Electric Scooter FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
How fast do electric scooters go?
Electric scooters can range in speed of 10km/h up to 110km/h and above. It depends mainly on motor and battery size. Usually more expensive electric scooters have larger batteries and motors and are faster as a result. Many countries have capped the speed limits of electric scooters to 25km/h for use in public spaces. It's likely that when legislation in brought in for electric scooters in Ireland they will be restricted to 25km/h.
Are electric scooters legal?
E-scooters are only legal for use on private property where permission is granted by the owners for their use. In Ireland legislation is being drafted which will allow electric scooters to be legal for use in public places. The details of this are under review by government. You can check out our article. There are various bills that seek to clarify this in the dail at present. Here's a link to one.
Where to buy electric scooters?
There are many brands of electric scooters being sold in Ireland and a lot of them have poor quality parts. Whether a potential customer is buying from us or not we always recommend that they ask what's the sellers warranty terms, where do they source parts and how will their electric scooter be fixed if there's issues with them. At LOCO Scooters we carry out our warranty work inhouse so there's no waiting around weeks for a simple fix. Check out our warranty policy for further info.
Can electric scooters go up hill?
It depends on the motor output and the incline of the hill. Manufacturers specify the incline that their e-scooters can climb and you can find this in the spec tables on the product pages. The Segway Ninebot G30 Max P has a rear wheel 350W motor and can climb inclines of 20 degrees. Weaker motors on front wheels may struggle to go up steep inclines. User profile also plays a part to what extent an electric scooter can climb an incline. In our opinion the G30 Max P is one of the best electric scooters Ireland (under 350W motor power) has to offer for handling inclines.
How much are electric scooters for adults?
At LOCO Scooters our products range in pricing from €449 to over €3000. In our experience from running an electric scooter repair centre we find that e-scooters that are typically under €400 have poor quality parts such as the batteries. A good battery can cost €180 and above so when a e-scooter is priced in the low hundreds it's worth considering what the battery is and whether it will sustain its performance over time.
How long does it take to charge an electric scooter?
You can find out charging times for your electric scooter in the user manual. They typically charge in 5-6 hours but with e-scooters with larger batteries that can increase to up to 12 hours.
How much does an electric scooter weigh?
Most popular electric scooters like Xiaomi 1S weigh around the 12kg mark.
Can electric scooters be used in the rain?
Or in other words, are electric scooters waterproof? The water resistance of an electric scooter is determined by the IP rating. The greater the IP rating the greater the water resistance. We wrote an article on IP ratings which you can find here. If you're looking at an electric scooter that doesn't have an IP rating be warned they are likely replica models and are poorly waterproofed and internal components such as the controller and batteries will likely get damaged with exposure to water.
The Segway Ninebot G30 Max P has an IP rating of IPX7 on the motor which means it can be submersed in water for 30 mins.
Are electric scooters dangerous?
Most electric scooters sustain speeds similar to bicycles. As such similar personal protective equipment such as a good helmet and hi vis clothing is advised. In Ireland electric scooters are not legal for use in public places and shouldn't be driven on the roads. It's also worth noting that the driving behaviours of the user will be a factor in the safe use of the electric scooter.
Why are electric scooters good?
Electric scooters are a fun, eco-friendly alternative mode of transport. They are powered by batteries and only cost in the cents to get a full charge. We compared the costs of running an electric scooter versus a car. Check out that article here.
Can electric scooters be used manually?
Most e-scooters can be pushed or free wheel when going down hills. It's not advised to use an electric scooter manually as it may cause issues with the electric scooter's motor. Also most electric scooters have braking systems which are only operating when the e-scooter is turned on.
Where can I fix my electric scooter in Ireland?
At LOCO Scooters we carry out repairs on all models of electric scooters at our repair centre. We've seen most electric scooters on the market with 100s of successful repairs. Please reach out to us if you would like to get a repair.
Where can I get solid tyres on my electric scooter in Ireland?
If you're tired of getting punctures on your electric scooter we fit semi solid honeycomb tyres which are puncture-proof. They are a very good alternative to pneumatic tyres if you want to make the change. Please get in touch with us to arrange a repair. Our solid tyres fit on Xiaomi, Segway and other models and guarantee no more punctures.
Can I get an electric scooter with a seat?
We sell electric scooters that come with a seat as an optional attachment. The Kugoo Kirin M4 Pro which is designed with a wide base to allow for seating. The cushion seat is fixed to the base of the electric scooter and is adjustable in height. The seat can be removed if the user decides they want to use the electric scooter from a standing position.
What electric scooters are for kids?
The Segway Ninebot Zing E8 is the first in what we are sure will be a long line of electric scooters designed and built especially for kids. It is recommended for children from 6 to 12 years old, with maximum speeds of up to 14km/h.
Is it possible to travel with an electric scooter?
As most e-scooters have a folding mechanism, they can easily be taken on public and private transport.
However, we always advise checking the policy of the transport company before travelling. Please note that due to restrictions on transporting batteries, most of the products in our range cannot be taken on an aircraft.
Is it possible to get insurance on an electric scooter?
As electric scooters are illegal to ride in public places in the Ireland at the moment, it is not possible to insure them for use outside of your private residence or private property.
For use at home they can be covered under your standard home insurance policy. If you are unsure if your e-scooter is covered, please check with your insurance provider.