What is the best electric scooter to buy in 2022?

100% electric scooters are multiplying in France and are of increasing interest, especially in cities that will soon charge for parking thermals. In our Vroom section, the Numerama editorial team tests as many models as possible to report to you in complete independence about the best models and market developments. Discover our selection, which varies according to price, range, speed and driving pleasure.

I am considering buying an electric scooter “: here is one of the phrases that we now hear most in the editorial office at Vroom when we talk to consumers. Rising fuel prices, paid parking for thermal two-wheelers, ecological awareness, tired of public transport, desire for silence … the reasons listed are several. And the questions too. Price, range, speed, maneuverability; future owners have many questions about these products, which, although they work more easily, are less known, can cause some fear.

In 2022, the offer is both diversified and always very changing: there are both small models with long autonomy (especially thanks to two batteries) and more impressive two-wheeled cars that rely on very heavy batteries, or even a charge only by a grounded socket. On the other hand, manufacturers also release models that do not last over time, and every year we see brands disappear almost as quickly as they appeared.

The Silence S01 is one of the references in 2022 // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

How to choose the right electric scooter?

To choose the electric scooter that suits you, we advise you to take a good look pricethat velocity of the gear andautonomy drums. Depending on the power of the engine and batteries, the state bonuses will also vary. In addition, we remind you that it is possible to ask to have the vehicles tested before purchase: do not hesitate to contact the dealers. It is always recommended to choose a business that has a garage or works with authorized repairers.

Also remember that an electric two-wheeler must meet your needs: an expensive model, but with little autonomy, may over time be less relevant than a cheaper and more solid version. We also have a guide to the best 125 equivalent electric scooters, and a guide to the 50 equivalent scooters.

Finally, it must be admitted: at the moment, the market is dominated by Chinese models, which do not all have the same finishing qualities. Do not be fooled by “German origin” or “French brands”: most of the time these are only imported goods, updated and modified in Europe.

The state, region and city also offer several ecological bonuses that give you access to attractive financial support.

Here is our 2022 selection of the most interesting scooters, all categories combined.

What are the best electric scooters in 2022 in France?

Silence S01: the best of 2022

The Silence S01 is quite simply the new benchmark for 125 equivalents (see our full test), with the added bonus of a removable case battery allowing it to appeal to a wider range of drivers. Contrary to appearances, the two-wheeler does not take up very much in width, which means that it can navigate the city without problems – which is not the case with all maxi-scooters. In addition, its original look makes it easily stand out on the road, among all the other Chinese models that tend to look a lot alike.

highest speed : 100 km/h

Autonomy : 130 km

Full recharge : 6 hours

Rear seat passenger : Yes

BMW CE 04: the electric that makes you forget about thermals

BMW CE04 // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

There is no doubt that the BMW CE 04 is designed to appeal to those who are reluctant to give up the power of their combustion engine to switch to electric. This model, admittedly expensive, incorporates the technology and know-how of BMW, which clearly stands out for its quality finishes, in a market still dominated by fragile Chinese molds. This 125 equivalent (which is also available with more power, available with a motorcycle license) is a delight in acceleration and responsiveness, and its regenerative braking means it can last more than 100km without a load. Note that the saddle is not very comfortable and the battery is not removable.

Do you want to know more? We spent a week with the BMW CE 04.

highest speed : 120 km/h

Autonomy : 100 km (although the display shows 60)

Full recharge : 1.5 hours in fast charging, 4 hours otherwise

Rear seat passenger : yes, but few handles to hold

Super Soco CPx: the most complete electric scooter

Even if you don’t like the sporty look of the new Super Soco, take the time to look at its features, which make it one of the most essential 125 equivalents of 2020. The Super Soco CPx is available since July 2020 in France. a fast (90 km/h), agile and responsive electric scooter that can have an impressive range of 140 km when it has two batteries. Please note that each CPX battery is heavy (18 kg), but it is possible to recharge them one at a time.

highest speed : 90 km/h

Autonomy : 70 km (one battery) to 140 km (2 batteries)

Full recharge : 2.5 hours

Rear seat passenger : yes, plenty of space

Super Soco Cu-x: benchmark that ages well

The Super Soco Cu-x was our favorite in 2019 on the scooter side – but on the motorcycle level the brand also won us over with its TC Max equivalent 125. At the moment, there are still few that have risen to his level. Small and very handy, light but without having a “toy” effect, it has many qualities that make it the best electric urban scooter we have tested.

Autonomy is very good for an urban two-wheeler, acceleration is enough not to feel in danger at traffic lights, and the battery has the good taste of being transportable (unlike some equivalents, such as the Niu M+, where the weight is immediately felt a lot more when you have to go up several floors). It is found from 2,690 euros.

highest speed : 50 km/h

Autonomy : 60-70 km

Full recharge : 8 hours

Rear seat passenger : Yes

>> Read our full Super Soco Cu-x electric scooter review here

Rider 5000: fast and furious, in style

It has been one of our favorites in 125 equivalents since the beginning of 2020: the Go2Roues Rider 5000 is a joy to ride, while being one of the few electric scooters that combines speed and style. It goes up to 90 km/h (its strength), but its battery hardly lasts more than a day if you drive on stretches of road at more than 50 km/h (its weakness). In addition, the removable battery approaches 18 kg, which is very heavy to carry. If you have a basement or a ground floor, you can plug it directly into a 220V socket.

(Note: it is with him that our journalist specializing in electric scooters has been riding for more than a year.)

Max speed: 90 km/h

Autonomy: 60 km

Full charge: 6-8 hours

Rear seat passenger: yes, no problem

>> Read our review of the Rider 5000 electric scooter here

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