Electric Scooter Vs Electric Skateboard: Which one to go for?


Would an Electric Scooter be Better than an Electric Skateboard?

You have thought about it multiple times – maybe even more than we have considered the topic. In the emerging world of e-mobility, would you be better off with an electric scooter or an e-skateboard?

Don’t listen to anyone telling you that one of these two is bad for you.

As it is with everything else, everyone would have their preferences and what works best for them.

You may know what our preference is between both categories but to help you make a better decision, we are going to expose you their best points and limitation.


The Electric Skateboard Overview

You already know the basics of what an electric scooter and electric skateboard are, so we won’t waste many words on that, however read our e-Skateboard guide if you want more insights about them.

In general, the main factors that could change the final call in buying one or the other are price, portability and experience.

It is also know that for some, the aesthetic factor of the electric skateboard is what draws their attention to it.

 

Portability

Unlike the e-scooters, the esk8s are generally smaller in size and can easily be lugged around with you. Even some e-Longboards, such as the Ownboard W2, have a convenient little carry handle.

Yeah, we know that some e-Scooters can be folded for easy portability but, how easy is to carry them?

 

Electric skateboard price

Now that portability is a potential factor for people to choose one or the other, this does not translate to the cost.

electric skatboard looks cooler photo by Zoltan tasi on unsplash
Photo by Zoltan Tasi

In most instances, we have found that we can get both, scooters and e-skateboards, at a wide range of prices.

The best way to make a price comparison will, thus, be to check what comes with each unit at the same price range.

For instance, it is found that a $300 e-Skateboard will perform better than a $300 e-Scooter. That is because a scooter has a lot more moving parts and sections than the e-skate, which contributes to the price also.

Surprisingly, e-scooters come at generally lower price ranges than their eSkate counterparts.

That is not due to the high cost of production, but the economics of scale.

There are just too many people opting for electric scooters instead of eSkates, driving down the cost of production on the overhead from multiple sales.

 

Fun and experience riding

Skateboards might promise you a lot of speed, but you also need the confidence to attain those speeds.

We don’t see an average person cruising down the street at a speed of 20mph or more – especially when it is a busy street.

That is not to say there aren’t riders who attain such top speeds, but they are not as common as those who cannot.

Now, one thing is how you transport it and the other is how you can ride it.

The main thing here is what people can do with each one of them.

Someone with no riding experience, especially if it is electric, will always opt for a ride that can be control with the hands.

It is no brainer that users will be inclined towards this feature, also as a result of the experience riding like this since the early childhood.


Spotlight on the Electric Scooter

Similar to the above, e-Scooters will have some points. In this case, maneuverability, maintenance and comfort.

 

Maneuverability

You cannot beat the confidence that comes with having a handle to grab on to when cruising with a scooter.

In this position, it is easier for users to attempt the top speeds that their machines promise. After all, they don’t have to rely on a remote system or their bodies only to give feedback to the machine they are riding.

In the storage department, though, e-scooters are not all that a fancy idea.

They stick out like a sore thumb in most cases and you would have to worry about how to carry them with you when you are not riding them. On the upside, though, there is a new wave of e-scooters that allow users to fold them up when not in use.

That does not give them the portability of eSkates still, but it is a step in the right direction.

 

Electric scooter maintenance

We have already flogged the cost issue up there so we won’t touch on it anymore, however, we should mention that the maintenance on the e-scooter is worth discussing.

For example, you seldom have to check the urethane wheels on an eSkate – they rarely get punctured or bad. On the electric scooter front, though, you have to worry about your pneumatic tires being at the right pressure at every time.

The trade-off here is that pneumatic tires are generally safer and adapted to rough riding conditions. Urethane wheels, on the other hand, could as well send the rider through the air when they encounter rough ground.

Other things like brake pads and greasing some of it moving elements are essential to keep it reliable and providing safety all the time.

 

Comfort for adults

Finally, it is far easier to get a suitable electric scooter for heavy adults than a skateboard. Unless they have been using a skateboard for long, it might be hard (and a little bit unsafe) for them to want to get started with one now.

