The Top 5 Electric Scooters of 2020

Public transportation in 2020 changed for the better and for the worst. Using any public utility vehicle is a huge risk, but it also highlighted the need for micromobility devices.   

Much has been said about the practicality and convenience of electric scooters. But e-scooter sharing programs and careless use of these micromobility devices has forever tagged it as a nuisance. Recent trends, however, proved that electric scooters are useful personal transport vehicles in making essential trips during the pandemic. 

There were a few electric scooters released this year, which isn’t surprising. Nonetheless, we’ve rounded up the best electric scooters that Australian commuters can use next year.  

Best commuter electric scooter: Mearth S Pro

mearth s pro

    • Motor: 350W / peak 750W
    • Battery: 350Wh
    • Top speed: 32 km/h
    • Range: 45 km
    • Weight: 13.5 kg
    • Load capacity: 100 kg
    • Brakes: front regenerative and back disc brakes 
    • Tires: 10-inch pneumatic tires
    • Max incline: 15%
    • Extras: 5W front light, rear light, advanced colour display 
    • Price: $1,099 with free shipping (within Australia only)

Removable batteries are rare in electric scooters. The standard practice is to place the battery in the deck rather than the stem for balance. The Mearth S Pro is able to work around this challenge by using a detachable battery. This practical feature added with big tyres, long-range, and high-quality front light makes it a good commuter electric scooter.

If you need a range of 32-40 km (or go for a couple of days without having to charge) and go round city apart from commuting to work, the Mearth S Pro is a good value for money. 

From our previous electric scooter reviews, it has proven to be a better option than the Xiaomi Pro 2 and the Ninebot Max. More importantly, as a local product, the Mearth S Pro is one of the best electric scooters in Australia right now. Apart from free shipping, you get easily accessible after-sales service. 

Best budget electric scooter: Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S 

If Go Trax shipped outside of the US and the Pure Air Pro shipped outside of the UK, the Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S wouldn’t be on this list. Being under a global brand has its perks. The Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S continues its brand’s reign among the best electric scooters in Australia in the budget price range. 

The budget electric scooter fits the 25 km/h speed limit in states where they’re allowed. The tested range of 25 km is enough for the average commuting distance in Australia – 14-17 km. The accessories have most of the upgrades to the disappointment of Xiaomi scooter owners – better lights, sleek matte paint job – but they’re a welcoming revamp for budget-conscious first-time buyers. 

The Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S is a good option for short trips around the city. The upgrade is more of a business decision to keep Xiaomi electric scooters updated, but at $799, it’s hard to beat. 

Best wide wheel electric scooter: Mantis 8 over Hero S8

    • Motor: 800W BLDC 
    • Battery: 1092 Wh 
    • Top speed: 45 km/h 
    • Range: 48 km 
    • Weight:  22 kg 
    • Load capacity: 120 kg
    • Suspension: front and rear spring 
    • Brakes: front disc and rear regenerative  
    • Tires: 8”x3.1” tubeless tires 
    • Max incline: 15%
    • Extras: front and rear LED lights, lateral LED strips, and turn signals 
    • Price: US $1299 (single motor) $1999 (dual motor) 

We recommend the Mantis 8 – also released this year – over the Hero S8 because of big performance problems. 

The Hero S8 provides a very bumpy ride because of the stiff solid tires that the dual suspension can’t compensate for. It has a real-world hill gradeability that’s half of what’s advertised – 11 out the 25 degrees. Both fenders are way too short so you’ll have to extend that to keep you clean. The design of the wheel also means your rotor is too low which makes it risky for off-roading. 

The Mantis 8 provides a more comfortable ride with tubeless tires. It’s an off-road capable scooter with dual suspension and dual motor version that weighs less than 30kg. While it can still be considered as a wide wheel, the rotor is not as close to the ground.

The Mantis 8 delivers on its promise as an all-around premium electric scooter. If you want something more powerful, you can go for the pricier Zero 8X.   

