Best Kugoo M4 Pro Alternatives

1/16/2023

Best Kugoo M4 Pro Alternatives

We look at your best options for...

  • A 'commuter' scooter with off-road riding.
  • A 'mid-range' scooter - 'Budget' in price but 'Big' on urban tarmac and rough terrain.

The Kugoo M4 Pro certainly looks the business - all robust frame, chunky tread tires and 500 watts of rear hub, motor power.

There's a world of urban, electric scooters out there.

Many are sleek, speedy and durable - and grinding out those hill climbs. Some do riding off-road too. Even if it's often dirt track and green verge rather than rough terrain.

If you're looking for an affordable alternative to public transport...

You'll be mostly up for the daily urban ride - but also an off-road enthusiast for some dope scootering too! So how does the Kugoo M4 Pro work out? Compared to some other urban and off road scooters?

Let's jump on it...

Kugoo M4 Pro

Kugoo or KugooKirin?

One and the same.

KugooKirin started out as a budget scooter brand, producing its first electric scooter - the “Cool Green” - in 2015. But the company also puts out a range of wallet-friendly scooters under the Kugoo brand.

Both brand names have developed a reputation as the perfect choice for affordable electric scooters, particularly across Europe. More recently, Kugoo has shipped product to outlets in the US, and attracting attention from the e scooter community.

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Performance

The sturdy build Kugoo M4 Pro is definitely aimed at making an urban and off-road riding scooter more widely available. By offering a mid-range performance scooter for a more budget price.

Individual scooter performance - particularly speed and acceleration - will always depend on key factors such as motor efficiency, battery charge and rider weight.

Speed and Acceleration

The Kugoo M4 Pro packs a powerful single, rear hub, brushless 500 Watt motor. Designed for both speed and holding the road.

  • Kugoo M4 Pro's top speed is 50km/h (31 mph) - according to Kugoo's own figures.

Top speeds can often vary under different test conditions. A typical, maximum speed is generally clocked between 42 kmh (26 mph) and 47 kmh (29 mph).

Giving an average top speed reached by the Kugoo M4 Pro as 45 km/h (28 mph).

The M4 Pro - similar to other scooters - also offers a top speed in 3 different modes (according to official Kugoo figures):

  • Top Speed Mode 1 - 18km/h (11.2 mph) - A great option for entry-level riders.
  • Top Speed Mode 2 - 30km/h (18.6 mph) - Typically selected to match urban speed limits.
  • Top Speed Mode 3 - 50km/h (31.0 mph) - For full throttle, speedster scootering.

Hill Climbs

For the average size rider of between 55kg (121 lbs) – 100kg (220 lbs), tackling a climb angle of 10 per cent tends to be the benchmark for the vast majority of electric scooters.

But here, the M4 Pro's single 500 watt motor packs a bigger punch than some other scooters for knocking out those steep inclines.

This time the official Kugoo rating of a 15 degree angle at peak power passes most uphill tests. On this particular scooter, riders above 90 kgs (200lbs) may experience a slower climb above a 10-12 per cent gradient.

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Components

Battery Life and Range

"How far does it travel on a single charge?" is often the very next question after "how fast does it go!"

The Kugoo M4 Pro may be a budget electric scooter but it sure doesn't behave as one! The team at Kugoo have fitted a 48V 18Ah battery - pumping out a hefty 864 Wh. Budget scooters often have 13Ah batteries, so definitely a power plus for the M4 Pro.

The extra power ideally translates to a travelling distance of 60kms (37 miles) on a single charge. Possibly even squeezing out 70 kms (43 miles) - if you've selected a Mode 1 speed setting.

Tests in everyday urban conditions find the Kugoo M4 Pro is more likely to max out at 40-50 kms (25 - 31 miles) on a single charge of up to 8 hours.

Typical travelling distances more likely to be achieved, relying on the following speed settings:

  • 34 kms (20 miles) - at Mode 1 speed
  • 48 kms (30 miles) - at Mode 2 speed
  • 29 kms (18 miles) - at Mode 3 speed

How far your scooter will go can definitely depend on speed settings used - and rider weight.

Tires and Suspension

What does a comfortable ride look like? A big set of totally pumped wheels and super strong shock absorbers.

