Electric Scooter vs. Electric Bike: Which is Right for You in Australia?

It hasn’t been much long since EVs are roaming around Australian cities, more than traditional vehicles. And there is a myriad of good reasons for it. The number one reason is the climate-friendly nature of EVs. With citizens being more conscious about their planet, more and more are jumping on the bandwagon to opt for a suitable, cost-effective and planet-friendly mode of transportation.

Speaking of electric vehicles, electric scooters and electric bikes have gained noticeable popularity in the last decade. And here comes the big dilemma, electric scooter or e-bike, which one to go for? 

Well, the answer depends on your needs and preferences. If you often deal with frustrating traffic jams in your busy city, riding a micro-mobility vehicle could be a game-changer. But wait, there's more to consider. Let's unravel a world of possibilities.

We are going to make it easy for you to choose between an electric scooter and an e-bike. Are you ready to dive in?

Electric Scooter VS E-Bikes

Before making a decision, you must do your due diligence and consider all the intricate details of your needs, preferences, and other pertinent factors.

  1. Price Point

When it comes to pricing, electric scooters and electric bikes offer different concerns. 

‘On a budget’ e-bike starts from less than $500 and goes to hundreds of dollars. But we’re talking about decent commuter e-bikes so let’s say they range between $1500-3000. Half of that can get you an impressive electric scooter with a respectable range and speed.

Keeping that in mind, if you dig deeper into your pockets, you can opt for an electric scooter that offers better range and speed. On the other hand, if you are paying a higher amount for your e-bike, it does pretty much justice to the high-quality components, reliability and fantastic manoeuvrability. 

Since e-bikes cost double the scooters' price, it often brings up the issue of theft risk. TheAfter all, you cannot fold them like e-scooters and take them with you everywhere. You would deft have to park them outside. To avoid any loss, you must take proper security and safety measures such as bike locks or insurance.

Ultimately, understanding the pricing aspects of electric scooters and e-bikes allows you to make an informed decision based on your specific needs, budget, and priorities.

Here, at E-Ozzie, we've got you covered for all your electric transportation needs. We offer a range of electric scooters and e-bikes to suit every budget, from the minimum to the maximum. 

  1. Comfort & Convenience

The more individuals you inquire about, the greater assortment of opinions you shall receive. However, to be straightforward, the choice between an e-scooter and an e-bike ultimately boils down to one's distinct preferences, physique, personal inclinations, and lifestyle. Additionally, it hinges on the intended purpose of utilizing the electric vehicle.

Let's assume you love to stand while riding an electric scooter. Nevertheless, if you have to commute longer distances and your back does not appreciate extended periods of standing, the e-scooter may not be an ideal match for you. However, if you need to use your electric scooter for smaller commutes, then yeah, you can pretty much go for an e-scooter without thinking twice. 

On the contrary, electric bikes do offer a sense of comfort during lengthier journeys, as they are less likely to exert strain on your tailbone. You can comfortably sit and commute for extended periods. Nonetheless, transporting e-bikes via public transportation poses challenges. 

Moreover, electric bikes generally require more maintenance compared to well-made electric scooters, which typically require infrequent battery replacements every few years.

E-Ozzie is always here for you to make your ride comfortable and convenient! Our latest collection includes electric scooters and e-bikes tailored to meet your desired level of comfort and convenience.

  1. Speed and Range

In terms of both speed and range, electric scooters cannot match the capabilities of e-bikes. Despite the existence of high-end e-scooters, which can be quite pricey or priced similarly to e-bikes, they may provide a similar range but lack the ability to reach the exhilarating speeds offered by e-bikes.

E-bikes can reach speeds of around 40-50 km/h, providing a thrilling riding experience compared to electric scooters, which typically have speeds ranging from 20-25 km/h. 

It's worth mentioning that while certain e-bike and e-scooter models offer the option to unlock their speed limits, there are often restrictions and regulations imposed by different cities regarding the maximum speed allowed for e-bikes.

Speaking of range, e-bike range depends upon how hard you pedal along the battery. If you pedal more, you’re gonna get to your destination even if it's far away without the battery running out. But if you chose to pedal less, the battery will drain more quickly.

Nonetheless, you can still cycle to your destination if your e-bike's battery runs out while you're using it. But with an e-scooter, it's a different story. If an electric scooter's battery gets depleted, it is useless. You’re at the mercy of public transport now. 

  1. Utility & Safety

E-bikes are a clear winner when it comes to carrying stuff from A to B without breaking a sweat. You can add additional racks, baskets and cargo storage boxes to your e-bike and start hauling. Now it is not that you cannot haul on an electric scooter, of course, you can. However, options may become limited. Plus, you wouldn't want to risk falling off a scooter due to imbalanced weight while riding on the road.

Electric bikes, equipped with wider wheels and better manoeuvrability systems, offer a heightened level of safety compared to e-scooters. Though e-scooters are usually one button fold down, and if you see any traffic jam you can just fold it and start walking, but still, e-bikes are more safe. 

Electric bikes, equipped with wider wheels and enhanced manoeuvrability systems, offer a heightened level of safety compared to e-scooters. 

While e-scooters effortlessly fold up like origami masters, granting you the freedom to stroll through traffic like a carefree pedestrian, it is essential to recognize that e-bikes take the crown when it comes to providing a greater degree of safety.

Remember, safety depends on your riding style, speed and your rules following. Don’t forget t put on your safety gear in either case. 

  1. Physical Health

Switching to e-bikes brings a bundle of health benefits, and here's the kicker: studies reveal that delivery boys using e-cargo bikes are healthier and fitter than their van-driving counterparts. Now, let's weigh in on the e-scooters vs e-bikes debate. When it comes to getting fit while riding, e-bikes take the heavyweight title with their added bonus of physical exercise. Time to pedal your way to a healthier you! 

And the best part? E-Ozzie has got an incredible array of e-bikes and e-scooters just waiting to meet your unique needs. Our wide range of options ensures that you'll find the perfect ride to fulfil your every desire. So, get ready to embark on your electric adventure with E-Ozzie and discover the ride of your dreams!

Dr. Aldo Vera

Hi, I'm Dr. Aldo Vera, co-founder of E-Ozzie and an expert in electric mobility with over 15 years of experience. With a Doctorate in International Business from Swinburne University of Technology, I've focused on shaping the future of mobility and business strategies. Rest assured, the blog you're reading is the result of extensive research. Explore the future at eozzie.com.au - where innovation meets eco-friendly.