Electric vs. Gas Scooter

Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a gas scooter vs. an electric scooter, providing you are in the market for a scooter, is information you'll definitely want before you choose a scooter. A scooter is a fun form of transportation, and, without a doubt, a great way to save on the pocket book. But you'll need to know which of these 2 types of motorized scooters is a better fit for you. With this information, you will likely be more content with the scooter you buy. Consider these factors:


If cost will be a factor in your decision, an electric scooter will definitely be a better choice. Gas scooters are initially more expensive. Then, too, you'll need to consider the cost of fuel and whether gasoline or electricity needed to charge your scooter's battery will more expensive.


When speed matters to you, then a gas scooter will have the advantage. Even the best electric scooters rarely exceed 30 miles per hour, while some gas scooters can reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour.


When it comes to durability, the make and model you choose will likely be a key factor. Scooters built with higher quality will almost always be more durable. But, with this being said, gas scooters are generally more durable. Typically, they are manufactured to be sturdy, owing to the higher speeds they are expected to be driven. Then, too, gas scooters will more likely to be used in more rugged terrain than will an electric scooter.

Ease of Operation and Safety

Both electric and gas scooters are user-friendly and easy to operate. Here, there is little advantage to either. But when it comes to safety, a gas scooter does pose a potential danger because of the combustability of the gasoline.


An electric scooter will need to be recharged about every 50 miles, so if you want a scooter for long range travel, the gas engine scooter should get the nod. For shorter commutes to and from work, an electric scooter would be a good choice.

Noise Pollution

If you don’t care about noise or having a scooter that sounds like a lawnmower or a motorcycle, then the noise of a gas scooter may not be an important factor to you. If noise pollution is a concern, then an electric scooter, with its low humming sound, you would likely be happier with the machine with less noise. In this case, the electric scooter will win, hands down.

Carbon Emissions

If you are concerned about carbon emissions or environmental pollution, the electric scooter is again a winner. With battery power, there are no pollutants released. However, when compared with a car or a truck and the pollutants they emit, a gas scooter is going to release far less carbon pollution to the environment than any of your larger, gas engine vehicles.

Your Best Fit

As you can see, both types of scooters have their advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on which scooter type best fits you and your needs. Whichever you choose, have fun!