Out of a possible 15 models in our 140+ strong database, we’ve hand-selected the 4 best electric scooters that can hit speeds of up to 40 mph.
During the selection process, we carefully assessed the size and power of the motors (including voltage, watts, top speed, torque, and acceleration), as well as the controllers, and batteries. We also assessed the tires, safety features, suspension, durability, and overall build quality.
Take a closer look at our recommendations by viewing the scooters in the categories below.
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Apollo Ghost 2022
With dual 52V 1000W motors and a top speed of 37 mph, the Apollo Ghost is a stunning entry-level performance scooter.
Released in 2022, the latest version of this industry favorite comes equipped with a wealth of upgrades to deliver a faster top speed, extended real-world mileage, and a level of ride quality that’ll have you smiling from ear to ear.
It's no surprise, then, that this powerful beast is popular among enthusiastic beginners, experienced adventurers, and commuters who like to stray from the beaten path.
Why We Recommend It:
The exceptionally well-made Apollo Ghost 2022 boasts a unique skeletal design that’s evocative of its spectral name. But that's not the only thing this howitzer has going for it. While the previous version of the Ghost was equipped with twin motors that were capped at a nominal power output of 800W, the new variant unleashes its full power to deliver a combined power output of 2000W and an acceleration rate that hits 15 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
How has Apollo been able to achieve this? Well, by reinforcing the wheel rims to make them 50% stronger, the motors are now able to achieve a higher power input and output ratio.
Similarly, while the build quality of Apollo’s scooters is always at a high level, they’ve gone above and beyond for this model with enhancements to the frame. Most notable is the stem which is 50% stronger. Although this change may go unnoticed by simply looking at the Ghost’s new geometrically-shaped stem and comparing it to the rounded one of its predecessor, its impact on ride quality is significant.
Not only does the stem ensure robust durability to withstand the stresses of high-speed riding, but it – along with the newly improved claw-like folding mechanism – promises absolute rigidity, thereby preventing the stem from wobbling back and forth.
The Ghost also has a lot to offer in the mileage, braking, and ride quality departments, too,
Its 52V 18.2Ah battery may be the smallest on this list, but with a respectable maximum range of 39 miles (or 25 miles when ridden fast), it packs enough punch to get you from A to B and back again. Plus, it's equipped with high-quality Dynavolt cells that hold their peak performance for 4 years of heavy use.
As for braking, the Ghost comes with a choice of regular or hydraulic discs. Both are combined with an electronic regenerative system that slows the scooter by redirecting energy from the motors back into the battery.
I’ve been lucky enough to test both variants and found that they deliver reliable braking performance. If you opt for the $1,699 model with regular brakes, you’ll come to a stop from 15 mph in 3.4 meters. But, if you’re happy to spend an extra $150 for the hydraulics, you’ll achieve a stopping distance of just 3.0 meters.
Supplementing the brakes is a dual spring suspension system that helps to keep you balanced by absorbing the rapid reduction in momentum. The real benefit of this system, however, is the springs’ ability to compress and rebound while traversing varying terrain.
Riding the Ghost on roads feels supremely smooth, while it also does a good job on pot-holed streets, compacted dirt tracks, and forest trails.
In the past, the suspension would occasionally bottom out when attempting to ride over rough terrain, but this has been fixed for the 2022 model thanks to added preload on the springs.
The plush 10-inch air-filled tires add to the smoothness of the ride and feature split rims to make tire changes easier, too.
Bolstering its ride quality are wide handlebars, a large deck, and a kickplate that combine to ensure excellent handling. And, for beginners and anyone who prefers not to throw themselves straight into the deep end, there are three gears to help you gradually work your way up the performance scale. Gear 1 reaches 15 mph, gear 2 gets you to 25 mph, and gear 3 removes the reigns to deliver maximum torque, acceleration, and motor power.
Now, as to be expected, not all electric scooters are perfect and the Ghost does have some drawbacks.
Firstly, its kickstand is flimsy and weak, meaning the scooter easily topples over from the slightest of nudges or when attempting to stand it up on a slight incline.
Secondly, the cockpit is beginning to look a little outdated. All the buttons and accessories function as they should but the Ghost would be better if it got rid of the key-lock ignition in favor of a simple on/off button. The finger throttle should be replaced with one of the thumb variety, too.
