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How Fast Do Electric Scooters Go?

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How fast do electric scooters go? That’s a slightly loaded question. Most e-scooters on the market, like the Turboant X7 Pro scooter top out at 15-20 mph, a fairly safe max speed for any small scooter. Most of the scooter-share scooters, e.g. Lyft, Lime, etc. limit speeds to 15 mph to comply with local laws.


Scooters are a fun way to get around, but slower speeds are safer. This TurboAnt X7 Pro can go up to 20 mph.
Photo by Tony Donaldson

Laws on this vary from state-to-state, locality or even country. 

In New York, for example, even e-scooters are classified as Class C vehicles, which doesn’t require a license. This is especially great for residents of New York City, as many residents there don’t drive and therefore have no reason to have a driver’s license. The top speed allowed is 20 mph.

California is more stringent, requiring a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit and capping the top speed of 15 mph. Minors under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet (I recommend everyone wear a helmet on a bicycle or scooter).

Scooter regulations:

  •  Vary by state, municipality, country or territory
  •  Some places limit the top speed of a scooter
  •  Some places make scooter-share companies geofence scooters from some places, like sidewalks
  •  Check your state and local rules

TO THE EXTREME

Of course, with any vehicle, some people aren’t happy with normal (and safe) speeds. There are a variety of scooters on the market that can go much faster than 20 miles an hour. I’d never recommend this for an inexperienced or even somewhat experienced rider. With those small wheels, they can be really unstable and crashes are more likely and may also be worse by the speeds.

Apollo Ghost – 37 mph

Apollo Phantom – 38 mph

Dualtron Thunder 2 – 62 mph

InMotion RS– 43 mph

Kaabo Wolf King GT – 62 mph 

Mantis King GT – 43 mph

Mantis V2 – 40 mph

NAMI Burn-e 2 – 45 mph

NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX – 60 mph

SPLACH Titan – 37 mph


The king of speed is the Kaabo Wolf King GT, topping out at over 60 mph!
Photo courtesy of Voromotors.com

As always, check your state and local laws for e-scooters, and no matter what speed you ride at, please wear a helmet.


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TONY DONALDSON

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