Electric Scooter FAQs

Hear the birds sing, the children play, and the leaves rustle as you glide towards your destination on one of our all-weather electric scooters, like the Govecs.  They will lower your stress, preserve your bank account, and provide plenty of riding enjoyment.  And, on average, one electric scooter will outlast three gas scooters of approximately the same price.

How much can you save by riding an electric scooter?

Faithfully driving an all-electric scooter instead of driving your average car (at 20mpg of gas) will save you enough gas and maintenance money to pay you back the purchase cost of the scooter within 6 to 9 months, assuming you drive about 12,000 miles per year. Imagine what you can do with all those savings in years ahead!

How does an electric scooter compare with other vehicle types?

There are great economic reasons to purchase a scooter from Electric Avenue which include an incredibly low cost per mile and substantial government incentives. Cost per mile comparison of various vehicles:

Typical SUV or pickup truck $0.70 per mile
Typical mid-sized car $0.50 per mile
Gas powered scooter or gas motorcycle $0.25 per mile
Electric scooter from Electric Avenue $0.01 to $0.02 per mile

What government incentives are available for the purchase of an electric scooter?

  • City of Austin Clean Cities “Plug in Your Wheels” rebate is $50 to $300
    per electric scooter that Electric Avenue carries.
  • Check your state for other incentives. (For example, electric vehicles are exempt from sales tax in Washington state.)

What is the mpg equivalent of an electric scooter?

Between 600 mpg and 900 mpg! Here’s our calculation: On a cost basis, considering that an electric scooter takes about 3 kwh (at 9 cents per kwh) to travel 60 miles, while a small car that gets 30 mpg, for example, will require about two gallons of gasoline (at $3.50 per gallon), the cost difference is about 27 cents vs. $7.00 for the energy required to go the same distance. So, since $7 is about 25 times more than 27 cents, the cost-based equivalent mpg of an electric scooter is about 25 times better than that of a small gas car. Or, 30 mpg x 25 is 750 mpg. Therefore, we can say that the mpg equivalent of an electric scooter is anywhere from 600 mpg to 900 mpg.

How safe is it to ride an electric scooter?

On average, safer than driving a car, if you take a MSF certified safety course to get an M-classification on your license, wear a DOT approved helmet and other safety gear, ride sober, and have a defensive driving attitude. There is also a common, but waning, sentiment that “loud pipes save lives”. Contrary to this belief, noise basically annoys people and adds to a city or town’s noise pollution. The drivers who are most likely to collide with you are in front of you, and not behind where the noise of exhaust pipes are pointing, so the noisiness of a vehicle is somewhat immaterial, collision avoidance being more a matter of being seen. In fact, the stress and distraction that noise brings to yourself and others may actually increase risk by diluting mental focus. All this augers well for electric scooters which produce very little noise, not to mention almost no heat and no exhaust fumes.

(See good reference books like: “Proficient Motorcycling”, by David L. Hough, or “How to Ride a Motorcycle”, by Pat Hahn, etc.)

How sustainable is an electric scooter in terms of CO2 emissions?

On average, electric scooter riding produces only about 2% the CO2 per mile of driving a car. This is obtained by figuring that riding an electric scooter 20 miles uses about 1 kwh, (the same amount of energy as an electric ceiling fan operating overnight for 10 hours). Even if your power comes from a coal plant, the dirtiest source in terms of CO2 emissions, one kwh of electricity generated produces about 1 pound of CO2. (Natural gas powered generation still produces more than half a pound of CO2 per kwh.) A small car using gasoline produces about this amount of CO2 every mile it drives. Therefore, at worst, an electric scooter produces only 5% of the CO2 of a car. And, if your power comes from wind, solar, or some other renewable source (not natural gas), your electric scooter produces no CO2 at all.

(CO2 emissions figures come from US EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator).

How often do I need to change the batteries?

There are two general types of batteries used in scooters that we sell. Our scooters either have lead-acid batteries (a.k.a. silicone batteries, SLA batteries, AGM batteries, etc.) which is a century-old technology based on the element of lead, or they have lithium-ion batteries which is a much newer technology, lighter (by 3 times, for the same energy capacity) and longer-lasting (by approximately 6 or 7 times) than lead-acid batteries. Lead-acid batteries typically last up to about 5 years before needing replacement, and Lithium-ion batteries typically last 10 years or more, but will cost approximately twice as much as lead batteries. Overall, lithium batteries give much better vehicle performance, are much lighter weight, and have much longer life than other battery types, providing the best performance and value for your money. Both types of batteries constitute about one-third the cost of a given electric scooter, and much of the difference in prices among scooters.

Do I need a license to drive a scooter in Texas? 

Yes!  As of September, 2009, in Texas, the operation of any street-legal moped or scooter requires a Class M motorcycle license.  This includes electric scooters, 49cc and 50cc scooters and mopeds.  See the Texas Department of Public Safety Motorcycle/ ATV Safety Unit Vehicle Descriptions and Requirements.