How Much Does an Electric Scooter Cost?
Planning to go the eco-friendly route of getting around? Electric scooters have emerged as one of the most popular and convenient modes of transportation in New Zealand. If you're contemplating buying one, you probably want to know, how much does an electric scooter cost?
Electric scooter costs can vary significantly depending on various factors. But don't worry; there is an option for everyone, including ultra-portable electric scooters for commuters and leisure riders. Below, we explore all the expenses of electric scooters, from initial purchasing costs to maintenance.
What are the Factors Affecting Electric Scooter Prices?
Electric scooter prices can vary widely based on several key factors, including:
Brand & Model
Different brands offer varying price points for electric scooters. Well-established brands with a reputation for quality and innovation often charge premium prices for their models. New brands still trying to build their reputation often offer the same quality with more features for a lower price. If you like to do your own research, look for chat groups on social media platforms dedicated to the brands you are interested in, or chat with your local dedicated e-scooter specialist. Freed offers free advice from our expert team. Give us a call for honest Kiwi know-how.
Performance & Features
The performance capabilities and features of electric scooters significantly impact their prices. Scooters with higher top speeds, longer ranges, and more advanced features such as smartphone connectivity, regenerative braking, and built-in suspension tend to be more expensive.
The battery is the most expensive component of electric scooters, and its capacity directly affects the scooter's range and price. Scooters with larger battery capacities can travel longer distances on a single charge but are generally more expensive. Quality cells are worth the price, as cheap batteries degrade faster and have more problems. Premium brand name batteries such as LG, Samsung, and Panasonic offer reassurance of quality known chemistry. However, our experience with Grade A Chinese cells from known, big brands is that they are as good as or better than the premium batteries at a lower price. At Freed, we check the brands of our batteries and provide you with the best of both premium and Grade A options.
Models with more powerful motors, which accelerate faster and handle steeper inclines, lead to a higher price tag primarily as they usually require a much bigger battery. The cost of extra materials is also a factor as is the ‘premium’ nature of top-end models.
Build Quality and Materials
The quality of materials used in the scooter's construction and its overall build quality influence pricing. Scooters made from high-quality materials like aluminium or carbon fibre tend to be pricier due to their durability and lightweight nature.
Electric scooters may have different braking systems, including mechanical, drum, or disc brakes. Scooters with advanced braking technology, such as regenerative or hydraulic disc brakes, often come at a higher cost.
Scooters with built-in suspension systems provide a smoother and more comfortable ride, especially on uneven terrain. Top-quality suspension is important for stability on larger, powerful scooters, and this comes at a cost. Advanced suspension tends to be a feature on more expensive models, but any scooter can be upgraded.
Suspension quality affects the maximum load a scooter can carry. If you need more grunt in your suspension to carry your magnificent frame, talk to your e-scooter mechanic about your best options.
Advances in battery technology are starting to filter into the e-scooter world. Some electric scooters offer fast-charging capabilities, allowing you to recharge the battery more quickly. Scooters with advanced charging technology will be priced higher than those with standard charging options.
Fast chargers are available off-market. But be very careful when buying chargers online. Using the wrong charger can cause a battery explosion.
Design and Aesthetics
The design and aesthetics of the scooter can also affect its price. Unique or stylish designs, custom paint jobs, and premium finishes may come with a higher price tag. The same is true of bespoke engineering. Patented designs will always cost more. Specifically, engineered products offer models with specific uses such as ultra-light e-scooters.
Manufacturers and retailers offering warranties and robust customer support services often charge more for their scooters. A comprehensive warranty can provide peace of mind and add value to the purchase. Robust customer service gives you the backup you need for both servicing and warranty.
Freed recommends purchasing from a dedicated e-scooter store with a full-service workshop. Nothing is worse than spending a few thousand and finding no one has parts for it when something breaks!
When Should I Invest in an Electric Scooter?
Investing in an electric scooter can be a financially sound decision in various scenarios, including:
- Inner city and city fringe commuting and travel.
- Last mile travel.
- When you need to travel within 10 km of home.
- If you have access to cycle lanes and transit lanes on your route.
- If you desire a more eco-friendly mode of transportation.
- If you require lower maintenance costs compared to cars.
What is the Cost Range of Electric Scooters in NZ?
These scooters are ideal for beginners and casual riders. They typically offer basic features and a moderate range. The Zero 9 is an excellent entry-level scooter priced at $1599. It is a very compact scooter and lightweight, only at 17.5kg, making it an ideal option for public transport and daily commutes.
In this price range, you'll find better build quality, longer battery life, and additional features like app connectivity and better suspension. You can get the Blade Mini Pro starting at $2299. The Zero 8 and Zero 9 offer excellent value with a 15 to 25 km real-life range, compact design, and full after-sales service.
Premium electric scooters in NZ come with top-of-the-line features, including high-speed capabilities, extended range, advanced suspension, and customisation options. You can expect to pay between $2300 to $3000 for an excellent dual-drive mid-power scooter. At the higher end, the Blade GT offers extremely good value for its features at $4395. The Teverun Fighter Supreme 7260r is the epitome of engineering excellence and is only available on pre-order for $6999.
Keep in mind that while cheaper models may be more budget-friendly upfront, they may have limitations in performance and durability; higher-priced electric scooters may be more durable and cost less in the long run. We recommend you choose an e-scooter that can easily manage your needs. Consider finance if your budget does not cover your requirements, as it will save you more on petrol. Best of all, you can get good discounts for all models in-store at Freed, 159 Nelson Street, Auckland City.
What are the Maintenance Costs to Consider?
Electric scooters require regular maintenance to function correctly and safely. Maintenance costs may include routine checks, tire replacement, brake pad replacement, and occasional repairs. Costs may vary depending on scooter usage and brand. The good news is that you only have to pay maintenance for your brakes and tyres if your electric scooter is well cared for. Small parts are generally inexpensive, but batteries are costly, so it is best to protect them and avoid water.
Check out Freed’s servicing page for more specific information about repair and maintenance costs.
Charging your electric scooter is an ongoing expense. The cost of charging depends on factors such as the scooter's battery capacity, electricity rates, and charging frequency. We calculated charging costs from 25 cents for an 18amp/hour 48-volt battery to around $150 for a 35amp/hour 72-volt battery. For a smaller scooter, that's around 1 cent per km. For a larger, 60-volt e-scooter, that's more like 4-5 cents per km.
Many scooter riders invest in helmets, lights, locks, and phone mounts for safety and convenience. These accessories can add an extra $50 to $200 to your initial expenses.
While not mandatory, some scooter owners opt for insurance coverage to protect against theft or accidents, which can add to the overall costs.
Embrace a Greener & More Cost-Effective Way to Commute with Freed
When purchasing an e-scooter, consider your budget and requirements. But don't forget to compare features and prices and calculate savings to see which suits you best. Read Google reviews and buy from a reputable dealer offering excellent customer support and a comprehensive range of electric scooter parts.
Are you ready to positively impact the environment while saving on your daily commute? Take the first step towards eco-friendly and economical transportation by investing in an electric scooter. Explore Freed’s range of electric scooters and start your sustainable journey today!