What Is an Electric Scooter?

November 1, 2022

Looking to learn about electric scooters and how they work? You’ve come to the right place.

An electric scooter is a type of personal transportation vehicle that uses an electric motor to power its movement. Some electric scooters have seats, but most are ridden standing up. Unlike traditional kick scooters, which are propelled by the rider pumping their legs, electric scooters rely on a battery-powered motor.

To understand how an electric scooter works, it's helpful to know the basic components that make up the scooter. These include the following:

Electric Motor

The electric motor is the heart of the electric scooter, providing the power to move the scooter forward. The motor is typically located in the front or rear wheel, and is connected to the wheel via a drive belt or chain.


The battery is the source of energy for the electric motor. It's typically a lithium-ion battery, which is rechargeable and has a high energy density. The battery is usually located in the base of the scooter, and is connected to the motor via electrical wires.

Control System

The control system is the brain of the electric scooter, managing the flow of electricity between the battery and the motor. The control system includes a throttle, which the rider uses to control the speed of the scooter, as well as a brake and other controls.


The frame is the structure that holds all of the scooter's components together. It's typically made from lightweight materials like aluminum or carbon fiber, and is designed to provide stability and support for the rider.

How to Ride

  1. Start by finding a flat, smooth surface to ride on. Avoid riding on uneven or slippery surfaces, as they can be dangerous.
  2. Once you're comfortable, turn on the electric scooter by pressing the power button. Some scooters have a throttle on the right handlebar that you can twist to accelerate, while others have a button that you press to go forward.
  3. Begin moving by pushing off with one foot, then using the throttle to accelerate. Keep your feet on the board at all times to maintain balance.
  4. As you ride, be sure to look ahead and scan for potential hazards, such as cars, pedestrians, or other obstacles. Use the brake on the handlebar to slow down or stop as needed.
  5. When you need to turn, gently lean in the direction you want to go. Avoid making sharp turns at high speeds, as this can cause the scooter to tip over.
  6. When you're ready to stop, gradually reduce your speed and come to a complete stop by using the brake. Then, turn off the scooter and step off.

With these simple steps, you'll be able to ride your electric scooter safely and confidently. Just remember to always wear a helmet, follow traffic laws, and stay alert while you're on the road.

Overall, electric scooters are a convenient and fun way to get around, offering a simple and eco-friendly alternative to cars or buses. With their easy-to-use controls and lightweight design, they're a great option for riders of all ages and abilities.

Check out some electric scooters we’ve reviewed below.

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