Exploring the Electric Revolution: The Latest in Electric Scooters and Mopeds
Introduction: Curious about the electric wave? Look no further as we dive into the current advancements in electric scooters and mopeds, highlighting the bikes that make for excellent choices as you join the electric revolution. For a quick start, check out our top recommendations for the best electric scooters and mopeds.
Will Electric Scooters and Mopeds Dominate Our Roads? With the recent extension of grants for electric motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds by the government, there's a growing allure for riders to embrace the electric realm. While our opinions survey on electric motorbikes revealed some riders still hesitating, the good news is that more options have emerged in recent years. As battery technology improves and charging infrastructure expands, concerns over range and charge times have significantly diminished.
Moreover, the government's Decarbonising Transport plan outlines their intention to phase out the sale of non-zero emission two and three-wheelers by 2035. This means electric motor scooters are poised to gain popularity over time. But are they a practical alternative?
Are Electric Scooters and Mopeds Suitable Replacements for Petrol Bikes? Electric motorcycles have evolved into viable contenders as economical and eco-friendly alternatives. Mopeds, in particular, are increasingly recognized as an excellent choice for commuter riders. Most commutes average around 23 miles, a distance easily covered by a single charge on many electric scooters and mopeds.
Understanding License Requirements for Electric Mopeds and Scooters: Similar to their petrol-powered counterparts, license restrictions for electric mopeds and scooters are determined by their speed.
Electric mopeds generally have a speed limit of 28mph and are powered between 1000W (1kW) and 4000W (4kW). Riders who are at least 16 years old, have completed a CBT course, and possess a category AM or P on their driving license can operate these vehicles. It's worth noting that electric mopeds are not allowed on motorways.
Anything with power exceeding 4,000W and a speed higher than 28mph falls into the scooter or motorcycle category known as L3E-A1 bikes. Riders must be 17 years or older, have completed a CBT course, and hold a full A1 motorcycle license.
In both cases, riders must adhere to requirements such as displaying number plates, possessing registration documents, paying road tax, having electric scooter insurance, and getting an MOT after three years. Helmets are mandatory. Interestingly, electric scooters are exempt from road tax. For a comprehensive overview, consult our guide on electric scooters and the law.
Differentiating Electric Mopeds and Scooters for Adults: All the options listed below cater to adult riders. Contrary to popular belief, electric mopeds are not exclusive to teenagers who have recently passed their tests. They offer a versatile choice for riders of all ages.
What are the best electric scooters and mopeds on the market?
We’ve listed our favourite road-legal electric scooters and mopeds that are available to buy now.
Super Soco CUx Moped and CPx Scooter
|Super Soco CUx||Super Soco CPx|
|Price||From £2,699 (without grant)||From £4,499 (without grant) for single battery
From £5,499 (without grant) for dual battery
|Approximate range||40 miles/64km||44 miles/72km (single battery)
87 miles/137km (dual battery)
|Charge time||3-4 hours||3-4 hours|
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