Nine e-scooters in the ADAC test / expensive are not equally good, but cheap is rather bad

ADAC E-Scooter Test 2020: Lower prices
ADAC E-Scooter Test 2020: Lower prices

Munich (ots) - E-scooters have been shaping the streets of German cities for a year. Mostly it is rental vehicles that are on the move - but more and more scooters are coming onto the market as purchase models. In order to check the quality of the currently available models, the ADAC has tested nine e-scooters in different price ranges. It shows that expensive is not equally good, but cheap is rather bad. In total, three electric scooters received the grade “good” and five “satisfactory” and the test loser received an adequate rating.

The Maginon Street One (test grade 4,5) is the cheapest e-scooter in the test with 279 euros. Wheels that are too small and unstable driving behavior lead to point deductions. A broken weld seam of the aluminum frame during the durability test led to a devaluation of the overall grade to “sufficient”.

The test winner with the grade 2,2 is an e-scooter from the middle price segment for around 800 euros: The Segway Ninebot convinced with the best workmanship and the best driving characteristics, especially with its powerful drive and a range of 46,2 km. Overall, its size, the comparatively high weight and the only satisfactory braking properties prevent a very good overall rating.

The two most expensive scooters in the test, the Go! Mate Steap ER2 Plus and the SXT Light Plus only achieve the grade satisfactory. The price-performance winner with around 700 euros and the grade “good” is the SO Flow SO6.

We also tested a refurbished scooter, the My Tier from the TIER sharing fleet. The result: good driving characteristics, robust and safe. But the high weight (heaviest model in the test) and the fact that you can not fold the scooter stand out negatively.

Compared to the previous year's test, the price level of e-scooters fell significantly, but the low prices are, in the opinion of the ADAC, primarily at the expense of safety. The testers of the club recorded significantly better and shorter braking distances in the test from last year, in which the price level of the electric scooters was still significantly higher. Most scooters stopped at a speed of 20 km / h after about two meters. This year, the braking distance has been increased to an average of 3,4 meters using the identical test procedure. However, saving on the quality of the brakes can be life-threatening. According to the ADAC, both wheels, but especially the front wheel, should have a mechanical brake on e-scooters.


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