Electric bikes and eScooters have gained significant popularity in the past few years, both with a noticeable rise in 2020 alone. Each one offers motorised assistance that makes hills and longer journeys a breeze, but they also have their individual benefits that can make choosing between them tough. Previously on the blog, we wrote about the top 4 benefits of eScooters, but today we wanted to look specifically at how electric scooters compare to e-bikes. As retailers of both of these fantastic products, we feel we have a lot of insight and knowledge to help you make your decision for the question: should I choose an electric bike or an electric scooter?
We’ve broken this article down into six key areas to help you weigh up the information and make your decision:
- Ease of use
Firstly, looking at distance, there are various factors to consider. With any model, the design and battery capacity will be the two things that mainly affect the distance possibility. It is also important to consider variable factors such as the weight of the rider and the terrain you are travelling on as this can make a significant difference too.
Generally, given their size, e-bikes house larger batteries and with the manual pedalling assistance of the rider, these batteries will tend to last longer than that of an eScooter, meaning you can travel further for longer.
Ease of Use
When it comes to ease of use, both e-bikes and eScooters are strong contenders. For e-bikes, depending on the model you choose, you will either have a throttle which can get you started without pedalling, or a motor that only operates whilst the pedals are turning. Both are simple to use and the one you choose will be down to your personal preference.
For electric scooters, it’s more simple: you just step on, push the throttle and go.
Top tip: Test riding e-bikes or scooters before you buy is important to help you see what style of assistance you prefer, so why not book a test ride with us today?
Generally, for storage, electric scooters are the clear winner. They are smaller in overall shape and size and their folding capabilities makes them ideal for home storage as well as for taking in the back of the car or in a motorhome, subsequently making portability another benefit.
There are some electric bikes that also offer folding capabilities, many of which will not take up much space in your home or in the office, but generally if you opt for an electric bike, you will need more space to store it than you would an electric scooter.
As of now (27th May 2021), electric scooters are not road legal in the UK so currently aren’t the best option for your daily commute. Electric bikes, on the other hand, are a hugely popular choice for commuters as they provide a sustainable alternative to cars and public transport.
Many bike shops, including us here at Ampere, offer Cycle to Work schemes which allow customers to purchase an e-bike through the company they work for and then save on national insurance through monthly salary deduction payments.
It’s not easy to say if e-bikes are a higher quality than electric scooters (or vice versa) as quality is another factor that will vary depending on where you shop. Here at Ampere, we only use ‘best in class’ parts for all our models as quality is hugely important to us so we can’t pick a winner in this category!
The last topic to cover is cost. The pricing of e-bikes and eScooters is always relative to the quality of the products, and so higher quality products will cost you a little more. There are a number of models on the market that are cheaper but you do then start to notice less power and reliability when riding, so quality is something worth investing in.
If you are deciding between an electric bike and scooter and cost is a key factor, electric scooters are the thing for you. Our Ampere Go comes in at just £499 – an excellent, affordable alternative to an electric bike.
E-Bikes and Electric Scooters from Ampere
Hopefully this article has given you the information you needed to help you decide between an electric scooter and an electric bike. If you are still unsure, we recommend going to have a look at the models themselves and testing them out to see which best suits your preferences. Browse our models in person via our dealers, with many located across the UK.
If you have any questions about which model to go for, you can also get in touch with us today and our team will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and help you decide. You can contact us by phone on 07877 950433 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.