The Kugoo M4 Pro boasts a pair of 25 cm (10 inch) diameter x 10cm (4 inch) wide "high grip" pneumatic (air filled) tires. It's another bonus on a budget scooter rocking a mid-range scooter vibe. And definitely one of the most massive tires on a great, pay-check friendly scooter.

But Kugoo are putting out the M4 Pro as an off road model, too. And as an off road scooter, it needs the bigger tires for spreading the traction action. Not just for holding flat, wet surfaces and hilly gradients.

The deep treads are also needed for getting to grips with a range of ground surfaces. From same-level, urban concrete and tarmac to riding on more uneven, off-road dirt path and green grass.

Dual suspension

The big wheels also sit below the M4 Pro's robust dual spring suspension system:

  • Front - dual spring suspension
  • Rear - arm suspension.

Coupled with big air-filled tires and dual suspension shock absorbers you know you've gotten yourself a smoothed out, comfortable ride. Whatever poor, uneven surfaces may come your scootering way.

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Braking

The M4 Pro is fitted with powerful, cable-driven, mechanical disc brakes both on front and rear wheels. As often found on most electrical scooters offering a good range of speed modes and acceleration. However there is no regenerative, rear braking support.

The system is easily activated by a gentle squeeze of two large, full palm-width brake levers, one each side of the handlebars. Bringing the scooter to a full stop in up to 4 metres (13 feet), and an assured, comfortable braking performance from the M4 Pro.

Lights

To see and to be seen on an electric scooter. Visibility and safety go hand in hand. Particularly, if you're riding out early or returning after dark. Once again, a budget urban and off road electric scooter comes packed with a more mid size scooter spec.

The Kugoo Kirin M4 Pro comes with a 6 light system:

  • 1 x front LED headlight

Compared to other electric scooter the Kugoo M4 has a particularly bright headlight. A large, wide beam is cast, despite being typically low-mounted on the stem over the front wheel.

  • 1 x red tail brake light.

Large, wide reflector securely fixed to the rear fender.

  • 2 x side /rear turn lights

Solid, large red indicators feature each side at the rear of the deck, which work in tandem with:

  • 2 x side ambient deck lights

A neat and clear RGB lighting strip runs along the left and right side of the deck, indicating which direction the scooter is to turn.

Handlebar Controls

Most electric scooters will load up their cockpit / handlebar controls with all the levers and displays you need to comfortably control your ride.

Here, the Kugoo M4 Pro also includes an adjustable handlebar. For different height riders who may need to make it taller or shorter. And absolutely crucial for ensuring you stand just right to safely pilot your ride.

The handlebars are functional with neat, highly tactile, rubber hand-grips each side accompanied by the brake levers.

The handlebars also include:

  • Ignition keyhole
  • Index finger throttle
  • Light and bell buttons

There are 2 separate display dials:

1. Battery charge voltage meter (between 38v and 54v)

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2. Circular LCD display with:

  • Power button
  • Speed mode button

The display provides a numerical readout of:

  • Selected gear
  • Current speed
  • Battery level
  • Distance travelled

Some riders might be concerned about the open trailing cables from handlebar to stem.

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Build quality and load capacity

Frame

You would expect an electric scooter intended for handling urban commutes and riding off road to be built for the job. The M4 Pro doesn't disappoint.

Kugoo have designed a strong, heavy frame produced in aluminum alloy with a durable, black finish. Because it folds at the scooter base, the stem stands rock solid. Reinforcing a rigid construction with no sign of play or hidden weak spots.

The overall heavy-duty build means the M4 Pro can carry a larger than normal rider weight for a budget electric scooter - up to 150 kg (330 lbs).

Deck

Kugoo have definitely thought about rider comfort by installing a huge 22cm (8.5 in) wide deck with a super, high grip rubber surface running the entire deck length.

It's far wider than most other budget electric scooters, and offers lots more standing space for cool, relaxed riding.

Seat - a great extra feature - especially for those longer range commutes, can be securely installed at the deck rear.

Portability

Its sturdy build for urban commutes and off road scootering does mean the M4 Pro does seem to have one disadvantage - it weighs in at around 23 kgs (50 lbs). And possibly near the weight limit of portability.

Not every rider may feel like carrying upstairs or too far between rides. Even though this Kugoo scooter is heavier than some other budget scooters its still more portable than most.

That's because both the handlebars and the stem fold down on this scooter. Reducing to a neat 114cm (44ins) x 39cm (15 ins) x 60cm (23 ins). Small enough for passing through elevator doors or storing in the trunk of an auto.

