The Best Electric Scooters for Students in Australia

Electric scooters are great for any kind of commuter, whether you’re a professional, student, or environmentally conscious citizen. Anyone of these people can afford a premium electric scooter and zip around town. But it’s a different story when you’re a College student. There are plenty of budget electric scooters in the market, but “cheap” products don’t always have the best quality. So we’ve rounded up the best affordable electric scooters in Australia that you can convince your parents to buy for you. 

Go Trax GXL V2 

    • Speed: 25 km/h 
    • Range: 19 km 
    • Brake: front regenerative / rear disc brake 
    • Tyres: 8.5” pnuematic tyres 
    • Weight: 12 kg 
    • Load capacity: 100 kg 
    • Charging Time: 3-4 hours 
    • Price: USD $269

When it comes to the best budget electric scooter in Australia, the first thing that would come to mind is the Xiaomi M365. If you do a bit of research there are actually more inexpensive electric scooters than the Xiaomi which still offers a good price-to-practicality ratio. The best electric scooter under USD $300 is the Go Trax GXL V2. 

The Go Trax GXL V2 is an affordable electric scooter that fits the budget of a College student and still providers commuter specs. It has a tested speed of 21 km/h and a tested range of 16.3 km on a single charge. While the specs are standard, they’re decent for an electric scooter that’s a little over AUD $300. Case in point, this electric scooter has a brushless DC motor that you’ll find in a $799 Xiaomi 1S. 

Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S

    • Speed: 25 km/h 
    • Range: 30 km
    • Brake: front regenerative / rear disc 
    • Tyres: 8.5” pneumatic tyres 
    • Weight: 12.5 kg 
    • Load capacity: 100 kg 
    • Charging Time: 5 hours 
    • Price: $799 

The Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S is marketed as an upgrade to the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. It looks sleek and new thanks to the matte colouring and enhanced accessories, but the ride performance is still the same. If you’re buying an electric scooter for the first time, it’s best to spend a bit more for the Xiaomi 1S because it has a better motor. 

The Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S also has a better paint job, brighter headlight, bigger taillight, a fender bracket, and an improved display. It has a tested speed of 26 km/h and a tested range of 23 km. The ride quality is pretty much the same. If you already have the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter, you can upgrade to the Xiaomi Pro 2 or better yet, level up to a premium electric scooter. 

Mearth S 

    • Speed: 32 km/h 
    • Range: 25 km/h 
    • Brake: front regenerative / rear disc 
    • Tyres: 8.5” pneumatic tyres 
    • Weight: 12.5 kg 
    • Load capacity: 100 kg 
    • Charging Time: 2-4 hours 
    • Price: $850 

Mearth S is from an Australian electric scooter brand Mearth Tech. It has a higher price tag compared to the rest of the electric scooters in this list, but you can get free shipping and a more accessible after-sales service. The one thing that makes it stand out is a cost-effective and uncommon feature. The Mearth S has a removable battery that you can charge outside of the electric scooter. 

Mearth is has a tested speed of 25 km/h and a tested range of 15 km. You can extend its range with a hot-swappable battery. This means you don’t need an Allen wrench or screwdriver to change it. Just pop open the stem and pull out the tube and replace it with your spare. If you want to use your electric scooter outside of the campus, this is a practical alternative to the typical budget electric scooter. 

CityRider 

    • Speed: 28 km 
    • Range: 11-16 km 
    • Brake: rear drum and foot brake
    • Tyres:  8.5” honeycomb tyres 
    • Weight:  12.5 kg
    • Load capacity:  100 kg
    • Charging Time: 
    • Price: USD $399

The CityRider is from Fluid FreeRide another retailer in the US. They’re known for their high-end electric scooters, but their budget entry-level budget offering is pretty decent. In fact, it has features that you will never see in other electric scooters in its price range. 

By the specs, you can see it has a rear drum brake and honeycomb tyres that you’ll find in premium electric scooters. The flex from the wooden deck and cushion from the tyres combine to give a comfortable puncture-proof ride. The CityRider also has turning signals coupled with its taillights, which is very rare. On top of this, you’ll get the speed and range as advertised because Fluid FreeRide knows you’re going to use the fastest mode on their scooter, so might as well be honest with it. 

Swagger S5 Elite 

    • Speed: 28 km/h
    • Range:  19 km
    • Brake: front regenerative / rear disc 
    • Tyres: 8” front pneumatic/rear honeycomb 
    • Weight: 12 kg
    • Load capacity: 145 kg 
    • Charging Time: 3.5 hrs
    • Price: USD $229

Budget electric scooters tend to look like the Xiaomi, which isn’t surprising considering most of the manufacturers are in China. But there are electric scooter brands who make an effort in adding a bit more. The Swagger S5 Elite overall build and folding mechanism are the same as Xiaomi M365, but at a lower price and a few tweaks, it’s worthy of consideration.  

The Swagger S5 Elite is the cheapest electric scooter in this list. Some of the components do feel cheap, but the scooter has zippy acceleration and decent speed. Swagtron manages to add an LED display, honeycomb tyre, and higher weight capacity. The Swagger S5 is not going to set any records in its own budget class of scooters, but its decent quality despite a bottom-dollar price make it the second-best scooter for $300. 

These electric scooters provide value for money without sacrificing quality. There are plenty of cheap China-made electric scooters you can find in Alibaba and AliExpress if you’re willing to take the risk. But if you prefer an electric scooter with reliable quality and customer service, you can pick any of the electric scooters in this list. 

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