Writing about electric scooters in Singapore can be a tiny bit depressing – those ”best e-scooters” listicles that you worked so hard on get outdated almost right away, thanks to changing LTA regulations.
Previously, it was enough if your electric scooter met LTA’s speed (25 km/h), weight (20 kg) and width (70cm) limits.
But with LTA’s latest regulations, which rolled out in Jan 2019, there’s one more limitation on e-scooters in Singapore: UL2272 certification. UL2272 is an international fire safety standard, similar to the Singapore Safety Mark.
From 1 Jan 2021, only UL2272 certified electric scooters will be allowed in Singapore. This means that all non-certified scooters will turn into scrap metal in less than 2 short years.
Luckily, e-scooter manufacturers and retailers have been pretty quick to respond. At last count, there are 15 electric scooter models that are UL2272 certified and LTA compliant.
Here’s a complete list, with the best prices I found online.
Price list of UL2272 certified electric scooters in Singapore
|UL2272 certified e-scooter||Price|
|Mobot Scooty F1K||$349|
|Kernel Ultra Light Series IV||$399|
|Xiaomi Mijia M365||$499|
|Passion DashStep RND M1||$499|
|Ninebot by Segway ES2||$568|
|GoTrax GXL V2||$799|
Mobot Scooter – Scooty F1K ($349)
Probably the cheapest UL2272 certified e-scooter you can buy is the Mobot Scooty F1K. It’s an ultra lightweight wisp of a thing designed for very smooth, short rides. (And I mean short – the battery lasts only 8 to 10km.)
ScootPro Scooter – ULRZ-2K ($399)
Kernel Scooter – Ultra Light Series IV ($399)
Here is e-scooter shop Kernel Scooter’s “house brand” UL2272 ultralight scooter, which also comes in at just under $00. Specs are similar to that of the Mobot Scooty, i.e., meant for light commuting only.
CarboAero 6.0 ($399)
Another entrant in the rather crowded “MRT-friendly e-scooter” category is the CarboAero 6.0 e-scooter. Not much is known about it and there are no reviews. If you’ve tried it, let us know how you find it!
Xiaomi Scooter – Mijia M365 ($499)
The Xiaomi Mijia M365 is one of the most popular electric scooter models around. Probably needs no introduction, but if you want a more in-depth look at how it compares against the competition, check out our review of the Xiaomi e-scooter here.
Kernel Swift / Passion DashStep RND M1 ($499)
Same price and looks as the Xiaomi electric scooter – only (believe it or not) technically even better. The Kernel Swift / RND M1 scooter boasts bigger and better (a) tyres and (b) motor than the Xiaomi. Read our comparison here.
Ninebot by Segway ES2 Scooter ($568)
Probably the first and most well-known UL2272 certified e-scooter. Specs-wise, the Ninebot by Segway e-scooter is a near-dupe of the Xiaomi Mijia M365, so there’s no reason to pay much more. Its market price has fallen quite a bit in the past year and you can snag one for just $5xx.
Ji-Move ($599 to $699)
Dyu UL2272 ($699)
Yes! Finally, the much-loved Dyu e-scooter will be released with UL2272 certification in June, in a seemingly exclusive preorder with Mobot. Take a look at the specs and how it compares with the Ji-Move scooters in our review.
Tomoloo L1-1 ($699)
If you can get past the name, the Tomoloo L1-1 (guys, it’s spelled “Tomorrow”…) looks like a pretty sweet upgrade over the Xiaomi Mijia M365. The white version is also gorgeous and distinctive. Please don’t leave this unattended at the MRT station, okay? See our review here.
GoTrax Scooter – GXL V2 ($799)
Mobot Scooter – L1-1 ($899)
Top of the line (it’s pushing the $1,000 mark!) e-scooter from Mobot for those with money to burn. It looks almost identical to the cheaper Tomoloo L1-1, though…
Are any of these UL2272 scooters worth buying? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Header image credit: Tim Evanson
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