Specifications

Weight: 23 kgs (50 lbs)

Folded dimensions: 114cm (44ins) x 39cm (15 ins) x 60cm (23 ins)

Motor power (continuous): 500W

Top speed: 50km/h (31 mph)

Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles) max.

Battery capacity: 864Wh

Battery recharge time: 8 hrs

Max rider weight: 150 kg (330 lbs)

Brake type: Mechanical disc, front and rear

Tire type: 25 cm (10 inch) diameter x 10cm (4 inch), air filled.

Built-in lights: 6 light system, front, rear and side deck.

Water resistance: IPX4 (light rain only)

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Pure Air Pro 2

"Reducing our reliance on cars and public transport"

Performance

Pure Air Pro 2 is a 2nd generation e scooter from the Pure Electric scooter brand. The Pro 2 is designed as a more mid-size all-rounder focused on:

  • Longer range, daily urban commutes - and less as an off-road scooter.

Loaded with all the cockpit tools, the Pure Air Pro 2 is definitely for the commuter putting in mileage on paving and tarmac, despite lack of cruise control. While no slacker on the gradients, it's no lightweight, either, in the portability ratings.

Speed and Acceleration

The Pure Air Pro 2 is driven by a powerful, single 500W motor (700 W peak) - mounted on its rear wheel - and punches out a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) in around 7 seconds.

As with a number of other electric scooters, different speed modes are also offered to broadly match riding conditions and local traffic.

  • Mode 1 : "Pedestrian" 6.4 km/h (4 mph) - Gentle glide at an ace walking pace - when needed.
  • Mode 2 : "Medium" 19.3 km/h (12 mph) - Evengoing with the flow adds a nice zip to your trip.
  • Mode 3 : "Fast" 25.0 km/h (15.5 mph) - Racing flat out is never in doubt here.

The Pro 2 is however, most definitely an average speed kinda scooter for turning over those daily urban rides. Plus, lack of cruise control means you will need to keep your finger on the trigger throttle, throughout your ride.

Hill Climbs

Making the gradient is aways a test on steep hill climbs. Some scooter models can deliver - at the right speed settings - and rider weight. The benchmark tends to be a 10 degree climb angle.

Carrying a max rider weight of 120kg (264 lbs) and setting the Pure Air Pro 2 at Top Mode 3 will see the scooter polish off most neighborhood climbs and urban hills.

Even a half-charged battery has enough power to propel the Pure Air Pro 2 up 15 degrees of rising tarmac.

Components

Battery Life and Range

As a mid-size scooter for long range commutes the Pure Air Pro 2 does pack a more modest 36 V, 12.8 Ah Lithium-ion battery.

Nevertheless, it puts out 460.9 W hours, to achieve a travelling distance of up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) on a single charge of 8.5 hours. Which should handle most daily round trips or for a crosstown trek.

An added bonus is the USB port which can also be used for charging other devices, such as your smartphone. On the handlebars - real handy.

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Tires

Riding quality and comfort often means tires and suspension. And being up to the job of absorbing those tricky bumps, cracks and holes that come right at you in the road.

The Pure Air Pro 2 joins that scooter club of 10 in (25cm) diameter widewheel wonders. Pneumatic ("air-filled") and containing puncture-prevention fluid. To stop you getting an instant flat, and allowing you to ride safely back to base.

The extra tire width and tread - most scooters have 8.5 in (21.5 cm) diameter tires - gives the Pure Air Pro 2 that comfortable, plumped-up feel on just about every urban road surface. Although, not so much for off-road riding and rough terrain.

Which is probably why Pure Electric have not featured suspension on this model. The Pro 2 is not really built for its off road capabilities, but purely for the urban commute.

Braking

The Pure Air Pro 2 has a dual braking system, but with a different system applied to each wheel, plus, added stopping power:

  • Front wheel - single drum brake only. Activated by manually pressing the brake lever. Normally, only used when a full 'emergency' stop is needed, which is around 2 seconds when riding at maximum speed.
  • Rear wheel - electric brake + KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). The electric brake works by stopping the motor’s power output. Integrated with KERS to use an amount of 'recovered' energy from the braking force, which charges the battery.

Lights

Night riders will definitely appreciate the illumination on the Pure Air Pro 2.

