While not technically an e-bike per se, electric scooters have seen a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years. They are a great way to get around town if you are not in a hurry, although with speeds reaching up to 15 or even 20 miles per hour in some, it can be useful even if you are in a hurry, too! Ebike electric scooters are safe, with no explosive, flammable fuels to fill them with, and no hot parts to burn your self on. They are quiet, self contained and easy to operate and maintain.
Electric scooters are great for running errands or going grocery shopping, or for younger riders, they make for an excellent way to get the kids off the computer and outside. When used with proper protection, i.e. a helmet and maybe kneepads depending on how coordinated the rider may be, they are also quite safe; just as safe as any normal scooter, bike or ebike.
You do not need any sort of a special license to ride or operate an electric scooter, just hop on and go. They also do not cost much to fuel, as unlike gas powered motor vehicles, you do not need to pay a ridiculously high price for a gallon or two of liquid, messy and flammable fuel. Instead, just plug the scooter into any wall electrical socket in your home and in five to eight hours you are ready to ride again.
These electric scooters typically get around forty five minutes to an hour on a charge, and while that may not seem like a whole lot of driving time, remember that if you are using one to get groceries or run errands you will likely not be going very far at a time, and you can break up your riding time over the course of the day. They are so safe you can even send your kids over to a friends house without having to drive them yourself, provided their destination is within ordinary biking distance. You probably would not want to be on main roads with one of these, but if you stick to the neighborhood streets, you will likely be fine.
Just as with ebikes, there are many models of electric scooters available on the market. Some are designed specifically for kids like the small scale fully working vespa style models, some are for sport use like the flat board razor scooters, and some are great for running errands, like the motorized tricycles with a large basket in back- perfect for hauling lots of heavy groceries without risking a balance problem. There are even novelty models on the market, for example a ‘rolling cooler’ that gets up to fifteen miles an hour and can carry up to two hundred twenty pounds of combined beer and human cargo. These scooters are a great way to get around town for fun or work, and come in models appropriate for all ages and purposes.