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The best e-scooter
The topic of electromobility is becoming more and more important for many, especially in city centers. After the boom in e-bikes, e-scooters are now preparing to become an energy-saving and, above all, inexpensive alternative to cars. Classic scooters that can be folded up to get the last few meters from the train to the office have been around for a long time, but it is not tingly when you arrive sweaty on hot summer days. Electric scooters can be an interesting option.
The market is growing rapidly. We have tested a total of 11 street-legal e-scooters, more models will follow soon. In our test, we also explain what to look out for when buying - and driving.
Brief overview: Our recommendations
Micro Emicro Explorer
Extremely nimble, very stable and a real driving machine: The Micro Emicro Explorer accelerates excellently and is of super high quality. The battery is also sufficient for longer distances, and the front and rear suspension can be individually adjusted. If the information in the display is not enough, additional parameters can be transferred to their smartphone via Bluetooth. Pure scooter fun!
Almost as good
Walberg Urban Electrics The-Urban #RVLTN
The-Urban #RVLTN is right on the heels of the Micro Emicro Explorer and also a very good choice for most e-scooter beginners. The vehicle is stable, at 14 kg when folded, it can still be transported fairly easily and offers excellent driving characteristics. The brakes also grip properly and the ease of use is high.
The inexpensive one
Fischer ioco 1.0
Whether for beginners or more experienced e-scooter pilots: With the inexpensive Fischer ioco 1.0 you won't make a mistake. The scooter is of high quality, accelerates quickly, brakes sensibly and manages at least 15 kilometers. The handlebars can also be adjusted in height.
For maximum driving comfort
Walberg Urban Electrics Egret-Ten V4 36V
When money is not an issue, the Egret-Ten V4 36V is an exciting vehicle. The ride comfort is a little higher due to the larger tires and the range is greater than with The-Urban #RVLTN. Otherwise, stability, workmanship and ease of use are on the same high level.
|Test winner||Almost as good||The inexpensive one||For maximum driving comfort|
|Micro Emicro Explorer||Walberg Urban Electrics The-Urban #RVLTN||Fischer ioco 1.0||Walberg Urban Electrics Egret-Ten V4 36V||Micro Emicro M1 Colibri||Iconbit IK-1969K||CityBlitz Beast||Trekstor e.Gear EG40610||Telestar Trotty 7808 SZ||Moovi ES145||Moovi 200 Pro|
|Show product details|
|wheel size||200 mm||8 inches||8 inches||10 inches||front 200, rear 120 mm||8.5 in||10 inches||10 inches||8.5 in||5.7 in||7.9 in|
|Payload||100 kilos||100 kilos||120 kilos||100 kilos||100 kilos||100 kilos||125 kilos||120 kilos||120 kilos||120 kilos||130 kilos|
|Engine power||500 watts||350 watts||Rated continuous output 300 watts, maximum output 350 watts||350 watts||200 watts||350 watts||350 watts||350 watts||250 watts||150 watts||300 watts|
|brake||Drum brakes, fender brakes||Drum brakes front / rear||Drum brake, fender brake||Mechanical disc brakes front / rear||Drum brake front wheel, rear wheel mechanical||Electric brake and rear disc brake||Electronic front brake, rear drum brake||Disc brake, electronic brake, step brake||Front wheel disc brake, electric engine brake||Drum brake front wheel, electronic front wheel, |
Mechanical rear wheel
|Drum brake front wheel, electronic front wheel, |
Mechanical rear wheel
|battery pack||7,800 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||7,300 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||5,200 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||10,400 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||3,200 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||7,500 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||12,800 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||6,400 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||7,800 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||5,300 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery||7,800 mAh (36 V) lithium-ion battery|
|15-kilometer test route done||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||no (after 12 kilometers the battery was empty)||Yes||Yes||no (after 14 kilometers the battery was empty)||no (after 13 kilometers the battery was empty)||no (after 11.5 kilometers the battery was empty)||Yes|
|Remaining capacity||2 of 5 bars||1 of 5 bars||1 of 4 bars||2 of 5 bars||-||2 of 4 bars||3 of 4 bars||-||-||-||4 of 6 bars|
|Loading time||approx. 3.5 hours||approx. 4.5 hours||about 3 hours||approx. 4 hours||about 2.5 hours||approx. 4.5 hours||about 6 hours||about 3 hours||approx. 3.5 hours||about 2.5 hours||approx. 3.5 hours|
|suspension||Front and rear suspension (adjustable)||Full suspension||-||Yes||Front suspension||Yes||Yes||-||No||Front shock absorber, rear rubber suspension||Front shock absorber, rear rubber suspension|
|Height adjustable handlebars||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions||108.5 x 105 x 52 cm||110 x 90-112 x 55.5 cm||107 x 98-110 x 53 cm||115 x 95-115 x 54.5 cm||109.5 x 94.3 x 13.5 cm||123 x 113 x 47.5 cm||119 x 118 x 50 cm||110 x 43 x 117 cm||112 x 110 x 43 cm||110 x 93 x 50 cm||116 x 108 x 54 cm|
|Weight||13.5 kilos||14 kilos||13.9 kilos||17 kilos||9.9 kilos||16.5 kilos||21 kilos||14.2 kilos||12.65 kilos||10 kilos||13 kilos|
E-scooters: the new trend in city centers
Since last year, e-scooters have been flooding numerous German city centers. Large providers make the electric scooters available for hire for a small fee. In the past few months, the range of models for sale has also increased significantly. The compact companions thus complement the fleet of classic scooters and offer an additional alternative to bicycles or e-bikes. But are e-scooters even useful?
