Electric scooters are a hugely popular product at the moment and their surge in popularity has seen e-scooter sales rocket in recent times.

Despite this sales growth not everyone is familiar with electric scooters and how they work. Even fewer people know what to look for and consider when buying an e-scooter, which is why we’ve put together this comprehensive electric scooter buying guide that includes information on everything you could need to know about scooters.

Our guide to electric scooters covers a huge range of topics so you can either use the links below to navigate to specific topics, or you can read the full guide which will arm you with all of the key information about e-scooters.

Introduction to e-scooters

What is an e-scooter?

E-scooters or electric scooters are very similar to two-wheeled manual, kick scooters but they are propelled by small, electric motors. Although e-scooters have been around for a number of years their popularity has increased in recent times with many cities around the world now allowing people to hire e-scooters to get around cities in an environmentally friendly way.

How do e-scooters work?

E-scooters are powered by a rechargeable battery, usually a lithium battery, and have electric motors which powers either one wheel or both wheels depending on the scooter model.

How easy is it to ride an e-scooter?

Electric scooters are relatively easy to ride even for those who have never used one before. The upright riding position and proximity to the ground typically means most users are fairly confident using an e-scooter within 5-10 minutes of first riding one, but it can take a bit longer to get fully comfortable and confident. It is for this reason that we recommend being extra cautious initially, reading the relevant e-scooter manual thoroughly and having someone observe you in the early stages of learning how to operate the scooter. Remember that only one person should ride the scooter at a time.

How fast do electric scooters go?

E-scooter speeds vary between manufacturers and model; top speeds will be listed in the specification section of the e-scooter information. Our scooters have a display screen on the handlebars to indicate the speed the rider is travelling.

It is important to note that e-scooters do not offer the user the same level of protection as other transport methods such as cars so we recommend managing your speed carefully to avoid any accidents.

How far can electric scooters go?

Electric scooter ranges vary between scooter manufacturers and model. Also, the distance you can travel or the amount of time you can ride your scooter for on a single charge will be impacted by various factors such as the weight of the rider, the tyre pressure, the weather, the terrain and the inclines/hills on a journey. The VICI scooter with the furthest range can cover up to 50km and even our scooters with the lowest range can cover up to 25km on one full charge which will be more than enough for most users. It’s worth noting that the scooter ranges mentioned by us and other scooter manufacturers are based on riding in ideal conditions at low, efficient speed.

Riding an e-scooter

E-scooter weight capacities

The weight capacity of a scooter is the maximum rider weight a scooter can support. These weight limits are determined by a number of factors including the scooter’s battery, frame and braking power. VICI scooters can either carry up to 100kg or 120kg depending on the model you buy.

Do not exceed these weight limits because this will result in damage to the e-scooter. Never consider having two people on a scooter, even if they fall within the weight limit, as this is very unsafe – an e-scooter should only be ridden by one person at a time.

Can you ride electric scooters in the rain?

E-scooters can be used in light rain although some scooters are more waterproof than others. Scooters are given an IP rating which indicates how waterproof they are, and our scooters fall under one of two ratings. Although our IP54 scooters can be used in light rain puddles and other standing water must be avoided as it could submerge the scooter battery/deck. Our IP65 scooters carry the highest level of water protection, but extra care should be taken whenever using an e-scooter in wet conditions and e-scooters should never be used in thunderstorms.

E-scooters in the rain

Can electric scooter go up hills?

Generally speaking, yes, e-scooters can go uphill. With that said there are caveats as to how successfully they will tackle sharp inclines. The biggest factor is how steep the hill is as the steeper the slope the harder it is for a scooter to climb. Less powerful scooters may struggle with gradients of 10 degrees or more whilst higher powered scooters will have no trouble climbing much steeper inclines than that.

Also, the weight of the rider, the tyres on the scooter, the battery charge level and the scooters suspension will all impact its ability to travel uphill so when buying a scooter make sure you consider what terrain and routes you are likely to travel on a scooter.

Climbing hills obviously requires more power so even if a scooter can climb a hill it will decrease the battery at a faster rate.

