As a disclaimer, let me say that I bought this scooter after testing a bunch of them. I live in L.A., the car capital of the world, but like many Angelenos, I’m seeking other ways to zip around the city other than owning and driving a car. I was delighted with the Uscooter and didn’t get a discount for this review.
Here’s 10 reasons why I fell
hard for in love with it:
- Like all electric scooters, it’s an eco-friendly alternative to driving short distances at home and when I travel.
- It is the most maneuverable and easy-to-handle electric scooter that I have ever ridden.
- Its tucked-in handlebar design is one of 12 patented features that distinguishes Uscooter from the rest of the pack.
- Weighing just under 24 pounds, it’s the lightest electric scooter I have tested.
- It travels between 16-20 miles on a single charge, depending on a rider’s weight, how you ride it, and the number of hills you tackle.
- It can reach a maximum speed of 18 mph, which can be throttled by parents.
- It’s designed for adults and features a cruise control setting.
- It has a front electric brake and a rear manual brake when you depress the hub/fender over the rear wheel. And whenever the electronic brake is used it sends power back to the battery.
- It folds down to become its own kickstand.
- It’s designed by Romanian engineers led by Sorin Sirbu. Brad Ducorsky, head of Uscooters in the US (known as E-Two-Wow in other countries) met Sirbu in China five years ago. (See my short interview below with Ducorsky below).
The Uscooter is $999 and comes in black, white, green and gray. Now gadgets that I buy on a payment plan are few and far between, but this is one ride I had to own. It pairs nicely with the new Expo Line in Santa Monica and has become my usual ride to work at my part-time job in the Santa Monica Promenade.
And my favorite thing about my Uscooter is that its tucked-in, clever, lightweight design makes it agile. And that’s important to me, because if there’s a way to bump into a table, I will. This scooter can comfortably ride all kinds, even klutzes like me.
Uscooter’s founders, Brad Ducorsky and Sorin Sirbu met in a restaurant in Shanghai in the summer of 2011. Sirbu began talking about how most electric scooters were either lightweight toys or too heavy for most commuters. He felt there was a niche market for an electric scooter that was “truly portable and took advantage of and refined advances in battery and motor technology.” That conversation first led to the recent debut of Uscooters in the U.S.
Ducorsky’s favorite Uscooter features are its power/weight ratio, portability, regenerative braking and design strength and durability. He uses his Uscooter to run errands around Culver City, CA, including a 3-mile ride to the Post Office. He said he and Sirbu “love being able to ride it, fold it up and put it away without having to worry about recharging it immediately.”
Can I Take It on Flights?
It depends. The TSA told me it does not have an issue with electric scooters being on board flights, but call your airline before you pack it. Some airlines allow it, while other specifically don’t. Still, other airlines said stowing the Uscooter was acceptable so long as it can be disabled in flight. Ducorsky said he has flown frequently with his scooter on his favorite airline, both as a checked and a carry-on item.
Here’s more detailed information for what the FAA will permit.