Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills

By Chris Wilson

August 22, 2020


Some of us live in extremely hilly regions and we have to travel uphill almost every day. And if you live in a region like mine, you may wonder and ask yourself "Can electric scooters go up hills?

After range and speed, the ability to climb hills is the sought-after feature in an e-scooter and it’s particularly true for those living in hilly terrains.

this article will give you a better picture of what electric scooters can do and what sort of e-scooter you must buy.


best hill climbing electric scooter

(My Top Pickes)

UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter
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Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter UL...
Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Kick Scooter, Lightweight and...
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UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter
QIEWA Q1Hummer 800Watts 37MPH Electric Scooter with Dual...
Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter UL...
Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Kick Scooter, Lightweight and...
GOTRAX GXL V1 Commuting Electric Scooter - 8.5" Air Filled...
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UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter
UberScoot 1600w 48v Electric Scooter
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QIEWA Q1Hummer 800Watts 37MPH Electric Scooter with Dual...
QIEWA Q1Hummer 800Watts 37MPH Electric Scooter with Dual...
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Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter UL...
Glion Dolly Foldable Lightweight Adult Electric Scooter UL...
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Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Kick Scooter, Lightweight and...
Segway Ninebot ES2 Electric Kick Scooter, Lightweight and...
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GOTRAX GXL V1 Commuting Electric Scooter - 8.5" Air Filled...
GOTRAX GXL V1 Commuting Electric Scooter - 8.5" Air Filled...
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Are electric scooters made for uphill travels? 

Great question and one that is asked a lot.
Although, not all of them can climb hills easily since they aren’t equipped with
specific functions and features that are required from off-terrain scooters.

But hey, there’s good news too. Some of the electric
scooters don’t just beat traffic but can climb hills and slopes as well.
Multiple places which are famous for hilly terrains, like San Francisco, Paris, Montreux
and Matterhorn are popular among e-scooterists.

Can Electric Scooter Climb Hills?

The short answer is a big YES; Electric scooters climb hills.

But there are caveats to consider, the biggest one being the climb angle or rather the steepness of a hill.

What Type of Hills Can an E-Scooter Climb?

The definition of hills varies depending on your location.

Hills with a slight incline are the typical hills, common in almost every city, and they're easy to get around with a regular electric scooter.

Steeper hills, on the other hand, are those with an incline angle of more than 20 degrees.

For many low-grade and less-powerful e-scooters, the steep hills are a challenge to climb. However, for the premium e-scooter, the 20-degree incline could be a child's play.

E- Scooters Vs. Hills

That said, keep in mind that some hills, especially the extreme hills, might be challenging to climb, even for the premium e-scooters.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary since most electric scooters experience this. For instance, when bike riders come across steep hills, they simply get off their bikes and push- it’s the same case with e-scooters.

Therefore, no need to panic if your e-scooter doesn't have sufficient power to ride you over the hill. Instead, you simply need to get off thee-scoter and give it a push.

What makes electric scooters
climb hills easily?

This is mostly a question of how they overcome
gravity, friction, drag and the rider’s weight at a given angle of deviation.
To figure if your desired electric scooter can travel uphill, consider the
slope’s angle of climb, the power of the scooter, the tire quality and size.

For short distance inclines, a normal electric
scooter will do just fine. Just don’t halt when you’re on your way to the top.
Although, for inclines more than 15%, a strong motor and speed will be crucial. Do keep in mind that a stronger, more powerful motor results in excessive battery drainage and reduces the
distance of travel.

What to look for when looking
for an electric scooter which is capable of going uphill?

A lot of folks who want to buy electric scooters
find themselves asking this question. They could have to climb a hill while
going to work or while going to town to finish a quick chore.

Let’s see what features an electric scooter may need to climb uphill:

1. Tires

Whosoever thought tires could be a deciding element when you’re buying an electric scooter, right? You see, the matter, size and
the grasp of your electric scooter’s wheels, plays a major part when it comes
to uphill climbs.

Firstly, your e-scooter tires must have a good grip, because if not, there won’t be any frictional resistance, make it difficult for the scooter to push you up the hill.

In similar fashion, going downhill without good frictional resistance can be very risky. The larger the tire, the easier it will be to climb slopes. My electric scooter has chiseled tires. They’re the best for such uphill tasks.

Bald tires can make hill climbing more challenging than it needs to be. Instead, choose scooters with grooved and treated tires for greater traction.

When it comes to tire sizing, pick the 8.5 inches or higher tires. These tires strike a balance between ease of use and control. And unlike the small tired, they won't result in undue stress on the motor.

2. Climbing Angle

The first, (and I cannot emphasize how important this is) and probably the most important feature in an electric scooter for traveling on hilly surfaces is the angle of the climb the scooter has. Now, each slope has its own deviation, correct? As a general rule in physics, the stepper the slope is, the more difficult it is for the scooter to travel uphill.

