Electric scooters have a bit of a bad rep, thanks to Ah Bengs who ride theirs fast ‘n’ furious in residential areas, blasting dubstep at full volume. But now that the LTA is starting to crack down real hard on naughty e-scooter riders, it might be time for us sane Singaporeans to consider buying an electric scooter.
However, it’s not a simple matter of going to Carousell and buying the first second-hand e-scooter you see. Under the new LTA regulations, electric scooters (in fact all PMDs) have to comply with the following rules:
- Speed: max. 25 km/h
- Weight: max. 20 kg
- Size: max. 70cm wide
The most important one is the top speed, because many existing e-scooters are faster than that. It doesn’t matter if you ride like a granny, you can still get punished for owning an illegal PMD.
Another thing to note is registration. By the end of 2018, LTA will require electric scooters to be registered. They’ve already started implementing the registration rule with e-bikes.
10 best LTA-compliant electric scooters in Singapore under $800 (2018)
I dunno about you, but I feel there’s not much point in spending thousands of dollars on a power device that you’re going to be riding at only 15 km/h (on footpaths) or 25 km/h (on PCNs).
These days, it makes more sense to get a cheap electric scooter in Singapore. But cheap doesn’t mean crap, right? If you’re gonna be spending $500 to $800 on an e-scooter, here are the 10 best models for your money:
|Xiaomi Mijia M365||$479||Total beginners|
|Mobot Scooty||$499||Very light usage e.g. to MRT/bus stop|
|Dyu Seated E-Scooter||$599 to $699||Petite riders who want stability|
|Zero 2.0||$599 to $799||Ultralight carbon fibre nerds|
|EGT MaxSpeed Mini 4||$600 to $720||Heavy users, long rides, uphill climbs|
|Inokim Mini Plus||$629||Those who like to wheel their scooter around|
|Fiido Seated E-Scooter||$699 to $839||Riding with kids, electric bike style|
|Segway Ninebot ES2||$799||Safety paranoiacs|
|i-Max Q5||$799||Serious users who want reliability|
|Zero 8||$799 to $950||Performance e-scooter at low price|
Xiaomi Scooter – Mijia M365 ($479)
Xiaomi’s affordable electric scooter is like their phones – punching above its weight when it comes to specs. This is pretty much the best e-scooter you can buy under $500.
FYI if you’re a snob about China products: this Xiaomi scooter actually has a growing fanbase in the US. Trendy California scooter-sharing company Bird uses this model and everyone loves it.
The 250W motor probably can’t handle steep inclines, but on flat ground, it’s good enough to get you to the maximum 25 km/h speed. A full charge lasts 25 to 30 km.
I like the simple design and that the tyres are a decent size (8.5”) which is a good compromise between portability and stability.
Where to buy: $479 from Scooter Hub
Mobot Scooter – Scooty ($499)
Local brand Mobot started out as a PMD distributor, but has since branched out into making its own electric scooters, focusing on bang-for-buck models that are made to LTA specifications.
If you find that the Xiaomi scooter is too heavy to lug around, the Mobot Scooty is a decent option that’s also under $500. It’s only 7.5kg which is probably lighter than some primary school kids’ schoolbags.
This entry-level Mobot scooter is best for very light users. The wheels are small (5.5”), top speed is low (18 km/h) and battery life is pretty short (15 to 25 km) but this is perfectly fine for riding on smooth PCNs/sidewalks to the bus stop or MRT.
Mobot also has a slightly better model called the Speed Mini 4S, but at $699 for similar specs to the Xiaomi scooter, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Where to buy: $499 preorder from Mobot
Dyu Seated E-Scooter ($599 to $699)
Cheap, cheerful, tiny and cute – I can totally imagine Eugenia riding around on this Dyu seated e-scooter with her chinchilla sitting in the basket.
It’s freaking small – only 1m long! – so it’s probably most comfortable for pocket-sized people. Starting at 12kg, it’s almost as portable as traditional (standing) scooters which average about 12 to 13 kg for entry-level models.
What’s great is that it’s a lot more stable than a standard scooter because (a) the centre of gravity is lower when you’re seated and (b) the 12 inch wheels are really big compared to other scooters. So if you’re more concerned about safety than portability/speed, this is a good option.
There’s a range in price because you can choose which battery you want. The cheaper no-brand battery lasts 20 to 30 km, while the pricier, heavier but better LG battery lasts 35 to 45 km.
Where to buy: $599 to $699 from Mobot
Zero 2.0 Scooter ($599 to $799)
On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re looking for something ultra portable – the Zero 2.0 carbon fibre scooter is probably the most lightweight e-scooter on the market (6.5 to 7.8kg).
There’s a big variation in price and weight because this e-scooter has a modular design that lets you choose (a) the battery and (b) whether you want suspension.
The cheapest battery lasts only 15 km so personally I would go for the more expensive one for a 25 km range.
Considering the lightweight body, the Zero 2.0’s 450W motor seems almost disproportionately powerful. It’s a lean, mean zipping-around machine.
Where to buy: $599 to $799 at Falcon PEV
EGT Scooter – MaxSpeed Mini 4 ($600 to $720)
Another e-scooter distributor-turned-manufacturer, EGT’s entry-level MaxSpeed Mini 4 scooter is very impressive for the price. This is one of the best budget e-scooters for longer rides.