Particularly, the ultra-bright front LED, mounted high-up on the stem in front of the handlebars. Electric scooters can often have their headlights low on the stem casting a poor beam.

A red LED and braking light combo is fixed to the rear mudguard, and two amber reflectors, left and right of the front wheel arm.

Its all-round visibility for the urban scoot on those dark morning and evening commutes.

Handlebar Controls

Cockpit control on the Pure Air 2 is simplicity itself.

Minimalist design handlebars (with foam grips) feature, on the left-hand side:

  • Front wheel, drum brake lever
  • Motor throttle button
  • Bell

Entire scooter control is via a multi-function, circular LED screen on top of the stem bar displaying:

  • Power button
  • Throttle display (km/h)
  • 3-Mode speed switch
  • Battery level

An extended "dashboard" can also be downloaded via the Pure Electrics online phone app (iOs and Android, connected via Bluetooth) to include readouts such as, travel distance, mileage completed and even CO2 emissions.

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Build quality and load capacity

Frame

The Air Pro 2 is made from the much stronger but heavier steel, as opposed to the lighter aluminum of other budget, electric scooters.

Unlike other budget scooters too, the Air Pro 2 sports a cool, sleek aesthetic, finished in black, silky grey or a choice of gold, blue or grey metallic.

Deck

A standard, rectangular deck is mounted on the Air Pro 2. This means its long and narrow design may not suit every rider, who may have to place one foot behind the other.

But no problem with maintaining a secure foothold and posture. The entire surface is covered in a raised profile, high-grip pattern (inlaid with the PURE logo). A sturdy, spring-loaded kick stand neatly folds away underneath the left-hand side of the deck.

Portability

It's robust steel build means the Air Pro 2 weighs in at 16.5 kgs (36.3 lbs), slightly more than a typical, budget electric scooter.

A 'click-lock' secure folding mechanism quickly reduces scooter size - at the stem only - to a single, hand-carry size of 116 cm (45.6 in) L x 50cm (19.6 in) W x 51 cm (20in) H.

Specifications

Weight: 16.5 kgs (36.3 lbs)

Folded dimensions: 116 cm (45.6 in) L x 50cm (19.6 in) W x 51 cm (20in) H.

Motor power (continuous): 500W

Top speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)

Travel Distance: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)

Battery capacity: 460.9 W

Battery recharge time: 8.5 hrs

Max rider weight: 120kg (264 lbs)

Brake type: Front single drum + Rear electric w/ KERS

Tire type: 25 cm (10 inch) diameter, air filled + puncture-prevention fluid.

Built-in lights: Front LED + Rear LED + side reflectors.

Water resistance: IP65 (puddles + rain).

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Unagi Model One (E500)

"Feelgood factor" comes as standard on the Unagi Model One (E500).

An urban ride electric scooter that not only puts the glide into your ride. But also matches speed, range and portability with commuting style.

Function meets aesthetics.

Since the California-based Unagi launched in 2018 their Model One continues to be the electric scooter that's grabbing more admiring looks, and serious attention, every day.

Scooter riders are lovin' this super-sleek, comfort-travel and zippy speedster. Not designed as a rough terrain, off road electric scooter. The Model One is streamlined for the smoothest urban commutes with Apple-style, ergonomic chic.

Rider subscribers to the Unagi's Model One E 500 are sure to enjoy a totally chilled-out scooter experience.

Performance

Speed and Acceleration

The new E500 edition of the Unagi One (E500) packs an awesome 500 watt dual motor. Giving this slinky electric scooter more power, and a real zip to the daily commute, typically:

  • Maximum speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).
  • Accelerating to 24 km/h (15 mph) in around 4 seconds.

Not the fastest performer but ideal for typical urban conditions, and saving battery charge.

As with many of the best electric scooters, you get to "customize your ride for the speed you need". Choosing from 3 speed mode settings:

Speed Mode 1 - 14 km/h (9 mph): Nice and easy, light acceleration for first-time riders to build confidence and master rider control.

Speed Mode 2 - 19 km/h (12 mph): Ideal for the urban daily commute and the longer rides. A "balanced" throttle is on-board for maintaining a steady-pace.

Speed Mode 3 - 27 km/h (17 mph): A top speed for amping up a fun ride rather than a manic throttle.

Hill Climbs

The Model One's upgraded dual motors pump out all the heavy-duty torque needed for swallowing up 15-degree hill climbs.

