speed. Always ride in a straight line on flat terrain if traveling at full speed.
- Obviously, always keep both hands on the handles.
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