3 Best Folding Electric Bikes for Easy Portability
Electric scoots aren’t just a child’s plaything anymore. They’re being used more extensively by adults as a legitimate mode of transport. More and more people are riding electric scooters to work, to run errands, and for cruising through parks and other recreation spots. For a short, enjoyable ride, pick yourself an electric scooter and leave the car parked in your driveway. These gas-free, eco-friendly scooters are changing the way we look at personal transport, making it increasingly more fun to get out and ride.
The features people look for in an electric scooter is speed and portability. Recent developments in scooter technology have increased the maximum driving speed and mileage per charge, as well as made them more portable than ever before. Although maximum travel speed and fuel efficiency are important, you’re not going to make an intercity commute on a single charge. We still rely on public transport (e.g. buses, trains) to get us from city A to city B, but scooters can save us a taxi or ride sharing trip. For this reason, we’re going to take a look at some of the world’s most portable electric scooters.
GOTUBE ELECTRIC SCOOTER
In early 2017, GoTube – a Hong Kong-based tech company that received funding through Kickstarter – promised to produce the most portable, lightweight scooter for short-distance travel. We’re glad to say that they haven’t skimped out on their designing and manufacturing processes, and they’re actually upholding their end of the deal. Introducing the GoTube, the world’s most portable electric scooter to date.
- Unit weight: 5.8 kg (12.79 pounds)
- Battery: LG 36V 4 Amp 18650 Rechargeable Li-Ion
- Motor: 120 W
- Removable battery: No
- Weight capacity: 150 kg (330.69 pounds)
- Max speed: 18 km/h (9.65 mph)
- Mileage per charge: 15 km (9.6 miles)
- Pedals: Yes
- Tire diameter: 88.9 mm
- Folded dimensions: 743 x 137 x 97 mm
- Unfolded dimensions: 743 x 415 x 927 mm
The GoTube has gotten a lot of publicity lately for boasting the innovating scooter’s extreme portability. Nowadays we see a lot of portable scooters, but nothing matches the folded dimensions of the GoTube. When the unit is folded up, there’s no hassle when stuffing the scooter in your backpack or carrying it around in one hand. The electric scooter comes with a handle tube-shaped carrying case as well.
It’s not just the portability that makes this electric scooter a great purchase. Riders can travel up to 15 km/h and travel distances of up to 15 km with a single charge. Even though this isn’t the highest speed or distance you can get on an electric scooter, considering the size of the unit, it’s rather impressive.
The GoTube also comes in a variety of specs. The GoTube version comes with a more powerful motor which lets the scooter travel quicker and farther than the standard GoTube. There are also built-in Bluetooth speakers for when you need to pump music while cruising downtown.
The price tag might be a little bit of a turn off for many people. The retail price ranges from $499 to a whopping $4,990. The development stage has passed so the early bird price (between $299 and $2,850.
XIOAMI M365 ELECTRIC SCOOTER
Not many people know that Xiaomi isn’t just popular for their Android Smartphones, but they’re also well-known for producing one of the world’s best electric scooters. Their M365 is a classy foldable scooter which can take you on an 18.6-mile journey with just a single charge.
- Unit weight: 12.2 kg (26.9 pounds)
- Battery: Rechargeable 18650 Li-Ion Batteries
- Motor: 280 W
- Removable battery: No
- Weight capacity: 220 kg (485 pounds)
- Max speed: 29.9 km/h (15.5 mph)
- Mileage per charge: 29.9 km (18.6 miles)
- Pedals: Yes
- Tire diameter: 215 mm
- Folded dimensions: 1,079 x 429 x 490 mm
- Unfolded dimensions: 1,079 x 421 x 1,140 mm
The specs speak for themselves. Although this unit doesn’t take much space and is highly portable, the weight of the unit is more than double that of the GoTube. This isn’t a bad thing since you get more mileage and speed.
The thing we like a lot about this device is the durability of the tires. When testing out scooters, we found that the thinner and small-diameter tires just couldn’t keep up with tires like on the M365. This allows riders to travel on rough terrain without fear of damaging the tires or popping the inner tube.
The Glion Dolly is another notable solution to short-distance travel problems. Why take an Uber to get from the train station to your office if it’s only 10 miles away? Instead, grab a Dolly and get to riding. It’s extremely portable to boot so there’s no trouble carrying the device around.
- Unit weight: 12 kg (26 pounds)
- Battery: Sony 36.6 V 6.6 Ah Li-Ion
- Motor: 250 W
- Removable battery: No
- Weight capacity: 115 kg (255 pounds)
- Max speed: 25 km/h (15 mph)
- Mileage per charge: 25 km (15 miles)
- Pedals: No
- Tire diameter: 203 mm
- Folded dimensions: 920 x 200 x 300 mm
Glion has developed a powerful yet portable electric scooter. The Dolly weighs only 12 kg but takes you up to 25 km on a single charge. It also uses the manufacturer’s patented vertical self-standing feature which allows the unit to stand upright on its own. Users can roll the unit around like a suitcase when it’s in this position.
The only problem is that the company is rather new. We haven’t seen any new developments with the company, so we’re afraid that this is just a one-scooter wonder company. Regardless, the unit is great. We enjoyed taking this electric scooter and traveling at up to 25 km/h. Just exercise caution when traveling at its fastest speed since falling can back you and the unit up pretty badly.
Another feature we appreciated is the extremely quick-charging capability of the battery. It only takes roughly 3.5 hours to reach maximum capacity from a fully drained battery. Leave the unit charging in your office so you’ll be good to go when it’s time to ride back to the bus or train station.