Owning an e-scooter

Charging an e-scooter

How you charge a scooter will depend on the scooter make/model you own but it’s usually a straightforward process. That is definitely true when it comes to VICI scooters as the charging point plugs directly into the scooter, meaning there is no need to remove the battery as some other scooter brands require you to do.

You’ll know when to charge your e-scooter as the scooter display will show that the battery is getting low. Some scooters also link up with an app and those that do will display a battery percentage within the app itself similar to how a phone would display a battery percentage. Charging times for scooters will vary and can take anywhere from 4 hours to 8 and a half hours depending on the model. The frequency in which you have to charge your e-scooter will also vary depending on the range of the scooter and how you use it. Our e-scooter manuals give explicit instructions on battery charging and following these instructions will prolong the life of your battery.

The cost to fully charge an electric scooter is estimated to be around 10 to 20p although this will once again depend on the model you own and the time it takes to charge. With all VICI scooters once the battery is fully charged there is a safety feature that ensures batteries don’t overcharge or overheat. However, it is important to never leave a battery charging if you are not on the premises.

Can an electric scooter be used manually?

If your battery was to runout you can use e-scooters manually, but it will be a different and, in all likelihood, less enjoyable experience than riding a standard kick scooter for various reasons. Firstly, electric scooters weigh significantly more than kick scooters (our off-road scooters weigh 26kg) so pushing the scooter for any length of time will be very tiring and difficult. Wheels on electric scooters are connected directly to the electric motor which stops the tyres rolling freely, meaning that any forward movement will have to be powered solely by you. Also, the foot plate is higher off the ground making propulsion difficult.

Folding, unfolding and storing e-scooters

Electric scooters are a lot bigger than standard kick scooters so having the option to fold them up to store them is handy. With VICI scooters all models can be folded to reduce the amount of space they take up when not in use, so whether you’re storing a scooter at home, in the car, in the office or somewhere else you should have no problems. Different scooter models have different locking mechanisms for folding/unfolding them, but each is easy to use, particularly once you’ve done it a couple of times and are familiar with how to do it.

When it comes to storing scooters, they should be kept indoors in a place that is as close to room temperature as possible. Cleaning your scooter and making sure it has no water or dirt on it before storing is recommended, and you should also make sure you take care of the battery, ensuring it isn’t stored with either a flat or fully charged battery as that can reduce a batteries lifespan.

Folding an e-scooter

How to secure an electric scooter

Where possible we recommend keeping your scooter with you to remove any risk of it being stolen although we appreciate that this may not always be possible. Some of our scooters come with an app that allows you to ‘lock’ the scooter so the wheels won’t move but they can still be lifted by thieves, so we recommend that you purchase a scooter lock. Electric scooter locks should be used anytime you leave your scooter no matter how long you’re going to be leaving it for, as e-scooters are commonly targeted by opportunist thieves. Due to the design of scooters some locks work better than others – we recommend using cable locks, ring locks, scooter chain locks and D-locks which should be secured to something heavy and stable. It’s often worth using more than one lock to make your scooter more difficult to steal. You should also avoid leaving any scooter accessories with your scooter as they may be targeted if thieves can’t steal the scooter itself.

It is important to remember though that thieves with a bolt cutter can cut through any lock!

Cleaning and maintaining an electric scooter

Electric scooter maintenance is important for any e-scooter owner as it helps increase the longevity of a scooter. There are a number of things you can do to increase a products lifespan including looking after the battery, storing it safely, keeping it clean, checking tyre pressure (on scooters with air tyres), inspecting cables and wires for wear and tear, tightening any loose bolts and checking brakes.

The best way to clean an electric scooter is with a slightly damp cloth to wipe clean the scooter. You should avoid using a hose or pressure-washer as this can result in water infiltrating gaps and damaging electric circuits. An old toothbrush can be used gently to brush corners, shock absorbers, callipers and other hard to access areas. You should wipe dry any metal parts to avoid rusting. Do not leave a scooter in direct sunlight to dry or at any other time as this could damage the battery. Ideally you should clean scooters after each use to stop dirt building up but as a minimum, scooters should be cleaned at least once every 2 weeks.

