With ever growing pressure on people to do whatever they can to be more efficient and to save the planet’s resources in order to slow the effects of climate change, we take a look at the costs associated with owning and running an electric scooter.
Electric scooters come in a wide range of differing specifications. From engine size to battery capacity, weight and maximum speed, they all have their effects on the true running costs of an electric scooter. However, after looking at various resources we have established that to charge a mid-range electric scooter, like the Xiaomi M365, it costs approximately between 15p to 30p to fully charge the battery from being flat. This is over a five hour period.
A cheaper rate may be achieved when charging your e-scooter between the hours of 10pm and 8:30am, if your provider offers off peak lower cost electricity rates. Of course the true cost of any electricity rates you are being charged depends on the tariff and the type of meter you have, hence why we can only provide an approximate cost.
You will also need to take into account the cost of the scooter itself. Here at Electra-Zoom we sell the standard Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter for £289 (price correct at the time of publication). So to understand a daily cost spread out over a period of one year we simply divide that total cost by 365 and we get the figure of 79 pence per day.
Another element you will need to take into account is any additional costs such as Slime tyre sealant, for example, or any accessories you might want for your electric scooter like a phone holder.
We sell the highly effective Slime tyre sealant for £9.99 per tube, and to prevent unwanted punctures you will need one tube per tyre. So that’s an additional £19.98. Then you add the cost of the phone holder of which we currently sell for £9.99. With all three together it totals an additional £29.97 on top of the £289 for the Xiaomi M365 itself, giving you a total of £318.97.
Divide the £318.97 total cost by 365 days and you get a breakdown of £0.87 per day. If we then take the more expensive of the charging costs being £0.30 per full charge, and assume that you are riding your scooter daily, then we get a full cost of £1.17 per day including accessories and the cost of the electric scooter itself. This comes to an annual total of £427.05 per year for the first year.
Of course those costs are based on complete assumptions with regard to the cost of the electricity tariff you are on, and also the cost of a mid-range scooter. There is a huge range of electric scooters about today. Some with more powerful motors and lighter frames such as the Micro Falcon X3 Lightweight Electric Scooter and some with far bigger and more powerful motors and heavier frames like the Inokim OXO.
We hope this has provided a little insight to the financial costs of owning and running an electric scooter on a daily and annual basis. We hope it also shows how affordable environmentally friendly transport can be.
If you would like to have a look at the range we currently have in stock then head on over to our full electric scooter range by clicking this link.