Quick List: Best Fast Electric Scooters
To find the 9 fastest electric scooters, I hands-on tested a total of 32 fast models.
Key to my decision-making were motor power, nominal and peak power, top speed, acceleration, controller performance, handling, and safety. Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.
See my 9 top picks below (ordered by Holiday Sale prices):
- SPLACH Titan – 37 mph ($1,399) – Save $65 with code: ESI
- Apollo Ghost – 37 mph ($1,449) – Save $50 with code: ESI
- Mantis V2 – 40 mph ($1,499) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
- NAMI Klima – 42 mph ($1,999) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
- Mantis King GT – 43 mph ($2,095) – Save $100 with code: ESI100
- Apollo Phantom – 41 mph ($2,099) – Save $50 with code: ESI
- Wolf King GT – 62 mph ($3,195) – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
- Dualtron Thunder 2 – 62 mph ($3,399)
- NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX – 60 mph ($3,799) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
See all 32 of the shortlisted electric scooters that I tested in the photo carousel below.
Fast Electric Scooters
Best Off-Road Electric Scooters for All Types of Terrain
Best Foldable Electric Scooters (Portable, Compact & Small)
- Fast Model: Apollo Phantom – 25 degrees
- Super Fast Model: Mantis V2 – 30 degrees
- Extremely Fast Model: Wolf King GT – 50 degrees
Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills: Breeze Up the Steepest of Inclines
- Fast Model: SPLACH Titan – Dual springs
- Super Fast Model: NAMI Klima – Adjustable hydraulic shocks
- Extremely Fast Model: NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX – Adjustable hydraulic shocks
Electric Scooters With Suspension: 5 Buttery-Smooth Rides
- Fast Model: Apollo Ghost 2022 – IP54 water-resistance rating
- Super Fast Model: Mantis V2 – IPX5 water-resistance rating
- Extremely Fast Model: Wolf King GT – IPX5 water-resistance rating
Waterproof Electric Scooters: Best Scooters For Riding in the Rain
Category: Fast | Type: Budget | Rider: Beginner
SPLACH Titan Overview:
SPLACH is a brand like no other. This relative newcomer specializes in making premium scooters, selling them at low prices, and shifting perceptions of what’s possible in the process.
Following in the footsteps of its celebrated forebearer, the Twin, the all-new SPLACH Titan builds on the blueprint laid down and injects it with steroids to deliver a significantly more powerful beast.
With large dual 1000W motors, lightning-quick acceleration, and a host of premium features in its armory – including a customizable lighting rig, NFC card reader to unlock the scooter, and terrain-agnostic tires – the Titan is a titanic steal at $1,139. It’s rewritten the definition of value for money – and left rival brands scrabbling for a response.
Why I Recommend the SPLACH Titan:
So, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of why you’re here: speed. The SPLACH Titan has lots of it. Propelled by dual 52V 1000W motors and powerful controllers, it produces a peak power output of 2600W allowing this firecracker to hit 37 mph in a flash.
And I mean a flash. During my tests, I was able to accelerate from 0-15 mph in a sizzling 2.5 seconds and hit 25 mph in 4.9 seconds. Surprisingly, this acceleration rate leaves the much pricier Apollo Ghost eating dust. As a result, it delivers pound-for-pound power that’s deserving of its name.
The simple fact is that no other scooter within the SPLACH Titan’s price class gets anywhere near it when it comes to raw speed and power. It’s in a league of its own, with even the likes of the Mantis V2 – which is $760 more expensive – getting a run for its money.
But of course, to harness such ferocity, you need formidable stopping power. Well, fear not, because the SPLACH Titan wields front and rear disc brakes that will bring you to a complete halt from 15 mph in just 2.4 meters. This kind of performance is usually confined to semi or full hydraulics, so the performance of the standard discs should be applauded.
And if you want that extra layer of security, you’ll likely find it among the 12 speed settings that let you control your pace with consummate ease by switching between a mix of three gears, as well as eco/turbo and single/dual motor modes.
You’ll also want to retain that all-important sense of stability when racing down the street at the speed of a greyhound. Again, the Titan delivers. Billed as the SUV of the electric scooter world, it bears all the hallmarks of a model built with safety, control, and maneuverability in mind.
At 27 inches, the handlebars are among the widest I’ve ever tested; this detail is crucial when it comes to balance and steering control. They’re tall, too, which means you won’t find yourself in an unnatural hunched-over position – even if you’re over six feet. A special mention must also go to the flared handgrips, which are an exhibition of ergonomic design.
Elsewhere, the frame is streamlined yet durable (hello, IP54 water-resistance rating), while the stem has been reinforced to eliminate any potential wobbles at high speed. Weighing in at 64 lbs, it’s also light enough to qualify as a portable performance scooter (they typically weigh 60-80 lbs), while sturdy enough to support up to 220 lbs of weight.
My only gripe from a build and design standpoint is with the deck. Though sufficiently grippy, it’s on the short side at 19.5 inches long. It does, however, have 6.2 inches of ground clearance, which makes a big difference to ride quality. And, after all, the reinforced kickplate extends the space available for your feet. Nevertheless, the Titan manages to deliver a level of ride quality that’s often associated with much pricier scooters.
A big contributor to the ride quality is its tires. I tested the 9-inch variants and their tread and profile are something I’d never seen before. Not only are they extremely thick at 3 inches, but knobbly, too. Meanwhile, the front-on profile sits somewhere between rounded and square, which boosts their traction and ability to absorb shocks. Working in tandem with the extremely well-calibrated front and rear springs, they make this scooter a certified dream to ride over varying terrain.
If you think that the 9-inch tires are a little too diminutive for you, you can purchase the SPLACH Titan with 10-inch tires instead. These sport a different tread and profile, but are well-equipped for different types of terrain. In fact, if you want to take corners at speed, I recommend the 10-inch tires over the 9-inch ones since they hold their grip better.
You may be thinking that all of this goes way beyond what you’d expect from a scooter that costs just $1,139 – and you’d be right. Yet, amazingly, there’s more.
The 52V 20.8Ah battery delivers a maximum range of 44 miles (or 29 miles while riding it in its fastest setting – according to my tests), which makes a mockery of every other scooter within its price class.
As for hills, well this is one model that makes molehills out of mountains. If you plan to ride in an undulating environment, the Titan will be your best friend.
Did I mention that it also comes equipped with one of the best lighting rigs in the business? On top of the blinding miniature star that masquerades as its headlight, you get some pretty pimpin’ stem and deck LEDs that make you look like a moving carnival. These can be controlled via a mobile app where you can adjust their color, brightness, patterns, and even make them dance to songs or your voice.
Everything about the Titan is premium – except its price. SPLACH deserves our heartiest praise for prioritizing value over profit; in the process, it’s sent shockwaves through the industry with a model that leaves illustrious rivals looking a little sheepish.
Category: Fast | Type: Mid-Range | Rider: Beginner
Apollo Ghost 2022
Apollo Ghost Overview:
The people spoke; Apollo listened. Having asked for feedback on the Ghost 2021, the brand set to work on addressing all the imperfections to produce an upgraded version that is altogether more powerful and more robust than its predecessor.
