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Ride dirty no more with these zero-emission electric scooters

As of now, the grid and recharging stations needed to support tens of millions of electric cars on our highways and byways is years away. In the meantime, however, there is a wealth of electric scooters available to help you minimize your carbon footprint and reduce your greenhouse emissions. Plus, unlike electric cars, these electric scooters come with a much lower price tag and many of them can be readily used in most jurisdictions without having to purchase an insurance policy. Below are a few of our favorites, from Jetson to Electric Works. How’s that for starters?

Razor EcoSmart Metro ($412)

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The EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter is the more refined, practical adult version of the first-generation Razor. A 500-watt motor adds plenty of pop and top speed of 18 mph, while the sleek bamboo deck, adjustable padded seat, and removable luggage carrier incorporate a welcome touch of style and pragmatism. A rather limited max distance of 10 miles per charge and a daunting recharge time of up 12 hours are both glaring cons, however, but it’s somewhat expected given the scooter’s affordable price point. You might not be able to fingerwhip the EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter as easily as its first-gen counterpart, but getting around town will be much easier.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
18 mph 10 miles per charge 12 hours 500W 67 lbs. 220 lbs.

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Walmart

Glion Dolly ($749)

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Nowadays, many manufacturers tout the portability of their foldable scooters, yet, if said scooter weighs more than 70 pounds, it still really isn’t all that “portable.” Thankfully, the Glion Dolly folds up nicely and weighs a mere 26 pounds, making it a true portable option. If carrying the Glion around isn’t your thing, the Dolly Model also comes equipped with a handle extension that’s built into the frame itself. Simply fold the scooter, extend the handle, and roll the scooter behind you like any piece of traditional luggage. The Glion’s 250W motor might not provide a lot of power, but the scooter’s durable aluminum frame, 15-mile range, and low recharge time (3.25 hours) are all pros for the practical option.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
15 mph 15 miles per charge 3.25 hours 250W 26 lbs. 250 lbs.

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Amazon

Acton M ($999)

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Don’t let the laughable, modified-tricycle vibe of the Acton M turn you off just yet. The electric scooter offers plenty of functionality, and at just $800, it’s one of the least expensive sit-down scooters available. The aluminum frame also folds down to 50 percent of its full volume for easy storage, and the retractable seat allows you to either sit or stand depending on your individual preference. Furthermore, the scooter can achieve a max distance of 28 miles on a single charge, albeit at 12 mph. It can carry up to 350 pounds, too, meaning you and a friend can each shoulder the embarrassment of getting from Point A to Point B at a pace that’s slightly slower than running.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
12 mph 28 miles per charge Up to 5 hours 350W 72 lbs. 350 lbs. + 250lbs (tow)

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Amazon

GigaByke Groove ($1,400)

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With a one of the longest ranges on our list, the GigaByke Groove doesn’t intend to limit you to short trips like some other scooters on the market. The nimble machine can travel up to 35 miles on a single charge, yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be burning rubber in the process — the Groove tops out at a surprisingly low 20 mph given its ample 750W motor. An LED headlight, turn signals, digital speedometer are all added perks for inner city commuters. If distance rather than speed is your thing, the Groove is one of the best scooters out there for achieving it.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
20 mph 35 miles per charge 6 hours 750W 180 lbs. 250 lbs.

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Amazon

Jetson Electric Bike ($1,799+)

Jetson Electric Bike

Jetson took an aesthetically classic approach with their latest eBike series, but the underlying mechanics and 500W electric motor are anything but traditional. With a charge time of less than an hour, the Jetson eBike won’t bog you down with charge-related delays between trips. The electric scooter also allows you to partially recharge the battery by simply pedaling, but suffers from a rather mundane top speed of 20 mph. It is capable of hauling up to 375 pounds and going 40 miles on a single charge, which makes for an enjoyable — albeit rather slow — ride for two.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
20 mph 30-40 miles per charge 1 hour 500W 125 lbs. 375 lbs.

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Amazon

Mahindra GenZe 2.0 ($3,000)

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GenZe unveiled its second-generation scooter earlier this year. The latest model, GenZe 2.0, starts at $3,000 and comes loaded with a plethora of handy features. One of the scooter’s real standouts is its 7-inch touchscreen display and digital speedometer, which allows you to switch between various performance options (Safe, Econ, Sport) while the vehicle isn’t in motion. The GenZe 2.0 also utilizes the touchscreen when starting, requiring drivers to input a four-digit PIN.

An on-board CAN bus continuously sends data to the company’s servers and the official companion app iOS and Android. Nearly 95 variables are updated every five seconds, spanning everything from engine temperature to the status of the built-in kickstand. An embedded GPS also allows you to locate your GenZe at anytime, and you can also receive an alert via the app if the scooter ever happens to exit a predetermined geographical range. It utilizes AT&T’s cellular network when it cannot access Wi-Fi hot spots, too, at no additional cost.

There are plenty of practical features as well, including a pair of charging docks housed beneath the seat and an open cargo space in the rear for 75-pound loads. The GenZe 2.0’s aluminum frame weighs in at a mere 232 pounds, too, though the low weight does not translate to increased speed. The paltry acceleration time — it can go from zero to 30 mph in 8 second — isn’t exactly telling of a white-knuckle experience, either. Read more here.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
30 mph 30 miles 3.5 hours N/A 232 lbs. 295 lbs.

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GenZe

Works Electric Rover BR2 ($5,950+)

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With a price tag starting at $5,950, Works Electric’s BR2 is by far one of the most expensive electric scooters on the market. On the same token, the BR2 is also virtually unmatched in performance and technology. Brad Baker, owner of Works Electric and creator of the BR2, addressed the high price quite straightforwardly: “You want something cheaper, go buy something else.” With a powerful, 4000W ZM2 Brushless Drive System, a top speed of 35 mph, and the ability to go from 0 to 30 mph in 4.1 seconds, Baker does have a point. The scooter’s 30-mile range just seals the deal. Read more here.

Max Speed Max Distance Charge Time Motor Wattage Weight Max. Rider Capacity
35 mph 30 miles per charge 5 hours 4000W 79 lbs. 260 lbs.

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Works Electric