Without exertion up to 20 km / h fast
E-scooters make it possible to move up to 20 kilometers per hour without exerting yourself. On the one hand, they serve as environmentally friendly fun vehicles. But it is precisely in narrow and overcrowded city centers that they show their strengths. You can get through everywhere, don't have to worry about a parking space and are allowed to move on bike paths, bike lanes and bike lanes. If this is missing, even the lane is allowed. Sidewalks, pedestrian zones and one-way streets against the direction of travel may only be used if there is a sign with the additional sign "E-Scooter free".
For commuters, electric scooters are a practical option to cover the last few meters from the train station to the office. Folded electric scooters can be taken as hand luggage on Deutsche Bahn long-distance trains. If these cannot be folded up, you have to buy a bike map. Many regional public transport companies also allow folded e-scooters to be taken on buses, suburban trains and underground trains.
You need to know that
The most important news first: E-scooter drivers do not need a driver's license, not even a moped test certificate. The only requirement is the minimum age of 14 years.
There is also no obligation to wear a helmet - however, we strongly recommend wearing head protection on an e-scooter; knee and elbow protection such as on inline skates cannot hurt either.
Just like for cars and cyclists, the same alcohol limits also apply to e-scooter drivers. According to the ADAC, anyone who drives with 0.5 to 1.09 per thousand and does not show any alcohol-related abnormalities commits an administrative offense and receives a fine; usually that's 500 euros, a month's driving ban and two points in Flensburg. Anyone who uses the e-scooter despite a blood alcohol concentration of at least 1.1 per thousand is committing a criminal offense. For this, 0.3 per mille is enough if the driver shows alcohol-related symptoms of failure. For drivers under the age of 21 who are new to driving licenses during their probationary period, 0.0 per mil applies.
Owners of an e-scooter need liability insurance
E-scooter owners need liability insurance for their two-wheelers. The corresponding sticker is stuck to a small mounting plate at the rear of the scooter. Liability insurance covers damage caused to third parties through the operation of the e-scooter. ADAC members pay, for example, from 32.90 euros per year for e-scooter liability insurance.
E-scooters are only approved for one person. It is therefore not permitted to take a second person with you.
Pay attention to the street legal
The range of e-scooters is growing rapidly. But many models are not approved for road traffic - you are only allowed to drive these vehicles on private property or away from public transport.
For the most flexible use possible, you should make sure when purchasing that an operating license number (ABE no.) Is attached to the manufacturer's plate of your scooter. You can usually find this on the frame or on the underside.
How to drive an e-scooter
E-scooters can travel at speeds of up to 20 km / h. Normally, the electric motor cannot be activated when the vehicle is stationary. With almost all models, it only starts working after the scooter has been pushed. Then it is sufficient to accelerate using a rotary control.
Many e-scooters have different speed levels that affect the agility of the scooter and the top speed. Usually it does not have to be switched.
A display shows you the current speed, the kilometers traveled and the remaining capacity of the battery. While models with larger wheels and suspension fork offer significantly more driving comfort, driving on a device with small wheels is often very uncomfortable, and every pothole becomes a challenge here.