The new E500 generally eats up benchmark 10 per cent gradients in around 12 seconds at nearly 17.7 km/h (11 mph).

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Components

Battery Charge and Travel Distance

"How far will this scooter take me on a single charge?" is a top query asked by new subscribers needing a reliable, daily commute.

The Unagi has got it covered.

The Model One E500 packs a 500 watt battery loaded with HG2 18650 lithium-ion cells from S. Korean electronics giant, LG Corp.

Battery charging time takes just under 5 hours, producing a 24 km (15-mile) range under best conditions - an average distance of 16 kms (10 miles).

Ideal for the typical, local commute distance.

Custom-built monitoring prevents any risk of overheating for reliable, longer lasting, low maintenance scootering.

Tires and shock absorption

Ride quality can often be all down to robust tires and an excellent suspension. Many electric scooters simply have pneumatic, air-filled inner tubes.

Which can mean catching a flat on cracked or simply, uneven road surfaces. Who needs the hassle of swapping out a fiddly inner tube during a hectic commute?

Instead, Unagi have given the Model One:

  • 7.5 inch (19 cm) diameter solid, puncture-proof, rubber, airless tires - on both front wheel and rear.

Suspension is not included on the E500. Unlike, most off road electric scooters. Instead, Unagi have incorporated air pockets throughout the rim of each tire. To ensure the solid tyres are supported by a "gliding on air" experience for comfortable commutes on typical urban surfaces.

Brakes

It's not only the most powerful electric scooters that demand high performance brakes. Commuter scooters of all types must have powerful enough brakes to give you the stops when needed.

The Model One E500 comes with dual electronic brakes. Unagi have also addeda rear fender foot brake.

This gives a solid, responsive assist to full stops, particularly, on a typical, flat urban route.

On-road test results for a typical Model One full-stop can take:

  • 5.5 m (16.9 feet) - for both electronic and foot brake.
  • 7.7 m (25 feet) - electronic brakes only.

The Unagi electronic braking system also reliably delivers a safe, stable response - without those troublesome wheel locks.

Lights

Visibility is a big issue. Particularly, being seen on your electric scooter on an early morning / late evening commute. Or night riding.

Some electric scooters may only have a single headlight which may not be bright enough. The Model One has gone some ways to solve the problem by sporting:

  • Dual forward-facing, flush-mounted 1.8 watt LED headlights.

A red LED light, low-mounted on the scooter rear also puts out a powerful beam for safe night riding.

Handlebar control

Fine-line, design elegance and cool, cockpit minimalism is a Unagi trademark. The handlebars and top bar control centre are formed from a single casting of magnesium alloy, one third lighter than aluminum, and seamlessly joined.

Not only looking good but feeling good to touch, too. This scooter's design is always about rider comfort and practical efficiency at your fingertips.

The Model One sports a large display flush-mounted at the centre of the handlebars. At a glance you instantlysee and control:

  • Speed
  • Motor status
  • Distance travelled
  • Battery charge
  • Riding mode

Elliptical silicon grips are elegantly tapered, and securely fused as one to the handlebars. A perfectly-positioned thumb throttle sits below an instantly-switchable speed and distance control buttons.

Completing the ergonomic experience are:

  • Touch response brake paddles
  • Horn
  • LED headlight

Build quality and load capacity

Frame

From design and manufacture to final finish, Unagi have engineered a high-spec, strength-weight ratio to the Model One.

Carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium alloy are subtly blended into a safe and durable urban commuting scooter. There's even 'invisible' reinforced, frame support at potential stress points.

The Model One frame is made by TORAY - for over 5 decades a world leading producer of carbon fiber - a material recognized for both its lightweight property and virtually, unbreakable strength.

Deck

The Unagi Model One deck offers a slimline but also generous standing room - 47 cms (18.5 in) x 13.5 cms (5.5 in) - much larger than a typical scooter deck.

Its chic, but tough, rubber-grip embedded surface extends throughout, and elegantly tapered for riding comfort.

The in-built kickstand on the left-hand side, neatly vanishes from view when retracted.

Portability

The Model One weighs in at a super-lightweight 12.2 kgs (27 lbs).

The Unagi scooter also boasts a real easy folding mechanism.

Its fast thumb slide action, combined with a 90 degree stem angle, folds the Model One down to 91 cm (37 in) x 40 cm 16in) x 38 cm (15 in).