We’re talking 52V 1000W motors in place of the original’s 800W offerings; a 37 mph top speed that betters the 2021’s 34 mph; and a stem that is 50% stronger, exorcising any wobble at higher speeds.
Unconcerned by superfluous frills and tassels, the Apollo Ghost 2022 feeds off the chills that run for cover when its full fury is unleashed. Melding frightening power with enigmatic grace, this brooding beast is arguably the best entry-level performance scooter.
Why I Recommend the Apollo Ghost:
Make no bones about it: the Ghost 2022 leaves hearts thumping. ‘Entry-level’ it may be, but this is a performance scooter with more than enough scares in its repertoire to rattle your chains.
Wielding its dual 52V 1000W motors with all the attitude of a demonic Rottweiler, the Ghost can zoom from zero to 15 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 25 mph in 5.3 seconds.
And though the difference isn’t huge, the Ghost 2022’s improved top speed of 37 mph certainly feels more snarling than what we found on the 2021 model (34 mph). There may be alternatives within its price and weight categories that can match the Ghost for pace, but the fact this is an Apollo build tips the scales in its favor when it comes to which scooter makes this list.
One of the advantages in its favor are the controllers, which deliver a smooth, controlled progression when bursting through the riding modes. Predictably, they play an important role in its supernatural hill-climbing capabilities since they maintain a zippy speed throughout.
Then we have the stem, which is 50% stronger than the one found on the Ghost 2021. This makes a massive difference to the scooter’s stability at high speeds, eradicating any chance of wobble while enhancing that all-important sense of control when putting the pedal to the metal.
Control is, in fact, a buzzword when it comes to describing the Ghost. We stated in the summary that this is a model unconcerned with frills and tassels; this is because the design has been guided by a focus on ergonomics and maneuverability, instead.
Along with the strengthened stem, the handlebars sport handgrips which, in our view, are the best of any scooter. They flare out at the ends to endow you with an added feeling of security, while the rubber molds tightly around your palms to eliminate any anxiety about your hands slipping off. It may sound like a small detail, but it makes a huge difference – this is one element of its design that elevates the Ghost 2022 above its competitors.
Another reason for our unabashed love is the Ghost’s accessibility. It delights all riders. The handlebars are high enough for those over 6 feet to avoid having to crouch, while short enough to ensure everyone else can ride in comfort.
And, with a maximum load-bearing capacity of 300 lbs, it is one of the best scooters in its price and weight category for heavier riders. The deck, spacious and (just about) grippy enough, serves an important purpose in this regard, while the addition of a kickplate allows you to lean into the ride for greater control and maneuverability. Our one tip: buy some extra grip tape to give your feet more to latch on to.
Performance scooters aren’t typically associated with portability, but with foldable handlebars and a far superior folding mechanism now in operation, you can have the Ghost compacted down and stored away in mere seconds. This is a real feather in its cap when it comes to deciding between speedy models.
It almost goes without saying that the Ghost 2022 is a dream to ride – this is Apollo, let’s not forget. The front and rear dual-spring suspension works for all riders; however, if you do feel it needs a little adjustment to fit your preferences then this can be easily done.
A trusty sidekick emerges from the shadows in the form of the plush 10-inch pneumatic tires, which are supported by 50% thicker rims to cater for the extra motor power. Their rounded front-on profile also makes a significant contribution to the scooter’s handling, especially when leaning into corners at speed.
With so much power at your fingertips, you’ll be relieved to know that the brakes are sharp and responsive. The scooter can be bought with either regular or hydraulic brakes; if you have an extra $150 floating about then I recommend the latter, but the regular variant still does a decent job at ensuring you stay in control.
Coming equipped with a 52V 18.2Ah battery that holds 947 Watt-hours of energy, you can feasibly enjoy the thrill of riding the Ghost at high speeds for up to 25 miles. If you’re going easier on the finger throttle then you can expect an even higher range of 39 miles. Importantly, the Ghost also comes complete with a Smart Power Management system that prolongs the life of the battery and enhances its efficiency.
There’s a lot to love about the Apollo Ghost 2022. From its vicious power and robust build; to its sumptuous ride quality and excellent handling; this is a portable performance scooter designed from top to bottom with thrills at its heart.
Category: Fast | Type: Premium | Rider: Beginner
Apollo Phantom Overview:
The Apollo Phantom V3 has been a certified thoroughbred of the performance scooter stable ever since the first edition was launched back in 2021. Now, we have the V3: it’s a summation of everything that riders have asked for in their feedback on previous models. It’s a statement of intent from a brand that ceaselessly strives for perfection.
It has everything you need for fast-paced, efficient rides. A new MACH1 controller that’s reset the boundaries of what its dual motors can deliver in the torque, speed, and acceleration departments? Check. A revolutionary regen brake paddle that represents a first for performance scooters? Sorted. A proprietary design that you won’t find anywhere else? Gotcha. Hydraulic brakes that could stop a bus? This is getting silly.
The Phantom brings it all to the table with a main course of white-knuckle aggression and a side helping of ice-cold control.
It’s worth every dime.
Why I Recommend the Apollo Phantom:
Where else to begin but with the Phantom’s triple-pronged assault unit: the all-new MACH1 controller and dual 52V 1200W motors.
Together they produce a peak output of 3200W and a nominal top speed of 38 mph. The key word here is nominal. That’s because the controller has the keys to unlock Ludo mode (short for ludicrous, suitably), which blasts the V3’s speed up to a scorching 41 mph.
Just as vicious is its acceleration rate. It can hit 15 mph from a standstill in a cheek-slapping 2.3 seconds – about as long as a Formula One pit stop – while only taking 4.5 seconds to reach 25 mph. This places it broadly on par with the Mantis V2, though it’s still some way behind the Mantis King GT and indomitable NAMI Klima.
Sounds a little petrifying? Well, you always have the option of modulating the Phantom’s accelerative strength through the new mobile app, which also lets you dial in the intensity of the regen brakes, adjust the top speed of each riding mode, activate cruise control, and remotely lock the scooter. You can also record trips, get remaining range estimates, and use the app as a navigational device.
And rest assured, you can also lean on the V3’s build quality for peace of mind. Its design has been precision engineered to channel its considerable power into something insanely enjoyable. The concaved handlebars are an expansive 27 inches wide to maximize balance and control, while the thick rubber-coated handgrips are a textbook example of ergonomic excellence.
The 7th-generation regen and accelerative paddles, meanwhile, are perfectly positioned alongside the controls for your turn signals and riding modes to optimize usability. And at the heart of it is the newly upgraded LX display that’s both bigger and brighter than the previous HEX offering. Through it, you can summon the fearsome Ludo mode.
Complete with a grippy 20.5 x 8.5-inch deck that sets a gold standard in design, its size is suitable for riders nudging the limits of the V3’s 300 lbs load capacity. On the topic of suitability, the 41-inch deck-to-handlebar height is ideal for riders of all sizes, including those that are tall.
The frame – as usual, a product of multiple rounds of testing – is nigh-on faultless. Made from aviation-grade aluminum, it delivers a toughness that doesn’t buckle at high speeds. The stem, too, is double-reinforced, eliminating high-octane wobbles while improving your handling. All the components have been made specifically for this scooter, meaning they fit together with perfection and performance in mind.
