So, you have decided to buy a scooter but there is a dilemma on whether to buy a gas scooter or an electric one. Comparing the two scooters can be a toughie because both of them have their own sets of benefits. You have to understand your priorities first before you decide which one will be suitable for you. But if you are going by their merits and demerits, here are some of the factors that you need to consider:


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Before anything else, you will have to fix a budget for buying a scooter. If you are one of those who is looking to shell out as little money as possible but gets the maximum out of the scooter, then you should get an electric scooter. The prices of these scooters are quite low and will fit your budget. Gas scooters, on the other hand, are priced high because of the mechanisms used in it. Let’s come to that later. As far as price goes, electric scooters should be your first choice.


Fuel and its usage

This is quite a dicey factor. Both electric and gas scooters have their own pros and cons here. On one hand, you have electric scooters that have to be charged before you go out. This is beneficial for those who are looking to make short trips throughout the day; maybe a visit to the market or your kid’s school or anywhere that is close to your house. The drawback of the electric scooter is that there are not enough charging points around. If your scooter runs out of charge, you will be literally stranded on the road having to walk the bike home. So, you will always have to keep an eye on the amount of charge left.

On the other hand, you have gas scooters that will require a sufficient amount of gas every week. The good thing about this is that even if you run out of fuel, you will find ample gas stations where you can refill the tank. You will not have to worry about running out of gas all the time. However, the cost of gas is an added expense in this case. The price of gas is ever-increasing. This can act as a hindrance to buying a gas scooter. But comparing both the pros and cons of both the scooters, the gas operated ones have a slight edge over electric scooters on this one. But then again, you need to decide how far the scooter will run every day before you decide to buy.

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Another interesting factor that will help to decide between a gas scooter and an electric scooter is the speed at which they travel. Gas scooters have hands down advantage over electric scooters on this one. Electric scooters have a low range of speed; something that may not excite that rider in you. But that is not the case with gas scooters. They can reach a high speed within a few seconds. Even the highest speed of electric scooters will not be able to match the speed of the gas operated ones. If it is your son or daughter who has just got into high school and wants a scooter, you can gift them an electric scooter. But if you are one of those guys who like to get a high pickup instantly, you should look to buy a gas scooter and not an electric one.


Environmental benefits

This has a clear winner and that is electric scooters. There is no doubt that fuel causes air pollution and there are lots of other environmental hazards involved. If you want to save the planet earth and care for the people and nature around you, then you will definitely opt for electric scooters. Gas scooters emit a lot of that black smoke that in turn produces smog. This is not only harmful to the environment but also the children and adults who inhale that smoke.

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When you are investing in a scooter, you will want to use it for years. That is when the durability of the gas scooters and electric scooters come into question. Gas scooters have a clear advantage on this one. Although modern electric scooters are slowly becoming durable if you have to blindly trust on someone, it has to be gas scooters. One of the reasons why gas scooters are more durable than electric ones is that they are able to handle higher speeds on the road. This increases the potential of the scooter. However, the same does not happen with electric scooters. So, if you do not have a plan to change the scooter in a year or two, it will be wise to choose a gas one instead of an electric one.

It will be a tough choice between an electric and gas scooter but as mentioned earlier, you need to decide what is more important to you. Once you figure that out, it will be easy to decide the type of scooter that best fits your unique needs.


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