If you haven’t been caught up in the electric scooters revolution yet, and are twiddling your thumbs — stop resisting it. Put those thumbs firmly on the brake and throttle paddles of a lightweight PEV — choose adventure, choose life.
A lightweight PEV (Portable Electric Vehicle) seems perfect for Singapore’s unique commuting environment. Our public transport system pretty much gets you to the doorstep of where you need to be, so your “last mile solution” is really a “last few hundred meters solution”. And those last few hundred metres of squeezy pavement favor e-scooters that can lithely carve through hordes of uncooperative pedestrians, so the smaller the better.
There are many terms used for an electric scooter. It's most commonly known as an e-scooter PEV (Portable Electric Vehicle), while the Singapore Land Authority has its own term - PMD (Portable Mobility Device). PMD also includes hoverboards (eg Ninebot), electric bicycles, electric unicycles.
Thanks to the PEV boom - the remarkable increase in demand, not the PEV explosions - even the relatively new lightweight PEV sector has its fair share of competitors. So how will you pick your sub 9kg electric powered bundle of fun? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We are looking at the lightweight electric scooter so Inokin Light, InokinQuick, Speedway are not in our review here, as they are above 12kg in weight.
Be a legal eagle… or at least a beagle
In case you aren’t in the know, the LTA has a set of enforceable guidelines for PEV/PMD usage. Check out our article here.
But the TLDR is as follows: PEVs must not weigh more than 20kg, have a maximum speed limit of 25km/h. Unfortunately, these guidelines are not enforced on distributors or retailers; so you could unknowingly buy an “illegal” PEV in the supermarket and no one would be the wiser… until you get caught and fined.
Lightweight scooters like the Supersede Carbon automatically fit all of LTA requirements since they typically weigh less than 9kg and have performance motors. Do a diligence check for whichever e-scooter you are getting.
Weigh in on the details
One of the great draws of lightweight e-scooters is - duh - that they don’t weigh very much. But since conventional physics and gravity aren’t so conveniently defied, don’t imagine that your e-scooter is some anti-gravity miracle. Most lightweight scooters are marketed at their machine weight - without battery. In essence the weight of an unnecessarily heavy kick scooter.
The only way to know which e-scooter is the light one for you (see what we did there), is to physically test ride and heft your lightweight scooter. It may not be much, but we’re sure you don’t want to be lugging around a few extra kilos more than you paid for.