Up until recently the electric scooters were notorious for being too slow. With those heavy SLA batteries, the 20mph was pretty much the maximum speed for electric scooters. But with new Lithium batteries came the improvement in capacity, the electronics got better and new e-scooters and electric mopeds got faster. Fast enough to compare to any vehicle on city streets. So which is the fastest electric scooter you can buy in 2017?
Speed record on electric vehicle with two wheels was set by Paul Thede on The Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike, which managed to reach the speed of whooping 218 mph. Now, we are definitely not looking for that amount of speed in our scooters. It would probably be very unsafe to go crazy fast on an e-scooter. So we decided to put the record-setting prototypes aside, and focus on the production models that can go over 20mph.
Although speed should not be the only thing to consider when buying electric scooter it is nice to know that you can speed up to 35 mph when you need to, especially if you happen to ride your electric scooter on city roads alongside cars and gas scooters.
Top 5 Electric Scooters of 2017 Listed by Top Speed
|Name||Quiewa Qpower||UberScoot 1600W||Super Turbo Elite 1000||MotoTec Mad||TaoTao ATE-501|
|Battery||60V 26Ah Lithium Battery||48V SLA Battery||36V 12Ah SLA Battery||48V/12Ah Lead Acid||60V-20AH Gel Lead Acid|
|Range||60 miles||12 miles||18 miles||25 miles||27 miles|
Qiewa Qpower 1200W Electric Scooter
Qiewa is a Taiwanese manufacturer of electric scooters that you probably never heard of before, but their heavy-duty folding electric scooters can go 35 mph easily. The scooter itself looks pretty sturdy. Even though it’s a standup scooter is has plenty of features that make it road-ready: front and rear suspension, front and rear disc brakes, headlights, taillights, side lights, horn and alarm system with keyless entry remote. You also have an option to buy a removable seat for this scooter.
With the 1200W motor and 11” pneumatic tires, this is actually a pretty powerful all-terrain scooter that can easily conquer any road. The advertised range is about 60 miles, but is probably under the ideal circumstances and with no rider on it, so you should expect a lot less. The chassis is made from high-strength aluminum and the scooter is also labeled IP6Waterproof. All in all this fast e-scooter, sold in Taiwan under name of Qpower, is a very nice, very stable ride that can be easily folded and put in the trunk of your car.
- Motor Power: 1200W
- 60V 26Ah Lithium Battery
- Easy Folding
- Top Speed: 35mph
- Max Range: 60 miles
- 11” Pneumatic Tires
- Front and Rear Disk Brakes
- Front and Rear Shock Absorbers
- LED Headlights, Taillights and Side Lights
- IP6 Waterproof
- USB mobile phone charging function
UBERSCOOT 1600W 48volt Electric Scooter
The UberScoot 1600 is one of the most powerful electric scooters ever being sold. Powered by 48 volts SLA battery and a 1600 watt motor, this beast of an electric scooter is not a toy. It can go over any terrain and climb very steep hills. It even looks like a dirt bike with its 12” knobby tires. The scooter is designed for heavy duty users, so it comes with a compact lock-down/up folding system that allows easy storage and transportation. It features an economy mode button that can be used to slow down acceleration and top speed to conserve the battery life for long rides. The scooter has front and rear lights so it can be used even at night.
Designed and manufactured by Evo Powerboard, UberScoot boasts the top speed of 30mph and range of 12 miles with stock setup. To double the range you can upgrade this scooter with Lithium battery pack, which is not complicated at all, but it’s expensive. If you have some extra money, you should do it, because it is well worth the investment. This simple upgrade will make your scooter lighter, which will add to its agility, increasing the top speed to close to 40mph, which makes it (potentially) the fastest electric scooter on our list. It will also cut the charging time in half. The Uberscoot 1600w has an adjustable, padded seat for added comfort during your ride which is included in the price.
Note: The UberScoot 1600w has been discontinued from the UberScoot store, but this model is still available on Amazon.
- Motor Power: 1600W
- 48V SLA Battery Pack (4x12V)
- Top Speed: 30mph
- Range: 12miles
- Removable Seat
- Foldable Locking Frame
- 12” Pneumatic Knobby Tire
- Front and Rear Disc Brakes
- Two Speed Modes: Economy and Turbo
- LED Headlights and Taillights
36V Super Turbo Elite 1000
Super Turbo 1000W is probably the greatest thing that came out of Super Cycles & Scooters workshop. This is one of the most affordable scooters on this list, but it doesn’t fall behind the rest in any aspect. It is the Blacksup800 upgraded with powerful 1000w motor and the heavy-duty sprockets and chain drive. The frame is made from high tensile strength steel. Wheels are 10.5″ with a deep tread designed for many surfaces including off-road. The wheels have aluminum rims and also both front and rear disc brake. The weight limit is 250lbs on flat ground with stock gearing, 300lbs with hill kit installed.