And then we come to the braking setup. The headline here is the integration of the first-ever regen paddle on a performance scooter. Instead of relying on the mechanical brakes, the regen system uses kinetic energy and the forces of drag to slow the rotation of the wheels. In turn, you’re able to recharge your battery up to 10% while keeping the disc brakes free from wear and tear. When used in tandem, you’ll come to a complete stop from 15 mph in an outstanding 2.1 meters. That’s some improvement on its predecessor’s 3.0 meters.
Another of the Phantom’s crowning glories is its 45-degree, downward-angled, quadruple spring suspension system. Quite simply, this is a next-level piece of kit. Primed for urban terrain, it adopts a sport car-esque profile, allowing you to accelerate, race, and chicane your way through your city like an F1 car. The ride quality is super smooth, while the absence of any bottoming out is a testament to the excellent damping that the springs and bushings provide.
This exceptional feat of engineering is buttressed by a pair of wide, 10-inch pneumatic tires that are among the best that I’ve ever tested. Compared to the tires on a standard performance scooter, they have a slightly deeper tread pattern. This enhances their traction on roads and sidewalks to improve maneuverability. They’re also robust enough to handle off-road terrain, including dirt tracks and forest trails, though I recommend avoiding off-road jaunts if you can (for this, check out the Mantis King GT).
Keeping everything moving is the 52V 23.4Ah battery. Combined with the MACH1 controller, you can look forward to a 27% increase in energy efficiency over the V2. This translates into a maximum range of 40 miles – so long as you're a light rider and keep the scooter in its slowest speed setting. Under my tests, where the riding conditions included me as a 190 lb rider, a circuit of undulating city streets, and periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops, the real-world range came in at 29 miles.
A powerful scooter also requires a strong lighting setup. Here, the Phantom excels. Its 1000-lumen headlight punches out a strong beam of light to lead the way, while the embedded deck LEDs and taillight further your visibility. It’s safe to say that even the spookiest alleyways will be cast in temporary daylight – and what’s more, the Phantom even comes with integrated front and rear turn signals that can be operated from either side of the cockpit.
Overall then, the Apollo Phantom V3 looks and acts the part. It’s the full package, bringing style, substance, and tech under one roof with aplomb.
Category: Super Fast | Type: Budget | Rider: Intermediate
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
Mantis V2 Overview:
On the hunt for a performance scooter that will thrive on forest trails as well as inner-city routes? Crave an adrenaline rush that won’t leave your savings begging for help? The Mantis V2 is here to answer your prayers.
Wielding dual 60V 1000W motors and 25A Sine Wave controllers, this elegant asphalt predator will leave you dumbstruck in the face of its refined power. Bringing all the prized trappings of a high-spec scooter into a price category that’s used to taking things slower, the Mantis is a challenge to its competitors that isn’t easy to meet.
Seriously. $1,899? Take our money.
Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:
So, those motors. Capable of producing a peak power output of 3000W and a top speed of 40 mph, a means to an unhurried end, the Mantis V2 is not. It can accelerate from 0-15 mph in a searing 2.1 seconds and 0-25 mph in 4.7 seconds to leave even the steeliest of eyes as wide as saucers. This is life in the fast lane.
If you’re new to performance scooters, you may be sitting there wondering if this is a bit of a jump. Indeed, while it sits at the lower end of the cost scale, it’s reasonable to suggest that you might be better served to cut your teeth with something like the Apollo Ghost. That being said, the Mantis V2 is far from being a ride that you can’t tame. It has safety written all over it.
A dual-braking system comprising of hydraulics and regenerative brakes ensures sharp and responsive stopping power, even at fast speeds. Its wide handlebars and ergonomic handgrips (gone are the inferior foam grips that blighted earlier models) facilitate a level of control that will put nervous minds at ease. The roomy deck, too, is adorned in anti-slip rubber, while a spacious kickplate allows riders of up to 265 lbs to lean into the ride for optimal balance and stability.
Kaboo – the company behind the Mantis stable – is celebrated for its build quality, and the V2 is another triumph. It is the definition of ‘robust’, with the aviation-grade aluminum alloy blend and sturdy folding mechanism eliminating any potential for the stem to throw a wobbly at top speed.
The sense of invincibility the Mantis V2 exudes remains undimmed with every challenge it faces. It’s an all-terrain juggernaut, perfect for blazing a trail within a range of up to 33 miles thanks to its 60V 18.2Ah battery. It's 10-12 hour charging time is a full 3 to 4-hour improvement on the original Mantis Pro. This can be cut by 50% if you purchase a 60V charger.
Now, chances are you'll have to tackle some hills along the way. Here’s some good news for you: the Mantis V2 eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As for rough terrain such as dirt tracks and forest trails? Step aside: the front and rear spring suspension interlink with its juicy 10-inch pneumatic tires to absorb every shock and vibration. This is great news for your wrists and knees.
Tipping the scales at 65 lbs, it isn’t exactly made for commuting. It is, however, the lightest performance scooter in its class; you can lift it up a flight or two of stairs without triggering a hernia.
The handlebars feature a QS-S4 display that gives you easy access to all your vitals, including speed, battery life, and distance covered; you can also switch between three riding modes to moderate your speed and acceleration.
Elsewhere, a positively beaming headlight and turn signals constitute a real upgrade on the V1. What’s more, there’s mood deck lighting that demands Instagram’s attention. This commitment to style is classic Mantis, as exemplified by the simple matte black facade, which is tastefully accentuated by flecks of red on the tire treads and suspension springs.
The Mantis V2 strikes an admirable balance between style, performance, and price. As a gateway into super-fast electric scooters, it’s a real upgrade from the models that came before it in this list. I challenge you to find a model as fun and addictive as this graceful firecracker.
Category: Super Fast | Type: Mid-Range | Rider: Intermediate
Mantis King GT
Mantis King GT Overview:
The Kaabo Mantis range has received a lot of deserved fanfare. It’s essentially a conveyor belt for producing light-heavyweight champs; a line that, perhaps more than any other bridges the gap between high-power and reasonable prices. The Mantis King GT is the crystallization of this blueprint – on steroids.
Case in point: it's combination of dual 1100W motors and 30A Sine Wave controllers. The alchemy they conjure is savagely powerful. Everywhere you look, the King GT is an uncompromising union of ferocity and finesse.
Sure, it doesn’t come cheap. But for $2,495 you get a performance scooter that not only delivers best-in-class performance but will have your adrenaline glands dialed up to the max. At only $200 more than the great but comparatively limited Mantis V2 (24.5Ah version), the King GT represents real value for money for riders looking to take the next step in their journey across the wild side of electric scooters.
Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:
The Mantis King GT is the crystallization of everything great about Kaboo’s lauded range. The difference here is that everything has been turned up to eleven; and nowhere is this more apparent than with the dual 1100W motors and those Sine Wave controllers.
