As avid scooter lovers, it can be a little soul-crushing to hear any false rumours that fly around about electric scooters. From absurd statements like “e-scooters are only for guys” to misconceptions such as “e-scooters aren’t safe to ride”, it’s time to put these inaccurate thoughts to rest.
“E-SCOOTERS ARE ONLY FOR GUYS”
It can often seem like the majority of e-scooter commuters are males—but that doesn’t mean that everyone else can’t get in on the action as well! As just like with any mode of transport, e-scooters are not restricted to any one gender.
So, regardless of what gender you identify with, you can also enjoy all the incredible benefits of owning an e-scooter. From convenience to fun to ease of use, there are countless reasons why it could be the perfect purchase for you. For more information, check out our article, “The Benefits of Owning an Electric Scooter”.
“E-SCOOTERS AREN'T SAFE TO RIDE”
Unfortunately, this myth CAN be true—depending on who you buy your e-scooter from. For instance, parallel imports sold online usually offer a lower price tag by compromising the safety and durability of the scooter. That’s why it’s important to choose a genuine brand, such as Storm Rides.
With over five years experience importing, selling, and supporting e-scooters Storm Rides are proud to be the Importer of Choice for Leading Global Brands, offering 12 Month NZ Warranty (with spare parts stocked right here in NZ). As a result, you can ride stress-free knowing that your scooter was made with safety as a top priority.
Alongside the reliability of our models, we also ensure that our customers are completely confident with the scooter's functions and have access to the right accessories (such as a helmet or phone holder for safe navigation). For more information, check out our "7 Must Have Electric Scooter Accessories".
You can also read more about scooter safety in our post about Electric Scooter Laws in NZ.
“E-SCOOTERS LOOK DORKY”
If someone thinks electric scooters look dorky, they must not have seen the epic range at Storm Rides! From the City Rider to the Mercane Wide Wheel Pro, there are several sleek, sophisticated models on offer!
Plus, with our eye-catching ‘Fender Kit’ you can transform the vibe of your scooter in minutes! From red to blue to custom painted, the aesthetic of your ride is totally up to you.
“E-SCOOTERS AREN’T COMFORTABLE”
Once again, your chosen manufacturer and model will play a big part in determining the comfort of your ride. So, stick with reliable brands, and you should be good to go.
The comfort can continue when going off track, with models such as the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 specifically designed for off-road terrain! Its knobby tires, combined with heavy-duty shocks, will have you stable and ready to go.
“E-SCOOTERS ARE HARD TO RIDE”
Although e-scooters can be overwhelming at first, riding them is a breeze. Simply place the scooter on the path, raise the kickstand, place one leg on the deck, then the other, and you’re off—with a bit of throttle, turning, and brakes.
If your scooter has any additional riding requirements, we will, of course, make sure you’re fully equipped with the right knowledge before you hit the road. Plus, we have a bunch of tutorial videos to make things super clear.
“E-SCOOTERS ARE TOO HEAVY TO CARRY”
The weight of your electric scooter will vary greatly depending on the model. For example, the Kaabo Skywalker weighs around 21.4kg, while the Minimotors Dualtron X is about 65kg (massive difference, right!). So, yes, some scooters aren't going to be easy to carry while others are designed to come onboard a public transport commute.
If your scooter commute does involve a bus or train, the Mercane WideWheel Single Motor is a perfect option due to its lightweight of 18kg and ability to fold with ease.
“E-SCOOTER BATTERIES DON’T LAST LONG”
With the majority of our scooters having a tested range of 30-60km when fully charged, it's fair to say this myth is false. And, if our words not enough, check out the exact distances Electric Scooter Guide recorded when testing the below models:
- Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 Tested range: 67.9km
- Kaabo Mantis Pro Tested range: 54.2km
- Kaabo Mantis: Tested range: 46.9 km
- Mercane WideWheel Pro Tested range: 30.2km
To help prevent being misled by a scooter's stated battery range, it's useful to think about what's realistic. Typically, the larger the 'battery size' measured in Ah (ampere-hour), the bigger the range will be. If the Ah is small, but the range is pretty far, chances are the specs aren't giving a 'real world' estimate—but instead what can be referred to as a 'factory spec'. And, factory specs mean nothing!
To be sure you're getting what it promises, it's best to watch a few YouTube reviews and read some in-depth scooter reviews online (such as those listed on Electric Scooter Guide).
"E-SCOOTERS DON'T EVEN MAKE IT UP HILLS"
With the number of massive hills in Auckland and Wellington CBD, it's fair enough that people have some doubts about whether or not an electric scooter will make it up the inclines. And, while some low powered models might not manage, e-scooters such as the Kaabo Wolf Warrior, Kaabo Mantis Pro and Mercane Widewheel are made to tackle the hills!
For more information, check out our post about the best electric scooters for climbing hills in NZ.
READY TO RIDE?
So, that's a wrap on debunking common electric scooter myths! If you have any other questions, chat with us—the team at Storm Rides are always up for a yarn and a ride!