Are you looking to purchase an electric scooter, but aren’t sure how much power it needs? Sometimes the technical specifications for e-scooters can be confusing and the motor that you need depends on your lifestyle. Don’t fret, because we’re going to explain everything there is to know about electric scooter motors.
We’re going to answer the following questions in this article:
- What are watts?
- How many watts is the average electric scooter motor?
- How do watts impact electric scooter performance?
- What motor types are used in electric scooters?
- What is the best electric scooter with a 750-watt motor?
Read on to have all your queries answered.
What are Watts?
You’ve probably come across watts when buying light globes, so you’ll know that the higher the number of watts, the brighter the light globe. Watts are the base unit of power in electrical systems or mechanical systems and it’s measured by how much energy is released per second. Watts are calculated by multiplying the voltage by the current, as seen in the formula below:
W = V * I
For an electric scooter, the watt rating on the motor tells you how much energy the motor can handle continuously. This is different to a peak watt rating, which describes how much energy a motor can handle for a short period of time (eg. climbing a steep hill).
How many watts is the average electric scooter motor?
It depends what kind of electric scooter you’re after as some heavy-duty electric scooters can have two motors. Less powerful electric scooters will have a 250-watt motor, while the extreme performance scooters built for off-road riding can have dual 1200-watt motors.
For the everyday commuting electric scooter, you wouldn’t want an electric scooter that has less than a 300-watt motor because you won’t be able to traverse steep hills or rough terrain. For heavier adults, you might need a mower powerful motor so that it can support more weight.
How do watts impact electric scooter performance?
The wattage can impact some of the key performance aspects of an electric scooter including:
- The maximum weight an electric scooter can carry
- The maximum incline angles an electric scooter can climb
- The top speed an electric scooter can reach
To some extent, range can also be impacted by the motor power.
E-scooters on the cheaper end usually have between 200-600 watts of power, and can reach top speeds between 25 km/h and 35 km/h.
The Raine One has 750 watts of power and can reach a top speed of 50 km/h (31mph), so you can see that the wattage does make a difference.
What motor types are used in electric scooters?
There are two types of motor types used in electric scooters: brushed direct current (DC) motors and brushless DC electric motors.
Brushed DC Motors
Brushed motors have been used since the 1800s and are an older form of motor. In this type of motor, mechanical brushes drag along the inside of the motor alternatively powering different coil phases. Unfortunately this causes the brushes to wear down over time due to friction, and can cause voltage to act irregularly and be hazardous.
Brushless DC Motors
These are a newer type of motor and are also known as BLDC motor or EC motor. These motors first emerged in the ‘70s and are more efficient, more durable and have better power-to-weight ratio than the brushed motors. They’re also quieter and less likely to overheat. In a brushless motor, the mechanical component is replaced by digital switching circuitry that alternately power different coil phases.
What is the best electric scooter with a 750-watt motor?
The Raine One is a great electric scooter with a 750-watt brushless motor with a lot of power.
Some of the standout features of the Raine One include:
- It can carry the weight of a person up to 120 kg (265 lbs)
- It has a maximum incline angle of 15 degrees
- It has a top speed of 50 km/h (31mph)
The Raine One also has a high-power brushless hub motor and has three different modes: eco, smart and rocket, so you can choose how fast you want to travel/accelerate. The Raine One has a range of 40 km (25 miles) and a lithium ion battery that takes five hours to fully recharge.
It’s the perfect all-round electric scooter for your daily commute. You can order the Raine One here.