Electric skateboards and electric scooters have always been on direct comparison for their similar properties, here are our views on their differences.
Electric skateboards are usually much smaller in size comparatively, hence they are more convenient to carry around to various places. You can easily hop on to public transportations with them, or bring into shopping malls.
Electric scooters are usually bulkier due to their build structure. Not all scooters can be conveniently folded and be carried around. Some have to be parked and locked outside of a building like bicycles. A lot of places such as shopping malls do not allow them to be brought inside. Some big scooters are not even allowed to be brought onto public transportations.
Electric skateboards typically weighs around 3.6 to 5 kg for medium size ones and around 7kg for heavy duty ones. On the other hand, the weight of electric scooters ranges from 11kg to 18kg for typical ones, with the lightest one hovering around 7kg in the market.
Due to the vast difference in weight, electric skateboards can be carried around by users, with hand or back pack, while electric scooters typically have to be pushed around like bicycles.
The lightweight characteristic of electric skateboards makes it very suitable for people who enjoy the freedom and superior mobility.
In Singapore, the speed limit of all personal mobility devices (PMDs), including electric skateboard and electric scooter, it is at a maximum speed of 25 km/h.
From a technical perspective, both electric skateboard and electric scooter are typically capable of travelling at 16 to 40 km/hr. Hence there is really no difference in them in terms of top speed.
Both electric skateboard and scooter are considered last mile mobility solution with a fun element to them.
Normal electric skateboards can travel 12 to 20 km range with a single charge, 25 to 40 km for the heavy duty ones, while electric scooter can usually cover 20 to 30 km range for normal ones and 60 km for heavy duty ones, due to the heavier and bigger battery. The bigger the battery, the longer the range, but the heavier and bulkier the device.
Generally, electric scooters have longer range than electric skateboard. However, from our practical experience, 12 to 20 km range is more than enough for the purpose of last mile mobility solution and leisure riding. Riding any distance more than 12 to 20 km will always lead to user fatigue. Besides, if the journey requires more range, you can always opt for extended battery option or bring along an additional battery to double the range.
Steering and Control
Electric skateboards are controlled by remote control and steered with user's weight, thus making your ride an important hands-free experience. This is the same and as natural as riding any normal skateboard.
Electric scooters are usually controlled with steering handles, which require both hands to operate.
Depending on usage and preferences, people who are looking for the freedom of hands-free control and more fun and excitement can go for the electric skateboards.
Ease of Learning
Electric skateboards are relatively easier to learn due to its nature of having four wheels. Electric skateboards use remote control to control acceleration and braking, using the fingers. A total beginner can learn it within 10 mins. Some argue that electric skateboard is actually easier to learn than normal skateboard and roller blade, as rider can directly control the braking with their finger.
Electric scooters are relatively easier to learn as well. People who have experience on bicycle should be able to learn to use it quickly.
Thanks to the cultural influence from the Unite States and YouTubers like Casey Neistat who zooms around the city with electric skateboard, electric skateboard is becoming more popular. And It is considered a more cool, fun and thrilling way to travel and explore. It appeals to people who enjoy hands-free freedom and seamless travelling.
Electric scooter is at a matured stage in Singapore. It is considered more of a transportation device to get to point A to point B for people of all ages, not so much as a fun way to travel and explore.
In conclusion, electric skateboard and electric scooter have their similarities and their uniqueness. Each belongs to a slightly different category of personal mobility devices.
At the end of the day, it always comes down to the user's needs and purposes.
Need a serious tool for UberEats deliveries? Choose electric scooter.
Need a lifestyle product for convenient last mile commuting and a fun leisure riding? Pick electric skateboard.
There are many combinations and permutations. Different users can consider the different aspects and make the choice as to which suits their preference the most.