Urban mobility is being redefined by the electric revolution. In this post, we’re looking at some of the best electric mopeds and scooters you can buy today.
Electric mopeds and scooters fill the niche between electric bicycles and full-sized electric motorcycles. Many modern electric mopeds feature smartphone integration, removable batteries, and powerful, but quiet motors. They are perfect for urban commuters, allowing users to minimize time spent in traffic and maximize comfort and safety.
Here are our top picks for the best electric mopeds on the market.
Are electric mopeds and electric scooters the same thing?
Before we proceed with our list, a note on terminology. Some people refer to electric mopeds as electric scooters, or vice versa. For others, the term mopeds is used interchangeably with motorbikes.
For clarity, when we say electric mopeds, we mean two-wheeled vehicles with seats, step-through frames, and larger wheels.
If you’re looking for electric kick-scooters (no seat, stand-on decks, small wheels), here’s our list of the best. If you’re looking for electric bicycles (lightweight, equipped with pedals), check out our list here. Finally, here’s our picks for the best electric motorcycles.
Make sure to look up the legal definition of a moped in your country, which is usually based on the power of the motor. This is important for things like driving licenses and insurance.
The best electric mopeds or scooters
- Vespa Elettrica
- Zapp i300 Carbon
- BMW C Evolution
- Super Soco CPx
- Rieju Nuuk Urban 8,5
- Peugeot E-Ludix
- Super Soco CUx
- Yadea C-line
- Segway eMoped C80
- Horwin EK3
Scooters don’t get more iconic than Vespa. The legendary Italian brand jumped on the electric bandwagon in 2017 with the Vespa Elettrica, a battery-powered version of the stylish Primavera.
The Vespa Elettrica oozes Italian style, and with its top speed of 45 mph (70 km/h) and range of 62 miles, it will happily take you around town in near total silence. Featuring a large TFT screen, regenerative braking, Bluetooth connectivity, and a reverse mode, the Vespa Elettrica delivers plenty of features for the modern scooter driver.
The battery recharges in 4 hours, which is not amazing, but more than enough for the average city commuter.
Key Vespa Elettrica specs
- Top speed: 45 mph (70 km/h)
- Range: 62 miles (100 km)
- Weight: 286 lbs (130 kg)
Vespa Elettrica price
- €7,500 ($8,800)
UK-based Zapp markets itself as a high-performance, advanced electric vehicle maker with a green bent. The company’s first product is the i300, and it definitely fits the bill when it comes to performance. The i300 can reach 30 mph – the speed limit in many cities – in less than 2.4 seconds, thanks to this electric scooter’s 14 kW motor, which produces 587 Nm of torque at the rear wheel.
The Zapp i300 can be charged both “in situ” and by taking out its twin batteries, which weigh about 5 kg each and are about the size of a laptop. Very convenient for people who don’t have easy access to a charging station or outlet at work or office.
Key Zapp i300 specs
- Top speed: 60 mph (96 km/h)
- Range: 37 miles (60 km)
- Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Zapp i300 price
- £5,250 ($7,200)
BMW C Evolution
The BMW C Evolution is probably one of the most intimidating machines on our list of best electric scooters. At 606 lbs (275 kg), the C Evolution is a big chunk of German engineering and there’s nothing humble about it. It’s plenty fast too – you’ll be able to comfortably beat most ICE motorcycles off the stoplight, thanks to a 0-to-30 mph time of just 2.8 seconds.
The BMW C Evolution’s range is among the best on the road too, at 99 miles (160 km), but at that weight, it kind of has to deliver. The 80 mph (129 km/h) top speed is more than good enough, even for a cruise down the autobahn.
You probably guessed it already, but the BMW C Evolution isn’t cheap. That said, if you really want the best electric scooter out there, this is probably the one you’ll want.
Key BMW C-Evolution specs
- Top speed: 80 mph (129 km/h)
- Range: 99 miles (160 km)
- Weight: 606 lbs (275 kg)
BMW C-Evolution price
Super Soco CPx
The Super Soco CPx is designed to handle demanding big-city commutes. It’s available in single and dual-battery configurations, the latter offering a range of 87 miles (137 km) on a single charge. The batteries are removable too, meaning you’ll be able to take them inside for charging or to swap them for a fresh set. The 4 kW motor is the equivalent of an 125 cc internal combustion engine with none of the emissions.
The Super Soco CPx delivers plenty of features at an accessible price. You’ll be able to easily back up from tight parking spots thanks to the reverse function. There’s USB charging, keyless ignition, an alarm system, and app integration.
What more could you want from a great electric scooter?
Key Super Soco CPx specs
- Top speed: 56 mph (90 km/h)
- Range: 87 miles (137 km)
- Weight: 236 lbs (107 kg)
Super Soco CPx price
- £4,699 ($6,480) (Dual Battery)
Rieju Nuuk Urban 8,5
Rieju is Spain’s top electric two-wheeler maker, and its products are now available throughout Europe. Part of the company’s Nuuk line of electric scooters and mopeds, the Nuuk Urban 8,5 delivers all the essentials an urban commuter will need. The Urban 8,5 is capable of speeds of up to 115 km/h, meaning you could comfortably take it down the highway if you needed to. That’s thanks to the 125 cc-equivalent 8kW motor.
