Out of the 140+ electric scooters in our database, 7 have top speeds of 15 mph.
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This budget scooter from the popular GoTrax line has enough style and speed to make it an excellent choice for first-time riders.
The Apex is affordable, versatile, and features a host of improvements over its predecessor – the GXL V2 – including, a taillight, an extra-large LED dashboard, and longer battery life. At a stunningly low price of $399, it is the perfect example of just how good budget scooters can be.
Why We Recommend It:
The Apex's frame is built from a light aluminum alloy and has been finished in matte-black paint with pops of green to highlight the logo. Considering it’s a budget model, it has been designed with smooth lines to give it is sleek aesthetic.
The deck is long with a grippy rubber tread that helps your feet stay securely in place during every ride. However, because it's low to the ground, it picks up scratches and dings relatively quickly, so we don’t recommend bumping up and down any curbs if you want to keep that new scooter look for as long as it is possible.
With its simple, built-in folding mechanism, the Apex is as portable as it gets. In one movement, the stem collapses and can be easily clipped to the rear fender. Because the stem is relatively thin, it's easy to pick up in one hand. With a weight of 32.1 lbs, it's ideal for commuters, and most people can carry it a short distance or lift it into a car trunk. Although the handlebars don't fold, they're relatively narrow and don't get in the way when you want to move the scooter in its folded form.
Budget electric scooters often have a reputation of being uncomfortable to ride, but this couldn't be further from the truth with the Apex. In fact, it’s one of the most comfortable budget scooters we've ever tested. When you're riding on well-maintained roads or paths with a few cracks and bumps, the 8.5-inch air-filled tires provide more than enough protection. Despite having no suspension, you'll be amazed at how effective the pneumatic tires are.
While the 250W motor isn't the largest that you can get on an electric scooter, it performs well, and its small size keeps the price and battery consumption down. For most commuters, the 15.5 mph top speed will be more than enough to navigate urban roads and busy cycle lanes. The acceleration curve is relatively slow, but you'll still have enough in the tank to do some overtaking when necessary. Although the Apex comes with a maximum incline rating of 14 degrees, the reality is much less impressive. Our test found that it can only manage the gentlest of inclines. So, if you want to zoom up and down hills regularly, you'll need to look for something with a much larger motor.
When it comes to braking, the Apex delivers some serious stopping power that's significantly better than what you’ll find on models within its price class. In the front, you get an electromagnetic brake which applies mechanical resistance to the wheel. At the back, there is a mechanical disc brake. When you activate the disc brake by squeezing the hand lever, the electronic brake is automatically applied, delivering reliable stopping power.
Looking at the handlebars, you'll notice that the cockpit and controls have been designed to continue the clean lines and minimalism of the rest of the scooter. The central display is built into the top of the stem and provides a wonderfully large screen to view all the necessary information. Here you can view your speed and battery life, and activate the headlight.
Although the Apex doesn't pack as many extra features as the more expensive GoTrax G4 and GMAX Ultra models, it still delivers in terms of performance, comfort, and appearance. Scooters less than $400 are often overlooked or considered low quality – the Apex is a great example of how GoTrax is turning these expectations around. With a high-quality build, excellent ride quality, and a bunch of features, this is an ideal scooter for beginners.
GoTrax XR Elite
The XR Elite may sport the same top speed as the GoTrax Apex, but with a motor that is 20% more powerful, it has a more responsive acceleration rate. Plus, it has the longest range (18.6 miles) of all the scooters in the GoTrax XR range, making it perfect if you have slightly further to go.
Despite its low price tag, you get a scooter that not only handles well while riding at full clip, but one that also has an effective dual-braking system. Combined, they ensure you feel in control at all times. With its smooth handling, cruising along city paths and bike lanes is a dream.
Why We Recommend It:
The competitively-priced XR Elite is the newest scooter in the GoTrax XR line and costs just $499. Although it's cheaper than other models – like its main competitor – the AnyHill UM-1 – it still has plenty to offer, making it great value for money. Interested? Let me tell you more.
The Elite has the longest range (tied with the AnyHill UM-1) of all the 15 mph electric scooters – giving you around 18.6 miles of travel on a single charge. Most budget scooters tend to have much shorter ranges. To put this into perspective, the XR Elite’s battery can store 30% more energy than that of the GoTrax Apex (280Wh vs 216Wh). As a result, it's ideal if you want to bookend your commute with a stress-free cruise rather than a sweaty rush.
Although the Elite's battery doesn’t carry the LG pedigree of the AnyHill UM-1, you can rest assured that its health is maintained by an internal system known as a BMS. The smart battery management system (BMS) protects it against overheating, overcharging, and short-circuiting. The Elite also has a fairly short recharge time of 3-4 hours, so you won't need to hang around for long.
For its price, it's great to see that the Elite comes with a dual-braking system that features a rear disc brake and front anti-lock electronic brake. Disc brakes are efficient and are only second-in-line to hydraulics – which are reserved for far more expensive and powerful scooters. Thanks to the responsive power of both brakes, you’re always in control.
Equally, GoTrax hasn't scrimped when it comes to tires. Rather than opting for solid rubber, the Elite is equipped with 8.5-inch air-filled tires, which are my preferred option. This is because they grip the road better – even in wet weather. They also provide damping and shock absorption, soaking up the vibrations of the road, which is important on a scooter like the Elite that doesn't have any suspension.
