Looking to buy a new scooter? One of the biggest decisions that you have to make in this situation is to buy a typical petrol scooter or an electric one and it is important to be aware of the main benefits and drawbacks of both so that you can make an informed decision. You often hear about the debate of whether or not to buy an electric car, but what about scooters?


So, what are the main benefits of buying an electric scooter? First and foremost, they are better for the environment and will therefore be appealing to those that are looking to reduce their environmental impact in a time where many are taking action. You will also find that they are cheaper to run than a petrol scooter, you do not need to visit a petrol station to charge and they require less maintenance. Electric scooters are also perfect for those that use the vehicle for daily use but for small journeys.

In terms of drawbacks, you will find that electric scooters are more expensive than petrol scooters (although there are government incentives to buying electric). They also do not have the best range and charging could be an issue if you live in an apartment complex or anywhere that could make it hard to charge the vehicle for a few hours.


Petrol scooters are, generally, cheaper to buy and you have the second-hand market which can make it relatively easy to find an affordable petrol scooter (especially if you opt for a fuel-efficient model). Range is not an issue with petrol scooters as petrol stations are present countrywide and you can refuel in just a few minutes, which also makes them better for those that travel long distances.


In terms of drawbacks, petrol is obviously not the best environmental option and the cost of fuel makes them more expensive to run. They also need to be serviced regularly and worn-out parts will need replacing.

Ultimately, it will come down to what your needs are for the scooter. An electric will be the best option for many, especially those that are eco-conscious and looking to make long-term savings. Petrol can be more practical in many cases and cheaper to buy upfront. Whichever type you decide to get, you’ll need to make sure that you have comprehensive scooter insurance before you hit the roads.

The discussions around petrol or electric are common for motorists, but you don’t hear a lot about scooters. The decision can actually be trickier for scooter owners, so it is important to be aware of the benefits and drawbacks of both so that you can make an informed decision and find the best scooter for your particular needs.

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