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I Tested 44 Electric Scooters At Night, These 9 Had the Best Lights

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters With Lights

To find the 9 best electric scooters with lights, I shortlisted and tested 44 models.

Key to my decision was their ability to illuminate the way ahead, whilst I also reported on their use of stem, deck, taillight, and turn signal LEDs. In particular, I assessed the effectiveness of their headlights by comparing each scooter’s lumen count (units of measurement that denote how bright a light is) alongside the distance, size, and shape of their beams.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

Top picks that are on the lowest end of the price scale, but maintain as many key features as possible.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights
Under $400
Turboant M10 Lite
Sale: $299.98 $399.98
NIU KQi2 Pro Lights
Under $600
NIU KQi2 Pro
Sale: $479.98 $599.00
SPLACH Turbo Lights at Night
Under $800
SPLACH Turbo
Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Mid-Range

Top picks that go faster, further, have better ride quality, and brighter lights than budget models.

SPLACH Mukuta Lights at Night
Under $1,250
SPLACH Mukuta
Sale: $1,099.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
SPLACH Titan Lights
Under $1,500
SPLACH Titan 10
Sale: $1,399.00 $2,499.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Mantis V2 Lights
Under $1,750
Mantis V2
Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Premium

Top picks that are packed with features, have the highest levels of performance, and the brightest lights.

Mantis King GT Lights
Under $2,500
Mantis King GT
Sale: $2,095.00 $2,495.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100
Wolf King GT Powerful Lights at Night
Under $3,250
Wolf King GT
Sale: $3,195.00 $3,795.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Wolf King GTR Lights
Under $4,000
Wolf King GTR
Sale: $3,995.00 $4,195.00 – Get Extra $300 Off With Code: ESIGTR

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Heavy Duty Electric Scooters for Heavy Adults

  • Budget: SPLACH Turbo – Suitable for riders up to 6'3″
  • Mid-Range: SPLACH Titan – Suitable for riders up to 6'5″
  • Premium: Apollo Pro – Suitable for riders up to 6'3″

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Electric Scooters For Tall Riders Up to 6ft 6″

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Fastest Electric Scooters

  • Budget: NIU KQi2 Pro – 25 miles max (17 miles real-world)
  • Mid-Range: SPLACH Titan – 44 miles max (29 miles real-world)
  • Premium: Wolf King GT – 70 miles max (55 miles real-world)

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Long Range Electric Scooters

  • Budget: SPLACH Turbo – 45 lbs, cantilevered folding mechanism, foldable handlebars, and a telescopic stem
  • Mid-Range: SPLACH Mukuta – 66 lbs, quick-release folding mechanism, and foldable handlebars
  • Premium: Mantis King GT – 74 lbs and quick-release folding mechanism

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Best Foldable Electric Scooters (Portable, Compact & Small)

  • Budget: SPLACH Turbo – 14 degrees max, 9 degrees optimal
  • Mid-Range: Mantis V2 – 30 degrees max, 18 degrees optimal
  • Premium: Wolf King GT – 50 degrees max, 30 degrees optimal

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Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills: Breeze Up the Steepest of Inclines

  • Budget: NIU KQi2 Pro – IP54 water-resistance rating
  • Mid-Range: Mantis V2 – IPX5 water-resistance rating
  • Premium: Apollo Pro – IP66 water-resistance rating

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Waterproof Electric Scooters: Best Scooters For Riding in the Rain

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Best Electric Scooters With Suspension

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Big Wheel Electric Scooters

  • Budget: None
  • Mid-Range: None
  • Premium: Wolf King GT – Available for an extra $145

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Best Seated Scooters

Best Under $400

Turboant M10 Lite

Sale: $299.98 $399.98

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Turboant M10 Lite:

Lights, value, action! Kicking off this guide is the Turboant M10 Lite, a budget scooter that delivers exceptional bang for your buck and illuminates even the gloomiest of nights.

Turboant M10 Lite Lights

Despite costing less than $400, it shines bright with a chart-topping performance profile and a well-rounded lighting rig.

Turboant M10 Lite Taillights

Its 3W headlight is strong enough for well-lit areas in low-light conditions, while its dual taillights on either side of the deck guarantee all-around visibility. As far as improvements go, I recommend purchasing an extra clip-on headlight for even greater visibility, but even without this addition, it’s fair to say that the M10 Lite sports the brightest lights of its similarly-priced rivals.

Turboant M10 Lite Headlight

When you assess the merits of this scooter beyond its lighting package, it’s easy to see why it's so popular. Taking all the best bits from its predecessor, the Lite is an altogether nimbler model that boasts the durability and pound-for-pound performance metrics to leave rivals trailing.

Turboant M10 Lite Cockpit

Take, for instance, its top speed of 16 mph and maximum range of 15.5 miles (or 10 miles if riding fast). Both stats are best-in-class when focusing the lens on the sub-$400 category.

Josh's Feet on the Turboant M10 Lite Deck

Then you have its reliable build and ride quality. The ergonomic cockpit, wide handlebars, grippy deck, and lightweight, yet robust IP54 water-resistant frame combine to maximize your handling and balance.

Turboant M10 Lite Frame

The stars of the show, however, are the 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. Aside from being a rarity on a scooter so cheap, they do an impressive job absorbing shocks and vibrations from the road. Their small size enhances your ability to maneuver busy environments with balletic poise, too. Compared to the other sub-$400 scooters that I’ve tested, the M10 Lite was the most nimble.