Can I take an electric scooter on a plane?

Whilst policies will vary from one airline to another, generally e-scooters cannot be taken on a plane as hand luggage or in the hold as luggage. The reason for this is because of the lithium batteries that power e-scooters. Whilst lithium batteries are very safe carrying them on flights can present a risk if they are not treated with care, as the high energy batteries can catch fire if abused or damaged.

Always check with your airline before planning to travel.

How long do e-scooters last?

Lifespans of electric scooters will largely depend on two things – the quality of the scooter and how well it is looked after by the owner. The quality of e-scooters can vary greatly from one manufacturer to another so it is important to make sure you purchase a scooter from a brand you can trust.

Regular maintenance, cleaning, caring for your battery and charging regime will prolong your e-scooter’s life. How you store, ride and use your scooter will also play a part in how long an electric scooter will last.

Certain scooters parts such as batteries and tyres will need to be replaced at some point regardless of the scooter manufacturer/model but realistically e-scooters can last 3+ years if looked after correctly.

Electric scooter rules and regulations

Electric scooter laws

One of the most commonly asked e-scooter questions is are electric scooters legal in the UK and if they are where can they be ridden. Scooters cannot currently be driven on public roads, on pavements, in cycle lanes or in pedestrian-only areas although there are questions marks over how long that will be the case for given the growing popularity of e-scooters and the opportunity they present riders to travel in an environmentally friendly way.

For the time being it is illegal to drive scooters in any of the above places. And the only places you can ride an e-scooter is on private land with permission from the landowner.

It’s likely that this will be reviewed in the near future as trials are already underway to test the use of hired electric scooters on roads, cycle paths and cycle lanes in certain cities. It appears that it is only a matter of time before electric scooters are fully legalised and if/when it happens the likelihood is that you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with at least a provisional driving license, but for now e-scooters can only legally be ridden on private land.

Do you need a licence to ride an e-scooter?

Currently you do not need any sort of driver’s licence to ride an e-scooter. This could potentially change in the future if electric scooters are made road legal. However, in areas where they are trialling the use of e-scooters, such as some city centres, riders must have a full or provisional driving licence to hire an e-scooter.

Do you need insurance for an electric scooter?

No, you do not currently need insurance to ride an e-scooter; this could change in the future. We recommend that you have personal accident insurance as with any such activity.

Do electric scooters need to be registered or taxed?

No, e-scooters do not need to be registered and they are tax exempt as they fall within the PLEV category (Personal Light Electric Vehicle).

How old do you need to be to ride an electric scooter?

There currently is not an age limit for riding a privately owned e-scooter although we recommend that riders should be an adult.

Do you need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter?

We strongly recommend wearing a good quality helmet for your personal protection whenever you ride an e-scooter along with other safety gear, although this is not mandatory. The VICI brand includes helmets and safety gear.

Riding an e-scooter

Scooter safety tips

There are a number of electric scooter safety tips you should follow to ensure you and those around you remain safe.

  1. Ride solo - only one rider can and should use a scooter at any one time.
  2. Wear a helmet - we recommend wearing a scooter helmet and you should also consider other protective equipment including scooter pads for knees, elbows and wrists.
  3. Stay aware - do not use a mobile phone or headphones whilst riding a scooter as they can distract from other things around you.
  4. Regularly check scooter condition - check your tyres, brakes, battery, throttle and other parts of your scooter to ensure everything is as it should be.
  5. Consider riding conditions - if it is raining, windy or foggy you will need to be extra careful. If it is dark you should make sure you use lights to be visible and also give you better visibility (all VICI scooters come with front and rear lights). Also remember that having to use lights will impact on your battery.
  6. Start slowly - take it slow to begin with to give yourself time to get used to riding your e-scooter.

