We use data-logging accelerators combined with GPS to road test the real-world range, acceleration, braking, and uphill capabilities of many electric scooters.
Consider the current data to be a beta version of electric scooter performance comparison. We are still in the process of analyzing and collecting test data from various electric scooters that we have reviewed and refining some of our methods.
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Acceleration comparisons: flat test track
Our real-world test data shows that the Dualtron X has incredible 0 to 15 mph acceleration of just over 2 seconds — flogging nearly every scooter we’ve tested except the Dualtron Thunder. Though not shown in the above acceleration data, the Dualtron X does eventually break away from the Thunder at 25+ mph, as we detailed in our Dualtron X review. Stayed tuned for our updated data.
The Dualtron Thunder is one of the best-performing Dualtron electric scooters. Until the release of the mighty Dualtron X, it had the distinction of being the fastest electric scooter in the world (produced by a major manufacturer) — not only in terms of top speed, but also acceleration.
The WePED GT50 is an incredibly engineered machine with wide Go Kart tires and incredible performance to back it up. The version we tested was not using the controller that will ship with the final product once it hits US shores, so it will be interesting to see if the final version will be able to keep up with the Dualtron Thunder and Dualtron X.
Learn more: WePed GT50E Review.
The Zero 10X, on the acceleration graph, looks quite a bit slower than the other high-performing models. Keep in mind a few things, however:
- 0 to 15 MPH acceleration time is less than 1 second slower at 2.8 seconds, compared to 2.1 and 2.2 seconds.
- We used a different test track which had a slight incline
- It is currently on sale and less than half the cost of the other high performance models.
You can learn more about the Zero 10X by reading our complete Zero 10X Review.
True to form, the eMove Cruiser performs better than the budget Xiaomi M365, accelerating to 15 mph in a brisk 5.1 seconds. However, it is by no means a race car. Balance and usability rather than thrilling performance are the main selling points of this scooter.
Learn more about why we dubbed the eMove Cruiser the best long-range commuter electric scooter in our recent review.
The Xiaomi M365, which costs a fraction of the other listed electric scooters, performs moderately, accelerating to 15 mph in 8.2 seconds.
Things will get more interesting when we add in the data from other budget electric scooters including the Swagger 5 and GoTrax GXL V2 (coming soon).
Learn more about this workhorse scooter: Xiaomi Mi M365 Review.
Acceleration comparisons: hill climb
For our hill climb test, all electric scooters were tested on a short strip of hill with ~15% grade which is quite steep. It is certainly steeper than most hills you’ll regularly encounter. All tests began from a complete standstill, which is a difficult condition that stresses torque and power output capacity of the electric scooter.
The Zero 10X flogged the other scooters that were tested, quickly accelerating up the hill.
The eMove Cruiser was also able to take on the hill, though at significantly reduced speed. It took nearly 15 seconds to break 10 miles per hour.
Swagger 5 and M365
The budget Xiaomi Mi M365 and Swagger 5 did make it up the hill, though at a snail’s pace. As the climb wore on, they actually slowed down to under 5 mph. Most likely, this was caused by heating build up in the motors, battery, and controller, that reduced the efficiency as the climb wore on.
One thing to take away from this though — these cheap scooters will get you up a pretty steep hill, albeit slowly, with no added input on your part.
Electric scooter performance summary
|Model||Tested Range||0-15 mph time||15 – 0 mph Braking time||Braking distance||Hill climb time|
|Zero 10x||2.8 s||1.5 s||16.1 ft||8.8 s|
|Dualtron Thunder||2.1 s||1.9 s||20.0 ft||–|
|WePed GT50E||2.2 s||1.4 s||10.1 ft||–|
|Xiaomi Mi M365||14.6 mi||8.2 s||2.3 s||22.8 ft||21.2 s|
|Swagger 5||8.6 mi||–||–||–||26.6 s|
|Dualtron X||2.1 s||1.8 s||17.4 ft||–|
|eMove Cruiser||34.9 mi||5.1 s||2.3 s||22.8 ft||12.0 s|
|GoTrax GXL Commuter V2||10.1 mi||–||–||–||–|
|Unagi Model One||9.1 mi||–||–||–||–|
In the above table, we summarize other performance metrics, including 0 to 15 mph time acceleration, distance and time to brake from 15 to 0 mph, and time to cover 150 feet of a 15% grade hill climb.
Range tests were all performed on the same test route which included many stops and some uphill travel. The scooters were ridden how one would normally ride them — maxing out the throttle when possible and accelerating quickly.