Turboant M10 Lite Motor

With a quick folding mechanism, a fully functioning USB port that lets you charge your devices on the go, and a responsive dual-braking system muscling their way in on the party, the Turboant M10 Lite is a feature-rich bargain whichever way you slice it. Fun, practical, and portable, it’s the perfect everyday companion for commuters, students, and anyone on a tight budget.

Turboant M10 Lite Folded Frame

Further Information:

Turboant M10 Lite Review

Best Under $600

NIU KQi2 Pro

Sale: $479.98 $599.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the NIU KQi2 Pro:

Introducing the award-winning NIU KQi2 Pro, owner of not just the most stylish headlight in the sub-$600 category, but the brightest rig that you’ll find on any budget scooter.

NIU KQi2 Pro Lights

So, what’s led to it being described as ‘iconic’? Well, this is a light that has layers. An outer ring stays illuminated as soon as you turn the scooter on, adding a subtle shine and a charitable amount of swag as you glide through the neighborhood.

NIU KQi2 Pro Halo Headlight

Then, when the sun goes down, it’s time for the main beam to kick in. It’s just about bright enough to ensure that no additional clip-ons are needed, which is a rare thing for me to say when it comes to entry-level scooters.

NIU KQi2 Pro Headlight Beam

But the headlight isn’t the only member of its lightning cast. Mounted on the rear fender, the big protruding taillight ensures that you remain visible from the rear. Unlike the headlight, it doesn’t quite achieve legendary status. Instead of flashing when you brake, it just glows brighter.

NIU KQi2 Pro Rear Fender and Motor

Beyond the lights, one of the KQi2 Pro’s main calling cards is its build quality. With its premium flair, it’s fair to say that it overdelivers in the design department for its price.

NIU KQi2 Pro Deck

Take the handlebars, for instance. They are both tall and wide, which is great news for those over 6 feet and anyone who values a balanced, stable ride. The supremely user-friendly cockpit, meanwhile, puts others in the sub-$600 category to shame.

Josh Testing the NIU KQi2 Pro

But NIU hasn’t saved its best for the lights and cockpit alone. With immaculate cable management, a stylish frame, a deck coated in a swappable grip tape, and a folding mechanism that is so slick, the brand patented it, the KQi2 Pro promises treats across the board.

NIU KQi2 Pro Chassis

This is particularly clear when you look at its 10 x 2.3-inch tubeless tires. Measuring 15% wider than the typical tires found on budget models, and with a thick layer of shock-absorbing air, they offer up the plushest riding sensation among competing models.

NIU KQi2 Pro Fender and Tire

Adding to its all-around appeal is a well-balanced performance profile. While entry-level scooters typically have motors that operate at 36V, the one sported by the KQi2 Pro operates at 48V. As a result, you get to take advantage of its increased torque to produce a peak power output of 600W, a 6.0-second acceleration to 15 mph, and a top speed of 17 mph.

NIU KQi2 Pro Accelerating

Its range is noteworthy, too. Boasting a maximum of 25 miles (or 17 miles under my tests), it achieves a podium position finish when compared to 7 similarly-priced rivals. The only scooter to beat it was the Turboant X7 Max (32 miles max, 18 miles tested).

Josh Riding the NIU KQi2 Pro

It’s also worth highlighting that the KQi2 Pro is configured with a patented battery management system that ensures longer-lasting efficiency and health by providing 14 different types of protection.

NIU KQi2 Pro Frame

To cap everything off, you have access to a mobile app that allows you to control the strength of the regen brake, record rides, limit your top speed, and activate a digital lock.

NIU KQi2 Pro Mobile App

The KQi2 Pro isn’t blemish-free, though. Its brakes, for one, are lackluster. From 15 mph, it takes 5.2 meters to stop. It does have a trick up its sleeve, though. It’s the only sub-$600 scooter to have a regenerative braking system. The front drum is extremely low maintenance, too. If you like the look of the KQi2 Pro, but wish it had more responsive brakes, then you should check out its big bro, the KQi3 Pro.

NIU KQi2 Pro Brake Lever

Ultimately, if it’s a stylish, well-built, and affordable budget scooter that you’re after, then look no further.

NIU KQi2 Pro Display

Further Information:

NIU KQi2 Pro Review

Best Under $800

SPLACH Turbo

Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the SPLACH Turbo:

2023’s update of the SPLACH Turbo has a lot to shout about. Billed as the “ultimate entry-level electric scooter”, it adds a new NFC card reader and turn signals to a package that already includes a sublime suspension system, best-in-class performance stats, and a crushing pair of dual drum brakes.

SPLACH Turbo Front Light Beam

SPLACH is a brand with an eye for the unconventional. It uses crowdfunding to keep production costs – and retail prices – low, ensuring you receive exceptional value for money with every model that it releases. But this penchant for the unusual also extends to the features that its scooters bring to the table.

SPLACH Turbo Stem Strip Light

This is evident with the Turbo’s lighting rig, which eschews an orthodox headlight in favor of a strip light on the stem and LEDs at the front of the deck. Now, while this setup certainly adds a healthy dose of flair and keeps you visible to others, it doesn’t illuminate enough of the way ahead. This is easily remedied with a supplementary clip-on headlight.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

This misstep aside, the Turbo claws back credibility in the lighting department with its dual taillights. Embedded into the rear of the deck, they also moonlight as brake lights and turn signals – this is rare to find on a scooter in its price category, so it gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

SPLACH Turbo Lights at Night

As too, does its 28 mph top speed and zippy acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 4.3 seconds. These stats place it at the head of the pack among similarly priced models, while its maximum range of 22 miles (or 18 miles if you’re going hell for leather) is competitive.