Take care when turning: e-scooters are quite unstable
Important: you should always have both hands on the handlebars. With just one hand, the small scooters are extremely unstable. This is why turning is problematic and not without risk if you signal it with a hand signal. For future generations of e-scooters, turn signals would therefore be a sensible feature.
Before you start driving in traffic, be sure to practice driving in a large, empty parking lot or on private property. This also includes braking and turning.
You should pay attention to this when buying
E-scooters differ significantly in weight. For example, if you want to take your scooter with you on the train or tram, it should be as light as possible. Also make sure that this can be easily folded with quick-release fasteners - if you have to use the Allen key first, the model is absolutely unsuitable.
Another important aspect is the tire size. Larger tires offer greater driving comfort, of course the scooter becomes more massive, which in turn has a negative effect on the compactness when folding and thus on the transport. Find the best compromise for you. Suspension forks also prove to be useful so that you don't feel every bump directly on the handlebars. Speaking of handlebars: Foldable handlebars are often much more unstable than full-length, but bulky handlebars. The height of a handlebar should be adjustable to the body size.
E-scooters must be equipped with a light, a bell and at least two brakes in order to be street legal. There are significant differences in the latter, as we found in our test. In addition to disc and drum brakes, manufacturers also offer electric front wheel brakes and mechanical coaster brakes. Brakes should be easy to dose. If they grip too abruptly and forcefully, there is a risk of falling.
The battery and battery capacity are also a significant distinguishing feature of e-scooters. This decides on the range. Models from around 7,500 mAh enable you to cover distances of at least 20 kilometers - this specification naturally depends on possible inclines and the nature of the ground. In our test, with the exception of the Trekstor e.Gear EG40610, all scooters had built-in batteries. This has the disadvantage that you have to give your scooter to the workshop if the battery is damaged. With exchangeable batteries, you can also double the driving time when you are out and about.
That's how we tested
In the test we had 11 e-scooters at prices between 480 and 1,300 euros. All models can be folded up. Important test criteria were driving stability and driving comfort, handling, weight, driving and braking performance. We also checked how easy it is to assemble and fold the scooters.
We also wanted to know how far you can go with each scooter. To do this, we drove a 15-kilometer test route with each e-scooter. The route profile was variable, and there were also smaller gradients of up to 5 percent. At the beginning of the test drive, the batteries were fully charged.
We wanted to find out whether the scooters could make the route and how much remaining capacity the batteries still had. Then we drove another two kilometers with each model, focusing on tight corners and bumpy surfaces. We covered a total of almost 120 kilometers with all seven scooters.
Test winner: Micro Emicro Explorer
The best e-scooter for most is the Micro Emicro Explorer. It costs around 1,000 euros, but its powerful engine convinced us like no other scooter. This means that inclines can also be mastered effortlessly without having to crawl up the mountain at a snail's pace.
Micro Emicro Explorer
At 13.5 kilos, the Emicro Explorer is folded up (32 x 105 x 14.5 centimeters) and can be transported without difficulty, whether on the bus, tram or car. At the same time, the vehicle has enough mass to glide smoothly across the road.
In terms of quality, the Explorer is convincing across the board. It is extremely torsion-resistant and very robust. According to its own statement, the Swiss company designed the scooter as the only scooter on the market specifically for 5,000 kilometers and more. That is why mainly aluminum was used and plastic was largely avoided. A glance at the front spar or the folding mechanism reveals that the Explorer is indeed designed to last.
One special feature is immediately noticeable: You will look in vain for a stand for this e-scooter. Nevertheless, it stands on its own. The secret is a clever foot folding mechanism. To do this, you press the blue metal button with your shoe, a short jerk, and the deck lowers and the Emicro Explorer can be safely parked. A stand would have done it too, but this feature is nice.
The handles are foldable
The handlebar is height adjustable and can be adjusted between 88.2 and 109.6 centimeters using a quick-release fastener. Even tall people can comfortably control the scooter.The handles are foldable, and when folded, the e-scooter takes up less space. The folding construction is of course not as stable as a continuous handlebar, but the play is minimal.
Two reflectors in the rear increase the visibility of the Explorer. The license plate is glued to the side of a rubber bracket. This is the only part of the e-scooter that does not meet the highest quality standards. On the other hand, the bracket folds away immediately if you get stuck on a bollard, for example. So nothing can happen and damage is avoided
The Explorer is operated using two buttons on the central display. One button is used to switch the lighting system on and off - Micro has installed homologated front and rear lights - the other is used to switch on the e-scooter and switch between the four modes (sport, standard, economy and pedestrian), which increases the maximum speed differs between 6 and 20 km / h.