While the likes of the Mantis V2 is snappy in its own right, the King GT swats it away with an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in a whiplashing 1.9 seconds and 25 mph in 4.0 seconds flat. Propelled by the dual controllers – which have supplanted the 25A bad boys sported by the Mantis V2 – this accelerative power is bewilderingly smooth and controlled; you know you’re going like a rocket, but there’s none of the turbulence that can sully similarly explosive models.
This power amounts to a cheek-flapping top speed of 43 mph: this is quite comfortably the fastest a Mantis scooter has ever gone. In fact, it’s one of the fastest performance scooters we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing.
Interestingly, the Mantis King GT is billed as a “luxury commuter scooter”, which we think is a bit of a misnomer considering the power this torpedo on wheels can muster. Yet, there’s no denying the luxurious nature of its ride quality.
Boasting a dual hydraulic suspension system that you can adjust to fit your weight and preferences, the sensation of riding the Mantis King GT is akin to rolling a bowling ball down a polished lane. It glides. This is amplified by the plush 10-inch pneumatic (not to mention hybrid) tires, which nuzzle into the terrain to deliver a cushioned and traction-ensured ride.
One look at the Mantis King GT and you’ll be smitten. But its beauty is more than skin deep. With enlarged 26-inch handlebars, an inbuilt steering damper, and an expansive deck with enough grip to keep your feet firmly planted, it’s a dream to control – even at top speeds. This maneuverability is further bolstered by the reinforced kickplate that allows you to distribute your weight evenly for added stability.
This sense of security is further embellished by the Zoom hydraulic brakes, which deliver the best stopping distance of any Mantis scooter at 2.1 meters from 15 mph.
Tying everything together is the Samsung 60V 24Ah battery. With 21700 cells to call upon, it delivers high energy efficiency for a long period. This outstanding capacity amounts to a maximum range of 56 miles off one charge, or 38 miles if you’re pushing the motors to their limit.
Packing a weight of 74 lbs, it’s definitely at the lightweight end of the super-fast scooter scale. You won’t want to lug it up many flights of stairs, but it can be carried in short bursts. The folding mechanism is also simple to use, though it’s still quite a hefty unit when folded. So be warned: if it’s a portable model you’re after, the largest scooter in the Mantis range may not be for you.
For all of the GT’s hulking power and graceful elegance, one of its standout features is an anti-glare TFT display that delivers everything you’d want from a cockpit. As well as giving you easy access to all your key stats like speed, battery life, and mileage, you can configure a host of settings to enhance your riding experience.
There’s also a neat button pad that allows you to access your lights, turn signals, and horn. Additionally, you can switch between modes like single/dual motor and eco/turbo to control your speed. Thankfully, you’ll also find that the thumb throttle is satisfyingly ergonomic, which makes a huge difference compared to other Mantis scooters that utilize finger throttles.
Such an impressive scooter will likely attract attention from the wrong sort at some point. Here’s where the password protection earns its spurs. Yep – to get this howitzer moving, you first have to enter the correct four digits. Just make sure you have some additional security layers – like a U-Lock – too, as this won’t stop somebody from lifting it into the back of a truck.
The Mantis King GT is a real statement of intent from Kaabo. It melds brawn with beauty to deliver a riding experience usually reserved for the ultra-performance category. You might think $2,495 is steep – but trust me: five minutes on this scooter and you’ll be laughing in your bank’s face.
Category: Super Fast | Type: Premium | Rider: Intermediate
NAMI Klima Overview:
First, we had the Burn-e Viper, a model bearing enough venom to leave the electric scooter industry in a state of paralysis. Then came the Burn-e 2, a sequel that put the Godfather Part II to shame. There was just one issue: they both cost a small fortune.
Enter, the NAMI Klima. Boasting the same savage power, exquisite ride quality, and next-level features as its forebears, the Klima ties it all up in a package that’s altogether lighter, more nimble, and – crucially – more affordable. No other sub-$2,500 scooter can touch it.
Indeed, it’s rare that I’m left speechless after testing a new scooter, but the NAMI Klima truly takes your breath away – especially with its blisteringly fast acceleration.
Why I Recommend the NAMI Klima:
One thing that you can guarantee when stepping foot on a NAMI scooter is speed that’ll leave your eyes as dry as raisins. Indeed, don’t be fooled by its relatively paltry price tag – this is a beast that’ll scramble your brains if you’re brave enough.
The alchemy that turns heavy metal into gold takes place in the interchange between the scooter’s 60V 1000W motors and 40Ah Sine Wave controllers. Together, they produce a formidable peak power output of 5040W and a top speed of 42 mph. But there’s more. Much more.
See, the NAMI Klima has the fastest acceleration rate that I’ve ever tested. It’s truly blistering. You can expect to zoom from a standstill to 15 mph in a barely plausible 1.9 seconds and to 25 mph in just 2.9 seconds – that’s right, it gets even faster once in motion. No scooter – not even the ferocious Mantis King GT – can top it.
But what sets the Klima apart is the fact that it melds this vicious power with balance and comfort. Its 27-inch wide handlebars endow you with an unshakeable sense of control, while the ergonomic thumb throttle ensures a smooth progression through the gears.
The 19 x 9.25-inch deck, meanwhile, is perfectly designed to guarantee a stable footing at all times. Elsewhere, there’s zero wobble in the stem (even at top speed), while the one-piece, aviation-grade aluminum chassis is ultra-robust.
And then you have the mic-dropping ride quality. Sporting the same mercurial, fully adjustable suspension system as the Burn-e 2, it offers unparalleled adaptability. You can dial in the rebound and compression rate of each hydraulic spring to perfectly suit your weight and terrain. So good is this feature that I rated it an impressive 9.5 out of 10 on the shock absorption scale.
The suspension doesn’t work in isolation, of course. Nothing on the Klima does. The springs dovetail with a pair of 10-inch tubeless tires, which not only act as a first line of defense against shocks and vibrations but also whip up a heady concoction of traction and maneuverability thanks to their rounded front-on profile and moderate tread pattern.
A scooter as ferociously powerful as the Klima also requires a set of earth-shattering brakes. Armed with the same Logan 2-piston hydraulics that floored us on the Burn-e 2, it delivers. Supplemented by a regenerative braking system, they’ll bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. A mere 10% of scooters can match this performance.
Another reason why the Klima’s forebearer – the NAMI Burn-e 2 – became a legend within the industry was its expansive suite of customization options. NAMI has wisely retained these capabilities on the Klima. Through the upgraded, IP65-rated display, you can access a host of p-settings that enable you to create new riding modes entirely from scratch.
The Klima also cuts no corners when it comes to lighting. Fronted by a 2000-lumen headlight that could reduce Dracula to ash, this is a scooter that’ll keep you safe come night or day. The supporting cast includes turn signals, a brake light, and a taillight.
Keeping everything ticking over (understatement of the century) as you enjoy the full majesty of riding the Klima is its ginormous 60V 25Ah battery. This beast has a maximum range of 50 miles in its arsenal, or 39 miles if you’re really putting the pedal to the metal. Once empty, the battery will recharge in a pacey 6 hours thanks to the fast charger which is included in the box.
If 50 miles isn’t enough for you, you can also purchase the NAMI Klima MAX for an extra $500. This gives you an additional 300Wh of battery energy for 10 more miles.