Electric scooter parts

Scooter batteries

Electric scooter batteries are the equivalent of a car’s fuel tank, supplying all the energy that is needed by the scooter’s motor, lights, brakes and other accessories to operate. It is an electric scooter’s battery that differentiates it from a standard kick scooter, and without a battery it would be unable to function as intended. It is for this reason that a scooter’s battery is one of, if not the most, important part of an e-scooter. They are also the most expensive part of an e-scooter.

An e-scooters battery energy capacity is defined in Watt-hours (Wh). The Wh capacity of a battery can easily be calculated by multiplying the battery Voltage (V) by the battery Amperage (Ah). In basic terms, the Voltage of a battery indicates the electrical potential of a battery, and Amperage indicates the rate an electrical current can flow at.

Batteries with a high Wh will have a greater range than a battery with a lower Wh. This is down to higher Ah batteries having a higher amount of energy stored.

There are various different types of batteries used in e-scooters including lithium-ion, sealed lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries. Although lithium-ion batteries have not been around for as long as the two other battery types mentioned they have established themselves as the best battery option for e-scooters despite being the most expensive battery type.

The popularity of a lithium-ion battery is down to the fact they deliver everything an e-scooter could need; they are lightweight, long-lasting and have an excellent energy density (they store a large amount of energy for their size). All VICI e-scooters have a lithium-ion battery as we believe they deliver the best possible performance in our scooters.

On a full charge the range of an e-scooter will vary depending on the model you purchase. Modern e-scooters tend to have a significant range thanks to the lithium-ion battery used. As a guide, our VICI scooter model ranges can travel between 30km to 60km on a full charge depending on the model you purchase, your weight, the way you ride the scooter, the terrain and the weather.

Battery lifespans will vary depending on a number of different factors but it is realistic to expect a battery to handle 300 to 500 charge/discharge cycles before seeing a decline in capacity providing the battery has been cared for in line with the manual guidelines. For the majority of scooters this will mean travelling 3,000 to 10,000 miles before seeing any sort of drop in performance! Even when batteries do diminish in capacity this will initially only mean a 10 to 20% drop although performance will continue to deteriorate over time.

There are a few things you can do to maximise a battery’s lifespan. This can include not storing your scooter either fully charged or discharged, not using your scooter in extreme heat/cold and charging your scooter at a lower C-rate if possible (between 0.5 A to 2A is optimal).

Eventually you may need to replace your e-scooter battery if performance does drop off but that will only be after you’ve had plenty of use out of it.

Scooter tyres

When it comes to buying an e-scooter you’ll find that scooters typically have one of two tyre types – air-filled or solid. As the two names suggest, air-filled tyres use air pressure to maintain their structure whilst solid tyres are solid rings of rubber that sit around scooter wheel rims.

Air-filled tyres come in two forms: tubed and tubeless. Tubed tyres have a heavy-duty outer shell that make contact with the road, and a separate inner tube inside the outer shell that holds the air and has the valve stem. Tubeless tyres do not have an inner tube, instead, the air is sealed in between the wheel rim and tyre itself. Whilst there are some subtle differences between the two, both achieve a quality all-round ride with a high level of grip.

Solid tyres also come in two forms: filled and honeycomb. Filled solid tyres are completely solid which ensures their durability but also means the ride quality can be slightly compromised. Honeycomb solid tyres go someway to improving ride quality as they have air pockets which provide some cushion although the ride is still firmer than with air-filled tyres.

Both air-filled and solid tyres have their individual pros and cons. Air-filled tyres deliver a much more comfortable ride for users and a greater level of grip than solid tyres – both things that contribute to scooter safety. Air-filled tyres are often easier to remove and replace too, but that is partly out of necessity as unlike solid tyres air-filled tyres can puncture.

Air-filled tyres also typically need to be replaced more frequently than solid tyres due to wear and tear which is a big positive for solid tyres. Another positive is solid tyres do not puncture!

Ultimately both types of tyres are ideal for e-scooters – it all comes down to personal preference and how you plan to use your e-scooter.

Scooter Brakes

E-scooter brakes are the most important safety feature on an electric scooter and it is important that riders feel confident in their brakes as they can be the difference between a near miss and an accident. There may be times when you will need to stop quickly and this should always be at the forefront when you are riding your e-scooter as stopping distance will also be impacted by road conditions and terrain.

