As scooter-sharing companies like Bird and Lime allow people to try out electric scooters in urban cores around the world, many have now experienced the wonder of electric scooters, though many might feel constrained by their speed. They can even be shut off altogether or limited down to speeds as low as 4mph (essentially walking pace) or a dead halt based on arbitrarily drawn (and ever-changing) lines in the city. The shared scooters aren’t always intelligent enough to position themselves inside/outside and enforce, and moving a geofence-locked scooter means lugging a 50 pound electric scooter around (the Unagi, by contrast weighs 26 and has motors in both wheels). This could look like a person venturing into a low speed zone without knowing it, then having to take the long trek backwards, which isn’t an enjoyable experience for any rider.
Generally, there are very good reasons for limitations on scooter speeds. It’s cheaper, safer, and better for city regulation.
Can you buy a scooter that can keep up with cars on high-speed streets or even cruise at freeway speeds? As you’ve probably been wondering from the headline—Yes. Is it wise for the average person to ride one? Eh...not so much.
How fast can electric scooters go? For those who crave speed and who are willing to spend the money and take the risk, there are several scooters on the market that reach speeds of 40, 50, even 80-100 miles per hour. In that final category, we have the Rion RE90. Marketed as “the world’s fastest hyperscooter,” the Rion is designed for racing. All of its features are geared toward speed. It can smoothly accelerate up to 100 miles per hour, though it is limited to 80. Sounds, uh, amazing, right? So what more is there to this?