But one spin on the Klima will likely convince you that this is more than enough for any rider. It excels from every angle – be it performance, ride quality, or build.
Category: Extremely Fast | Type: Budget | Rider: Expert
Wolf King GT
Wolf King GT Overview:
When the Wolf King GT appears, we know we’re getting to the business end of our speed rankings.
Huge, hungry, and capable of a blistering 62 mph pace, this is one wolf you won’t want to meet on a dark night – though it is a hell of a lot of fun to ride.
The GT channels everything I loved about the original Wolf King – the gold frame, dual tubular stem, and piercing headlights – while improving it in key areas. Most notably, the upgraded motors (dual 2000W vs dual 1500W) deliver a punch of power that’ll leave you gasping for air. Off-road oriented, and with the durability, dependability, and dynamism we’ve come to expect from Kaabo, the Wolf King GT is the next phase in the electric scooter industry’s evolution.
Why I Recommend the Wolf King GT:
Describing the Wolf King GT in five words wouldn’t be easy – but if we had to, we’d go with ‘power, power, and… more power!’
Every bit of the GT’s design is geared toward delivering thrills and doling out bone-jangling, spine-tingling, hair-raising ride experiences. Its 62 mph top speed, for instance, is the same as two of the electric scooter space’s most nail-biting, notorious models – the Dualtron Storm and Dualtron Thunder 2.
In fact, the Wolf King GT is so speedy that it places joint third in our database of 140+ scooters, bested only by the Dualtron X 2 (68 mph) and the whopping 74.5 mph capabilities of the Dualtron Storm Limited – which, at the time of writing, is the fastest scooter on the planet (albeit not the most refined or comfortable to ride).
Spearheading this serious speed are the colossal 2000W motors, which – in cahoots with the pair of 50Ah Sine Wave controllers – give it a peak output of 8400W, allowing the GT to hit 40 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Add to this the King GT’s Sherpa-esque climbing abilities – it can take on hills of up to a staggering 50 degrees – and you’re looking at a profoundly powerful machine.
To put the acceleration of this beast into perspective, let’s cast our eye to a popular entry-level performance scooter, the SPLACH Twin. If we were to line both of these scooters up on the race track, the Wolf King GT would hit 40 mph before the SPLACH even had the chance to hit 25 mph. The significant difference in acceleration and speed here paints a clear picture of why ultra-performance scooters hold high price tags.
Of course, speed is important – but the GT wouldn’t have made it as one of my top picks unless it had a few other tricks up its sleeve. And, like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, the Wolf King GT can change from an off-road scooter to an urban-oriented one, and back again.
Here, we’re talking about its interchangeable tires. At the checkout, you’ll have the option of ordering either street or off-road tires. Whichever style you choose, both measure 11 inches in diameter and are tubeless – meaning that they provide an extra layer of shock absorption.
Now that we’ve broached the topic, let’s talk about the thing that solidifies the GT’s status in the upper echelons of ultra-performance electric scooter stardom – its dual Sine Wave controllers.
Compared to the Square Wave controllers found in the original Wolf King, the key difference lies in how they pull power. A simple analogy for the difference between these controller types is to think of a bowling ball being pushed down a lane. Sine Wave controllers use a smooth constant push the entire way, whereas Square Wave ones simulate the same forces but use constant jabbing/nudging instead of a continuous push.
The superior Sine Wave controllers, therefore, deliver a smoother ride since torque can be controlled more effectively, as well as a quieter ride and reduced heat generation.
Adding to its smooth throttle response, the King GT sports inverted hydraulic front shock absorbers that you’re more likely to see on a motorcycle than a scooter. At the rear, spring suspension helps insulate your joints from the lion’s share of judders and jolts that difficult terrain can throw at you, while 8 inches of deck clearance frees you to comfortably take on ambitious obstacles and jumps.
With speeds rocketing as high as what can be achieved by a car, you’ll need good brakes – preferably, a pair of hydraulics. Luckily, this is exactly what the GT comes kitted out with, and they are some of the best in their class. A word of warning, though, you need to use them with caution and shift your weight to the rear of the scooter when braking to maintain stability. Helpfully, an effective ABS (anti-locking braking system) is included to aid you in coming to a safe stop.
As you’ve probably already gleaned, build quality isn’t an issue with the GT. Kaabo-made, and with the seal of approval of the electric scooter industry’s most zealous riders, the GT is as close to a safe bet as they get. The aluminum alloy of its frame comes fortified, while the centered 4.2-inch TFT display – upgraded from the original King’s EY3 throttle – gives you unfettered scope for customization.
The superior construction also makes it a match for pretty much all conditions. An IPX5 water-resistant rating protects it from the ravages of rain and wet surfaces, while its lighting setup makes it well-suited for night-time sojourns.
Front and rear turn signals accompany the signature dual headlights, while the under-deck lighting wouldn't go a miss in a Nicki Minaj video.
Recent improvements to the cockpit have also made it much easier to get to grips with. I particularly love the ergonomic thumb throttle and the brand-new button console. The handlebars are both taller and wider than those on the GT’s predecessor, too.
So, we’ve established that the GT is seriously fast but how long will you be able to take advantage of its rip-roaring speed? Well, courtesy of its super-sized 72V 35Ah Samsung/LG battery, it has a maximum range of 70 miles (when riding in a slow setting). This equates to 40% (20 miles) more range than the original Wolf King and ensures that you can ride for 55 miles with the speed settings turned up to the max.
Category: Extremely Fast | Type: Mid-Range | Rider: Expert
Dualtron Thunder 2
Dualtron Thunder 2 Overview:
The winds are gathering pace now and storm clouds roll above… is that a rumble we hear? It can only be the Dualtron Thunder 2.
You have to hand it to Dualtron – it’s on the money when it comes to naming scooters. The original Thunder was widely accepted as the standard-bearer for extreme performance. So, what has the brand gone and done? Doubled its peak power output to 10,080W, ramped the top speed up to 62 mph, and stuck a much larger battery on for good measure. The Thunder 2 is truly, crushingly thunderous – and it only costs $600 more.
Quite honestly, it delivers more power than anyone could need – but that’s what makes it such a remarkable scooter. The Thunder 2 is purpose-made for experienced adrenaline junkies who want to push their courage to its limit.
Why I Recommend the Dualtron Thunder 2:
Imagine a tank that’s had jet engines attached to it. This pretty much sums the Dualtron Thunder 2 up.
It comes with a basic peak power output of 8,400W which is stupendous in itself. But there’s more. By pulling on the finger throttle twice in quick succession, you unleash an extra 1,680W jolt to take this missile up to a staggering 10,080W – that’s 1,780W more peak power than the legendary – or infamous – Dualtron X2 can muster, which also costs over $2,000 more.
All of this unbridled savagery amounts to a top speed of 62 mph – in case you needed a little dose of reality, that’s about a third faster than a gazelle and four-fifths as fast as a hurricane.
And it doesn’t mess around with building up to that speed, either. The Dualtron Thunder 2 can go from 0-15 mph in 2.0 seconds and 0-25 mph in 3.5 seconds. This is marginally slower than both the Wolf King GT and NAMI Burn-e 2 Max, which both have 50A Sine Wave controllers. We’re pretty sure Dualtron isn’t losing too much sleep, mind you, as the difference is negligible in practice.
