Which 50cc electric scooter to buy in 2022?

There are a lot of 50cc equivalent electric scooters that can only be driven with BSR (Supstairs Soko, Ascoll, Unu, LVN), but their quality and price vary greatly depending on their origin, finish and characteristics. To help you choose the model that suits you best, Numerama has put together a complete guide in-house.

There are many electric scooters on the market and on French roads that reach speeds of up to 45 km/h. Five years ago, there were only a few models in this brand new market. In 2022, competition will be fierce and the number of manufacturers will increase. To stand out, every manufacturer and dealer puts forward an asset: usually it’s looks, autonomy, engine power, or price.

Few two-wheelers manage to get the best result in all these tables. You will have to carefully analyze your needs to understand which characteristics are most important to you, and which ones you are willing or willing to compromise on.

Today, 125 equivalent electric scooters are also plentiful: that’s why we have reserved a separate guide for them for those who prefer speed and have a bigger budget to buy a new car. Numerama also has a guide to the best electric scooters to buy in 2022, no matter the speed.

In addition to our tests, we recommend that you make an appointment at the store to have a test on the road in real conditions to see if the product meets your expectations.

Here are the top 50 equivalent electric scooters to buy in 2020.

Best value for money: Super Soco Cu-x

Super Soco Cu-x (our test) has been our favorite since 2020! The Chinese brand has also won us over with its TC Max 125 equivalent motorcycle. Small and very comfortable, light but strong, it has many qualities that make it the best urban electric scooter on the market we have tested. In addition, its appearance is slightly different from the “big round headlights” we see everywhere, which makes it more original.

A range of 60-70km is good for a scooter with a single removable battery, even if its dual-battery rivals rush to the gate – an 8-hour recharge is a little long too. Acceleration is enough to not feel dangerous at traffic lights, and its battery is pleasant to carry thanks to the more horizontal weight distribution. Being able to use it at 70 km/h for highway driving is also a plus.

Unfortunately, prices have exploded: now they are 3,179 euros instead of 2,700 euros in the past. However, it remains a very good two-wheeler for the price.

maximum speed : 50 km/h

Autonomy : 60-70km

Full recharge : 8 ocloc’k

Rear Passenger : Yes

NIU M+ (MQI+): good second place

Niu M+ // Source: Louise Audrey for Numerama

The Niu M+ scooter, or rather now its analogue MQI+ Sport, is everywhere: it is one of the most popular models of the Chinese manufacturer, along with the NGT+ (with a speed of over 70 km/h). Here it is the 50cc equivalent, which does not go faster than the maximum speed limit in the city. In addition to being stylish, it is lightweight (max 65 km). Its battery is slightly heavier than the Super Soco Cu-x (and the weight is distributed vertically), but on the new MQI+ model it provides up to 90 km of autonomy in sport mode.

The seat, on the other hand, is more curved than its competitor (your knees will be quite high), and the rear wheel tends to skid in the event of very hard braking. It can be found from 2899 euros.

maximum speed : 48-49 km/h

Autonomy : announced 95 km

Full recharge : 6 hours

Rear Passenger : Yes

King of autonomy

LVE S5: Is autonomy worth the cost?

Which 50cc electric scooter to buy in 2022?

Let’s get down to business: LVNENG S5 is expensive. The equivalent of 50 cc costs about 4700 euros, which is almost double the price on the market. The reason lies in its two lightweight batteries (5kg each) that allow it to cover almost 140 km on a single charge, which makes it very interesting for those who travel a lot every day, for example, for couriers.

In terms of styling, the LVNEN S5 (which we’ve been testing for a few days) features a square headlight instead of the usual roundness of its competitors, as well as a very reliable braking system. With a 3000W motor, its power will allow it to handle more weight than other lighter 50cc scooters on the market.

maximum speed : 50 km/h

Autonomy : claimed 120 km with two batteries

Full recharge : 6 hours

Rear Passenger : Yes


Niu UQI GT Pro: tenderness in a rough body

Which 50cc electric scooter to buy in 2022?