A decently powerful 350W motor, both front and back suspension and battery life of up to 30 km makes for comfortable longer rides. There’s also an option to get a better battery which can last up to 60 km – the longest at this price point.
Most electric scooters at this price point cannot handle slopes, but the this one promises to climb inclines as steep as 20 degrees – a major plus if you’re getting around somewhere hilly, like the Kent Ridge area.
Plus with a max load of 120 kg (compared to the usual 85 to 100 kg), the EGT scooter is good for heavy users, literally.
Where to buy: $600 from EGT Scooter
Inokim Scooter – Mini Plus ($629)
One of the most popular e-scooter brands in Singapore, Inokim scooters are known for quality materials. For example, the battery is LG and made in Korea, not some shitty no-brand battery that’ll overheat and explode.
Like the Mobot Scooty and Zero 2.0 scooters, Inokim’s entry-level scooter Mini Plus is super lightweight (8.7 kg).
Again, it’s more for light users because the wheels are small (6”) and the battery lasts only 17 to 20 km. However, it’s very well-designed for bringing around with you because there are built-in trolley wheels, so you can wheel it around like a piece of luggage.
Where to buy: $629 from Passion Gadgets
Fiido Seated E-Scooter ($699 to $839)
The Fiido seated scooter is my pick for families. Unlike the other electric scooters here which focus on portability and speed, this one prioritises comfort, stability and safety.
Dimensions-wise, it’s larger and more comfortable for seating an adult and a child than the Dyu seated scooter. The high-slung handlebars mean you can sit almost totally upright, but they can be folded down to bring on public transport. Also, the large 12” wheels make for a stable ride.
The cheaper model comes with a no-brand battery (40 km lifespan) but you can pay more for a Samsung battery which lasts longer (50 km).
By the way, it’s the heaviest of the lot – almost 20 kg with child seat and basket. That’s still compliant with LTA regulations though.
Where to buy: $699 to $839 from Passion Gadgets
Ninebot by Segway ES2 Scooter ($799)
Paranoid about exploding batteries? The Segway Ninebot should give you some peace of mind – it’s the first UL2272 certified electric scooter in Singapore. (UL2272 is an international safety rating for electrical drive and battery safety.)
You’ll be paying most for the assurance, though, because honestly, the specs aren’t really impressive on this thing. It’s comparable to the Xiaomi Mijia M365 scooter, which costs $300 less.
i-Max Q5 Scooter ($799)
If you have $800 to spend on an e-scooter, the i-Max Q5 is worthy of consideration as it has better specs than the Segway Ninebot.
It’s a good blend of everything you want in an electric scooter: sturdy frame, stable 8” tyres, powerful motor, front and rear suspension, genuine Samsung batteries and light weight (13.5 kg).
The 350W motor is actually a little too powerful – its max speed is actually 32 km/h, but for Singapore orders the speed will be modified to be capped at 25 km/h to comply with LTA’s new rules.
In summary, it’s not quite a performance scooter, but definitely better than a basic e-scooter.
Where to buy: $799 from Falcon PEV
Zero 8 Scooter ($799 to $950)
In Singapore, “performance” e-scooters typically cost upwards of $1,000. You might have seen your neighbourhood Ah Beng whizzing by on a Dualtron that cost thousands.
But now that LTA is capping the max speeds at 25 km/h, I think it’s kinda pointless to spend that much lah.
Anyway, if you want a performance scooter at a sub-$1,000 price point, the Zero 8 is your best bet. Its motor is the most powerful on this list – at 500W, it’s enough to make power junkies all hot and bothered. As you’d expect, it’s also pretty heavy at 18 kg.
All the nice-to-haves are included: front and rear suspension, built-in LED lights, etc. You have a choice of two batteries: the cheaper one ($799) lasts 35 km while the more expensive one ($950) lasts 45 km.
Where to buy: $799 from Falcon PEV
E-scooter shops in Singapore
Before you commit to a purchase, you probably want to try out the electric scooters you shortlisted at an actual store. Here are the best ones:
- Mobot: 3005 Ubi Ave 3, #01-66, Singapore 408861 (Mon to Sat 10:30am to 7pm)
- Falcon PEV: 2 Alexandra Road, Delta House #06-06, Singapore 159919 (daily 10am to 7pm except PH)
- Scooter Hub (Clementi): Blk 354 Clementi Ave 2, #01-209, Singapore 120354 (Mon to Fri 12pm to 8pm / Sat, Sun, PH 10am to 6pm)
- Scooter Hub (Kovan): 1011 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-02, Singapore 534749 (Mon to Fri 2pm to 10pm / Sat, Sun, PH 10am to 6pm)
- Passion Gadgets: The [email protected], #01-16, 1 Irving Place, Singapore 369546 (Mon to Fri 10:30am to 7pm / Sat to Sun 10:30am to 6pm)
- EGT Scooter: IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #04-28D, Singapore 609601 (daily 1pm to 8pm except PH)
Got a better electric scooter to recommend? (LTA-approved only ones, please!) Tell us about it in the comments.
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