Josh Riding the SPLACH Turbo

Perhaps my favorite thing about the SPLACH Turbo, however, is its suspension system. This is a real feather in its cap: the springs and swingarms work together to absorb every shock and vibration from the road, while rubber bushings prevent any hint of bottoming out. Best of all, it's the cheapest scooter to come equipped with dual suspension.

SPLACH Turbo Accelerating

Add to the mix its front air-filled tire and solid rubber tire at the rear, and you have a scooter that fuses a nimble riding experience with a reliable low-maintenance build.

SPLACH Turbo 8-Inch Tire

This low-maintenance charm is embroidered further by its dual drum brakes. Along with its sibling, the Ranger, it’s the only model priced under $700 to feature this setup – the rest of the scooters rely on one mechanical brake alone. This places it at a clear advantage, with its stopping distance of 2.4 meters from 15 mph making a mockery of the 5.0 meter average achieved by its rivals.

SPLACH Turbo Brake

This best-in-class performance sits shoulder to shoulder with the rest of its practical nature. Not only is the Turbo’s main cantilevered folding mechanism extremely simple to use, but its handlebars also fold down. These features are manna from heaven for anyone who values portability.

SPLACH Turbo Folded Frame

This, along with its telescopic stem that can be adjusted up or down, and its 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, make it an ideal choice no matter if you’re tall, short, big, or small.

SPLACH Turbo Handlebars

With all things considered, there’s no denying the SPLACH Turbo’s all-around appeal.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Further Information:

SPLACH Turbo Review

Best Under $1,250

SPLACH Mukuta

Sale: $1,099.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the SPLACH Mukuta:

Part scooter, part mobile power bank, this is a model that defies categorization. 

SPLACH Mukuta Deck LEDs

Its dual 48V 600W motors summon a rip-roaring top speed of 28 mph and a snappy acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.7 seconds. Yet, to group the Mukuta in with the rest of the dual-motor performance scooters doesn’t do it justice.

SPLACH Mukuta Accelerating

You could say that the Mukuta is something of an enigma – but there is no mystery when it comes to its main selling point: its removable 48V 15.6Ah battery. Not only does it have enough capacity for a maximum range of 39 miles (or 22 miles if you’re giving it some welly), but with the purchase of a DC-to-USB converter, you can also charge an iPhone up to 56 times and a laptop 11 times. There’s simply no other scooter around that can offer the same perks found here.

SPLACH Mukuta DC-to-USB Converter

A kind word must also go to the exceptional dual discs and electronic braking system. With a stopping distance of 2.1 meters from 15 mph, they’re best-in-class among similarly priced scooters. In fact, I’d suggest reducing the strength of the electronic brakes via the display, as I found them to be too sharp.

SPLACH Mukuta Disc Brake

The stem, meanwhile, is wobble-free, making the Mukuta a rock-solid ride that performs day in, day out. The frame is also protected by an IP54 water-resistance rating, furthering its robust appeal.

SPLACH Mukuta Rock Solid Stem

Elsewhere, its easily adjustable front and rear suspension is a delight – a quality needed to compensate for its non-shock absorbing, yet puncture-proof solid tires.

Josh Adjusting the SPLACH Mukuta Suspension

Its swept-back 26.4-inch handlebars are among the most ergonomic that I’ve tested, too. Combined with the easily accessible controls and twist-grip throttle, they lay the foundation for excellent handling. However, I wish that the toggle switches gave more feedback as it was hard to feel them clicking through my gloves.

SPLACH Mukuta Cockpit

Aside from its impressive performance, the Mukuta brings an exceptional cast of lights to the table. Thankfully, it comes equipped with a high-mounted headlight that’s bright enough to prevent the need for any extra clip-ons. It illuminates the way ahead with a wide circular beam to ensure that you remain safe while riding at night.

SPLACH Mukuta Headlight Beam

What elevates the lighting rig, however, are the super bright stem and deck LED strips. Together they boost your visibility, while the seamlessly integrated swingarm turn signals are among the brightest and most sleek that I’ve ever tested. While they can’t be seen from the front or rear during the day, the ground around the scooter illuminates as they flash at night.

SPLACH Mukuta With All the Lights On

Finishing the setup are two taillights. Unfortunately, they don’t blink when the brakes are applied, instead, they just glow brighter. It's also worth noting that the plastic casing of the stem and deck lights feels a little cheap, but this doesn’t detract from their capabilities.

SPLACH Mukuta Lights With Turn Signals

So, there you have it, the SPLACH Mukuta – a scooter that combines a best-in-class lighting rig with a highly competitive performance profile and a treasure trove of features to game-changing effect.

Josh Cruising on the SPLACH Mukuta

Further Information:

SPLACH Mukuta Review

Best Under $1,500

SPLACH Titan

Sale: $1,399.00 $2,499.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the SPLACH Titan:

The Titan completes a trio of SPLACH models featured in this guide – and it’s fair to say that this is a case of saving the best for last.

SPLACH Titan Yellow LEDs

True to its name, this scooter is a maelstrom of titanic energy – and nowhere is this more apparent than its lighting rig. The headlight is bright enough to function as a lighthouse, while an array of auxiliary lights on the grippy deck and rock-solid stem maximize your visibility and swag.

