Man folding and placing an electric scooter into the trunk of a car, demonstrating its portability and ease of storage.

Electric Bikes vs. Electric Scooters: Breaking Down the Differences

Ever wondered why the streets buzz more with electric scooters and e-bikes now than ever before? The search for sustainable, efficient, and enjoyable ways to commute has led many to these two options. With population density increasing and congestion worsening, the need for nimble and compact travel solutions is obvious. Here, the electric scooter comes in, with its agility and simplicity. On the other hand, the electric bike presents a compelling case with its endurance and comfortability, making longer commutes more feasible and fitness-oriented.

But what really sets these two apart? Dive deeper with us as we look at what makes both of these rides special. But first a quick overview on what I'm referring to when say e-bikes or e-scooters.

What Are Electric Bikes?
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, blend traditional pedal power with an electric motor. This fusion allows for an enhanced biking experience, where the rider can choose the level of effort they want to exert, switching between pedalling manually, receiving a battery-powered assist, or letting the motor take over entirely.



Modern electric bike parked in a geometric concrete building, highlighting its sleek design and compact form.


What Are Electric Scooters?
Electric scooters are compact, two-wheeled vehicles powered by a motor and a battery, offering a modern solution for quick trips and rides in urban environments. In this article, we will focus on standing electric scooters.


Electric scooter parked on a wooden walkway in a bustling cityscape, illustrating convenient urban transportation for navigating busy streets.


The Comparison:


Electric Scooters require a lot less maintenance than e-bikes due to not having a chain, gears, derailleurs, and pedals. This means more time riding and less time fixing. But, it can be more challenging to find someone who knows how to fix a problem on an e-scooter. That’s why it’s good to buy from a trusted retailer who will offer repair services.


Portability and Storage
Some electric bikes are designed with foldability in mind, allowing them to be transported in car trunks or stored in small apartments. But they are a lot heavier and more clunky than e-scooters. This makes it more of a hassle to bring them around.

Electric scooters excel in convenience and portability. Most models are lightweight and fold down to a compact size in a few simple steps. Them being smaller allows you to bring them into buses and trains with ease allowing for a multi-modal commute. If you live in an apartment or need to go up some stairs, e-scooters may be better for you.



Close-up of a one-step folding mechanism on an electric scooter, showcasing its convenient and user-friendly design.


Ride Quality and Comfort
E-bikes are designed with long rides in mind, featuring comfortable seating, a stable frame, and options for gear shifts that make long distances more manageable. Having larger wheels makes e-bikes handle irregularities in the road, such as potholes, a lot easier and leads to a more stable ride.

Electric scooters can also be very comfortable with models such as the Segway Ninebot Max G2 having dual suspension, but needing to stand while riding can tire you out after a while. Also, e-scooters are not as stable as e-bikes, so taking a hand off the bar at higher speeds is not safe.

Battery Range and Charging
Electric bikes on average travel around 50 km on a single charge, depending on the battery size and the level of assist used. But you can also ride them as a normal bicycle with pedals if you run out of battery which is a huge advantage. Another advantage some e-bikes have is removable batteries, allowing you to bring just the battery indoors to charge rather than bringing in the whole bike.

Electric scooters usually have shorter ranges than bikes, typically around 30 kilometers, which suffices for day-to-day city travel and quick errands. High-quality models have more range, for example, the InMotion S1F with a range of 94km. But if your battery runs out in the middle of your ride, you have to either walk or propel yourself with your foot like a non-electric scooter. Batteries are usually integrated into e-scooters, meaning you need to bring the scooter indoors whenever it needs to charge which is a factor you may want to consider.

Pricing and Affordability
On average, an e-scooter is less expensive than an electric bike. This is due to the smaller battery and the need to have fewer parts. With the price you may spend on a cheap electric bike, you can get a nice electric scooter from a reputable brand.



InMotion S1F Electric scooter parked on a rain-drenched street, emphasizing its durability and suitability for various weather conditions.


Legalities and Road Regulations
Different regions have varying laws regarding where and how electric bikes can be ridden, often requiring adherence to specific speed limits and helmet use. As long as the bike has pedals you will most likely be allowed to ride in bicycle lanes and on roads. E-bikes are a lot more accepted than e-scooters in certain areas such as Toronto.

Electric scooters often face stricter laws and regulations, with some cities banning them from sidewalks and limiting their use to bike lanes.

Choosing between an electric bike and a scooter depends on your personal needs. If you need to keep your electric vehicle indoors and plan to use multi-modal transportation, then an e-scooter may be right for you. If you have a place to safely store an e-bike, need to travel long distances, and are worried about the legality of e-scooters, you may want to consider getting an electric bike instead.

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