Electric scooters provide motorized acceleration, primarily without the need for fuel. The maximum speed range of common electric scooters on the market is generally between 10 mph and 30 mph, with a few higher speeds available. The speeds of electric scooters are usually categorized as low, medium, and high.
Low-speed scooters can reach speeds of up to 15 mph. They are suitable for shorter recreational trips and are ideal for teenagers and pre-adolescents. At these speeds, helmets and basic safety equipment are still recommended.
Medium-sized scooters can reach speeds of up to 25 mph. They are fast enough for short commutes, but still easy for new riders to keep balanced. At the top end of this range, more advanced safety gear is needed, such as motorcycle jackets, gloves, and durable helmets. High-speed scooters can reach speeds of 30 mph or more. They require operating experience and maximum safety protection. Riders should have a motorcycle license or permission to ride at these speeds. For high speed riding, motorcycle grade equipment provides the best protection.
How do scooters achieve high speeds?
Most electric scooters utilize rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Battery output and motor power directly affect the top speed of an electric scooter. A more powerful battery and higher wattage motor will produce faster acceleration and a higher top speed, while lower specifications mean slower speeds. Electric scooters with dual motors have more power to provide higher speeds for the vehicle.
For children and recreational riders, 10–15 mph is a good range, while faster speeds of 20 mph and above can provide the power and acceleration that many teens and adults enjoy when commuting. Regardless of speed, always follow proper safety precautions and legal requirements for operating electric scooters.