Electric Scooter Survivors

November 4, 2012
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Here is a short list of the survivors of the electric  scooter craze. Now there are very few scooter manufacturers who are making a serious go of selling electric scooters. For good reason.  Every survivor on this list is barely scratching by, and is teetering on the edge of falling into the electric scooter graveyard.  Notice that all of these electric scooter are high quality, expensive, and are worth resurrecting if you can pick one used instead of allowing them to become landfill.

 Currie Phat Flyer

Currie has been in the electric scooter business since 1999 (the beginning of the scooter boom), and were one of  the original big players in the scooter game . When Zap dropped the ball with the Zappy, Currie picked it up with the Phat Flyer, which became probably the most popular electric scooter in the USA for a short time.  The Phat Flyer has extremely reliable components including a brushless motor system that is still used on Currie Scooters and electric bikes today. As the scooter rage died down, Currie began re-naming the Flyer with a host of different names, but its styling is unmistakable. Today you can still  find Currie scooters in big chain  stores such as Target, Walmart and Amazon for around $500.

Go Ped ESR 750

Go-ped the company was thriving in the 2000’s when the gas powered scooters were all the rage. A tough federal crackdown on the 2 stroke powered vehicles caused Go-ped to downsize, move to Nevada, and focus on electric scooters. Although the Goped ESR 750 never achieved even close to the popularity of what the gas powered scooters accomplished, it stands as one of the highest quality electric scooters on the market, and it is still made in the United States.  The ESR 750 has not changed much in its 10 years of existence, and is still alive as a product, and can be bought brand new from Go-ped today for around $1000 with heavy lead acid batteries, and $2000 with lithium batteries.

Go Ped Hoverboard

The Hoverboard  is Go-ped’s highest end scooter which has also been around since the electric scooter boom in 2002. It is basically the same as the ESR 750 but with a patented dual suspension.   The Hoverboard is a few extra hundred dollars over the ESR 750 because of this suspension.

 

Ego

The Ego Scooter is another example of a scooter that has not changed much since its release in 2002. It enjoyed moderate success as a high end and heavy scooter. The Ego uses a belt drive and a huge battery bay large enough to carry enough heavy lead acid battery to go 20 miles. Of course this scooter is heavy, weighing in at over 100 pounds. The Ego Scooter can still be bought today for $2000 new, and some of the original Ego Scooters appear on craigslist for $500 with burned out batteries. Replacing the lead acid batteries on an Ego Scooter will only cost you around $150. Check out the Ego Website for more info.

 

Diggler

The electric Diggler has been around since the tail end of the electric scooter boom, (around 2003). It has big wheels, a rear hub motor,  a front suspension, and a lithium battery.  The controller and battery  seems “slapped on”.  It is the black box you see at rider knee level.   The Diggler sales with lithium batteries at the mouth gaping price of $2700-$5000. Lucky tfor  Diggler their  primary business is selling kick power only scooters, because at that price we assume they sell very few electric scooters a year. Check out the Diggler Website for more info.

Glide Electric Cruiser

The Glide Cruiser is the only new electric scooter we have seen come to market in recent years. It looks very similar to the Diggler design, but refreshingly it has its battery and controller built into the frame.  Like the Diggler it utilizes lithium batteries and therefore does not come cheap. $2700-$4000.  Annoying this company lists no detailed specifications on  their scooter on their website, for example the amp hours of the battery, which is  dubious. With these kind of marketing mistakes  expect the Glide Electric Cruiser to hit the scooter  graveyard soon.

Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.

8 Comments

  1. Currie Technologies has been offering a range of electric scooters consistently since 1999.

  2. I just resurrected a Bladez XTR Comp 450W scooter for the kids. Scrapped the old SLAs and installed 32Ah of recycled Laptop cells. Fun project for a weekend, and the kids love it.