Considering that this scooter costs less than $500, its build quality is impressive. It has the durability to withstand daily riding and its water-resistance rating of IPX4 means it's protected against light showers. It also comes with a sturdy deck measuring 6.6 inches in width which is spacious enough for riders up to 220 lbs to easily keep their balance.
For a budget scooter, the Elite's aesthetic is pretty slick, especially the integrated display on the handlebars. From here, you can monitor your speed and battery life, and monitor the status of the cruise control function. It's impressive that you can get cruise control on a scooter for under $500, and it’s this kind of premium touch that makes you feel like you're getting your money's worth.
You can also operate your headlight from the cockpit, which has decent illumination for riding in the dark, not to mention the rear light and 6 additional reflectors that boost your visibility.
At 31.8 lbs, it’s lightweight and can easily be lifted and carried. The quick, one-step folding mechanism makes collapsing the scooter simple, so you can take it on public transport or store it away when it's no longer needed.
GoTrax might not make the flashiest machines, but they do produce excellent budget scooters that are perfect if you can't afford to splash the cash as freely as you may like. Even better, they go the extra mile to make sure that your budget doesn't mean boring or poor-quality.
The user-friendly AnyHill UM-1 combines incredible build quality with a practical design.
Not only is it lightweight, but this sleek scooter collapses into a compact form in just one click. It also features several premium features, including a superb LG battery.
With a 36V 7.8Ah battery combined with a 350W motor, the AnyHill UM-1 is perfect for first-time riders and commuters who want a little more power beneath their feet. This zippy little scooter delivers an excellent overall user experience and surprised us with its short stopping distance.
Why We Recommend It:
A stand-out feature of the AnyHill UM-1 is its LG battery. I'm not excited about this just because it's a well-known brand, but because these batteries provide optimum power levels throughout their long life. With the average Chinese battery found on most budget scooters, you’re likely to notice a dip in performance after a few hundred charge cycles. In comparison, an LG battery maintains peak performance for approximately 200 more charge cycles. This equates to years of reliable use.
With the UM-1 packing premium components, you would expect AnyHill to have cut corners elsewhere but I’m glad to report that this isn’t the case.
Regarding ride quality, the UM-1 does not have any suspension, but it has two 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. They provide a cushion of air that acts as an effective shock absorber. As long as you don't intend to spend time on off-road trails, you'll find that the UM-1 can take on the general lumps and bumps of most roads with no problems.
Building on the ride quality factor, it introduces an ergonomic throttle, electronic brake paddle, and rubberized handgrips that all add to the impressive level of comfort and control.
With a weight of just 29 lbs, the UM-1 is well within the 42 lb threshold that I usually recommend for commuter scooters. The one-click folding mechanism and easy-to-grab slim stem make it particularly simple to fold away and carry. If you need an ultra-portable scooter that can be picked up and carried, then this is the one for you.
When we tested the performance of the UM-1, we found that the 350W motor was even more capable than expected. It accelerated to 15 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is a vast improvement over both the GoTrax XR Elite (7.6 seconds) and GoTrax Apex (7.7 seconds).
Despite its more powerful motor and faster acceleration, It's worth noting that this performance is measured on the flat, and while the scooter can scale gentle inclines, we recommend opting for a model with dual motors if you live in an up and down city. (Alternatively, check out our guide to the best electric scooters for climbing hills).
Surprisingly, for such an affordable scooter, the brakes are excellent and outperform every other budget model that we've tested, as well as models that are significantly more expensive. There are three brakes to choose from – a rear disc brake, a front electronic brake, and a stomp brake. Used in unison, they bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in just 2.2 meters. This is very good considering that even top-performing models with hydraulic brakes have an average stopping distance of 3.0 meters.
Moving our attention to the handlebars, there’s a small LED display that shows your speed, remaining battery, and riding mode. It blends in well with the design and style of the scooter, but its size and brightness can make it tricky to read on sunny days.
Building on its feature-set, the AnyHill UM-1 comes equipped with mobile app connectivity, a digital lock, and a high-quality headlight that illuminates the path ahead. With all things considered, it’s no surprise that this scooter quickly became one of our favorites, and why we recommend it with such high regard.
Our Top Picks by Speed
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
Our Top Picks by Acceleration to 15 MPH
Ordered from fastest to slowest.
Our Top Picks by Maximum Range (Riding at Slowest Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
Our Top Picks by Realistic Range (Riding at Top Speed)
Ordered from longest to shortest.
|AnyHill UM-1||$599||13 miles|
|GoTrax XR Elite||$499||10 miles|
|GoTrax Apex||$399||9 miles|
Our Top Picks by Braking Performance
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.
|Scooter||Price||Braking From 15 MPH|
|AnyHill UM-1||$599||2.2 meters|
|GoTrax XR Elite||$499||5.0 meters|
|GoTrax Apex||$399||5.0 meters|
GoTrax Apex – $399
AnyHill UM-1 – Supports riders up to 250 lbs
AnyHill UM-1 – 16 mph
AnyHill UM-1 – 18.6 miles
GoTrax Apex – 8.5 inches
AnyHill UM-1 – 29.7 lbs and one-click folding mechanism
AnyHill UM-1 – Gentle inclines
GoTrax Apex – IP54 water-resistance rating
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