SPLACH Titan Headlight Beam

What’s more, the deck and stem RGBs can be controlled via a nifty mobile app. This allows you to change their color and brightness – you can even set them to match the rhythm of music and your voice. I’ve not seen this level of customization on any other lighting package; it’s like a rave on wheels.

SPLACH Titan Mobile App For Lights

My only criticism is the scooter’s lack of turn signals. It would have been nice if the twin taillights also served this function, though they do at least flash when the brakes are applied.

SPLACH Titan Lights

And of course, there’s a lot more to the Titan than its – admittedly wonderful – light show. For starters, it’s a bona fide juggernaut. Dual 52V 1000W motors fizz like buzzsaws as they work you up to a sizzling top speed of 37 mph – and they waste no time in getting you there either. In fact, the Titan gets faster once in motion. Under my tests, it required just 2.5 seconds to reach 15 mph, and 4.9 seconds to hit 25 mph.

Josh Riding the SPLACH Titan

Thankfully, the scooter’s design means that this savage speed never feels untameable. Exceptionally wide handlebars, an ergonomic cockpit, and grippy deck engender a strong sense of control and stability, while front and rear discs work in cahoots with an electronic braking system to bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in an impressive 2.4 meters.

SPLACH Titan Cockpit

Another area of strength is the Titan’s combination of front and rear springs, rubber bushings, and plush tires. Together, they deliver an exceptionally smooth ride that scores an admirable 8.5 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale. With all three elements working in sweet harmony, you can tackle any type of terrain without incurring so much as a stiff joint.

SPLACH Titan Swingarm

Its range is just as impressive; armed with a huge 52V 20.8Ah battery, it has a maximum of 44 miles, or 29 miles if you’re riding at speed. Frankly, no other dual-motor scooter in its price class comes close to matching its stamina.

SPLACH Titan Deck

My one grumble is with its 220 lbs load-bearing capacity. This is low for a scooter with its profile, which is a shame, as it means heavier riders won’t be able to enjoy the majesty of this beast in full flow.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Titan

Nevertheless, the SPLACH Titan achieves its status as a value-busting all-terrain thunderbolt that has one of the best and most vibrant lighting rigs in the industry.

SPLACH Titan Chassis Lights

Further Information:

SPLACH Titan Review

Best Under $1,750

Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)

Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:

When it comes to pound-for-pound heavyweights, the Mantis V2 is a genuine knockout.

It’s extremely unusual to find a model with dual 60V 1000W motors, 25A Sine Wave controllers, and an 18.2Ah battery that costs under $2,000.

Mantis V2 (24.5Ah) Lights From Side

Unsurprisingly, this means that the V2’s top speed of 40 mph and acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.1 seconds are top of the class among models in its price class, while its real-world range of 28 miles is also worthy of a podium finish.

Mantis V2 Chassis In Motion

And if you did want to bump up your potential mileage, you could always fork a little more on the larger 24.5Ah model. This will increase your maximum range from 33 miles to 45 miles.

Josh Riding the Mantis V2

So, we’ve established that the Mantis V2 offers exceptional value for money when it comes to performance, but how does its lighting rig stack up? It's a big thumbs up from me.

Mantis V2 Headlight Beam

Equipped with a high-mounted headlight, super bright strip lights along the chassis, and deck-embedded button LEDs that also function as turn signals and brake lights, this is a package that ticks every box. As a result of its all-encompassing setup, it’s one of the best that I’ve ever reviewed.

Mantis V2 Lights

Controlling the lights is super easy, too. The headlight and turn signals can be switched on via an easy-to-reach button pad on the left side of the cockpit – which is among the most ergonomic that I’ve tested. Everything along the wide handlebars is clean and well-positioned – and what’s more, with 41 inches between the deck and handlebars, the solid stem is high enough to ensure the comfort of tall riders.

Mantis V2 Button Pad

There’s no drop-off when it comes to ride quality, either. Its front and rear dual springs work in tandem with a pair of juicy 10-inch pneumatic tires to absorb shocks and cushion you from bumps. Factor in its 6.25 inches of ground clearance and the V2’s all-terrain credentials are unquestionable – this is a scooter that thrives on both streets and off-road terrain.

Josh Testing the Mantis V2

The brakes are equally as impressive. With Zoom hydraulic calipers, 140 mm rotors, and responsive brake levers, the V2 will bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in just 2.0 meters. This even beats even the far pricier Mantis King GT (2.1 meters).

Mantis V2 Hydraulic Disc

One area that doesn’t quite stand up to its sibling, however, is its clunky folding mechanism. It requires you to tighten one clamp first before tightening the other, and so on until you achieve an all-around tight fit. But in truth, you’ll never want to be off the Mantis V2 for long. It’s an absolute pleasure to ride, come night or day.

Mantis V2 Handlebars

Further Information:

Mantis V2 Review

Best Under $2,500

Mantis King GT

Sale: $2,095.00 $2,495.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:

The rest of Kaboo’s celebrated Mantis range is Dr Bruce Banner – and then there’s the King GT. See where I’m going?

This incredible hulk of a scooter takes all the best bits from its stable-mates, makes everything bigger, and adds a fully adjustable suspension system – just because, well, why not? If NAMI can do it, so can Kaabo.

Mantis King GT Lights

First, let’s assess its all-important lighting rig. In my original review, I said that this setup was fit for a cameo in a Fast & Furious film. One look at this beast at night will tell you why.