The brake lever/button on most scooters including all VICI e-scooter models can be found on the left handle. Some scooters including our VICI Off Road Electric scooters have front and back brakes which means they also have a brake lever on the right handlebar (the same setup as a bike).

There are a variety of different types of brakes used on e-scooters, and these types of brakes fall within two categories; mechanical and electronic. Mechanical brakes include commonly used braking systems such as disc brakes, drum brakes and foot brakes, whilst electronic brakes include standard and regenerative brakes.

There are pros and cons to each type of brake which we’ve detailed below:

Disk brakes

Disc brakes

With disc brakes a metal disc called a rotor is attached to electric scooter wheels, turning with the wheels as they rotate. When the brake lever is pulled it activates callipers on either side of the rotor which squeeze against the rotor to cause friction and reduce the rotational speed of the scooter wheels, either slowing the scooter down or bringing it to a stop depending on how much pressure is applied and for how long.

Pros of disc brakes

  • Strong braking power and control
  • Lightweight so don’t add too much weight to a scooter
  • Perform well in wet and dry conditions
  • Easy to access, adjust and maintain

Cons of disc brakes

  • May require occasional maintenance
  • Costly so can increase overall cost of scooters

Drum brakes

Drum brakes are fully contained inside a wheel drum which protects the brakes from dirt, rain and other substances/debris. When the brakes are activated pads push outward against the drum, causing friction that slows the wheels down.

Pros of drum brakes

  • Consistent performance in wet conditions
  • Typically low maintenance
  • Good braking power and control

Cons of drum brakes

  • Can be difficult to access, repair or replace
  • Reduced performance when overheated
  • Heavier braking system so adds weight to scooter
  • Performance doesn’t meet same standard as disc brakes

Foot brakes

Foot brakes are found at the back of scooters and can be activated by pushing down on a hinged fender which is positioned above the rear tyre. By pushing the fender down into the rear tyre with your heel it causes friction which slows the tyre and results in the scooter slowing down. Although the act of pressing the fender down with your heel is straightforward it does require riders to move one foot from its natural position on the scooter deck.

Pros of foot brakes

  • Easy to use
  • No maintenance required
  • Handy for managing speed
  • Lightweight

Cons of foot brakes

  • Not as effective as disc/drum brakes
  • Reduced performance in wet conditions
  • Requires riders to move foot from natural riding position

Regenerative brakes

Regenerative brake systems electrically link the scooter motor into the battery charging system. When activated by a switch, the brakes create resistance to the motor rotation, recovering energy when the brake is activated which in turn boosts the scooter range. In basic terms, when a regenerative brake is used the energy that is generated by the braking resistance is passed on to the battery to use. Very few scooters have regenerative brakes as their sole braking system as they aren’t effective enough to perform on their own.

Pros of regenerative brakes

  • Potential energy recovery
  • No additional weight or maintenance

Cons of regenerative breaks

  • Poor braking performance in comparison to disc/drum brakes
  • Energy recovery can be minimal
  • System may not work when battery is fully charged
  • Can be poorly implemented and prone to failure on cheap scooters

Electronic brakes

Electronic brakes function in much the same way as regenerative brakes, with the only major difference being that they don’t recharge the scooter battery when activated. The braking system will either have a push button or brake lever to activate them depending on the model of scooter. As with regenerative brakes scooters don’t typically have electronic brakes as their only brake as they don’t deliver the necessary braking power for electric scooters that can travel upwards of 25km/h.

Pros of electronic brakes

  • No additional weight or maintenance

Cons of electronic brakes

  • Poor braking performance in comparison to disc/drum brakes
  • Can be poorly implemented and prone to failure on cheap scooters

Having reviewed the most common and popular types of brakes in e-scooters you’ll see that although they have the same intended purpose, they vary quite a lot! Each brake system has pros and cons, but you’ll see that disc brakes are the option that we’ve highlighted as being the best braking option for scooters.