It must be said, though, that the QS-S4 display which is integrated into the throttle is extremely bright, easy to read, and provides key riding stats at a glance. You can also adjust the acceleration strength and intensity of the electronic brakes which is a nice touch.
Elsewhere, if you want to ride at night, I recommend strapping an additional clip-on headlight to the handlebars. While the blue deck-integrated LEDs, rear taillights, and front button headlights win the Ghost points for style, not enough light is cast forward to illuminate the way ahead.
With all things considered there’s a reason why the Apollo Ghost 2022 was voted as the best dual-motor electric scooter by thousands in our community. For first-time riders, it delivers the perfect balance of power, comfortable ride quality, and comes with the pedigree of Apollo’s famed models.
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
The Kaabo Mantis V2 sets a new standard for affordable performance scooters.
With a top speed of 40 mph, it has a blisteringly fast acceleration rate and exceptional ride quality to match.
On top of its jaw-dropping performance, the V2 is a significant upgrade to the popular Kaabo Mantis. Although the original was an excellent scooter in its own right, the designers at Kaabo have outdone themselves to improve it. They've smoothed out the acceleration with Sine Wave controllers, added an impressive set of lights, and included a fully hydraulic set of Zoom brakes.
Why We Recommend It:
If you're looking for a fast-performance scooter but don't want to break the bank, then the Mantis V2 is just what you're looking for. At only $1,799, it runs on two 1000W motors giving a combined peak output of 3000W. Together they easily get you to 40 mph, and the 60V 18.2Ah battery provides enough power to travel for up to 33 miles on a single charge.
Made from a hard-wearing aviation-grade aluminum alloy, the Mantis V2 is well-built and feels solid underfoot. The large battery and dual motors mean that at 65 lbs, this isn't a light scooter and won't be well suited to most commuters. However, even in its folded form, we found that you should be able to store it in most car trunks with some careful wiggling.
This is an exceptionally comfortable scooter to ride – it's at home on most surfaces and can even bump up and down curbs with ease. As well as 10-inch pneumatic tires, you get front and rear swingarm suspension. Some scooters with dual suspension can feel unbalanced and rock you back and forth every time you speed up or slow down, but the Mantis V2 protects you from bumps and vibrations while also remaining firm during sudden movements.
Now let’s take a look at performance; as well as having an excellent top speed of 40 mph, the V2 scooter can accelerate to 15 mph in a lightning-quick 2.1 seconds. It also has more than enough torque to climb most steep hills with ease. In addition, Kaabo has removed any jerkiness from the throttle by including Sine Wave controllers. By smoothing the transmission of power from the battery to the motors these controllers ensure that acceleration is a steady movement that won't jerk your head back as you pull away.
When it comes to slowing down after such quick speeds, the V2 delivers. While the original Mantis had to settle with semi-hydraulic brakes, the V2 comes with fully hydraulic Zoom brakes. These are exceptionally responsive and can bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in just 2.7 meters. This is a 21% improvement over the original’s stopping power.
Turning our attention to the cockpit, the onboard display is the standard QS-S4. This is a combined display and throttle unit found on many electric scooters. It displays crucial information and allows you to customize features such as acceleration strength and control preferences. In direct sunlight, you might find it a little hard to read, but it performs well in most cases. The trigger throttle is finger-operated and is generally comfortable. The only problem is that it is located a little too close to the brake lever, making it tricky to quickly alternate between them.
Also on the handlebars, you can control the headlights, turn signals, and horn. These features were missing from the Mantis base (V1) model, so they are welcome additions. The front headlight is mounted high up on the stem making it perfectly placed to provide a large area of visibility at night.
The Kaabo Mantis V2 is a stand-out scooter that has set the standard for all performance scooters in its price bracket. It combines safety, ride comfort, and performance to a high standard with no compromises. If you want a scooter that will give you the best in speed, range, and extra features, then look no further.
Apollo Phantom 52V
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The Apollo Phantom is a stunning combination of innovation, performance, and sophisticated style.
What's more, the 52V mechanical brake version is the cheapest Phantom available and can be yours for only $1,999. Although the 38 mph top speed is the slowest on this list, its dual 1200W motors balance it out with a fast acceleration rate and plenty of torque. Plus, you get the luxury of quadruple springs, a display that calculates your remaining mileage, and a scooter whose design demands attention.