Though a few of them have an angle spec of 10 degrees, a lot of them are manufactured with a climb angle 20 (and up) degrees. You have to be aware of the hills on your route. The steeper they are, the more the climbing angle you’ll need from your electric scooter. You must keep in mind that a higher climbing angle scooter will be expensive.

3. Weight

As the law of gravity states, the heavier the person riding the electric scooter, the slower it becomes. If you consider slopes, the scooter becomes even slower.

Why? This is because when the scooter climbs uphill, our body weight starts pulling the scooter back, making it tough for the electric scooter to scoot ahead. Makes sense?

 This is why you must select an electric scooter that has a heavier load weight than your own weight.

in another words,

Your weight affects the performance and ability of an e-scooter to climb uphill.

Consider two riders with significant weight differences.

When the e-scooter is carrying the heavier user, it's more likely to get burdened than when carrying the lighter rider.

Consequently, the motor will work hard, meaning hill climbing will be strenuous.

So, when purchasing an e-scooter, consider the maximum weight capacity.

Ideally, you should pick an e-scooter with a higher weight capacity than your actual weight.

4. Power

Greater the battery, greater the power, better the
ride uphill on your e-scooter. Powerful battery and a strong motor are an
absolute must for off-road terrains.

Usually, a 36V battery and 350W motor can climb
slopes of 10 degrees, but as the incline increases, the electric scooter slows
down and gradually stops. Which is why I personally prefer a motor of 750W.
Sure, the scooter may become heavier, but you’ll be able to climb hills Quickly and easily.

Both the battery and motor are the essential parts of an e-scooter. The more powerful they're, the better the performance.

Ideally, if you live in a hilly location, consider an option with at least 250 watts of power. However, if you plan to tackle anything with an incline of above 15 degrees, then a 750-watt motor should be ideal.

In short, the more power your
scooter has, quicker the hills can be climbed without any problem.

5. Suspension

They play enough of a role to enter a buyer’s consideration set while purchasing an electric scooter for an uphill climb. When you go uphill, your weight shifts towards the wheel at the back. This is when suspension starts its magic. It absorbs your weight instead of passing it to the back wheel.

A weak suspension will not stop this from happening and as a result your electric scooter will wear and tear faster. Good suspension technology reduces the negative effects of uneven terrains on your wheels and electric scooter.

How do you ride a scooter uphill?

Before you climb a hill, it’s always a good idea to use good judgment. If the hill looks too steep for your electric scooter, then it probably is, and you would be better pushing the e-scooter.

However, for the less steep inclines, you don't need to do anything special other than riding without stopping until you’re over the hill.

For the steep inclines, it would be a good idea if you accelerate to pick more speed before starting to climb.

The speed momentum lets you reach the peak faster and ensures you don't stop somewhere in the middle.

If you're using a stand-up scooter, it would also help if you use your feet to thrust the scooter forward. We recommend short and frequent thrust to aid the motor during the climb. However, don’t put too much energy into the thrusts, otherwise, you’ll become tired easily, negating the primary purpose of an e-scooter.

How Do You Ride A Scooter Downhill?

Riding an e-scooter downhill is seemingly easy, but may also pose a safety threat if not taken with care.

Here’re some of the crucial tips of riding an e-scooter downhill:

1)      Shift your Weight Back

Slide your weight a little into your seat to balance the overall weight since your e-scooter is likely to push forward because of gravity and might even flip.

2)      Speed Modulation

Of course, when going downhill, your speed will be higher because of the force of gravity.

By anticipating faster speed, it’s easier to control and ride safely.

Notably, avoid twisting the throttle all the way to avoid high speeds. Instead, simply twist it a bit, and let gravity take care of the rest.

3)      Brake Before Turns

The dangers of braking on a turn can turn over the e-scooter, spiraling you onto the pavement.

So, when approaching a turn, brake slowly, preferably even before reaching the turn.

4)      Modulated braking

Modulated braking means being easy on your brakes; never pull your brakes abruptly to avoid getting thrown out of your scooter. Rather, you should pull them in several squashes.

Sure, it might seem like you’re compromising on stability, but it’s alright since you won’t be compromising your stability.

5)      Set your eyes ahead

Riding downhill is all about target fixation.

Look far ahead, so you know where you're going and adequately prepare for the different terrains.

6)      Get Comfortable

Finally, don’t force things out. Never stretch your riding out of your comfort zone.

For beginners, keep in mind it's perfectly normal to get scared during the downhill, and if you feel you can’t do it, just stop and push the e-scooter.

In conclusion:

Electric scooters that can climb uphill are available. And they do a pretty good job for those who live in hilly regions. Thought it may be slightly more difficult to pick the right one for yourself, but once you do, you won’t regret the time you spent on the research.

There are many companies that produce powerful electric scooters today that easily climb the steepest of slopes. Take as much time as you need to research and I’m sure you’ll find just the perfect electric scooter!

Chris Wilson

About the author

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com

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