Electric Scooter FAQs


Are electric scooters waterproof?

A manufacturer will test and provide an eScooter with a rating based on its waterproofness, so it is important to check the specification of your scooter as these will vary.

Each of these IP ratings will be between 0 and 9. The higher the number, the more waterproof it is. A level of 5 or 6 should provide protection from puddles, splashes and light rain.

It is also important to be aware of your warranty, as many manufacturers will advise riders not to use their scooter in the rain, which could void your warranty if you go against recommendations.

How fast do electric scooters go?

Your average e-scooter is typically capable of speeds around 25km/h or 15.5mph. Most countries limit e-scooters to a maximum speed of 25km/h or 15.5mph. In the UK rental scooters have this same speed limit, although operators can choose to set a lower limit.

Halfords only sells electric scooters with a maximum speed of up to 25km/h or 15.5mph.

Always check your manufacturers terms and conditions, as well as the current laws, when buying.

Can electric scooters go uphill?

Yes, electric scooters can travel uphill, but there are some things you need to know before hitting the hills. 

When travelling uphill, the motor will need to work harder, which will drain the battery more quickly. You’ll also find travelling uphill is slower, too.

If you are planning on taking your e-scooter uphill, then invest in one with a powerful motor for the best performance, for example Carrera scooters are built with excellent hill climbing ability. Be sure to keep it charged up!

Can you push electric scooters?

Electric scooters are designed to be used with the battery-powered electric motor. If you push your electric scooter, you could damage the motor, so we’d recommend that you fold it up and walk to your destination if you need to. Every scooter is equipped with a battery level indicator so you can plan ahead to charge if you’re running low.

How long do electric scooters last?

The total distance you can travel on an e-scooter is measured in its range.

Basic scooters will provide up to 10 miles of propelling power. But more advanced (and expensive) models from brands such as Xiaomi and Carrera, can travel much further. 

Often scooters will advertise their maximum range but this should only be used as a comparison, as it describes the maximum possible the scooter can travel in it’s slowest mode in ideal conditions.

Many factors can influence the range you will achieve on a full charge including rider weight, incline/hills, ambient temperature, wind resistance. We therefore include a typical range which will provides a more realistic estimate based on an average weight rider travelling in typical conditions.

Please note that maximum ranges stated are tested in optimal conditions.

Electric scooters: how do they work

Electric scooters are fitted with small electric motors that are powered by a rechargeable battery.

First you need to turn your eScooter on and if your scooter has a display, select from the ride modes available.

Depending on your eScooter, you may be required to kick off, with certain scooters needing you to reach a speed of 3mph before the motor will engage. You may also need to assist the eScooter by kicking when moving up steeper hills or across rough terrain.

How do you store electric scooters

Most E-Scooters have quick folding mechanisms. Undoing a lever allows you to fold the scooter in half enabling it to be carried.

The folded scooter also takes up less space making them ideal when storage space at home is at a premium.

What are the best electric scooters?

At Halfords, we stock a range of electric scooters for all budgets. You can choose from entry-level models to high-performance models, all from brands you can trust, such as Segway and Xiaomi.

The brand-new Xiaomi Mi 1S is the upgraded model of the bestselling Xiaomi M365. It can reach speeds of up to 15.5mph and has a maximum range of 18 miles. It’s built to ride on roads and gravel and has high-performance ABS brakes. 

Other amazing models to choose from include Carrera IS-1 and IS-2, Xiaomi 1S and Pro2.

What do electric scooters cost?

eScooters vary in price depending on the specifications and features you go for.

You should expect to pay over £100 for a child’s electric scooter and over £300 for an adult eScooter.

Some top-of-the-range electric scooters however, will be more expensive to purchase, some costing up to £599.

What is the best electric scooter for adults?

Here are our choices of the best electric scooter for adults:

Upgrading the world’s favourite: Xiaomi Mi 1S

The Xiaomi Mi 1S builds on the design of the award-winning M365 and is at the forefront of eScooter technology.

The powerful motor will propel you to a top speed of 15.5mph, with a maximum range of up to 18.6 miles. The charge time is an impressive 5.5 hours, which means more time scootering and less time waiting!

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced scooter that will deliver exceptional performance, it’s the Xiaomi Mi 1S.

At Halfords, we’re an official Xiaomi stockist, so you’ll get a 2-year warranty as standard when you buy from us.

Pure Performance: Xiaomi Mi Pro 2

Retaining the high-grade features that made it the world’s best-selling e-scooter, the updated Pro 2 offers an enhanced riding experience thanks to a new lighting safety system and improved skid resistant and shock-absorbing pneumatic tyres.

With a massive battery the Pro 2 gives you a maximum range of up to 28 miles and is easily capable of reaching the legal speed limits of 15.5mph.

Functionality has been enhanced through the Mi Home App which gives you the ability to track key performance metrics and monitor the condition of your battery. The Mi Pro delivers the best in electric scootering performance.

Complete Package: Carrera IS-1 and IS-2

Whatever the weather, you can always depend on the Carrera impel is-1 Electric Scooter. Boasting an IPX5 waterproof rating, the scooter is both rain and puddle proof.

The Carrera impel is-2 2.0 Electric Scooter is the complete package. Every aspect of it is carefully designed to meet the needs of riders. That’s why the scooter boasts an IPX5 waterproof rating, meaning it’s also both water and puddle proof and prepared for any British weather.

Convenience is also at the forefront of the design and the scooter can be folded in seconds using the quick-folding mechanism.

Are e-scooters dangerous?

eScooters are designed and built to high standards and are mechanically safe to ride. However, accidents can still happen, so you should always be careful. We recommend wearing appropriate safety gear, including a helmet any time you ride your eScooter.

Legal Warning:  E-Scooter law - not to be used on public roads, cycle paths or pavements. Only on private land with the landowner's consent. For more information click here.