Everything you need to know before you start shopping for a durable electric scooter for heavy adults.
Naturally, one of the most important stats for heavy duty scooters is how much can they carry? Carry weight is one stat that most manufacturers are very conservative about; in practical terms, most scooters shouldn’t have much trouble hauling up to 40 lbs more than their max weight limit says they can. Most scooters can handle 300 lbs riders but with severely diminished performance (like most ride share scooters and entry-level PEVs), but the ones listed here are capable of running at full power even with heavier riders.
Motor Power and Range
Power is an important stat for any scooter. The more power you have, the faster you’ll reach top speed and you’ll beat hills faster. For heavier riders, we advise at least 500 W of power. At the very least.
Most premium scooters are a lot more powerful, they usually have a nominal power rating of about 1000 W to 2000 W, with peak powers going from 3,600 W to 5,400 W. Power is a tricky stat to get right, as some manufacturers share their peak power (bigger number) and “forget” to share the nominal power stat. The other important thing to remember is that powerful and fast scooters are serious and require regular motorcyclist protection gear and quality scooter helmets.
The bigger your battery is, the more range you have. It also means it takes a longer time to recharge the battery. The less power you use, the more range you have too. And lighter riders use less power than heavier riders.
To calculate (more precisely, guesstimate) how much range you’ll have as a heavier rider, just take the nominal range number and reduce it by about half. Eg. a 30 mile range scooter will have about 17 miles of real, practical range.
This’ll keep you on the safe side of planning your route and won’t leave you stranded without power.
How important is suspension?
The lighter the rider is, the less bumps they feel while they’re riding. And the less suspension they need. If you noticed kid’s mountain bikes and BMX bikes, they’re all solid frames and forks because little kids are light enough not to need any serious suspension.
Now, for bigger, heavier riders, suspension becomes a very serious issue, regardless if you’re on-road or off-road riding. A non-flexible, sturdy scooter will transfer all those small bumps and vibrations directly into your knees and ankles, and your feet will hurt after 15 minutes of riding. That’s why you should get a scooter with a fantastic suspension system and pneumatic tires.
Ease of use and portability
Pick a scooter that suits you and your lifestyle; decide on how portable and foldable you need your scooter to be. Decide where you’d want to keep the scooter, in your apartment or in your garage.
Do you have to carry your scooter upstairs and downstairs daily? Then get the lightest scooter that can carry you. If you’re going to keep your scooter in your garage, how much it weighs isn’t an issue, but the ability to fold the handle becomes a lot more important as you can now stash it under a table or workbench.