The Super Turbo Elite 1000 has two speed modes: Econo for the maximum range and Turbo for maximum speed. The top speed in Turbo mode is 30mph. Other features include front swinger mono shock, dual rear shocks, extra wide tires, and turn-key ignition. You will also get removable comfortable seat, small storage bag, LED headlight, and a free tool kit for perfect assembly. All things considered this electric scooter is an awesome deal, because you get a reliable, solid performance ride for very affordable price.
- Motor Power: 1000W
- Battery: 36V 12Ah SLA Battery Pack
- Top Speed: 30mph
- Max Range: 18 miles
- Front and rear disc brakes
- 5” All Terrain Wheels
- Key Start
- Removable Seat
- LED Headlight
MotoTec Mad is an example of how a bright idea turns into a successful product. The designer of this scooter is Alessandro Tartarini, one of the top 100 industrial designers in the world. The Mad is designed for more than just having fun, for the right type of rider it can be a very versatile vehicle used for anything from daily commute to weekend adventures. It includes a removable seat and folding handlebars to meet various riding, transport and storage needs, and accessories like the double headlight and handlebar and saddle bags.
Behind this cool design there is some serious power. MotoTec Mad is powered by 1600W motor that drives a rear wheel by chain. This electric scooter offers both SLA and lithium-ion battery options. With Li-Ion its range is around 35 miles and the speed tops out at 28mph. Handlebars and seat are height-adjustable. They can also be easily folded down for transportation and storage. Fat tires are designed for a smooth ride over even the most rugged terrains.
- Motor Power: 1600W
- Top Speed: 28mph
- Range: 18-25 miles in optimum conditions
- Battery: 48V / 12Ah Lead Acid with option to upgrade to Li-Ion
- Front and Rear Disc Brakes
- Twin Rear Suspension and Front Mono-Shock Suspension
- Twin High Power Headlights
- Height-adjustable Seat and handlebar
When we talk about street legal electric scooters on the budget, Chinese-built TaoTao ATE-501 has to be the part of the selection. But do you know how fast this scooter can actually go? This scooter powered by 500W rear hub motor can travel just over 20mph. However this scooter has great potential for customization and making it go faster. First the scooter itself weighs 250lbs, which is very heavy. So, to make it go faster, you need to make it lighter. There is no need for some crazy modification, the biggest thing that will make a difference is changing SLA battery for a Lithium battery pack. This may seem expensive, but the TaoTao itself is pretty cheap, and new batteries will make a huge difference in both speed and range. With new batteries the scooter can reach the top speed of 30mph, and you get all the convenience of a full size gas scooter, plus you save money on fuel.
TaoTao is a well-known brand of cheap gas scooters, and with ATE-501 they have earned their place in the e-scooter department as well. These scooters are designed for riding in urban setting, on flat roads, and are not good for climbing hills. The TaoTao actually rides nice, it has dual suspension in the rear and a front suspension fork just like gas scooters. All of the handlebar-mounted gauges light-up for use in the dark. All in all, a perfect ride-around-town e-scooter for those that would like to save money on gas.
- Motor Power: 500W rear hub motor
- 60V-20AH Gel Lead Acid Battery
- Top Speed: 20mph
- Max Range: 27 miles
- Front Disc Brakes and Rear Drum Brakes
- All features of a full size scooter: Twist Throttle, Hand Brakes, Mirrors, Front and Rear Lights, High and Low Beams, Turn Signal Lights, Horn, Under the Seat Storage and Anti-Theft Alarm
- 100% Street Legal
Top speed depends on many factors, and the two most prevailing ones are the rider’s weight and the terrain. Even the most powerful e-scooter on this list will not reach its top speed when hauling a 260lbs rider uphill. But if you are average weight you can go pretty fast on flat ground. Of course, you should always wear helmet and other protection gear when riding a scooter, especially if you are going that fast. Electric scooters are real vehicles, not toys.
DISCLAIMER: We have made this list based on the top speeds that these scooters can reach, some of them with small modifications. We are not saying you should ride them at that speed, or that you should make any kind of modification on your scooter. In fact, legal limit for scooters that do not require license or registration is 20mph in most states, and any kind of tampering with your scooter will void the warranty.