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Electric scooters are growing in popularity across the country. With tired citizens more concerned about commuting, less interested in sitting in traffic & being cramped into uncomfortable public transport, it’s no surprise that people are looking for alternative ways of getting around. Add in skyrocketing petrol prices into that mix and you have the beginnings of a social movement.
State governments have been relatively slow to react to this emerging trend, applying restrictive stopgap laws to regulate e-scooters while they decide what to do in the long term. To help them figure this out, many cities are running electric scooter trials to get more information about who is using scooters, how we’re using them, and where we’re going in them.
If you live somewhere running an e-scooter trial, you’ve probably seen a variety of colourful scooters lined up and waiting for their next rider. All those colours represent different scooter-for-hire operations around the city. The most common brands are:
With trials across the country bringing electric scooters to a wider audience, the Electric Kicks team started to wonder:
Which of our electric scooters closest match the performance of the various hire scooters dotted around the country?
We set out to research the most common trial scooters, and how they compare to our own range. We look at which scooter is the closest match, and then the alternative we’d recommend for those who love rental scooters, but want a little bit more in terms of performance.
Not every hire scooter brand is available in each city. In fact, available brands can vary from one council area to the next. With geo-fencing technology, hire companies can control where their scooters can & can’t be taken, meaning that trials are often limited to council areas rather than entire cities.
Here’s where you’ll find the various e-Scooter hire companies in Australia.
Beam is considered the biggest shared micro-mobility company in the Asia-Pacific. They are contracted by numerous Australian cities to run e-scooter trials within the approved areas. Here’s where you can find them:
Aside from renting out scooters in different cities, Beam also has a safety academy run by professionally-qualified trainers. Its fleet of scooters is integrated with the Virtual Docking system, which helps riders and the cities to ensure that they’re parked in the right spots.
The Beam Saturn+
In those municipalities, you’ll be able to rent the Beam electric scooter called the Beam Saturn+. Custom-built for safety, durability, and reliability, it represents a new class of two-wheelers from the brand. You won’t have to look hard to find one of these as you can see them a mile away with their bright purple colour scheme.
Boasting a 350W motor and front suspension, the Saturn+ also has a triple braking system that combines the power or electrical and mechanical components. This provides riders with an amazing stopping distance.
In terms of speed, the Saturn+ can go to 25km/h but thanks to its geo-fencing app you may find that speeds are capped to 15km/h on footpaths & pedestrian areas.
It also has indicator lights to let others know what direction you’re heading. This amps up the level of safety for you & those around you while you’re scootering. The Beam Saturn+ also has swappable batteries, improving efficiency and consistency.
For better traction and stability, this e-scooter has big tyres and an expansive deck. Overall, riding this Beam two-wheeler is easy, convenient, and safe.
The Segway Ninebot E25 is an entry-level scooter that packs some powerful features. With a 700W peak power output, it reaches a very decent top speed of 25 kph. Plus, its 42V 5960mAh battery allows for a great 25 km maximum range. That’s enough pace and mileage for your last-mile commutes or even a fun day at the park.
And like the Beam Saturn+, the E25 also has a triple braking system, which consists of an electronic brake, an electromagnetic brake, and a rear brake. Not to mention, it’s also adorned with a headlight, taillight, and atmosphere lights to increase visibility, especially at night.
As for its stability on the road, the Segway E25 is fitted with 9-inch dual-density, flat-free tyres. Not only will you have enough traction and stability to ride steadily, but you also won’t have to worry about getting stuck in the middle of your trip.
Lastly, this electric scooter is very portable as it only weighs 14.4 kg. Together with its improved folding mechanism, the E25 is easy to carry and store.
Up to 10 degrees
Maximum Load Capacity
The E25 is currently in its sunset, however, so you may find they are harder to come across in coming months. Fortunately, for those looking for something with the same features but all-round better performance, the Apollo City 2022 Single Motor version is perfect.
Boasting front & rear suspension, lights, indicators, a better triple braking system, similar app integration, and puncture-proof tyres, the Apollo City is the ideal commuter.
Thanks to a 500W motor and 48V 13.5Ah battery, the City 2022 will take you 40km on a single charge at speeds of up to 40kph. You can learn more about the City 2022 by watching our video here.
Having just launched in June 2022, the City 2022 will be around for some time yet.