It is for this reason that we favour disc brakes in our VICI scooters with all but one of our models featuring disc brakes. The exception is our VICI City Compact scooter which is our lightest and most compact model. The City Compact has a thumb-operated electronic front brake and a foot-operated kick brake at the rear. Our most powerful VICI Off Road scooters have front and rear disc brakes to deliver unrivalled braking.

Scooter motors

E-scooters are powered by motors, and the type of motor a scooter has will determine an electric scooters acceleration, top speed, hill climbing ability, power consumption and overall performance. Most scooters will have a single motor, but some high-performance e-scooters have two.

The power of a motor is measured in watts. A watt is a unit of power and is equivalent to electricity flowing at a rate of one joule (unit of energy) per second. More powerful motors typically have a higher wattage, but as a motor’s wattage indicates how much power the motor can consume rather than produce a higher wattage doesn’t always mean better performance.

With that in mind it is possible that two motors with the same wattage will deliver different levels of performance as some motors are more efficient than others.

There are two types of motors that are typically used in electric scooters – brushed DC motors and brushless DC motors. Brushed DC motors are the older of the two types of motors as they date back to the 1800s. Whilst brushed DC motors continue to be used today in many different products, over time the brushes can wear down from friction which can cause the voltage to act irregularly and cause a hazard.

All VICI e-scooters use brushless DC motors as we believe they deliver the best possible performance. Brushless DC motors use newer technology than brushed alternatives and are more efficient and durable. Other benefits of brushless DC motors include better power-to-weight ratios, reduced noise levels when in use and reduced risk of overheating.

Motors are typically located in either the front or rear tyre, making them either front or rear wheel drive. Some high-performance e-scooters including our VICI Off Road model have motors in both the front and rear wheel making them two-wheel drive.

The lifespan of a motor in an electric scooter will depend on a number of factors including how the scooter is ridden, where it is used and how it is looked after. With that said motors in scooters tend to be one of the more reliable e-scooter parts meaning they are unlikely to be the cause of scooter performance issues.

Scooter suspension

The goal of scooter suspension is to absorb the impact from an uneven road surface which may otherwise result in poor ride quality and possibly even loss of control.

Whether an electric scooter has suspension will depend on the model you buy. Many e-scooters don’t have it but some models (typically higher performance scooters) do have some form of suspension. Scooter manufacturers will usually have a target audience in mind for each of the scooter models they release, and the inclusion of suspension will be based on whether the intended rider is likely to frequently encounter uneven or challenging terrain.

As previously mentioned, scooters that do have suspension will usually benefit from a smoother ride quality and increased stability, allowing for more controlled acceleration, breaking and cornering. The suspension will absorb heavy impacts from off-road terrain, changes in surface, sudden drops (from kerbs for example) amongst other things, meaning that you and your scooter frame don’t feel the potential full impact which could otherwise result in injury or damage to a scooter.

There are three main types of suspension used for e-scooters. These three scooter suspension types are spring, hydraulic and rubber suspension and each works slightly differently to deliver the desired improvement in ride quality.

The location of electric scooter suspension can vary as it’s possible to buy front, rear or dual suspension scooters. As the names suggest front suspension scooters have suspension at the front and rear suspension scooters have suspension at the back of the scooter. Dual suspension electric scooters have suspension at the front and back, and it’s not uncommon for the type of suspension used at the front to differ from the type used at the back.

Scooter suspension

We have different VICI scooter models available and some come with suspension and others without. All VICI models with suspension have front and rear suspension to deliver unrivalled ride quality over a variety of terrains. Our VICI e-scooters that don’t have suspension still offer a high-quality ride thanks to the tyres used which absorb smaller impacts in the same way scooter suspension is intended to.

Ultimately, it’s worth considering how and where you intend to ride a scooter, and from there decide on whether you feel like you need an e-scooter that does or doesn’t have suspension.

Scooter decks

Scooter decks are the bases of scooters that riders plant their feet on when using an e-scooter. Although scooter decks may all look the same to some, they can actually vary greatly in shape, size, style and design.

