Electric scooters are super fun and a great way to move around and relax at the same time. It is no secret that South Africans love to purchase such gadgets which explains why there are so many on the market.
There are different kinds of electric scooters. They are either indoor or outdoor scooters or in some cases, they are both. Electric scooters come with several advantages including being lightweight, easy to handle, and is foldable.
When you consider all that these pieces of equipment bring to the table, one begins to wonder how much they cost. We will attempt to answer this question in this post.
Prices of Electric Scooters in South Africa
As mentioned above, there are several variations of electric scooters on the South African market. The question is, which one do you prefer and how much does it cost? We have combed through the market, both online and offline, to check for the various brands available.
After much research, we have come up with a list of electric scooters that are the most popular on the market. In this section, we will discuss each one, its specifications, and prices. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Fluid Freeride “Horizon” – R$9,360 – R$11,880
This brand of electric scooter is one of the most reliable on the South African market today. When you consider all that is put into the manufacture of the Horizon, you can tell that it is an all-rounder. It is an amazing piece of equipment that presents the user with a mix of fun and transportation. No wonder it is referred to by many as an “A+ electric commuter scooter.”
The Horizon presents you with two battery options to choose from. There is the 10.4 Ah battery that gives you about 20 miles distance on a full charge. Your second option is the 13 Ah battery that is slightly bigger and gives about 25 miles on a full charge.
This electric scooter gives you a top speed of about 25mph. It also comes with a brushless 48V 500W hub motor that presents an output of 800W. All of this means that you can enjoy up to 15% inclines without stress.
The Fluid Horizon promises a smooth ride and has a combination of rear hydraulic and front spring. It is one of the most portable pieces on the market as it folds easily. The scooter has a very attractive yet classy design. It also comes with LED lights in front and behind as well as extra-long mudguards to protect it from water splashes.
Below are the specifications of the Fluid Freeride Horizon:
- Range: 20 miles(10.4 Ah) / 25 miles(13 Ah)
- Size folded: 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6 inch
- Size: 42.5 x 23.2 x 46.8 inch
- Speed: 23-25 mph
- Weight: 40 lbs. (10 Ah) / 42 lbs. (13 Ah)
Gotrax GXL – R$4,104 – R$4,860
If you are not all about speed, then the Gotrax GXL is a great choice for you. It comes with 2 different riding modes both fall within the 8 and 12-mile range. What this means is that when you make use of the more powerful riding mode, you sacrifice battery life.
This electric scooter doesn’t come with a suspension which explains why it isn’t so costly. To make up for this, it comes with pneumatic tires that give the rider a smoother ride. At least, if there wouldn’t be a suspension, you should have tires filled with air.
The braking system of the GXL is impeccable as it features a regenerative brake in front and a disc brake behind. However, if you want a more powerful brake, you need to make use of the foot pedal. This option takes some time to get used to. While this isn’t the best scooter for commuting, it is perfect for having fun. Below are its specifications:
- Range: 8-12 miles (13-19 km)
- Size Folded: 39.4 x 6.3 x 14.4
- Size: 39.4 x 14.4 x 36.2 inch
- Speed: 15 mph (24 km/h)
- Weight: 31 lb
Swagtron Swagger 5 – R$4,860 – R$6,120
The first Swagger was regarded as many as a flop. However, the company improved on its design and mechanics to produce the Swagger 5. This improved version comes with ABS e-brakes located on the front wheel. It also features a disc brake on the back wheel, a kickstand, phone mount, LED display, and brake taillights.
This electric scooter comes with 3-speed settings. With these, you can enjoy a top speed of about 18mph and it can go as far as 11 miles on a full charge. Of course, with a heavier person, it would go as far but it is pretty much admirable.
It takes just 3.5 hours to get this scooter fully charged. We should also not forget that it folds pretty easily. No wonder, it has gained a lot of popularity in the South African market. These are the specifications of the Swagtron Swagger 5:
- Range: 11 miles (18 km)
- Size Folded: 41.5 x 17 x 19 inch
- Size: 41.5 x 17 x 45.3 inch
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Weight: 26 lb (11.8 kg)
Razor EcoSmart Metro – R$5,760 – R$7,920
This brand is one of the most popular on the market. It has a different look from the rest of the electric scooters on our list. The EcoSmart Metro resembles a regular bike mostly because of its 16-inch pneumatic tires. Asides from this, it also comes with a saddle.
You can achieve a top speed of 18 mph using this scooter and it can cover up to 10 miles on a full charge. Because of the saddle, this scooter is regarded as one of the most comfortable on the market. However, you get to sacrifice the portability that you enjoy from regular electric scooters.
The EcoSmart Metro has a retractable kickstand and it has a slightly heavier frame that makes it sturdier than its contemporaries. It also comes with an amazing braking system as well. Here are the specifications of the Razor EcoSmart Metro:
- Claimed Range: 10 miles (16 km)
- Size Folded: It doesn’t fold
- Size: 59.5 x 20.25 x 41.5 inches
- Speed: 18 mph (29 km/h)
- Weight: 67 lbs.