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
As of Jan 2019, there are 2 more new LTA rules to be aware of:
- Registering your e-scooter with LTA is now compulsory and must be done by 30 Jun 2019
- Only UL2272 certified e-scooters will be allowed from 1 Jan 2021
If your e-scooter is LTA-compliant but NOT UL2272 certified, you can continue to ride it until the end of 2020 – about 2 years. Thereafter, it will be illegal to use.
This article focuses on LTA-compliant scooters. But if you’re looking for an e-scooter to last longer than 2 years, go straight to this other article on the 4 UL2272 scooters in Singapore.
7 best LTA-compliant electric scooters in Singapore under $800 (2019)
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 (UL2272 certified)||$499|
|Dyu Seated E-Scooter||$549 to $889|
|EGT MaxSpeed Mini 4||$600 to $720|
|Inokim Mini Plus||$629|
|Zero 8||$688 to $788|
|Fiido Seated E-Scooter||$699 to $839|
|Segway Ninebot ES2 (UL2272 certified)||$799|
[UL2272 certified] Xiaomi Scooter – Mijia M365 ($499)
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.
As a bonus, it has the coveted UL2272 certification, which is an international standard for fire safety. So it’s immune from the “e-scooter culling” that will happen at the end of 2020, when non-certified scooters are banned.
Where to buy: $499 from Scooter Hub
Dyu Seated E-Scooter ($549 to $889)
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
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 ($699)
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: $699 from Falcon PEV
Zero 8 Scooter ($688 to $788)
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 lasts 35 km while the more expensive one lasts 45 km.
Where to buy: $688 to $788 from Falcon PEV
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.
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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