If you don’t like his appearance, don’t even go near him. The UQI GT Pro is the scooter that is chosen primarily for its originality, fine and racy air, which gives a bit of vintage style to this 50-equivalent electric scooter, which is quite modest nonetheless.

Niu’s latest 2020 model at €2,799 has lower performance than the same manufacturer’s M+ Sport: it has a short range (maximum 55 km) and slow acceleration. This last characteristic can be seen as a disadvantage, as well as a quality for those who do not want to spin like the wind at every start, but want to calm themselves and take their time. Bonus: The Niu UQI GT Pro is very comfortable and easy to use.

maximum speed : 50 km/h

Autonomy : 55km

Full recharge : 9 hours

Rear Passenger : Yes

Almost a Vespa, 2Twenty Roma

Which 50cc electric scooter to buy in 2022?

Do you dream of a Vespa but can’t afford Piaggio’s Elettrica for over 6,000 euros? The French 2Twenty Roma will be able to get things done if you are willing or willing to make some concessions. First, the size of the car: if the Vespa is known to be small and comfortable, the 2Twenty Roma takes up a lot of space and its body is quite wide in the front.

For €2,890, the 50cc electric two-wheeler has a strong case to make, such as being able to drive 100km autonomously with two batteries (count €795 more). Said batteries, on the other hand, are housed under the driver’s seat and don’t use the best lugs, making it sometimes awkward to handle – however, it will take less than a minute.

maximum speed : 50 km/h

Autonomy : 55 km on battery

Full recharge : 6 hours

Rear Passenger : Yes

>> Read our full 2Twenty Roma electric scooter review.

How to choose an electric scooter?

There are a few things to consider when choosing an electric scooter. The main thing is to determine your needs.

The appearance of the scooter

Appearance is the easiest component to take into account: it’s about following your instincts. If you don’t like one scooter, switch to another. On the other hand, if you like the scooter, this will not always be a sufficient guarantee. There are many electric scooters made from “moulds” imported from China that look almost the same and their price can vary greatly.

Top speed: equivalent to 50cc or 125cc?

There are three main categories of electric scooters available on the French market today: those that reach speeds up to 45 km/h, those that reach 70 km/h and those that exceed 90 km/h. A scooter’s top speed tends to affect its price: a 50cc equivalent rarely costs more than 3,000 euros (otherwise there’s outstanding autonomy), while you’re unlikely to find a capable electric scooter under 4,000 euros. reaching 90 km/h. In between are some models such as the Askoll eS3 or the Niu NQI GTS Sport, with their top speed of 70 km/h and a price tag of around 3,600 euros.

Scooter autonomy is essential

The range varies greatly from scooter to scooter. These are tendons of war when it comes to electric vehicles, because manufacturers are still dependent on the progress of research into more powerful batteries that would allow them to drive even longer. Therefore, manufacturers must make a choice: one heavy battery or two light batteries? Removable battery or recharging only from a wall outlet?

To find out what suits you best, you should think about where you will be charging your scooter most of the time: do you live on the ground floor? Do you have an elevator Do you have the option to connect the scooter outside?

If the scooter has one battery and a long range (for example, more than 70 km for a 125), you can be sure that the battery will weigh about 20 kg: this must be taken into account if you have a long journey. walk with the battery at arm’s length.

Engine power maybe

The engine power of a vehicle allows you to determine its power, which significantly affects its acceleration capabilities and driving modes, and also gives access to various auxiliary tools. The lower the engine power, the less financial assistance, but the lower the price of the scooter.

The higher the engine power, the more energy and power your vehicle will acquire, and the more expensive it will be; depending on your build and the capabilities you expect from an electric two-wheeler, going from 2000W to 3000W might be appropriate. On the other hand, you may be wondering if an electric scooter that does not exceed 45 km/h is really useful with a 4000W motor when you can buy it cheaper with only 2000W or 3000W.

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