But this is not what makes it more appealing; the fact that you can stand-up on a deck in a secure position without doing much effort and movement, this translates in no sweat.

 

Availability on the streets

The last but not least point to bring all the weight toward this line of electric vehicles is the fact that they are now available even on the streets.

electric scooter available on any street photo by Markus Spiske on unsplash
Photo by Markus Spiske

You see some companies offering you the services to just hop on and start riding it


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a license for an electric scooter?

This depends on where you are in the world.

In most US states, for example, you don’t need a driver’s license to ride an electric scooter. However, states like California don’t see it as such.

In the case of Australia, some States have regulated the use of them only in private property (What?), whereas other only require a top speed of 25km/hr on any street.

Since you are using the roads like every other vehicle driver, you must have a license (or a learner’s permit, at least) to use an e-Scooter.

Lastly, you must also use a helmet when riding one. Make sure to always check local laws to ensure you comply before you set your e-scooter on the road.

e-Scooter easy to carry stuff photo by Vlad b on unsplash
Photo by Vlad B

 

How fast can an electric scooter go?

On average, most electric scooters you see around today will manage a speed of 15mph (25km/hr).

Most people don’t want more as this speed ensures comfort, better confidence to navigate tricky situations, and safety.

If you want more, though, there are models that average at 20mph.

That said, there are special electric scooter picks like the Nanorobot D5+ that can achieve a top speed of 55 mph.

 

How easy is to convert a conventional skateboard or scooter?

Well, unfortunately this is not as simple as what is used to convert a standard bicycle into electric. Having said that, it will depend on the design of your ride.

For a standard skateboard or longboard, there are plenty of conversion kits that will offer a guide range of speed, power and cost.

In contrast, for scooters this is quite more complex due to the small deck and configuration. In this case, you will need to find a battery small enough to be attached under the deck.


e-Scooters Vs e-Skateboard Final Points

After going through a bunch of factors, we can clearly say that each line has benefits and limitations.

In Summary for e-Scooters

SafetyIt can provide more control and safety.
StylishnessGood for those office people looking to arrive clean and decent.
CosteScooters generally cost lower than eSkates because they have a bigger market. Besides tire maintenance for the e-scooter, the running costs on both are about the same.
SpeedGenerally faster.
Ease of useThe handle on eScooters makes them more practical for a lot more people.
CommuteFor urban riding in uncongested areas and cruising, these ones get the job done.
Experienceif you are not confident of your mobility skills on a board, get an e-scooter.
FunStill some fun but not the same.
Cool factorYou will look boring.
RangeApparently you can get more miles out of it.
Learning curveA no-brainer. You can learn how to ride an e-scooter faster than an eSkate.

 

In Summary for e-Boards

SafetyLess safe with no experience.
Stylishnessif you want something stylish, and you can handle yourself, don’t doubt getting an eSkate.
CostSome models are very affordable (such as the Acton Blink S2 Electric Skateboard Review), whereas others are around the $3000 USD mark.
SpeedFrom very slow to high speed. eSkates have the upper hand here with the majority of the models achieving upwards of 55mph.
Ease of useYou need experience to control one.
CommuteYou can go in any setting, including off-road as offered by Backfire Ranger X2.
ExperienceNot 100% required but don’t use if zero skating skills.
FunTruth be told, eSkates are more fun.
Cool factorMy grandma is cool but cooler when I saw her riding my e-board.
RangeSome offer good range but not enough yet though.
Learning curveIt will take some time but you will get there.

 

The biggest benefit of using e-boards is the portability and speed. On the other hand, the safety side of things is the most important limitation.

Electric scooters are easy to use and offer more versatility on an urban setting. Regardless of these advantages, they could be the biggest controversial points since there are more registered accidents due to easy availability and people careless.


 

Jono

Hi! I'm Jono from eBoards Advisor. What can I say? I'm a 25 year old school skater that loves the sport. Now with a motor and a battery to power it, this industry has just gone to a next level of entertainment! That is why I'm here; to give you some advise and tips from my point of view and have some fun while trying it.

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