Electric VS Gasoline Scooter – What to Buy?

Electric scooters have been a huge hit as they are grabbing all the attention from buyers. With newer players claiming record bookings like Ola S1 or even other players like Ather doing well, can we say this is the end of the gas scooter? Not enough.

Gas powered scooters like the hugely popular Honda Active continue to remain extremely popular and are still by far the best selling scooter. Yes, they may not have the noise surrounding an Ola, but that doesn’t mean it’s not selling. The best-selling gas scooters currently are dominated by the Honda Activa, TVS Jupiter and TVS Ntorq 125. Electric scooters still have time to match reliability or even range and range. Let’s see a few points.

Cost

Typically, electric scooters are outright more expensive than gas-powered scooters, but the cost has come down due to subsidies. That said, gas scooters are cheaper at the moment. Even the electric scooter is easier to maintain with much lower maintenance costs because electric scooters have fewer parts. However, longevity also needs to be looked at as a gas powered scooter can run for many years whereas an electric scooter can have its battery life limited to around 4 years?

Performance

This is where electric scooters win as they are much faster and smoother with smooth acceleration. Therefore, for city use when squeezing under gaps for instant acceleration, an electric scooter is easier to use. Electric scooters have a lot more torque, which further improves performance. It’s not that gas scooters are slow, but electric scooters just have more instant traction.

Range and Usability

This is where gas scooters win. Electric scooters may promise great range, but the real world can’t match the convenience of a gas-powered scooter. Sure, for a commute around town the new line of electric scooters makes sense with just about good real-world range, but their range currently isn’t good enough to beat a gas-powered scooter in terms of simple “fill it, close it”. and forget about it”. With a gasoline scooter, you can take it anywhere without worrying about range.

There is also a lack of charging infrastructure. Sparing few cities, the charging infrastructure can’t match the sheer ease of use that a gas-powered scooter gives you, no matter the price of gas. Also for buyers, the installation of charging stations or access to charging remains a major challenge. A gas powered scooter is more reliable and works anywhere, it matters.

What to buy?

If you live in big cities and have access to charging at your home/office and use a scooter for short distances, then an electric scooter makes sense. The range is decent, it’s smooth, fast and easy to use. Plus, of course, they’re cheaper to run, with gas prices being so high.

That said, gas scooters are tougher, more reliable, easier to maintain for years to come, with the freedom to take anywhere, and the convenience of just filling up and going. Charging infrastructure is an issue with the higher cost of purchasing an electric scooter. In many ways, a gas powered scooter makes even more sense overall and it’s no surprise they sell for so many.

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