Why We Recommend It:
The 52V 23.4aH battery offers an impressive single-charge range of up to 40 miles when used in the most economical settings. It takes 12 hours to charge, which is a long time but relatively standard for one of this size. However, if you want to speed things up, you can halve the time to 6 hours by buying a fast charger. Another benefit of the Phantom is that you can use the Dynavolt battery for over 500 cycles without losing its peak performance. If you charge it three times a week, it will be more than three years before you notice any difference in performance.
The Phantom is a real head-turner; its black and grey finish is enhanced by its prominent suspension and ultra-wide sweeping handlebars. The deck is spacious and measures 8.5 by 20 inches giving you plenty of room for both your feet side by side. The angled kickplate at the rear gives you extra space and lets you choose from a range of stance options.
Weighing 77 lbs, the Phantom is by no means a portable scooter; however, it does fold down for storage. Once folded, it clicks into place securely and won't fall open when you try and lift it. Unfortunately, the handlebars don't fold, but if you drive a larger car or SUV, you'll still be able to pack it into the trunk.
With 10-inch pneumatic tires and quadruple spring suspension, the Phantom is ideal if you want to split your time between street and off-road riding. The unique suspension system was designed specifically for the Phantom and can't be found anywhere else. The four springs provide great support and shield you from bumps and jolts that could otherwise rattle your legs, back, and wrists.
The dual 1200W motors provide enough torque to take on steep hills with ease, and they also deliver an exceptional rate of acceleration and will get you from 0 to 15 mph in 2.5 seconds. While there are similarly priced scooters that can outperform the Phantom's acceleration, they don't have the same build quality or as many user-friendly features.
To slow this beast safely, you need some decent brakes. The Phantom comes with a choice of mechanical or hydraulic discs. While hydraulics is the better option and will stop you slightly quicker (3.0 meters from 15 mph vs 3.4 meters), the mechanical brakes are more than effective. If you're looking to save some money, opting for the mechanical brakes will keep the price at $1,999 and save you $150. As well as the front and rear cable disc brakes, you get an electric regenerative brake that enhances the stopping power.
If we move our attention to the controls and cockpit display, you'll see that the Phantom has a unique next-generation HEX display. It's centrally mounted and features a large screen that makes it easy for you to take in all the essential information at a single glance. Here you can see your speed and predicted miles left in the battery. You can also adjust any of the customizable settings, including things like the brightness of the display, as well as performance metrics like brake and acceleration strength.
Other fantastic Phantom features include a locking spot in its stem and the lighting setup. The lock spot adds an extra layer of security to your scooter and makes it harder for someone to ride off with it. The lighting system is one of the best we've ever tested. The headlight is 1000 lumen and is more than bright enough to see where you're going at night. You also get deck lights, a bright taillight, and integrated rear turn signals.
Everything about the Phantom feels premium and looks great. Apollo made all the parts specifically for this model, and it shows in the innovative finish and build quality. The 52V version is an excellent choice if you like the look of the Phantom but are on a budget. The only compromise is the braking system (i.e. mechanical and not hydraulic); however, the rest of its build, alongside its performance – including top speed, acceleration, and range – remains.
INOKIM strikes again with the OxO, a scooter built to deliver second-to-none ride quality, handling, and design prowess. While this scooter promises a top speed of 40 mph, it’s a little slow off the line – however, for riders seeking one of the most comfortable rides that can soak up undulations like a hot knife cutting through butter, this is the one.
There’s something comforting about buying a scooter from a household name, and that’s never truer than with those from INOKIM. This is one of the best-known scooter brands in the world and there’s a reason for that. If you place a lot of stock in brand reputation, alongside build quality, you’re going to love the INOKIM OxO.
Why We Recommend It:
With a ride quality that can be compared to running your finger along silk, the INOKIM OxO oozes luxury. Its sleek, well-built frame and punchy orange accents highlight the excellent build quality, but whether or not the OxO is the Rolls Royce of the scooter world will depend on if you can let its flaws slide.
It’s a fact that INOKIM produces high-quality scooters and they’ve been doing so for many years. When you purchase an INOKIM scooter, you’re not just buying a transport solution, you’re investing in a machine that’s in it for the long haul. These scooters are durable and built to last. However, you should expect to pay for this privilege. At $2,599, the OxO isn’t a cheap scooter – even though some of its stats are lower than those on more affordable options like the Mantis V2. It’s good to be aware that a portion of the asking price is down to the weight of the INOKIM name.