So, we’ve established that the Thunder 2 is a verifiable lightning bolt on wheels, but what about its handling and control? Well, at 24-inches, its handlebars are wide – but there are wider. That alone doesn’t hinder your ability to keep a rein on this monster, but we do wish the handlebars were higher. They are a little too short for tall riders over 6 feet which makes controlling the Thunder 2 at top speeds a little unnerving.
Another problem is evident with the unlimited turning motion of the front wheel. This is asking for trouble when going at high speeds, and I did find that it undermines the confidence you have in it.
That said, the handlebars do have a smorgasbord of great features and accessories, including a nicely placed multi-switch which, among other things, includes an eco/turbo mode function that will let you control your speed. This may prove vital. You can also switch between riding modes via the EY3 display, which is sufficiently bright.
Elsewhere, the frame is a certified beast, while the deck is among the biggest we’ve ever seen. This will help you feel stable and balanced when pushing the Thunder 2 to its max – it also comes with a humongous footrest for added space.
A bit of a mixed bag, then, in terms of design, but perhaps the Thunder 2 fares better when we look at ride quality? It sure does… but with a couple of caveats.
First, the rubber cartridge suspension system that most Dualtron models use is great if you’re putting the pedal to the metal on smooth urban roads, but it’s best to err away from unkempt environments since things can get a little bumpy. Secondly, how the suspension performs will depend on your weight. It’s great if you’re a heavier rider, but will feel stiff if you’re lighter.
The tires, on the other hand, are a real triumph. They’re huge, and crucially, one of the first self-healing variants that I’ve tested. I also love the square front-on profile; this grants you a considerable contact patch, which is great for traction while accelerating and braking. The drawback here is that the profile inhibits your ability to carve and be nimble, but to be honest, you might just want to stick to as straight a line as possible when ripping the throttle.
One of the most important features of all is the Thunder 2’s brakes. The good news is that the NUTT hydraulics are outstanding, delivering a stopping distance of 3.0 meters from 15 mph.
And I can’t end this review without remarking on what is the biggest battery I’ve ever tested. The 72V 40Ah unit stores an outrageous 2880Wh of energy. Let’s be real, however: nobody needs such a ginormous mileage. Under realistic conditions, you can expect 60 miles.
Indeed, in many ways, the Dualtron Thunder 2 feels like a vanity project. Yes, it has remarkable speed, power, and range, which will appeal to a small slither of extreme riders, as well as Dualtron enthusiasts. But it’s also lacking in many areas when it comes to design and ride quality. For that reason, the Wolf King GT and NAMI Burn-e 2 Max both top it.
Category: Extremely Fast | Type: Premium | Rider: Expert
NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX
NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX Overview:
You may have read my review of the NAMI Burn-e 2 and come to realize how ferocious this scooter is. Well, the Max is its big scary brother – and my goodness, does it have an attitude.
Quite simply, the Burn-e 2 Max is the most explosive scooter. Its acceleration rate is unrivaled. Its top speed is utterly blistering. And if that wasn’t enough to leave your adrenal glands tingling, it’s also nigh-on peerless when considering ride quality.
Sure, the Burn-e 2 matches it in pretty much every area except motor and battery performance – it’s also considerably cheaper. But, if it’s true ultra-performance you’re looking for, then the Max positions itself as the perfect model, especially if you want to push the limits of what electric scooters are capable of.
Why I Recommend the NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX:
Dual 72V 1500W motors that suck the air out of your lungs; a peak power output of 8400W that will leave you trembling in the midst of an adrenaline high; 50Ah Sine Wave controllers that siphon energy from the humongous battery with dizzying efficiency to deliver rapid acceleration: from whichever angle you look at it from, the Burn-e 2 Max is an exceptional display of power and design.
Let’s consider the stats. This rocket can hit 15 mph from a standstill in an unbelievable 1.7 seconds; it’ll go from 0-25 mph in 3.0 seconds – faster than most scooters take to reach 15 mph; and you’ll be at 40 mph in a preposterous 5.7 seconds. The Max simply does not let up. It will reach its top speed of 60 mph before you’ve even realized it. Though you won’t feel much of a difference in acceleration between it and the Burn-e 2 at first, that all changes when you go beyond 25 mph.
There’s no other scooter that can match it. None. The Burn-e 2 Max has rewritten the rule book on ultra-performance; it’s the GT-R of the scooter world, a model that has competitors scratching their heads in dismay.
And it’s not just speed and power where it excels. The Max’s build quality is stunning; its 4-piston LOGAN hydraulic brakes are bona fide game-changers, delivering a stopping distance of 1.8 meters from 15 mph.
The ride quality, too, is top of the charts. The same adjustable hydraulic coil-over-shocks and swingarms that floored us on the Burn-e 2 are in play again here, delivering a ride that’s akin to a hot knife cutting through butter. It’s truly exceptional.
Likewise, the tires are once again perfect, though as with the Burn-e 2, you’ll want to get your hands on the PMTs. These provide much better traction and maneuverability than the standard nylon variants.
Apart from the larger motors, controllers, and brake pistons, the only other real difference between the Max and Burn-e 2 is the superior battery. Instead of packing a 72V 28Ah unit, the Max wields a mammoth 72V 40Ah version, translating into a maximum range of 115 miles. Most riders won’t require such a mileage, but it does mean you won’t have to spend 8 – 10 hours recharging it as often (an exceptional recharging time for such a big unit, by the way).
You might want to customize your ride to fit your preferences, of course, and again, there’s no better scooter for that than the Burn-e 2 Max. Its next-gen display grants you access to five riding modes – two of which are blank canvases for you to fill by tailoring every conceivable detail. You can even tailor the amount of power that’s funneled to the front and rear motors independently of each other. For instance, if you live in a hilly area, you may want to siphon more power to the front motor to pull you up inclines, as opposed to pushing you up by using more at the rear.
And this being a NAMI scooter, the lighting rig is fantastic. A bright 2000-lumen headlight cavorts with a deck LED strip, bright rear light, and turn signals to create a light show Pink Floyd would appreciate.
You even have an IP55 water-resistance rating as part of the package, and an IP67 rating for the more delicate parts; this adds an extra layer of durability to what is already a near-indestructible machine.
And yet, truth be told, we do struggle to recommend the Max over the Burn-e 2. Sure, the former is more powerful, but the acceleration is virtually the same up to 25 mph, and elsewhere they are pretty much identical. The Max is also vastly more expensive.
Ultimately, it will come down to just how fast you want to go.