The universal urban commuter scooter that any rider can carry anywhere in the palm of one hand.

Specifications (E500)

Weight: 12.2 kgs (27 lbs)

Folded dimensions: 96 cm (37.8 in) x 42 cm (16.4in) x 38 cm (15 in)

Motor power (continuous): 500 W

Top speed: 20 mph

Travel distance: 24 kms (15 ml)

Battery capacity: 282 Wh

Battery recharge time: 5 hours

Max rider weight: 127 kgs (280 lbs)

Brake type: Dual electronic + rear, foot brake assist.

Tire type: 7.5 inch solid rubber

On-board lights: Dual front LED and Rear light red LED

Water resistance: IP54


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We get it. Dating can be tough. The googling, the yelping, the planning, the reservations, the transportation. . . the process can be overwhelming. Making a good first impression can also be a source of anxiety for millions of single…

The Scooter, A History

5/10/2019

The Scooter, A History

Two wheels and a plank. It would be a modest beginning for a mode of transportation characterized by peaks and troughs in use and popularity unrivaled by any other contemporary human propellant. Although difficult to pinpoint, it is generally accepted…

Little Tokyo

5/1/2019

Little Tokyo

Los Angeles is not the best representation of European cross-continental culture. The French, Italians, Russians, and most of the great Western and Eastern European migrant groups of the 19th and 20th centuries set up footholds in New York, where their…

Micro Mobility & Local Culture

4/15/2019

Micro Mobility & Local Culture

“Nice neighborhood you’ve got there. Sure would be a shame if someone put a highway through it.” So says the text over the face of Robert Moses in a meme that launched the Facebook group “New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented…

Commute Calculator

3/5/2019

Commute Calculator

Unagi is proud to announce the launch of its Commute Calculator As urban commute routes grow in volume and density, prospective commuters need access to current, up-to-date travel information in order to make informed decisions on how to get around.…

Newsworthy
Essentials
How To Maximize Your Electric Scooter's Battery Life

5/17/2022

How To Maximize Your Electric Scooter's Battery Life

One of the great things about owning an electric scooter is that they require so little maintenance. Unlike cars, or even bikes, which need regular trips to the mechanic and routine replacement parts, electric scooters that are treated well do…

Unagi All-Access: Rolling into Summer

6/10/2021

Unagi All-Access: Rolling into Summer

With the addition of Chicago, Washington DC, Northern Maryland and Virginia, and NW Indiana, our All-Access scooter subscription service is now available to more than 75 million people. But we’re just getting started: we want to make Unagi the ubiquitous standard for short-distance transportation around the world.

The New Unagi Service Center

3/19/2021

The New Unagi Service Center

You're already aware of many of them: Dual motors. Premium materials. Lightweight is king. And it's not difficult for anyone to see that Unagi cares about design more than any other scooter company...But the topics for today are brand, customer obsession, and our All-Access subscription service...

Unagi Springs Forward

3/17/2021

Unagi Springs Forward

We’re launching our All-Access subscription service in six new cities, and expanding in two more. And with $10.5 million in new funding, we’re ready for takeoff in 2021...These areas represent a market of more than 30 million consumers – putting Unagi’s All-Access service within reach of 1 in every 10 Americans

The World's Fastest Electric Scooters in 2021

3/16/2021

The World's Fastest Electric Scooters in 2021

Electric scooters are quickly overtaking other means of transportation as the best way to cover short distances. They’re lightweight, portable, convenient, and more environmentally friendly than almost any means of powered transport.

Love or Hate: 9 Studies Show What People Actually Think About Electric Scooters

1/30/2021

Love or Hate: 9 Studies Show What People Actually Think About Electric Scooters

It’s more or less a given these days that micromobility solutions like electric scooters are part of a major transportation revolution “Among many [recent] technology milestones,” reported Government Technology, “one of them was certainly that...e-scooters became a fixture in many…

Pro Tips from Real Scooter Riders

1/8/2021

Pro Tips from Real Scooter Riders

Telling people through paid advertisements that an electric scooter will change their life is one thing. Letting them hear it from real people who own and love their scooters is something else. Now that we all have the ability to…

