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.


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