Founded in 2016, Neuron Mobility has quickly become one of the leading brands in the e-scooter rental space. They currently operate a fleet of scooters in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Canada, and Australia.
You’ve probably seen one already around town as it’s not exactly hiding in the background with its bright orange colour scheme. Neuron is contracted by plenty of Australian states to help them with their trial runs.
Here’s where you can find them:
As part of its partnership with these cities, Neuron Mobility has developed a geofencing technology. This way, the company can regulate where its e-scooters can go and how fast. In addition, the system helps collect data and work with city councils to establish specific parking zones, no-go zones, and slow zones.
Hard to miss - the Neuron N3
Neuron mentioned that its electric scooters are specifically designed and manufactured by them. And they’re made to meet the safety standards of the city and meet the demands of ride-sharing.
As the company's first commercial-grade two-wheeler, the N3 is built to withstand the impacts of mass-sharing. The N3 e-scooters feature swappable batteries, so they can be put back into service in just under 2 minutes instead of having to charge them for eight hours after the original battery is dead.
On top of that, they’re fitted with huge 11.5-inch wheels that result in amazing traction on different types of terrain. These scooters are also designed with 21 cm decks that allow riders to be more stable and comfortable.
And thanks to their dual braking system composed of mechanical and electrical components, the N3 kicks can also handle hilly or uneven ground safely. Plus, renting one of these scooters comes with a helmet that can be locked through the brand’s mobile app.
When it comes to its performance, the N3 can reach a top speed of around 25 km/h However, that horsepower gets cut down to just 10-15 km/h once you enter a low-speed zone.
All things considered, the N3 e-scooter is a great alternative for short commutes. It’s integrated with great safety features and nice performance specs to bring you to your destination with ease.
The Segway F40 is a fantastic entry-level scooter that can go head-to-head against the N3 and win easily.
It’s issued with a 350W motor that propels it to a top speed of 30 kph and allows it to climb up hills of up to 10 degrees. It even has three riding modes you can choose from depending on your situation or skill set.
And with its 42V 5.1Ah battery, you can reach a maximum range of 40 km on a single charge. Such pace and mileage are ideal for daily commutes, especially for longer ones.
What’s more, the F40 is rigged with 10-inch tyres that give this e-scooter a nice grip. Having large wheels helps with keeping the ride stable even on some rough patches on the road.
Additionally, safety was not forgotten despite having performance specs that go beyond a normal entry-level kick. It has electric and disc brakes that offer a smooth yet impressive stopping power. The F40 even has an IPX5 water-resistance rating, which is higher than the industry standard of IPX4.
Having the F40 e-scooter around also won't bother you as far as portability is concerned. It only weighs 15.8 kg and it’s designed with a folding mechanism. As such, it’s light to carry and won't take up too much space if you store it at home or under your desk at work.
For those that love the bright orange colour scheme found on the N3, we suggest the EMove Cruiser. Launched late 2021, the EMove Cruiser made its mark as one of the first electric scooters that could actually reach its suggested range of 100km under normal riding conditions.
The EMove Cruiser - also available in black, white & purple.
An 1,000W motor pushes the Cruiser up to speeds of 50kph, meaning that scooter is a great blend of practical commuter & fun toy. It also comes with a high IPX6 waterproof rating, off-road capabilities, and an above-average 130kg carry capacity.
Now shipping with improved controllers that can handle its power better, the EMove Cruiser might not have the same sleek design as the N3, but it’s an all-round better performer. Its all-terrain capabilities means it can handle tarmac, gravel, stone, & grass much better. This makes it a better commuter scooter than most would give it credit for.
Up to 20 degrees
Lime is considered the largest shared electric vehicle company in the world. It provides short-term rental electric scooters and electric bikes in more than 200 cities spread over 30 countries.
Since 2018, Lime has partnered up with Australia and its local councils to supply them with e-scooters for their trial runs. Here’s where you can spot these bright green kicks:
According to the company, there are currently 3,500 Lime e-scooters operating all over Australia. Its fleet of two-wheelers is integrated with geofencing technology as well, which helps in the rapid implementation of commands such as limiting speed and designating parking areas.