Compare Fast Electric Scooters
|SPLACH Titan||Apollo Ghost||Apollo Phantom||Mantis V2||Mantis King GT||NAMI Klima||Wolf King GT||Thunder 2||Burn-e 2 MAX|
|Where to Buy||SPLACH||Apollo||Apollo||Fluid Free Ride||Voro Motors||Fluid Free Ride||Voro Motors||Voro Motors||Fluid Free Ride|
|Speed Category||Fast |
|Super Fast |
|Super Fast |
|Super Fast |
|Extremely Fast |
|Extremely Fast |
|Top Speed||37 mph||37 mph||41 mph||40 mph||43 mph||42 mph||62 mph||62 mph||60 mph|
|0-15 MPH||2.5 s||2.5 s||2.3 s||2.1 s||1.9 s||1.9 s||1.7 s||2.0 s||1.7 s|
|0-25 MPH||4.9 s||5.3 s||4.5 s||4.7 s||4.0 s||2.9 s||3.0 s||3.5 s||3.0 s|
|Max Range||44 miles||39 miles||40 miles||33 miles||56 miles||50 miles||70 miles||106 miles||115 miles|
|Tested Range||29 miles||25 miles||29 miles||28 miles||38 miles||39 miles||55 miles||60 miles||64 miles|
|Braking||2.4 meters||3.4 meters||2.1 meters||2.0 meters||2.1 meters||2.1 meters||3.0 meters||3.0 meters||1.8 meters|
|Max Incline||20 degrees||25 degrees||25 degrees||30 degrees||30 degrees||30 degrees||50 degrees||35 degrees||35 degrees|
|Optimal Incline||12 degrees||15 degrees||15 degrees||18 degrees||18 degrees||18 degrees||30 degrees||21 degrees||21 degrees|
|Motor||52V 1000W (x2)||52V 1000W (x2)||52V 1200W (x2)||60V 1000W (x2)||60V 1100W (x2)||60V 1000W (x2)||72V 2000W (x2)||72V 2700W (x2)||72V 1500W (x2)|
|Battery||52V 20.8Ah FST||52V 18.2Ah Dynavolt||52V 23.4Ah FST||60V 18.2Ah FST||60V 24Ah Samsung||60V 25Ah FST||72V 35Ah LG||72V 40Ah LG||72V 40AH LG|
|Charge Time||6 hours||12 hours||12 hours||12 hours||6 hours||6 hours||12 hours||28 hours||10 hours|
|Brakes||Discs (x2), Electronic||Discs (x2), Electronic||Discs (x2), Electronic||Semi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs 4-Piston (x2), Electronic|
|Suspension||Springs, Swingarms||Springs, Swingarms||Quad Springs, Swingarms||Springs, Swingarms||Adjust. Hydraulic Springs, Swingarms||Adjust. Hydraulic Shocks, Swingarms||Hydraulic Forks, Springs, Swingarms||Rubber Cartridges, Swingarms||Adjust. Hydraulic Springs, Swingarms|
|Tire Size||9 inch||10 inch||10 inch||10 inch||10 inch||10 inch||11 inch||11 inch||11 inch|
|Tire Type||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Tubeless)|
|Weight||64 lbs||64 lbs||77 lbs||65 lbs||79 lbs||79 lbs||105 lbs||104 lbs||103 lbs|
|Load||220 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs||265 lbs||265 lbs||265 lbs||330 lbs||265 lbs||330 lbs|
|Foldability||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem & Handlebars||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Neck||Folds at Stem & Handlebars||Folds at Stem|
|Lights||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB||Headlight, Taillight, Deck||Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals||Dual Headlights, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals|
|Terrain||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street, Off-Road||Street||Street, Off-Road|
How Did I Test the Scooters?
To find the 9 fastest electric scooters, I hands-on tested a total of 32 fast models. Key to my decision-making were motor power, nominal and peak power, top speed, acceleration, controller performance, handling, and safety.
These assessments were conducted in addition to the standardized tests that I complete as part of my thorough testing process. Learn more about how I test scooters below:
Fast Electric Scooters That I Tested:
Click through the photo carousel to see all of the scooters that I tested for this guide.
The power of a motor is determined by its voltage and watts.
Voltage signifies the intensity at which electricity is being pushed through a scooter’s motor. Typically, these motors are either 36V, 48V, 52V, 60V, 72V or, in rare cases, 84V. As part of my tests, only those with voltages above 52V made the cut.
Watts, on the other hand, are units of measurement that determine the size of a motor. This is important as it’s a telling figure of the amount of power that the motor can deliver – including both nominal and peak power (which I’ll cover next). Only those scooters with motors rated over 1000W were considered for a place in my coveted list of the fastest electric scooters.
Nominal & Peak Power
A scooter’s nominal power refers to the amount of power that a motor can produce continuously. Peak power, meanwhile, refers to the instantaneous injections of energy that a motor is capable of before it overheats.
Here, I used my independently gathered data to compare nominal and peak power outputs relative to price (i.e. identifying the scooters with the most powerful outputs per dollar). It’s important to note, however, that the scooters up for comparison have already passed several tests to ensure overall quality (i.e. I didn’t just choose random cheap powerful scooters, but instead made a concerted effort to compare models from reputable brands).
The ultimate vanity metric when it comes to fast scooters is top speed. Testing each scooter required a dry and flat road, whilst I also made sure to have each fully charged with maxed-out performance settings and their tires inflated to the recommended PSI.
For scooters that exceeded reasonable top speeds (i.e. some can go as fast as 62 mph), I was not able to verify true speed data because I didn’t have access to enough runway to safely reach those speeds. This is a common issue among reviewers since testing to this degree would require either access to a controlled automotive test track, or the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to build one. I have, however, made recommendations based on comparative data gleaned from my electric scooter database, and reputable third-party reporting (i.e. other industry experts and riders).
While top speed can be considered an ego metric, acceleration is the truest indicator of a scooter’s blistering power. If you ask any reputable reviewer in the industry, they’ll agree that a fast acceleration rate is a more important factor to consider than top speed. Riding at extreme speeds can be dangerous while accelerating for short bursts is a more enjoyable way to your heart thumping and adrenaline pumping.
To establish trustworthy results, I conducted multiple acceleration tests across different intervals (i.e. 0-15 mph, 0-25 mph, etc). For each interval, I conducted 3x two-way directional runs on a flat, dry road, and then averaged the data (in seconds). To ensure consistency across each scooter, zero-start modes were enabled, the performance settings were dialed up to the max, the tires were pumped up to their recommended PSI, and the batteries were fully charged.
In addition to the acceleration data, I made assessments on the amount of wheel spin and the responsiveness of the throttles.
Controllers are the brain and central nervous system of an electric scooter. They’re responsible for the coordination of how battery power is delivered to the motors, throttle, display, wheel sensors, regenerative braking systems, and anything else that requires electricity. But, some controllers are better than others.
The higher the amps and voltage of a controller, the more power it can deliver. Typically, a higher voltage and amperage result in greater torque, faster acceleration, and higher top speeds.
Besides this, there are two types of controllers: Square Wave and Sine Wave. Square Wave units release power instantaneously, while with Sine Wave variants, the release is more gradual. Some riders love the in-your-face hit of the former, though the latter grants you a smoother and more controlled throttle response. I assessed the responsiveness of the controllers during my top speed and acceleration tests.
While riding fast, the control you’re able to exert over a scooter is vitally important. Aside from testing each scooter hands-on to garner insights into their riding experience (i.e. checking for speed wobble), I also conducted several assessments to determine how the geometry of each scooter’s frame influenced its stability.