While the high-mounted headlight isn’t the brightest of the premium/expert models featured in this list, the kaleidoscope of LEDs that line each side of the deck – and can be customized via a mobile app – bring the X factor in spades.

Mantis King GT LED Mobile App

This alone is a noteworthy feature, but add deck-embedded taillights and turn signals that flash at both the front and rear to the party, and you have one of the best all-around packages in the business. Handily, all of the lights can be easily controlled thanks to a button pad on the handlebars.

Mantis King GT Taillight and Turn Signal

Ah yes, the handlebars. Measuring 26 inches in width, they offer outstanding balance and stability when riding at speed. Which is good, because when I say speed, I mean up to 43 mph of it. No other scooter in the Mantis King GT’s price class can top it. It’s no slouch off the mark either, with an acceleration rate that’ll see you hitting 15 mph in 1.9 seconds and 25 mph in 4.0 seconds.

Mantis King GT Front 1100W Motor

Thankfully, this savagery can easily be clipped by the crushing Zoom hydraulic brakes, which will bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in a responsive 2.1 meters.

Mantis King GT Rear Tire and Brake

There’s no let-up when we switch the focus to range. The humongous Samsung 60V 24Ah battery has a maximum of 56 miles (or 38 miles if ridden fast).

Mantis King GT TFT Display

Perhaps the jewel in the King GT’s crown, however, is its fully adjustable suspension. Taking a leaf out of the book first penned by the NAMI Burn-e 2, it allows you to dial in the amount of rebound that you want on each of the springs to perfectly suit your weight and terrain.

Mantis King GT Adjustable Hydraulic Suspension

Such a capability earned the GT our All-Terrain Scooter of the Year Award for both 2022/23 and 2023/24, and – with the 10-inch hybrid pneumatic tires also in tow – a sensational 9.5 out of 10 on our shock absorption scale.

Josh Testing the Mantis King GT

But then the Mantis King GT is a winner from every angle. Ferocious yet elegant, it’s elevated the all-terrain scooter category to heights that will have pricier models looking over their shoulders.

Mantis King GT Front of Handlebars

Further Information:

Mantis King GT Review

Best Under $3,250

Wolf King GT

Sale: $3,195.00 $3,795.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Wolf King GT:

Very few electric scooters boast features that leave me well and truly floored – but the Wolf King GT is one of them.

Its dual 72V 2000W motors and 50Ah Sine Wave controllers summon from the depths of hell a simply outrageous top speed of 62 mph – not to mention a mind-melting acceleration rate of 0-40 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Wolf King GT With Lights On

Its mammoth 35Ah battery, meanwhile, delivers a maximum range of 70 miles, or around 53-55 miles if you’re brave enough to put the pedal to the metal.

Wolf King GT Deck and Kickplate

These performance stats are, in short, ridiculous. Yet everything feels controlled – and that’s largely because of the Wolf King GT’s iconic dual-stem. It’s the epitome of stability. Indeed, standing behind it while gripping the ultra-wide 29.5-inch handlebars and standing on its sprawling deck, you almost feel invincible.

Wolf King GT Handlebars

But it's not just balance and security that the dual stem guarantees – it’s home to not one, but two dazzling headlights. With both beams blazing, even the darkest of routes are fully illuminated. What’s more impressive, though, is that with an output of 2000 lumens, they are equivalent to the headlights on a car at full beam.

Wolf King GT Powerful Lights at Night

On top of this, the GT flaunts a smoked, tinted taillight located on the rear fender, as well as turn signals that – when engaged – flash at the rear and on the side of the controller box. The button console on the handlebars also comes with light indicators, so that you’ll always know whether they’re on or off.

Wolf King GT Turn Signals at Night

Like all the best electric scooters with lights, the LED setup constitutes a mix of substance and style – and the King GT’s dual strips of deck-flanking lights certainly satisfy the requirements of the latter. With more lights than a Christmas tree, the GT’s litany of LEDs means you won’t only be able to see in the dark – but be seen, too.

Wolf King GT Deck Lights

Plus, it’s worth noting that – because the deck lights are hooked up to the button console on the handlebars – the entire configuration turns on at once. This isn’t just a beautiful effect, but a convenient one, and a welcome departure from previous Wolf models that used a separate button under their decks.

Wolf King GT Intuitive Buttons

Beyond its exquisite array of lights and powerful performance specs, it continues to deliver with a big tick in the safety box. The dual hydraulic calipers and thick 160 x 3 mm discs will bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 3.0 meters. This is what you’d expect from an ultra-performance model of its size and weight.

Wolf King GT Front Hydraulic Disc Brake

And while its motorcycle-grade front fork and dual rear springs aren’t quite as refined as the suspension systems found on the likes of the NAMI Burn-e 2, NAMI Klima, and the Mantis King GT, the setup does complement a pair of jumbo 11-inch self-healing tubeless tires to minimize shocks and vibrations. For the best riding experience, I suggest sticking to urban routes, though it can handle dirt tracks, forest trails, grassy hills, and mountain paths.

Wolf King GT With Lights On During the Day

To sum up, the Wolf King GT is a one-of-a-kind scooter. No other model in its price class can rival its blend of power, handling, and durability. If you have a thirst for adrenaline and savor life’s white-knuckle moments, then your carriage awaits.

