There are more options for personal urban mobility today than ever before: e-bikes, rideshares and the increasingly popular electric scooter. The proliferation of dockless scooter rental companies like Bird and Lime has brought the new micro-mobility trend into the mainstream spotlight, but brands like SWAGTRON offering electric scooters for sale make owning an affordable and reliable option. But does owning make more sense than renting when it comes to light electric vehicles (LEVs) like e-scooters?
Inc. set out to evaluate several modern methods of personal transportation, including bikes, rideshares and electric scooters and the benefits of each, including cost, convenience and speed. The benchmark for e-scooter ownership? The SWAGTRON Swagger 5 Elite.
“Due to inconsistent availability with on-demand rental solutions, I decided to see what would happen if I owned a scooter. For the past three months, I tested the Swagger 5 Elite by SWAGTRON. The Swagger 5 Elite is fast (up to around 15 miles per hour), has good battery life (approximately 10 miles per charge in my conditions), and is easy to use. It has a number of clear benefits versus renting.
“The first benefit is the reliability of knowing you have a ride when you need it. You can plan around it and there won’t be any sudden availability issues. It’s especially convenient for commuting to work and traveling to other routine parts of you schedule. It’s also effective for a quick trip to the store.
“The second benefit of owning a scooter is the cost savings. Instead of paying per ride, you pay an upfront cost for the scooter. The Swagger 5 Elite is currently $349.99. If you take $6.50 per day ($3.25 multiplied by two trips), it would take me approximately 55 days to break even on the initial cost versus renting a scooter.”