The Lime Gen-4
Lime Microbility uses its own gen-4 electric scooter, which is its most sustainable model yet. With a larger frame and spring shock absorbers, it provides riders with greater stability and comfort. It also comes with large, puncture-resistant tyres that make it easier to control due to more traction and eliminate worries of getting stuck while commuting.
While a Lime e-scooter can go up to 24 kph, the top speed can be limited based on the zone you're in. You can also use its “training mode” if you’re just a beginner.
Safety won’t be an issue since the scooter is designed with a RADAR, which helps identify potential safety incidents in real-time. Plus, it’s adorned with lights and reflectors all around to improve visibility while you’re out and about.
At Electric Kicks, we have the economical, entry-level Apollo Air Pro. But don’t let the low cost fool you, it’s highly capable of delivering incredible performance on a daily basis.
Apollo Air Pro is propelled by a 350W motor, enabling it to reach a top speed of 30 kph. It also produces enough torque to allow it to climb at an angle of 10 degrees. With such power, you can arrive at your destination on time even if you encounter hilly surfaces.
Moreover, its mileage is nothing to scoff at since its efficient 36V 10.4Ah battery allows for a 30 km maximum range. That's pretty good considering many entry-level kicks can only reach 20 to 25 km on a single charge.
As for the ride quality, the Air Pro comes with built-in front dual fork suspension, which is rare for scooters in its category. That combined with its 10-inch pneumatic tyres, stability won’t be a problem as you cruise around town. Consequently, rides on paved roads or rough surfaces are smooth and comfortable.
The Air Pro also has a host of safety features, including the front drum and regenerative brakes. Together, they provide the e-scooter with amazing stopping power and a great amount of efficiency that utilises used energy. Plus, it has an incredible lighting setup that levels up your visibility while riding during the night.
You won't have to worry about portability either, since all that power, specs, and features result in a scooter that only weighs 17.46 kg.
Overall, the Apollo Air Pro is extremely reliable and fun whether for commutes or leisure.
5 to 7 hours
For those looking for more from their electric scooter, we suggest the Apollo Explore. The Explore has been around for a while now but routinely surprises us with just how well it holds up despite now being one of Apollo’s cheaper offerings.
The Apollo Explore - an understated ride
With a motor capable of powering out 1400W, the Explore can take you to 50 km with a maximum range of 55km. Add in regenerative braking, 20-degree hill climb, all-terrain capabilities, an above-average carry weight, and a full set of front, side, & rear lights, the Apollo Explore presents as one of the best value-for-money electric scooters you can buy right now.
For more information on the Apollo Explore, check out our video here.
Almost all electric scooters will be able to beat the speed & range of a hire scooter, but each ride comes with its own abilities, so if you’re looking for something with similar performance stats, reliability, & features, the Segway Ninebot Max G30P is still one of the best electric scooters around.
Despite its age, the G30P has stood the test of time, becoming one of Australia’s top selling scooters.
A reasonable price point of $1,299 will get you a very reliable ride that can go up to 30kph, travel for 65km per charge, and weighs just 19kg.
Boasting 10-inch self-healing tyres, a 20-degree climb angle, dual-braking system, and a 350W motor, the G30P is a perfect all-rounder for those that like their rental scooter, but would like a little more performance without forking out for something with all the bells & whistles.
Renting e-scooters provided by the selected operators is a great way for cities to gather data on how they can better integrate the scooters into public transportation. And if you seldom have the need for them, it might even be more cost-effective and convenient for you.
But what if you need an electric scooter for your daily commutes and errands? What if there are no shared-scooters available when you need them the most?
The most favourable way for you in the long term is to purchase your own. It’s a one-time deal and you can use it for years, so long as you take care of it well.
Having your own e-scooter allows you to enjoy the best possible riding experience. Plus, here at Electric Kicks, the two-wheeler collections we have are crafted and built by renowned manufacturers that are known for providing amazing performance, reliability, and safety.
Simply put, you’ll get more out of owning a scooter than just renting one out. It’s at your disposal anytime you need it along with its many awesome specs and features.
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Perth - 1-2 days (5-7 days if not shipped from our Perth warehouse)
New South Wales - 1-3 days
South Australia - 1-3 days
Australian Capital Territory - 2-3 days
Brisbane & the rest of Queensland - 3-4 days
Tasmania - 3-5 days
Cairns - 5-7 days
Darwin - 7 days