Wolf King GT Durable Kickstand

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (197 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Lights:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Wolf King GTR:

The Wolf King GTR is the fastest electric scooter I’ve ever tested. With a barely believable 65 mph top speed, savage 3.4-second acceleration to 30 mph, and monolithic peak power output of 13,440W, it leaves its ultra-performance rivals in the dust.

Wolf King GTR Lights

Yet, the GTR isn’t all about power – it also has one the brightest lighting rigs. Shaped like a pair of owl’s eyes, its dual headlights turn night into day.

Wolf King GTR Headlight Beam

I’m often compelled to recommend the purchase of extra clip-on LEDs when reviewing the effectiveness of a scooter’s lights. Well, let me tell you that such an outlay is categorically unnecessary here. One of these headlights alone would be enough, but with two, they illuminate everything in front of you across 120 degrees.

Wolf King GTR Lights at Night

But the headlights aren’t the only stars of the show. Running along the sides of the large and grippy deck is an array of LEDs that significantly boost your visibility (and style), while the turn signals are perhaps the best that I’ve tested – they flash at the front, sides, and rear.

Wolf King GTR Turn Signals

In fact, the only slight misstep when it comes to the GTR’s lighting setup is its taillight. Though its smokiness looks quite demure, it’s difficult to see in daylight. I’d also like it to flash when the brakes are applied. Nevertheless, at night, it’s easy to see.

Wolf King GTR Deck Lights

Building on the GTR’s safety credentials are its powerful Zoom hydraulic brake calipers and 160 mm rotors. Together, they brought me to a stop from 15 mph in just 3.0 meters. This is impressive given the momentum of the GTR’s 137 lb frame. It’s also worth noting that, at 3 mm, the rotors are 50% thicker than those found on other scooters (2 mm). This makes them less susceptible to warping, bending, and overheating.

Wolf King GTR Hydraulic Disc Brake

As impressive is its adjustable suspension. It’s far more advanced than the setup found on its predecessor – the GT – which uses a standard non-adjustable front fork and dual rear springs. While the two adjustment dials on the front fork didn’t seem to have too much influence over its compression rate, I found that you could tailor the rebound rate of the hydraulic shock at the rear to suit changing environments.

Wolf King GTR Rear Hydraulic Shock

Based on my experience, it’s best to adjust the rebound rate of the shock to its slowest setting for the most stable acceleration, while it’s better to use a quicker setting to make it more responsive when off-roading.

Josh Testing the Wolf King GTR Off-Road

The enlarged 12 x 4-inch self-healing hybrid tires and traction control feature worked their magic, too. They ensured that every inch of the GTR’s 112-mile maximum range (or 42.8-mile real-world range – according to my tests) was comfortable and controllable.

Josh Testing the Wolf King GTR Ride Quality

On the topic of control, the heavy, secure, and stable dual stem provides a level of reassurance that can’t be matched by scooters with single stems – especially when ripping top speeds.

Josh Testing the Wolf King GTR Deck Space

This reassuring quality is enhanced by the exceptionally wide handlebars and well-balanced frame. Together, they boost your handling considerably.

Wolf King GTR Wide Handlebars

Factor in the ability to remove its battery for easier charging, an IPX5 water resistance rating, and the best hill-climbing capabilities that I’ve ever come across, and you have one of the most formidable ultra-performance scooters ever built.

Wolf King GTR With Battery Removed

Further Information:

Wolf King GTR Review

Comparison

Compare Electric Scooters With Lights

The table below compares the best electric scooters across their lighting setup, performance, specs, price, and more.
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Turboant M10 LiteTurboant M10 LiteNIU KQi2 ProNIU KQi2 ProSPLACH TurboSPLACH TurboSPLACH MukutaSPLACH MukutaSPLACH TitanSPLACH TitanMantis V2Mantis V2Mantis King GTMantis King GTWolf King GTWolf King GTWolf King GTRWolf King GTR
Where to BuyTurboantNIU OfficialSPLACHSPLACHSPLACHFluid Free RideVoro MotorsVoro MotorsVoro Motors
Price$299.98$479.98$699$1,099$1,399$1,599$2,095$3,195$3,995
CategoryBudgetBudgetBudgetMid-RangeMid-RangeMid-RangePremiumPremiumPremium
Best UnderUnder $400Under $600Under $800Under $1,250Under $1,500Under $1,750Under $2,500Best Under $3,250Best Under $4,000
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Lights
HeadlightYes
300 Lumens
Yes
300 Lumens
NoYes
500 Lumens
Yes
1000 Lumens
Yes
1000 Lumens
Yes
1000 Lumens
Yes
2000 Lumens
Yes
2000 Lumens
TaillightYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
StemNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
DeckNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Turn SignalsNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Performance
Top Speed16 mph17 mph28 mph28 mph37 mph40 mph43 mph62 mph65 mph
0-15 MPH7.8 s6.0 s4.3 s2.7 s2.5 s2.1 s1.9 s1.7 s1.6 s
0-25 MPHn/an/an/a6.7 s4.9 s4.7 s4.0 s3.0 s2.8 s
Max Range15.5 miles25 miles22 miles39 miles44 miles33 miles56 miles70 miles112 miles
Tested Range10 miles17 miles18 miles22 miles29 miles28 miles38 miles55 miles42.8 miles
Suspensionn/an/a6/106.5/108.5/108.5/109/107/108.5/10
Braking2.9 meters5.2 meters2.4 meters2.1 meters2.4 meters2.0 meters2.1 meters3.0 meters3.0 meters
Max Incline15 degrees8.5 degrees14 degrees22 degrees20 degrees30 degrees30 degrees50 degrees50 degrees
Optimal Incline7 degrees6 degrees9 degrees13 degrees12 degrees18 degrees18 degrees30 degrees30 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 350W48V 300W48V 600W48V 600W (x2)52V 1000W (x2)60V 1000W (x2)60V 1100W (x2)72V 2000W (x2)72V 2000W (x2)
ThrottleThumbThumbFingerTwistFingerFingerThumbThumbFinger
Battery36V 6.6Ah FST48V 7.6Ah FST52V 10.4Ah FST48V 15.6Ah FST52V 20.8Ah FST60V 18.2Ah FST60V 24Ah Samsung72V 35Ah LG72V 35Ah LG
Charge Time5 hours7 hours7 hours8 hours6 hours12 hours6 hours12 hours12 hours
BrakesDisc, ElectronicDisc, RegenDual drums, ElectronicDiscs (x2), ElectronicDiscs (x2), ElectronicSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic
SuspensionNoneNoneSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Springs, SwingarmsHydraulic Forks, Springs, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Fork, Adjust. Hydraulic Spring, Swingarms
Tire Size8.5 inch10 inch8.5 inches8 inch9 inch10 inch10 inch11 inch12 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)
Weight30.9 lbs41 lbs45 lbs66 lbs64 lbs65 lbs79 lbs105 lbs137 lbs
Load220 lbs220 lbs265 lbs265 lbs220 lbs265 lbs265 lbs330 lbs330 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at NeckFolds at Neck
IP RatingIP54IP54IPX5IP54IP54IPX5IPX5IPX5IPX5
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-Road
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