Most scooter decks will have some form of grip on them to help users remain in place when riding. Some electric scooters will have decks with rubber grips, but the majority have an anti-slip covering (sandpaper-like) as this provides a better grip which is particularly useful when riding off road or in wet condition.

Rubber scooter deck
Sandpaper scooter deck

Over time the anti-slip covering can get worn as a result of sustained usage which leads to reduced grip, but this can be easily replaced with scooter grip tape which is not expensive.

As mentioned previously, scooter decks can vary in size, with compact scooters usually having a smaller deck to reduce the amount of space they take up when not in use. Off-road scooters typically have bigger decks to help riders keep their feet planted when tackling uneven terrain and slopes. In our VICI range of e-scooters deck sizes range from 50cm x 14.5cm to 60cm x 25.5cm, with each deck size tailored to suit each specific scooter design.

Scooter handlebars

Much of the e-scooters key technology features are located on the handlebars.

The e-scooter handlebars are fitted with all of the key controls needed to ride an electric scooter safely. The most important controls are the accelerator and brakes which allow you to control and manage your speed. The majority of scooters, including all of our VICI e-scooters, also have speed setting controls which allow you to switch between different speed modes (ideal for when you want to restrict your speed).

Other key buttons and switches found on e-scooter handlebars include on/off buttons, light switches and horn/bells. Handlebars also have speedometers and some models show other data such as mileage.

The grips used on scooter handlebars are typically made from textured rubber to ensure riders hands do not slip off the handlebars whilst moving. The scooter handle grips are designed to provide good grip even in wet conditions. Over time scooter grips can become worn due to sustained use. If that is the case you can buy replacement scooter grips that are easy to install.

Some handlebars have a folding mechanism to allow them to be folded down to make it easier to store scooters when they are not in use but that is not always the case. VICI scooters folding mechanism can never be used inadvertently whilst riding a scooter, so you do not need to worry about handlebars folding down unintentionally when you do not want them to.

Scooter handlebars

Scooter lights

E-scooter lights are essential for any riders using their scooter at night as they not only help you see where you’re going but also ensure you are visible to others around you. Most electric scooters come with an LED headlight and taillight as standard as is the case for all VICI e-scooters.

All of our electric scooters have rear lights that become brighter when the brakes are used to signal that you are slowing down. Some models also have indicators to allow you to signal to others when you intend to turn.

Visibility when riding at night is extremely important for staying safe so if you do intend to ride an e-scooter at night it may be worth investing in additional lighting. Our scooter helmets also include front and rear lights which are designed to help riders stand-out at night-time.

Scooter headlights

Scooter accessories

Anyone purchasing an e-scooter will also have the option to buy a variety of different scooter accessories. These electric scooter accessories can range from safety essentials including helmets, pads and high-vis vests, to travel bags and mobile phone holders designed to store riders’ belongings.

Helmet with lights

Other popular scooter products that many riders include to invest in are scooter locks that can be used to secure a scooter in place and lights that can be used to help you stand-out at night.

As well as accessories it’s also possible to buy replacement scooter parts to keep your e-scooter performing as new. Replacement parts can range from basics such as handle grips and footstands to bigger items such as disc brakes and decks.

Which electric scooter is best for you?

The different types of e-scooters

As is the case with bikes there are also a wide range of different types of scooters available to buy. The various types of electric scooters are designed and built to cater for different requirements and budgets, ensuring that there are options to suit all potential riders.

Whether you’re looking for a compact, lightweight scooter that is easy to store, or a larger scooter that is designed for off-roading with bigger tyres and suspension, we have you covered with our VICI scooter range.

When it comes to deciding on which scooter to buy the most important thing is to choose a scooter that is suited to you. You should consider what size scooter you need and how you plan to use it, taking into account where you will ride the scooter and the terrain you’ll encounter. You should also consider how frequently you plan to ride it, what you want from a scooter and where you’ll be storing it when it’s not in use.

Our VICI electric scooter models

It’s natural to want to buy the best electric scooter for your needs but knowing how to choose a scooter isn’t always straightforward as there are so many different electric scooters for sale. For that reason, we’ve put the below together which includes information on our different VICI scooter models along with data tables that will help inform your decision by providing you with all of the key information you need to base your decision on which e-scooter to buy.