In addition to the selected driving mode, you can see the current speed and the remaining battery capacity in the easy-to-read display. Handling is straightforward and intuitive.
Energy recovery through the engine brake
Like a motorcycle, the Emicro Explorer has a throttle grip for accelerating, with which you can control the speed very well. If you press the light button for three seconds, the cruise control is activated in order to maintain the speed automatically.
The twistgrip has a second function: if you turn it forwards, the electric motor brake is activated, whereby energy is fed back into the battery (recuperation). The motor acts as a generator to feed some of the kinetic energy that is lost when braking back into the battery.
Battery and motor
The e-scooter's 36-volt lithium-ion battery has an output of 7,800 mAh. It is built into the scooter and is fully charged in around 3.5 hours. The motor has a maximum of 500 watts and enables a top speed of up to 30 km / h. However, since an e-scooter is allowed to travel a maximum of 20 km / h in Germany, speed and performance are limited accordingly.
Although we drove our 15-kilometer test course at full throttle, in the end there were still two out of five battery bars left in the display. The manufacturer himself specifies a range of up to 30 kilometers. If you are in more economical modes from time to time, this distance does not sound utopian and seems to be within the realm of what is feasible.
Driving performance and braking
The Micro Emicro Explorer is a real mobility monster. No other e-scooter in our test field is as agile as it is. It accelerates rapidly, responds immediately to the gas and manages up to 23 kilometers per hour on the flat. It is a lot of fun to be out and about on the scooter.
The Explorer is a positive surprise uphill: where most other models drag themselves up at best at 12 to 15 km / h, the Swiss hangs tight on the gas at 19 kilometers per hour and literally catapults its owner to their destination. A great experience!
Good grip, safe cornering
The driving behavior is also very mature and confident. The two solid rubber tires with a diameter of 20 centimeters have good grip and enable safe cornering. One-handed driving is possible here for a while without having to worry about the scooter tipping over.
The suspension behavior is excellent. Special feature: the front and rear suspension can be individually adjusted to your personal body weight and your preferred driving style. The Explorer can be loaded with a maximum of 100 kilos. The rubberized footboard offers a good grip and with 38.5 by 14.5 centimeters, enough space.
The two drum brakes grip firmly and bring the scooter to a safe stop. The mudguard brake is particularly useful when going downhill because it does not brake the Explorer quite as abruptly and is pleasant to dose.
The Micro can be connected via Bluetooth to the free app of the same name, which runs on Apple and Android smartphones. The coupling works without any problems. It is best to mount a smartphone holder on the handlebar. Then you can see the current speed, the remaining battery capacity in percent, the distance covered and the time driven at a glance.
You can also turn on the light, change the mode and lock the e-scooter and thus protect it from thieves. An integrated map display also serves as a navigation system. The app is functional and actually more than just a gimmick.
A massive metal eyelet on the front bar enables the Explorer to be connected. Folding the e-scooter is also child's play. First you bring the scooter into the parking position, operate the foot folding mechanism, as already described, and then simply fold it up. The metal hook on which you can hang a bag snaps into the rear fender.
For us, the Micro Emicro Explorer offers the most driving fun and the best acceleration behavior. In addition, there is the safe driving behavior, the high-quality workmanship and the good battery capacity. With this package you will always be with a smile on your face.
Micro Emicro Explorer in the test mirror
So far, no serious medium has tested the Micro Emicro Explorer. Should that change, we will add the results here for you.
With the models The-Urban #RVLTN, the Fischer ioco 1.0 and the Egret-Ten V4, we have three interesting alternatives in very different price ranges.
Almost as good: Walberg Urban Electrics The-Urban #RVLTN
Another very good and recommendable e-scooter is The-Urban #RVLTN in the AutoBild Edition. The electrified scooter offers a top price-performance ratio for just under 800 euros. The Urban proves that you don't have to invest four-digit amounts to get a decent speedster. The #RVLTN is also designed in such a way that, due to its weight, it can just about be transported in local public transport, but it also cuts a fine figure when traveling overland.
Almost as good
Walberg Urban Electrics The-Urban #RVLTN
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