A guide to understand what you need to know before buying
People of all sizes, shapes, and age ranges are embracing micro-mobility transportation methods in growing numbers.
Whether looking at getting from point A to B when commuting, or perhaps trying it out as a potential weight-loss method, getting more exercise due to health concerns, or blazing new trails, there are many things to consider before buying an ebike, escooter, or emoped.
Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
This once-popular and well-known phrase originated from the rocking, rhyming, and rapping artist known as Ice Cube. Basically, his memorable statement was meant to warn people to reflect on questionable decisions before they proceed with actions that could cause them future harm.
In this case, it’s meant to convey the fact that people should consider their weight, health, and safety concerns before making a purchasing decision on a vehicle that may not be the best fit for their needs.
While shopping, be sure to understand what restrictions to look for based on the requirements you may have.
Restrictions and Requirements
Before buying, it’s important to ensure the vehicle in question will successfully carry the weight of the driver, a potential passenger, and any possible cargo.
If you have weight, health, or safety concerns, here is a short list you can use to determine if the e-ride is right for you:
- Performance — will the size of the electric motor and the battery be sufficient to take you where you want to go, up and down hills – and then back home again?
- Safety — do you need lights, reflectors, dual brakes, or 3-wheels for stability?
- Durability — does it score more than (+4) points for a durability score on Ridepanda?
- Sustainability — does it score more than (+4) points for a sustainability score on Ridepanda?
- Reparability — does it score more than (+4) points for a reparability score on Ridepanda?
These are all important answers to questions sometimes consumers overlook prior to purchase.
Be sure to check out all aspects of these rides before committing to buying. It’s always better to be well-informed, especially when it comes to all these aspects associated with light electric vehicles.
Places and Locations
What kind of surfaces will you be looking at conquering? City streets made of concrete, and asphalt, what about venturing out to tougher locations made of dirt, sand, and other types of terrain? These are the questions to answer so you select the best e-ride for you.
Here are some different categories of light electric vehicle types that may help narrow down your options:
FAMILY FRIENDLY — If you have younger and little ones in tow (literally), there are a number of models that offer options for taking these tykes out on the road with you. From trailers to car seats, drivers can take these smaller passengers with them safely and comfortably.
View our collection of family friendly e-rides
COMMUTING SOLUTIONS — One of the best advantages of having a smaller ride is that there is more parking available in tinier spaces and places. This also includes less walking for those with mobility issues or other health concerns.
View our collection of light electric vehicles for commuting
ECONOMICAL AND AFFORDABLE — Along with financing that’s available for those who qualify, there are also discounts available under different conditions. For example, certain city dwellers might be eligible for significant savings on purchasing a new e-bike to cut down on emissions and help the environment (be sure to inquire over live chat).
View our collection of economical and affordable LEVs
ACCESSIBLE — For those who might be disabled, might have mobility or other accessibility issues, there are certain vehicle types that address these issues.
View our collection of easily accessible e-rides
Models and Modalities
There are plenty of models and modalities available to please consumers on many levels when it comes to light electric vehicles. Will a smaller two-wheeled scooter meet all your needs? Or perhaps a three-wheeler might suit your style and requirements? What about a tighter turning radius and other aspects that come into play when operating these e-rides?
As mentioned previously, different models come with a variety of ways to enhance riding when tooling around on scooters and cycles.
For those with certain health or weight concerns, a three-wheeler might be more stable and appropriate. This is especially true for beginners or those who are newer to this experience.
If you are looking for 3-wheels, the Cycleboard is a solid choice for an electric scooter, the Doohan iLark is an excellent choice for a 3-wheel e-scooter with a seat, and the Doohan iTank is a powerful emoped that can carry 350lbs, go 87 miles, and reach speeds of 28 mph.
Find the Perfect E-Ride for Your Needs
For a better approach to finding the best ride for you, take this short, comprehensive quiz called Ridefinder to determine the best selection for you according to different types of criteria.