A guide to electric scooters for heavy adults

Rider with electric scooter at the beach

Electric scooters are gaining in popularity in cities around the world. They’re eco-friendly, aren’t affected by traffic conditions, and they can be conveniently recharged when not in use. That being said, some people might be put off by the fact that many electric scooters are portable and lightweight because they themselves are a little heavier and aren’t sure if an e-scooter can support them.

However, as electric scooters have improved over time, there are now many e-scooter models available that accommodate heavier adults. 

This article will answer the following questions including:

  • What is the weight limit for an electric scooter?
  • What are the benefits of a heavy-duty electric scooter?
  • What are the disadvantages of a heavy-duty electric scooter?
  • Why does the maximum weight limit for an electric scooter matter?
  • Where can you buy electric scooters for heavy adults?

What is the weight limit for an electric scooter?

The weight limit of a person that an electric scooter can carry usually depends on the model of the scooter. Generally, the maximum carrying capacity ranges from 100 kg (220 lbs) to 120 kg (265 lbs). However, there are some manufacturers now making e-scooters that can carry up to 250 kgs (550 lbs) due to demand.

Electric scooters shouldn’t be ridden by someone who weighs more than the manufacturer’s recommendation as the performance of the scooter will likely be compromised. So if you are an adult that is on the heavier side, then the weight limit will be an important factor when choosing an e-scooter.

Electric scooter for adults

What are the benefits of a heavy-duty electric scooter?

A heavy-duty electric scooter will not only be able to carry a person with a heavier weight, but also traverse different terrain easily, such as off-road or uphill. For example, an electric scooter with 1000 watts of power should be able to comfortably handle the weight of a person who is about 115 kgs (250 lbs).

However, as these scooters are marginally heavier, the drawback is that compared to lightweight scooters, you won’t be able to easily pick these up and fold them away. 

What are the disadvantages of a heavy-duty electric scooter?

Flaws to accommodate weight

Most electric scooters are made with smaller riders in mind, so if you are a heavier adult, your options for an electric scooter are limited. To accommodate the extra weight, some heavy-duty e-scooters have major drawbacks, such as not being UL certified, which is the top-rated safety certification in the world.

Hard to carry

A heavy duty electric scooter is fine for someone who doesn’t need to carry it, but if you need to carry your electric scooter onto public transport, it can be quite heavy. With a maximum rider capacity of 120kg (265 lbs) and only weighing 12 kg, an e-scooter like the Raine One is a lighter alternative.

More expensive

Heavy-duty electric scooters cost more to make because they require more parts to be able to hold a heavier weight. For example, many heavy-duty e-scooters will have a second motor or bigger tyres, which not only increases the weight of the scooter, but also the cost.

Person riding electric scooter along city street

Why does the maximum weight limit for an electric scooter matter?

It matters if you plan on carrying heavy objects with you, such as a backpack or a shopping bag. That additional weight could tip you over the maximum weight limit and that can damage your electric scooter. The same applies for a heavy adult. That’s why it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation of the e-scooter’s weight limit.

Where can you buy an electric scooter for heavy adults?

There are many heavy duty electric scooters available that you can find online to suit your weight and lifestyle.

If you weigh under 120 kgs (265 lbs), the Raine One electric scooter can accommodate you, and the scooter itself only weighs 12 kg. It’s carbon fibre and aircraft grade aluminium frame is strong but lightweight allowing the rider to travel on it comfortably. 

Not only is it able to carry up to 120 kg, but it’s also able to be folded, picked up and carried onto public transport or up stairs. Its powerful electric motor and lithium ion battery makes it the ideal electric scooter for your everyday commute.


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