5 Reasons to Buy a Scooter This Holiday Season

11/20/2020

5 Reasons to Buy a Scooter This Holiday Season

As we brace for another surge in COVID-19 cases this winter, many people find themselves asking how they’re going to get through another season indoors. The latest CDC forecast is not encouraging, and we will need to work together to…

Security and Locks for Electric Scooters

11/16/2020

Security and Locks for Electric Scooters

Micromobility has already helped solve several modern transportation issues, and may reshape the way we get around in the near future. But small electric vehicle owners are still plagued by an ancient problem. Electric scooters present new security challenges, and…

No Sleep 'til Brooklyn

10/15/2020

No Sleep 'til Brooklyn

The world’s best-designed scooters now have a New York address We’re opening the doors today on a new Unagi brand store, on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. We couldn’t be more excited. Our new store, located at 324 Wythe Avenue, will…

Introducing Unagi All-Access

8/5/2020

Introducing Unagi All-Access

New Yorkers and Angelenos can now get our revolutionary electric scooters for less than $10 a week – and you won’t have to share with strangers. https://youtu.be/ZDKaTQeSBOU Two years ago, our team set out on a quest to build the…

How to Buy the Best Electric Scooter for Commuting

6/16/2020

How to Buy the Best Electric Scooter for Commuting

The variety of electric scooters on the market has exploded in recent years, from lightweight, low-powered recreational vehicles to heavy-duty scooters built for rugged off-road use, and everything in-between. This range of options can leave consumers a little dizzy, especially…

How to Ride an Electric Scooter

4/6/2020

How to Ride an Electric Scooter

How to Ride an Electric Scooter Maybe you’ve finally decided that a fast, lightweight, folding electric scooter meets your transportation needs, and you’ve already started looking for the perfect electric scooter. But there’s one problem—you’ve never ridden an electric scooter…

Electric Scooter Buying Tips for Adults

3/2/2020

Electric Scooter Buying Tips for Adults

What Should I Look for When Buying an Electric Scooter You may have seen locals breezing by you on their electric scooters, and maybe you think an e-scooter would be a good fit for your commuter lifestyle, too.  After all,…

Top 5 Locks for Electric Scooters

2/10/2020

Top 5 Locks for Electric Scooters

5 Best Locks for Electric Scooters Owning a folding electric scooter should eliminate the need for a heavy-duty padlock or shackle to secure your ride.  That's especially true for foldable e-scooters like the Model One from Unagi, which folds down…

CES Dispatch: The E500 Is A Big Upgrade

1/8/2020

CES Dispatch: The E500 Is A Big Upgrade

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Las Vegas in order to show off, contrast, compare, or merely gawk at the latest consumer electronic gadgets and trends We’re also in town for the show,…

5 E-Scooter Life Hacks

6/12/2019

5 E-Scooter Life Hacks

We all know electric scooters are fun. The sun on your skin, the wind in your hair – trying one out is not a hard sell. On top of that, there are also the practical benefits of riding electric scooters.

5 Tips for E-Scooter Etiquette

6/7/2019

5 Tips for E-Scooter Etiquette

Anyone can ride an e scooter, but not everyone who rides one rides it with the proper electric scooter etiquette.

Your Personal Liberation Device

3/6/2019

Your Personal Liberation Device

Beginning today, Unagi Scooters is now shipping its world-class electric scooters to pre-order customers in the United States, and new orders are immediately being fulfilled “The Unagi Scooter heralds a new era for the commuting consumer who simply wants an…

Need to Knows
The 2022 Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

9/30/2022

The 2022 Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

“Is my scooter legal?” is a question many are increasingly asking. The micromobility industry is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting in the world—with promises for...in addition to abundances of the basics of time and money savings. And with this pace of innovation comes a struggle for regulation to keep up.

Are electric scooters easy to ride?

9/21/2022

Are electric scooters easy to ride?

It might be a little bit of a generalization, but for most people, electric scooters are very easy to ride. They’re lightweight, have a low center of gravity, and usually feature some form of suspension, making them comfortable and fun to ride.

How To Maximize Your Electric Scooters Battery Life

6/10/2022

How To Maximize Your Electric Scooters Battery Life

Whether your battery is brand new or has already exceeded 500 cycles, taking proper care of it will help you get the most out of your e-scooter. So let's dive in.

The Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

3/30/2021

The Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

*Disclaimer: Unagi, INC. has used best efforts, but does not in any manner guarantee the accuracy of the below findings regarding electric scooter laws in the United States or internationally. Electric scooter riders or those considering to purchase or begin…

The True Environmental Impact of Electric Scooters

2/15/2021

The True Environmental Impact of Electric Scooters

It’s beyond question that we must drastically reduce carbon emissions in the coming years to head off the worst effects of climate change. How we do that has been a matter of considerably drawn-out debate. As individuals, it can be…

Do You Need Insurance for an Electric Scooter?

2/13/2021

Do You Need Insurance for an Electric Scooter?

The electric scooter boom has come with some highly publicized fears about scooter safety. Some of these concerns are justified. Nearly all studies have shown that scooters face the same dangers that bikes do, in addition to them being less…

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Road?

1/28/2021

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Road?

New modes of transportation have been popping up all over the place thanks to incredible developments in lithium-ion battery and electric motor technology. These include electric bikes, innovative modern electric scooters like Unagi, as well as the shared scooters clustered…

Do You Need a License to Ride an Electric Scooter?

1/13/2021

Do You Need a License to Ride an Electric Scooter?

You’ve seen them all over your city’s streets, and everyone who rides one looks absolutely thrilled. So, why haven’t you picked up your own folding electric scooter yet? Maybe you’re worried about whether e-scooters require a driver’s license, or a…

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Sidewalk?

12/21/2020

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Sidewalk?

It’s a reasonable question to ask. After all, it seems like the safer option. Can you, and should you, ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk? In many cases, the answer is no: you cannot. Story after story in electric…

Are Electric Scooters Legal in the UK?

9/28/2020

Are Electric Scooters Legal in the UK?

The electric scooter market, like virtually every other industry, has experienced some dramatic ups and downs in 2020. In March, for example, as the coronavirus spread uncontained, The Verge reported that in dozens of cities around the world, share companies…

Why Electric Scooters Are a Must Have for Commuters

9/19/2020

Why Electric Scooters Are a Must Have for Commuters

Micromobility is the “future of urban transportation,” analysts write in an extensive report from Deloitte, and electric scooters lead the way: “Adoption rates during their short time on the market have been impressive, surpassing that seen by popular ride-hailing applications…

Are Electric Scooters Legal in NYC?

9/9/2020

Are Electric Scooters Legal in NYC?

It finally happened, and not a moment too soon. New York has legalized e-bikes and e-scooters statewide in an agreement reached in April during the last legislative session. This is great news for commuters, students, delivery workers, and all New…

Public Transportation in a Post-COVID World

9/2/2020

Public Transportation in a Post-COVID World

In only a few short months, the current pandemic has changed the way we do nearly everything, from getting to work to gathering (or not) in public. Fears of the virus multiply when it comes to public transportation. Public transit…

Electric Scooters: Range vs Weight

8/19/2020

Electric Scooters: Range vs Weight

Advances in battery technology have led to a market filled with high-quality electric scooters for everything from tooling around the neighborhood to competitive off-road racing. It’s an exciting time to buy a scooter, but also a confusing time, given the…

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain?

7/21/2020

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter in the Rain?

“No” is the standard answer to the question of whether you should ride an electric scooter in the rain. But can you ride an electric scooter in the rain? There are times when it may be safe to do so…

Can You Bring an Electric Scooter on a Plane?

7/21/2020

Can You Bring an Electric Scooter on a Plane?

Wondering whether you can take your electric scooter on an airplane? As with all things air travel-related the answer should be simple, right? As you might expect, it’s not—or not entirely—but the short answer is no, you cannot take most…

Is It Worth Buying an Electric Scooter?

6/17/2020

Is It Worth Buying an Electric Scooter?

As cities become more crowded and traffic worsens by the year, the old ways of commuting have become increasingly unsustainable. So, is it worth buying yourself an electric scooter?

How Fast Can Electric Scooters Go?

2/24/2020

How Fast Can Electric Scooters Go?

How Fast Do Electric Scooters Go Step aside, skateboards, electric bikes, and mopeds.  These days electric scooters are so ubiquitous, you can hardly pass by your neighborhood coffee shop, ATM, or happy hour hotspot without encountering one (or a few).…

Micro Mobility & Local Culture

4/15/2019

Micro Mobility & Local Culture

“Nice neighborhood you’ve got there. Sure would be a shame if someone put a highway through it.” So says the text over the face of Robert Moses in a meme that launched the Facebook group “New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented…

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