That being said, the OxO still deserves its reputation as a powerhouse. With its punchy 60V 1000W dual motors, it delivers some serious torque and can accelerate up to a top speed of 40 mph. Thanks to its boost of power, you won’t have any trouble conquering more challenging hills with the dual-motor mode enabled (providing you build up momentum). Swapping down to just a single motor can help to conserve your battery.
The smooth acceleration isn’t the only thing that makes this scooter a buttery-smooth ride. The 10 x 2.5-inch air-filled tires provide excellent cushioning, so you’ll get that much-coveted floating sensation no matter what kind of surface you’re traveling over. You’ll feel stable and balanced, even if you sit at the heavier end of the 265 lbs load limit.
If you think that sounds good, wait until you hear about the suspension. The front and rear rubber torsion system make tackling uneven terrain a dream. It soaks up any bumps and surface imperfections so you’ll barely feel a thing, even when going at top speed.
The swingarms are also fully adjustable to fit a variety of rider needs. The Low setting is perfect for faster rides on city roads, whereas the High setting gives additional clearance if you’re venturing off-road. If you’re not sure which kind of rider you’re going to be, make sure to get yourself a scooter that can do both, just like the OxO.
Whether we’re talking about on or off-road riding, there’s one thing that needs to perform regardless: the brakes. Thankfully, the ever-reliable INOKIM has made sure that the OxO is up to scratch, outfitting this scooter with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. These are the best brakes and give you excellent control over your stopping power thanks to their responsiveness and strength.
You’ll find another high-quality component in the form of the powerful 26Ah LG battery. Once again, this is one of the best battery options out there, so you can rest assured that INOKIM hasn’t skimped on the most important components. They claim the OxO can deliver a top range of 68 miles, however, under our tests – where we max out the speed settings – you can expect a respectable 36 miles. (We see a drop in mileage across all models that we test).
When you need to recharge, be prepared to wait between 12 and 14 hours to fully juice up. You can opt for the faster charger which reduces this by about 65%, but it’ll cost you extra.
Another sign of INOKIM’s attention to detail is the exceptionally good folding mechanism. It takes just a few seconds to fold and unfold, and when the stem is locked into place, there is zero stem wobble, making the OxO a reliable scooter for long rides. Out of all of the folding mechanisms that we’ve tested, this is one of the best.
When it comes to the OxO, you can feel the attention to detail, all the way from the black and orange-accented frame to the seamless cable management and exquisite features like the thumb throttle that is lined with light sensors so that the scooter can detect and automatically turn on the front and rear lights. There’s no doubt that this scooter has been purpose-built to deliver a smooth but thrilling ride, which is why it’s such a popular choice amongst scooter riders everywhere.
Our Top Picks by Speed
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Mantis V2||$1,799||40 MPH|
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||40 MPH|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||38 MPH|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||37 MPH|
Our Top Picks by Acceleration to 15 MPH
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Scooter||Price||0-15 MPH (Seconds)|
|Mantis V2||$1,799||2.1 s|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||2.5 s|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||2.5 s|
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||3.5 s|
Our Top Picks by Acceleration to 25 MPH
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
|Scooter||Price||0-25 MPH (Seconds)|
|Mantis V2||$1,799||4.7 s|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||5.3 s|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||5.6 s|
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||6.6 s|
Our Top Picks by Maximum Range (Riding at Slowest Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||68 miles|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||40 miles|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||39 miles|
|Mantis V2||$1,799||33 miles|
Our Top Picks by Realistic Range (Riding at Top Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||36 miles|
|Mantis V2||$1,799||28 miles|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||28 miles|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||25 miles|
Our Top Picks by Braking Performance
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.
|Scooter||Price||Braking From 15 MPH|
|Mantis V2||$1,799||2.7 meters|
|INOKIM OxO||$2,599||2.7 meters|
|Apollo Phantom 52V||$1,999||3.4 meters|
|Apollo Ghost||$1,699||3.4 meters|
Apollo Ghost – $1,699.
Apollo Phantom – Supports up to 300 lbs.
Mantis V2 – 40 mph.
INOKIM OxO – 68 miles (36 miles realistic).
Apollo Ghost – 64 lbs, folding frame, and foldable handlebars.
Apollo Phantom – 10 x 3.25 inches.
Mantis V2 – 30-degrees.
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INOKIM OxO – Rubber torsion and adjustable swingarms.
Apollo Phantom – IP54 water-resistance rating.
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