A moped is a type of small motorized vehicle typically characterized by its small engine size, low-speed capabilities, and pedals for manual propulsion. The term “moped” is derived from a combination of “motor” and “pedal.” Moped drivers remain seated during the ride, similar to how you would sit on a motorcycle.
Mopeds are equipped with a small engine size, usually with a displacement of 50cc or less. Most mopeds are gas mopeds, but some modern mopeds may also have electric motors, making them electric mopeds. One distinctive feature of a moped is that, in addition to an engine, it also has functional pedals today. If needed, a rider could pedal the vehicle like a bike., which can be useful when trying to start the engine or to give an extra boost while riding uphill.
Mopeds are generally limited to about 35 miles per hour or below. Despite the speed limitations, mopeds tend to get better gas mileage than cars.
An electric scooter, also called an e-scooter, is a compact and lightweight personal electric vehicle designed for short-distance transportation in urban areas. They are powered by an electric motor and feature two small wheels. The rider stands during the ride.
Electric scooters are typically light enough to carry if needed, making them a good option for people with limited storage space. Generally, they have only two wheels, one in the front and one in the back; the rider has to balance and learn to distribute their weight correctly while riding. They tend to be better for short trips.
Electric scooters typically only reach speeds of up to 15 or 20 miles per hour — some have even lower top speeds. They usually have less than two horsepower. They are chargeable, as opposed to needing to be filled with gasoline.
There are many differences between electric scooters and mopeds. Some of these differences include:
While mopeds and scooters are both popular forms of transportation, electric bikes have also grown in popularity. Electric bikes, also known as e-bikes, combine the benefits of a classic bicycle and a motorized vehicle. They have pedals so riders can use them as standard bikes, but they also have a motor for an extra boost.
For instance, people using electric bicycles can actively pedal and use the motor when going uphill. These bikes are different from motorcycles because they have an electric motor, not a gas engine, and therefore are more eco-friendly.
Electric bikes typically have to follow all the exact legal requirements as a standard bike. They must stick to the bike lanes and follow all necessary signage. An e-bike typically does not require a specific license.
While an e-bike can be a great choice for those commuting or traveling along city streets, a mountain e-bike is better for those who intend to go off-roading.
The moped and the electric scooter offer many benefits, and choosing which is right for you can be difficult. As you weigh this decision, consider these elements:
Ultimately, choosing whether to get an electric scooter, electric bike, or a moped is up to you. Consider your experience level, what you intend to use the vehicle for, your budget, and more when making this decision.
However, with all of these options, there are safety concerns. If you have suffered an injury due to a moped or electric scooter accident due to the negligence of others, contact our scooter accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long to learn about your legal options.