To find the 9 best electric scooters with lights, I shortlisted and tested 44 models.

Key to my decision was their ability to illuminate the way ahead, whilst I also reported on their use of stem, deck, taillight, and turn signal LEDs. In particular, I assessed the effectiveness of their headlights by comparing each scooter’s lumen count (units of measurement that denote how bright a light is) alongside the distance, size, and shape of their beams.

These tests were carried out as part of a wider, standardized testing process that I employ for every electric scooter that I review. Find out more about how I test below:

Electric Scooters That I Tested:

Click through the photo carousel to see all of the scooters that I tested for this guide.

Test Criteria:

Headlight Lumens

Lumens (lm) are units of measurement that denote how bright a light is. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

To put this into perspective, car headlights at full beam emit around 2400 lumens, while a full moon, on a clear night, is around 1 lumen, and a mobile phone’s backlight is 20.

To show you how bright varying degrees of lumens are, I’ve created a side-by-side comparison below:

Electric Scooter Light Lumen Comparison

So, how many lumens does an electric scooter need? Well, that depends on the visibility of your riding conditions. Based on my hands-on tests, I found that the following lumen counts were best:

For streets that are well or partly lit, using a headlight with at least 500 lumens is sufficient. With this level of brightness, you feel safe while riding since you can see the road and any obstacles ahead before it's too late.

Varla Falcon Headlight Beam

However, for environments that are not lit, including streets, country roads, and forest tracks, I found that headlights with at least 1000 lumens were needed. These provided a larger field of view and allowed me to see potential obstacles further into the distance.

Wolf Warrior X GT Headlight Beam

It's important to note that across the 44 shortlisted scooters, I saw a correlation between the lumen count and the price of the scooters. Here, a higher lumen count correlated with a higher price. As a result, I recommend that you choose from the electric scooters listed in the Mid-Range and Premium categories since these have the strongest lights.

However, I’m aware that not everyone can afford to spend thousands on an electric scooter, so I included several budget options, too. Although the budget scooters don’t reach my recommended minimum requirement for lumens, you can buy additional clip-on headlights to bolster their effectiveness.

Beam Distance, Size & Shape

While there’s no magic number for beam distance, I found that the best headlights could illuminate everything within 20 meters.

Wolf King GT Powerful Lights at Night

However, while beam distance was a useful metric for judging each light’s efficiency, I found that a subjective view of their performance made for better reporting. This became even more apparent when factoring in the size and shape of their beams, as these factors determined their coverage.

SPLACH Mukuta Headlight Beam

Here, the best headlights cast out a wide, equal distribution of light that not only illuminated the way ahead but also the periphery on either side of the scooter (i.e. a forward-facing beam angle of 120 degrees).

Wolf Warrior X GT Lights Illuminating Road

Stem, Deck, Taillight, and Turn Signal LEDs

While my assessment of each scooter’s headlight provided comparable data on their ability to safely illuminate the way ahead, the stem, deck, taillight, and turn signal LEDs are responsible for your viability to other road users – especially from the side and rear.

SPLACH Mukuta Lights With Turn Signals

Aside from reporting on the implementation of these features, I also assessed the ability to customize the stem and deck LEDS (i.e. adjusting their color and intensity via mobile apps), the responsiveness of the taillights (i.e. did they flash while braking, or just glow brighter), and the visibility of the turn signals (i.e. could they be seen from all angles – including the front, sides, and rear).

SPLACH Titan Mobile App For Lights

Performance (Speed, Acceleration, Range, Ride Quality & Braking)

While the effectiveness of each scooter’s lighting rig was the foremost factor in determining the best models, their performance across top speed, acceleration, range, ride quality, and braking also played an important role in my selection.