Here, I measured the angle at which the steering column is positioned in relation to a vertical axis through the front axle (otherwise known as the rake angle). The smaller the angle, the less effort required to turn the handlebars, but the less stable the scooter. Conversely, a larger rake angle requires more effort to turn but makes the scooter more stable at higher speeds. During my assessments, I made sure to select the scooters that hit the sweet spot between the two to maintain both stability and maneuverability.
Then I measured handlebar width since there’s a direct correlation between this and control (the wider the bars, the greater the control). As a result, I only selected the scooters that offered ample control. Other measurements, including the deck-to-handlebar height, usable deck space, and kickplate angle were assessed, too.
Similar to geometry, weight distribution can affect a scooter's handling. As a result, I made sure to get a good feeling of each scooter selecting those that I felt distributed their weight evenly across their frame. To make this assessment, I searched for imbalances (i.e. a bottom-heavy design that caused the steering column to be underweight and twitchy). If I couldn’t find any, then the scooter scored highly.
The last area of assessment was made on how responsive, nimble, and agile the tires were. In particular, I focused on their size, profile, and tread. Based on my tests, the top performers were those that measured at least 10 inches high, had rounded front-on profiles, and lightly patterned treads. Combined, these design attributes were able to maintain the most traction.
Safety is paramount when it comes to riding fast. Most crucial of all, of course, is braking power. To ascertain a model’s prowess in this area, I measured the distance it took for each to stop from 15 mph with measuring tape. These tests were conducted five times. If electronic or regenerative braking systems were present then I dialed their strength up to the maximum. I also assessed the position and responsiveness of the brake levers.
Based on my tests, a stopping distance of less than 3.5 meters is good, while anything below 2.5 meters is excellent.
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.
Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test top speed.
Acceleration (0-15 MPH)
Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.
Acceleration (0-25 MPH)
Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.
Maximum Range (Riding Slow)
Ordered from longest to shortest range.
Realistic Range (Riding Fast)
Ordered from longest to shortest range – Learn about how I test real-world range.
Braking (From 15 MPH)
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.
|Scooter||Price||Braking From 15 MPH|
|NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX|| |
|Mantis V2|| |
|NAMI Klima|| |
|Apollo Phantom|| |
|SPLACH Titan|| |
|Mantis King GT|| |
|Wolf King GT|| |
|Dualtron Thunder 2|| |
|Apollo Ghost|| |
Fast Electric Scooter FAQs
What are the Best Fast Electric Scooters?
Following my extensive tests of 32 powerful models, I can reveal that the 9 best fast electric scooters are:
- Wolf King GT – 62 mph
- Dualtron Thunder 2 – 62 mph
- NAMI Burn-e 2 MAX – 60 mph
- Mantis King GT – 43 mph
- NAMI Klima – 42 mph
- Apollo Phantom – 41 mph
- Mantis V2 – 40 mph
- Apollo Ghost 2022 – 37 mph
- SPLACH Titan – 37 mph
What is the Fastest Electric Scooter?
The fastest electric scooter is the Dualtron X Limited. It has an eye-watering top speed of 70 mph and when it comes to torque and acceleration, it's more comparable to a motorcycle than an electric scooter.
However, it also has the price tag of a motorcycle, coming in at $6,995. It also doesn't offer the same level of ride quality as other top-performing electric scooters like the Wolf King GT (62 mph) and NAMI Burn-e 2 Max (60 mph).
How Fast Can Electric Scooters Go?
This depends entirely on the size of their motor, the weight of the rider, and the road conditions.
There are a variety of electric scooters to choose from – some can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, while others can exceed 60 mph.
The advertised top speed of a scooter is typically calculated based on a light rider (175 lbs), with ideal weather conditions and a flat route to get optimum results. It’s worth bearing this in mind when making your selection.
Are Fast Electric Scooters Safe?
Because some electric scooters are fast enough to match and even rival high-moving traffic, they’re designed with a host of safety features, including top-of-the-line hydraulic brakes and excellent suspension systems to keep you grounded.
However, you must wear full protective gear – including a helmet, jacket, trousers, gloves, and pads – when riding fast.
It’s also worth checking out the statutory electric scooter speed limits within your area as very often these change from state to state.
How Fast is 1000W in MPH?
This will be affected by the rider size and the road conditions, but a 1000W motor can achieve up to 30 mph in ideal conditions.
How Fast is 1500W in MPH?
Rider size and road conditions must be taken into consideration, but a 1500W motor can typically achieve between 34-36 mph.
How Fast is 2000W in MPH?
Rider size and road conditions will play a part in motor performance, but a 2000W motor can achieve between 38-40 mph.
How Fast is 3000W in MPH?
Rider size and road conditions will play a part in motor performance, but a 3000W motor can achieve a top speed of around 50-55 mph.
How Can I Make My Electric Scooter Faster?
Most scooters feature a variety of riding modes, so removing any speed limitations is essential. You can do this by selecting the fastest setting on your display or in a mobile app if your model comes with one. You can also adjust the torque and acceleration strength.
If your electric scooter is feeling sluggish, it could also be that your battery has worn down. Replacing it with a new one, although expensive, can give your acceleration rate a healthy boost.
Lastly, it’s worth bearing in mind that most scooters are given a top speed for a reason, and it’s primarily to do with safety (i.e. the temperature of the motors and controllers), so make sure to ride responsibly at all times.
What Factors Affect Speed?
Several factors can affect the speed of your electric scooter.
The heavier the load, the slower the electric scooter will go.
It sounds simple, but a lot of people forget that when you travel up an incline your speed will reduce. Vice versa, if you are going down a slope you’ll be able to reach the max speed easily.
If you are riding on tarmac/asphalt, you’re going to be able to travel much faster than if you are riding over a forest trail or rough off-road terrain.
Motor Power / Torque and Acceleration:
The more powerful the motor, the higher speeds you’ll be able to achieve.
In brief, a motor's power is determined by its voltage and wattage.
(V) Voltage – Affects acceleration.
High Voltage = Increased torque and acceleration.
(W) Watts – Affects the size of the motor and its maximum power output.
Higher Watts = Increased power and a higher top speed.
In general, the bigger the numbers, the better the performance.
Similarly to motor power, the bigger the battery and the more charge it has, the more power it will be able to send to the motor.
Think of it like a battery-powered light. When the batteries are fresh, the light shines more brightly, but when they’re running low, the light is weaker. The same principle applies to your motors.
One of the most important aspects of scooter design is the controller. Controllers are the middlemen between the battery and motors. In brief, they pull power from the battery and funnel it to the motors. However, different controllers pull power in different ways.
There are two common types of controllers used in electric scooters – Sine Wave and Square Wave. A simple analogy for the difference between these is to think of a bowling ball being pushed down a lane. Sine Wave controllers use a smooth constant push the entire way, whereas Square Wave ones simulate the same forces but use constant jabbing/nudging instead of a continuous push.
How Much Do the Fastest Electric Scooters Cost?
Fast electric scooters cost between $1,500-$4,500.
Generally, the higher the cost, the faster the scooter. For example, you can expect to hit top speeds of 30 mph on the lower end of the price scale, compared to 60+ mph on the higher end.
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