The batteries are removable for convenient charging, but you’ll want to take advantage of the onboard fast charging system if you can. With fast charging you’ll be able to top up 50% of the battery in just 1.8 hours.
Key Rieju Nuuk Urban 8,5 specs
- Top speed: 71 mph (115 km/h)
- Range: Up to 174 miles (280 km) with multiple batteries
- Weight: 330 lbs (150 kg)
Rieju Nuuk Urban 8,5 price
- €6,890 ($8,080)
Peugeot is a leading seller of scooters in Europe and the Ludix is one of its best sellers. The E-Ludix is the electric version of said best-seller, and it promises to bring the power of modern electric mobility to the familiar Peugeot experience.
The E-Ludix is a 50cc-equivalent scooter, capable of reaching 31 mph (50 km/h). The rated range of 31 miles (50 km) isn’t the best, but it’s decent enough for the average commuter.
The Peugeot E-Ludix electric scooter comes with regenerative breaking and removable batteries as well. The manufacturer boasts about the “complete Bosch system” the machine incorporates, including the battery, motor, controller, and dashboard. Plus, the extensive Peugeot sales and service network is a big selling point.
Key Peugeot E-Ludix specs
- Top speed: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Range: 31 mph (50 km)
- Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Peugeot E-Ludix price
Super Soco CUx
Shanghai-based Super Soco has expanded to over 30 countries from around the world, thanks to the mix of style, power, and affordability it offers. The Super Soco CUx is a perfect example of why Super Soco has been successful. This cool electric scooter is available at a decent price of £2,800 in the UK, for which you get plenty of features.
This is another 50cc-equivalent electric scooter, capable of going for 40 miles (64 km) on a charge at speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km/h). The batteries weigh around 22 lbs (10 kg) and can be removed.
The Super Soco CUx Ducati edition adds a little Italian flair, though it’s mostly skin-deep. Regardless which version you get, Super Soco offers two years of warranty, as well as a generous three-year warranty for the battery and motor. How’s that for your peace of mind?
Key Super Soco CUx specs
- Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h)
- Range: 40 mph (64 km)
- Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Super Soco CUx price
Another electric scooter from an up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer, the Yadea C-line is marketed as “the first smart e-scooter.” That’s an awfully big claim, but we’ll give it to Yadea: the C-line does look like a pretty smart purchase.
For €1,800, you get an electric moped that can go 28 mph (45 km/h). This is not something you’ll want to cruise on, but it’s more than sufficient for everyday errands. It’s in a light body too, at just 137 lbs (62 kg). The removable batteries will charge in about 6 hours.
A good-sized LCD screen, USB connectivity, and an integrated alarm are some of the other niceties offered by the Yadea C-line electric scooter.
Key Yadea C-line specs
- Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h)
- Range: 31 mph (50 km)
- Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Yadea C-line price
Segway eMoped C80
Technically, the Segway eMoped C80 is a “smart moped-style ebike.” You are probably familiar with the old Segway self-balancing scooters – the Segway brand has been acquired by the Chinese company Ninebot, which has turned into an electric mobility powerhouse.
While it may not be the most powerful entry in our list of best electric mopeds, the Segway eMoped C80 is probably one of the smartest. Its RideyGo system uses sensors to determine when the owner gets on/off the scooter and automatically lock it and unlock it. There’s also a GPS-enabled anti-theft system for added safety.
The eMoped C80 is dead-simple to operate, with only two buttons acting as controls. However, the 20 mph (32 km/h) top speed and 47 miles (75 km) of range mean you’ll need to keep your expectations low.
Key Segway eMoped C80 specs
- Top speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
- Range: 47 miles (75 km)
- Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Segway eMoped C80 price
Winner of a Red Dot design award, the Horwin EK3 comes in standard and deluxe variants. We’re partial to the deluxe model, with its metallic paint and brown leather seat, but the standard model is not too shabby either.
The Horwin EK3 is what you’ll want if you’re after some extra performance in your electric scooter. It can hit 60 mph (95 km/h) and accelerate to 37.5 mph (60 km/h) in just 6 seconds, outrunning many mopeds and scooters out there, both electric and ICE. The range is great too, at 63 miles (100 km).
The EK3 features daytime LED lights – always a good idea – and triple-lamp LED headlights. The USB port means you can charge your phone while riding, and the smart key means the scooter will unlock itself when you approach. Just tap on the button and away you go.
Key Horwin EK3 specs
- Top speed: 60 mph (95 km/h)
- Range: 63 mph (100 km)
- Weight: 187 lbs (209 kg)
Horwin EK3 price
And that’s a wrap! These are the best electric mopeds and scooters you can get in 2021. Stay tuned as we’ll keep this roundup up to date.