Finding the perfect electric scooter can be a difficult task. There are so many different brands and models to choose from that it can feel overwhelming for someone with limited knowledge of the electric scooter market.
Between all the different sizes, styles, and specifications, how is one to choose which scooter is best? And then there’s also the rabbit hole of product reviews… the pros and cons and ups and downs! How should this labyrinth of competing information be navigated?
To help you wade your way through the overload of information on the Internet, we’ve drawn up a little comparison placing Genesis electric scooters head to head with Goped’s product.
Goped offers a variety of higher-end electric scooters that are priced upwards of $5300! For the purposes of this article, we will be comparing the ESR750, which is their standard model scooter in league with Genesis’ products.
Brushed vs Brushless Motor
The major difference between all three Genesis electric scooter models and the Goped ESR750 is that the ESR750 uses a brushed motor while Genesis uses brushless motors.
Now you may be asking yourself, “Who cares? What’s the Difference?”
The difference is that brushed motors have a way more complicated design and thus require a lot more maintenance. The brushes need to be maintained and replaced from time to time. So if you aren’t the engineering minded, stay away from brushed motors.
Another downside to brushed dc motors, is that the brush friction that occurs decreases viable torque.
In contrast, brushless motors have much greater efficiency. The rotor is the only bearer of the magnets and no external power is required. In other words there are no connections, commutator, or brushes.
According to Electronic Design, “[Brushless motors] beat brush motors in the speed/torque tradeoff with their ability to maintain or increase torque at various speeds. Importantly, there’s no power loss across brushes, making the components significantly more efficient. Other BLDC pros include high output power, small size, better heat dissipation, higher speed ranges, and low noise (mechanical and electrical operation).
Speed is a crucial metric to consider when comparing any two products. Obviously no one would prefer the more sluggish of any two vehicles.
The ESR750 is interesting in that it is capable of two different drivetrain modes: economy and turbo.
In the economy mode, the ESR750 can travel at a speed up to 12 mph, but with a greater range, while in the turbo mode, it can travel at speeds of 17-20 mph but with a lesser range. These ranges will be discussed in the following section.
All three of Genesis electric scooter models have a speed of 20 mph without having to sacrifice range!
In daily use, the most important factor to consider is the range per charge. This is how far your electric scooter can take you on a single battery’s charge.
Why is this so important? Simple, because if you intend to commute 10 miles to and from work each day, an electric scooter with a 7-8 mile range per charge will leave you disappointed and sitting on the side of the road with your thumb in the air.
The ESR750, while in economy mode, has a range of 12 miles, whereas in turbo mode it has a range of 8 miles. A larger battery is available from Goped for an extended cost that would increase the ranges.
All three of Genesis electric scooter models have a range of 20 miles! Enough said…!
Size / Weight
If you are a college student or an urban commuter who intends on using their electric scooter as a means of travel and would then like to carry your scooter with you inside or around campus, the size and weight of the scooter are important pieces of information to consider.
The ESR750 is a heavy scooter, weighing in at 65 lbs.
Genesis electric scooters range from 20 – 36 lbs (depending on model)! That’s a 50% difference! Try carrying around 65 lbs on your back all day!
Charge time is another important factor to consider, especially if you are using your scooter as a commuter device.
For instance, if you work part-time 10 miles away and your scooter has a 6-hour charge time with a 10-mile range, you won’t be able to get home from work!
A long charge time is sure to prove itself a point of constant annoyance and irritation.
The ESR750 has a charge time of 7 hours.
Genesis electric scooters have a charge time of 2 -5 hours. Talk about no competition!
Ah yes, price – the most important part. While both the ESR750 and Genesis have their pros and cons, for people on a budget, price is all that matters.
The ESR750 is priced currently at $1429.
Genesis electric scooters range from $400-800 depending on the model.
The choice is yours. Make the right one today!