Things change quickly. Nowadays, electric scooter not only serves as a toy for kids to pass the time in a fun way but also is regarded as an alternative transportation medium. It is eco-friendly, energy-saving, safe, portable, and most importantly, it’s the source of simple joy. There are many options on the market. Low-speed scooters are convenient for short commutes; high speed electric scooter like 40 mph electric scooter provide more practicality and fun.
This article will introduce 6 tips to increase the electric scooter speed and 5 electric scooter models with different maximum speeds. You can choose electric scooter that suits your needs!
- Segway Ninebot ES4
- INOKIM Ox Super
- Varla Eagle One
- Dualtron Thunder
- RION2 RE 80 Racing Edition
- Battery capacity
- Weight of the rider
- Type of terrain
- Tire pressure
- Upgrade the motor
- Ride on a full charge
- Keep the weight down
- Adjust tire Pressure
- Adjust the P-Setting
- Remove the speed limiter
- USA riding law
- Common injuries
- Stay safe
How fast can electric scooter go?
How fast do you think it is? This isn’t easy to define. It depends on the vehicle involved and where you go. You may feel slow when driving a car at a speed of 25mph, but when you drive a scooter at the same speed, you will feel very fast!
Combined with the speed limit of 25mph in many states for scooters, we believe that scooters with speed of 25mph or above are faster, especially because they are heavily used in urban areas, and we must consider pedestrians, bicycles, and cars.
What factors affect electric scooter speed?
The maximum speed of a scooter is usually tested under the most ideal conditions. The rider’s weight, road conditions, tire pressure, battery capacity, or weather will all have a great impact on the speed of the scooter.
The most critical factor is the power of the motor. If the horsepower of the motor is larger, it can climb steeper long slopes and reach higher speeds. For example, Varla all-terrain electric scooter, equipped with 2 x 1000W dual motors, can easily climb steep slopes of 30+ degrees, and the top speed can reach 40 mph. The commuter scooter, such as the M365, has only a 250W motor and can reach a maximum speed of only 15.5 mph. The motor plays a vital role in how fast the scooter can reach.
The second influencing factor is the battery capacity. When the battery capacity is sufficient, we can reach the top speed more easily. When the power is only 25% or less, the speed that can be achieved will be relatively low. So every time before you set off, check whether the battery is fully charged.
Weight of the rider
The heavier the scooter takes, the more effort the motor needs to push it. Generally speaking, the rider’s weight within the max payload weight can reach the top speed recommended by the electric scooter. If the rider is heavier, it will take longer to reach the top speed. It should be noted that a heavier rider will also consume the battery more quickly, so it will be a bit difficult to reach higher speeds.
Try to choose a scooter with a max payload capacity far greater than your own weight, which allows you to reach the highest speed possible!
Type of terrain
The terrain also has a great influence on the scooter. For example, it is difficult for the motor to maintain continuous high-speed driving on a bumpy road. If you encounter a steep slope, the motor needs to work harder to reach the top speed possible. If you prepare to go off-road riding, it’s best to choose all-terrain scooters. The motors and tire designs are more able to overcome rough terrain.
The lower the tire pressure, the greater the area of the tire in contact with the ground, and the more the resistance during driving, which will affect the speed of driving. Besides, at high speeds, low tire pressure will increase the risk of puncture. Generally speaking, the air pressure of the electric scooter is kept within the range of 40-60 psi. It also carefully looks at the maximum pressure value displayed on the side of your tires and does not exceed the maximum inflation value.
6 Tips to make the electric scooter go faster
Upgrade the motor
The motor is the most critical factor affecting speed. If you want a faster speed, change to a larger motor will be the most direct and effective way. But at the same time, the battery also needs to be matched with the motor. Take Varla Scooter as an example, Eagle One uses 52V/1000W motors. If they are replaced with 60V/1200W motors, the battery should also be replaced with a 60V configuration.
Ride on a full charge
Sufficient power can provide enough energy for the motor. Before each departure, fully charge the scooter and you will get as close to the maximum speed as possible.
Keep the weight down
The heavier the total weight carried by scooter, the greater the impact on speed. Reduce the weight of the scooter and try not to carry too many unnecessary items.
Adjust tire Pressure
For most electric scooters, the recommended tire pressure is between 40-60 PSI. In the maximum inflation range, in order to obtain a higher speed, increase about 3-5 PSI. The front-wheel pressure should be 2-3 PSI lower than the rear wheel pressure. Lighter riders should also lower the tire pressure by about 3-5 PSI, while heavier riders should increase the tire pressure slightly by the same amount.
Adjust the P-Setting
The speed limit of the scooter can be changed in P-Setting. For example, Varla scooter uses the throttle of QS-S4, enter P8 of P-Setting, you can adjust the range of Power level, from 1 to 100 kph.
Remove the speed limiter
For some scooters with a speed limiter, this is also an optional way to increase the speed. There is a speed limiter that came with your electric scooter to ensure the speed is kept at a reasonable check. You can get the scooter running at a higher speed by removing the speed limiter in the controller.
Things to know before high-speed riding
USA riding law
For most states, the speed of the scooter cannot exceed 25mph.
For example, in California, an electric scooter may not be operated on sidewalks or streets if the posted speed limit is over 25 mph (40 km/h) unless in a Class II bicycle lane.
In Louisiana, according to the DMV, Louisiana allows electric, low-speed scooters to operate on sidewalks, bicycle paths, and highways with posted speed limits of 25 mph or less.
In Maine, electric scooter operators must always ride to the furthest right side of the road unless the rider is passing another motorist or making a left turn. Electric scooters are not permitted to be operated faster than 20 mph
Given that the laws regarding electric scooters vary from state to state, if you want to know more about the rules, please refer to your local government.
And the Portland Electric Scooter Pilot Study noted that the most common cause of a scooter crash injury was falling, accounting for 83% of injury visits. Once slipped during high-speed driving, it is easy to cause fractures and bruises.
Reaching these top speeds means you must be very careful about how you ride. And you should also be aware that you may hurt others while riding at this speed.
In addition, we must be equipped with protective equipment when driving at high speeds. A helmet is an obvious requirement, but it is wise to purchase body protective gear, such as elbows, knees, and wrists pads. We consider that Varla Eagle One is a 40mph scooter, for the safety of customers, every scooter order will come with a set of protective gear. And here are the top 5 best helmets for e-scooters. For more tips on how to stay safe when riding at high speed, check out our previous post.
If you are not familiar with your electric scooters yet, please pay attention to your own limitations and expertise. Unless you are a confident and experienced rider, don’t speed up. And it’ll be great if you could choose a quiet section away from heavy traffic and pedestrians when you ride your electric scooter at high speed.
Enjoy your ride and stay safe!
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