To test the top speed and acceleration of each scooter I first made sure that their tires were pumped up to the recommended PSI, their batteries were fully charged, and their performance settings were dialed up to the max. I then put the pedal to the metal on a long, dry stretch of road, and reported on the speeds reached, as well as the time that it took for each scooter to hit specified intervals (i.e. 0-15 mph, 0-25 mph, and so on).

SPLACH Mukuta Accelerating

Then, to assess range, I reported on both maximum and real-world performance. Maximum range, as indicated by the manufacturer, is the mileage that can be achieved while riding under best-case conditions. Often, this includes a 165 lb rider, flat terrain, and riding in the slowest setting.

While maximum range served as a useful baseline metric, I reported on how each scooter performed under real-world conditions – including me as a 190 lb rider, periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops.

Josh Riding the Apollo Pro

Following this, I determined the ride quality of each scooter by assessing their stability, handling, comfort, and shock-absorbing capabilities. To make these assessments, I reported their rake angles, dimensions (including handlebar width, deck-to-handlebar height, and usable deck space), suspension systems, and how they responded to different inputs (i.e was the throttle smooth or jerky, and could you carve from side to side while maintaining traction and control).

Apollo Phantom V3 Handlebars

The final performance report was to ascertain each scooter’s braking power. Here, I measured the distance that it took for them to stop from 15 mph.

Josh Braking on Apollo Pro

Combined, the results from each test allowed me to identify the top-performing scooters relative to price. From here, I then selected the models that also had the best lighting rigs to give you the best of both worlds.

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, maximum range, tested range, and braking.

Top Speed

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test top speed.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
65 mph
Wolf King GT
$3,195
62 mph
Mantis King GT
$2,095
43 mph
Mantis V2
$1,599
40 mph
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
37 mph
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
28 mph
SPLACH Turbo
$699
28 mph
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 mph
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 mph

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
1.6 s
Wolf King GT
$3,195
1.7 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
1.9 s
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.1 s
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
2.5 s
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.7 s
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
6.0 s
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
7.8 s

Acceleration (0-25 MPH)

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.

ScooterPrice0-25 MPH (Seconds)
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
2.8 s
Wolf King GT
$3,195
3.0 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
4.0 s
Mantis V2
$1,599
4.7 s
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
4.9 s
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
6.7 s
SPLACH Turbo
$699
n/a
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
n/a
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
n/a

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
112 miles
Wolf King GT
$3,195
70 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
56 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
44 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
39 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
33 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
25 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

Ordered from longest to shortest range – Learn about how I test real-world range.

ScooterPriceReal Range
Wolf King GT
$3,195
55 miles
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
42.8 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
38 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
29 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
28 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
22 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 miles
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
17 miles
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
10 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.0 meters
Mantis King GT
$2,095
2.1 meters
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.1 meters
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
2.4 meters
SPLACH Turbo
$699
2.4 meters
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
2.9 meters
Wolf King GT
$3,195
3.0 meters
Wolf King GTR
$3,995
3.0 meters
NIU KQi2 Pro
$479.98
5.2 meters
Answering Your Questions

FAQs

Do Electric Scooters Come With Lights?

The vast majority of electric scooters come with lights, but not all of them are effective. 

As a rule of thumb, headlights that are rated 500 lumens or above are suitable for riding at night. However, for scooters that don't meet this requirement, you can attach an additional clip-on headlight to enhance your visibility.

When choosing a scooter, it's also important to consider the rest of its lighting package, including stem, deck, taillight, and turn signal LEDs. 

How Do I Turn My Electric Scooter Lights On?

Most lights can be turned on via the cockpit – either from a button console, or the scooter’s display. Some models (such as the NIU KQi2 Pro) come with mobile apps that allow you to check the status of the lights, and switch them on/off with a tap.

Other models – like those in the Wolf range (i.e. the Wolf Warrior) – have buttons located under the deck that are used to isolate power to deck-embedded LEDs. Similarly, if a scooter has turn signals, these will typically be controlled via a separate set of easy-to-access buttons.

Can You Put LED Lights on an Electric Scooter?

Absolutely. You can purchase additional lights and attach these to your electric scooter so long as they are battery powered.

However, before you go ahead and buy extra lights, you should check that they can be attached to your scooter. For instance, if your scooter has tapered handlebars or an unconventional stem shape, it may be difficult to attach them.

A good headlight will cost you around $60 – you can see my top recommendations here.

Can I Ride an Electric Scooter at Night?

Yes, so long as the headlights are powerful enough to illuminate the way ahead.

The key thing to be aware of here is lumens. Lumens (lm) are units of measurement that denote how bright a light is. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

For streets that are well or partly lit, using a headlight with at least 500 lumens is sufficient. However, for environments that are not lit, headlights with at least 1000 lumens are required. 

Ensuring that you're visible to other road users is also vitally important. Here, you should choose a scooter that not only has an adequate headlight but also a bright taillight. If your scooter has stem, deck, and turn signal LEDs, this is even better.

You can learn more about lumens here.

Change Log

Recent Updates

In the interest of delivering the most timely, relevant, and credible reviews/guides in the industry, I have detailed the recent updates and changes to my list of the best electric scooters with lights. Learn more about my editorial policy.

Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

From basic budget and feature-packed commuters to all-terrain trailblazers and ultra-performance behemoths, I've spent the last 5 years testing every type of electric scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so that I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another. See how I test electric scooters or check out my guide to the best electric scooters. Contact me anytime: josh@electricscooterinsider.com

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