VICI electric scooter comparison tables

The below tables allow you to compare our electric scooters models, providing you with key information that will help you decide which e-scooter to buy.

VICI e-scooter models key information

Scooter Model Motor Battery (Ah) Voltage (V) Open Dimensions (L x W x H) Folded Dimensions (L x W x H) Scooter Weight Load Capacity Waterproof Rating
VICI City Compact 350w 6 36v 110 x 42 x 108cm 108 x 42 x 41cm 12.5kg 120kg IP54
VICI City Commuter 350w 7.5 36v 107cm x 43cm x 109cm 107cm x 43cm x 49cm 11.8kg 120kg IP54
VICI City Explorer 500w 12.5 36v 118cm x 46cm x 122cm 118cm x 46cm x 49cm 18kg 150kg IP65
VICI Off Road (500W) 500w 15 48v 115cm x 23cm x 100cm/130cm 118cm x 23cm x 48cm 24kg 150kg IP65
VICI Off Road (1000W) 1000w (2 x 500w) 15 48v 115cm x 23cm x 100cm/130cm 118cm x 23cm x 48cm 26kg 150kg IP65

VICI e-scooter models part comparison

Scooter Model Drive Wheel Tyre Width Brakes Deck Size (Length x Width) Deck Material Suspension
VICI City Compact Rear Wheel Motor 8" (20cm) Solid Tyre 1.4" (3.6cm) Front Electric-Brake/Rear Foot Brake 50cm x 14.5cm Rubber Grip Front
VICI City Commuter Front-Wheel Drive 8.5" (21.3cm) Honeycomb Tyre 1.9" (4.9cm) Front Electric Brake/Rear Disc Brake 51.5cm x 14.5cm Rubber No
VICI City Explorer Front-Wheel Drive 10" (25cm) Air Tyre 3.1" (7.8cm) Front Electric Brake/Rear Disc Brake 60cm x 25.5 cm Sand Paper No
VICI Off Road (500W) Front-Wheel Drive 10" (25cm) Off-Road Air Tyre 3" (7.6cm) Front and Rear Disc Brakes 55cm x 22.5cm Sand Paper Front & Rear
VICI Off Road (1000W) Two-Wheel Drive 10" (25cm) Off-Road Air Tyre 3" (7.6cm) Front and Rear Disc Brakes 55cm x 22.5cm Sand Paper Front & Rear

Additional VICI e-scooter info & feature comparison

Scooter Model Charge Time Scooter Range (km) Speed Modes (km/h) Lights Indicators Bell Display Screen Compatible App
VICI City Compact 3-4 Hours 25km 10-20-25 (3 Modes) Front/Rear No No LCD Yes
VICI City Commuter 4-5 Hours 30km 15-20-25 (3 modes) Front/Rear No Yes LCD Yes
VICI City Explorer 4-5 Hours 30km 15-20-25 (3 modes) Front/Rear No Yes LCD Yes
VICI Off Road (500W) 7-8 Hours 40km 10-20-40 (3 Modes) Front/Rear Yes Yes Digital No
VICI Off Road (1000W) 7-8 Hours 50km 15-25-45 (3 Modes) Front/Rear Yes Yes Digital No

Scooter payment options

At Net World Sports we accept a wide range of the most popular payment methods. If you want to pay for an e-scooter upfront you can do so using Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

If you are looking to buy an electric scooter on finance by making monthly payments or by paying in full at a later date you may be able to do so using Klarna.

Klarna gives you the option to either split the cost of an electric scooter over 3 months, so you would pay monthly for an electric scooter in 3 equal instalments. Alternatively, you can pay the full amount a month after ordering.

Both options are interest-free meaning you won’t pay any interest on your purchase. In order to pay by Klarna we’ll pass certain aspects of your personal information over to them so they can assess whether you qualify for their payment options.

Klarna will determine whether you can or can’t use this method to make a payment so for this reason we can’t guarantee that every customer will be approved by Klarna.

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