  3. I’m glad Teslanv mentioned the Bladez XTR Comp scooter here because while it may not be a “Electric Scooter Survivor” it certainly earned it’s place among quality scooters of the era. While most (and by most I mean millions) China scooters were essentially trash from the get go, there are some notable ones. Anyone who owned a E36 Rad2Go or White Lightning knows how much fun a block long wheelie can be. A Currie F-18 with two 600W motors on the left side was one of my first scooters that had everyone learning to respect electricity. Made in Taiwan and modified in USA
    Later a 100% home made “SuperScooter” used two E36 Rad2Go motors driven by a programmable Alltrax controller and Hawker 13Ahr batteries. Mathematically this would produce 17 horse power…in the real world it was dangerously quick. Actual Amp draw never exceeded 175amps because it rocketed out of the hole so fast the controller had to be fine tuned to limit the ramp up rate and current. It was fun to smoke the fastest gopeds on the block all the while having parents and neighbors cheering on the “silent scooter” and booing their own kid on the hideously loud piped goped.
    In 2003 in Phoenix AZ, 911 callers received more calls for “loud scooters” than for traffic accidents. The Phoenix City Council took immediate and careless action (careless in my opinion). A 2004 “Scooter Ban” made all scooters and ride on toys illegal to operate in Phoenix and most surrounding cities. My business a “clean green light electric vehicle” parts supplier died almost over night, as did many other small businesses which were previously profitable. If only the city council would have more carefully created a law to solve the problem (loud 2stroke scooters) and allow the use of silent and fun electrics, I think they would have made a green decision as opposed to a bad decision.
    I am still, and always will be a stand up electric scooter fan. I have just finished a unique Currie modification which uses the rare old right and left hand threaded hub to build a 24-36 V two motor scooter with one motor on each side…a first for me. The left side uses a ‘made from parts’ 36V brushed motor with hall type twist throttle, while the right side motor is a brushless motor with a 5k thumb throttle. Not as impressive as two 600W finned MAC motors, but good acceleration none the less.
    Oh, Re: the scooter graveyard…I’m now in the recycling business which will help me keep all the good old electric scooters I find on the survival list.
    Thanks for a great article and I hope you enjoyed my input.
    ScooterFaster Phoenix AZ

  4. I just received a Diggler Electric Elite. From the moment I placed the order the customer service in terms of communication, response, and expectation of arrival has been horrible. The product, when it arrived two months later, had poor electrical components and did not work as advertised. The motor drew so many amps that it blew fuses before even getting up to speed. The connector from the power source to the hub motor was so poor it actually arc’ed and fried. Even the basic connections to the battery pack were loose. The company does not return my phone calls or emails.
    In the end I do regret buying this scooter. The promise of a real off-road electric fell way short in reality. I’m going to rebuild it with quality components.
    Digger can kiss my ass.

    • Hey really sorry to here…that is awful. Its a bad sign when a company treats a customer like that.

  5. Hello. I have a Currie Phat e scooter that the motor had went bad and is no longer available. Is there a motor that can be retro fitted onto this? I would have to change the rheostat since it has corrisponding circuitry in the motor.

  6. I rode a friend’s Glide Cruiser today. They are flat-out fun to ride. I went on and off the pavement – excellent handling and plenty of speed. They have a nice package. They can always look me up if they need a good marketing person.

  7. Hello. I have one of the new Glide Cruiser models, the SR24 Scout. I’m not sure how they can even call this the entry level model. It’s the best electric scooter I’ve ever seen! This this is like the Ferrari of electric scooters. Constantly being asked about it every time I take it out. Powder coated Aluminum frame, lithium ion battery, disc brakes, quality suspension, 48v hub motor, keyless fob, regen breaking, sweet led colored lighting effects and, the battery is so easy to swap. Just unlock it and pull it out. Put it on the charger, a fresh battery in and go! Pulls hard even with two people. Does somewhere around 20mph and goes many miles. And I only have the 10Ah battery. You can opt for 15 or 18. Great off road too.
    The website seems to have all the needed info now and the owner is super nice. I highly recommend!

    ~John

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