Best high-performance electric scooter: Zero 9 over Evolv Tour 2.0

    • Motor: 600W / 1200W Peak
    • Battery: 624Wh 
    • Top speed: Capped at 25 km/h (45 km/h) 
    • Range: 40 km 
    • Weight: 18 kg
    • Load capacity: 100 kg
    • Brakes: front disc and rear drum brakes 
    • Tires: 8.5 inch pneumatic 
    • Suspension: front and rear spring 
    • Max incline: 15%
    • Extras: adjustable stem, LED front and rear light, LCD display with built-in thumb throttle, LED frame lighting  
    • Price:  $1,499 (stock battery) $1,699 (LG battery) 

The Zero 9 and Evolv Tour 2.0 has nearly the same specs, but we’re recommending the older electric model because of thin, but essential, difference. 

Both of them deliver their top speed and maximum range as advertised. The Evolv is a little bit more compact when it’s folded and has dual drum brakes. Zero 9 has a disc and drum brake combo, frame lighting, and an optional LG battery. Unless you’re loyal to the Evolv series of electric scooters from Urban Machina, the Zero 9 is a more practical choice. 

Zero 9 has an official distributor in Australia that also provides support. The version with the LG battery costs nearly the same as the Evolv Tour 2.0. This electric scooter will cost you $1,578.01 plus shipping because the retailer is based in Canada. If it were to be sold by your local bike shop or another retailer, the price will get higher. 

Best extreme electric scooter: Zero 10x over Apollo Pro (52V version) 

    • Motor: Dual 1,000W continuous motors (2kW total)
    • Battery: 936Wh
    • Top speed: Capped at 25km/h (61 km/h)
    • Range: 61 km 
    • Weight: 32 kg
    • Load capacity: 150 Kg
    • Brakes: Front and rear disc brakes 
    • Tires: 10-inch pneumatic tyres 
    • Suspension: Front spring, rear hydraulic
    • Max incline: 10%
    • Extras:  LED front and rear light, 2x 25ah controller (single and dual motor), LCD display with built-in thumb throttle, LED frame lighting 
    • Price:  $2,499 (stock battery + stock brakes) / $2,999 (52V 24aH LG battery + hydraulic brakes) 

The Zero 10x and Apollo Pro have exactly the same specs, but also recommending the older model because of availability. 

The Zero 10x has a 12-month warranty with local support. Apollo has a 24-month warranty and ships from Canada. It’s also available in two versions – USD $1,699.00 stock battery+ brakes / $1,849.00 52V 22.5aH LG battery + hydraulic brakes – plus shipping. 

One can argue that the shipping costs would be worth it considering it’s a two-year warranty. But with little price difference and Zero’s solid reputation, we prefer to be on the safe side. You can still buy the Apollo Pro if you don’t mind shipping costs. Both electric scooters offer good performances and optional choices.  

Worst releases of the year: 

Turboant X7 Pro 

It’s the upgraded and improved version of the Turboant X7. The Turboant X7 Pro fixed the battery by making it detachable so it didn’t shut down on us during our test, but it still has most of the X7’s major problems. The throttle sticks at top speed despite being capped at 20 km/h. The battery makes it front heavy, which in turn makes it wobbly at Beginner mode. You won’t be able to maximize the range of this electric scooter and settle for 25km (advertised at 30-48 km) with one or two hills at a max incline of 15%. 

Bird Air 

Bird Air is an Unagi Model One lookalike budget electric scooter. Bird is hoping that people who don’t rent their scooters will buy it instead. Buyers are better off with the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter. For a hundred dollars more they can get the Xiaomi Electric Scooter 1S. Regardless of what you choose, you’ll get more range and comfort. 

Mercedes-Benz eScooter / BMW E-Scooter 

These electric scooters were made by Micro Mobility AG, the same company who developed Razor scooters. In fact, if you take off the logo, they both look like overpriced generic budget electric scooters. Considering their prices and features, they are. To be fair, commuters in Victoria and Tasmania can use the 150W BMW electric scooter, if they’re willing to pay USD $890 for what’s essentially a kids scooter for adults. 

  • Motor: 250 W / peak 500 W
  • Battery: 275Wh
  • Top speed: 25 km/h
  • Range: 30 km
  • Weight: 12.5 kg
  • Load capacity: 100 kg 
  • Brakes: front regenerative and back disc brakes 
  • Tires: 8.5-inch pneumatic tires 
  • Max incline: 14% 
  • Extras: 2W front light, brake light, reflectors, LED display, mobile app 
  • Price: $799 
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