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Stiftung Warentest checks e-scooters: Terrifying result - only one scooter is convincing


E-scooters conquered road traffic last year. In addition to borrowable scooters, there are also ones for your own use. Stiftung Warentest has now checked this - with a frightening result.

E-scooters conquered road traffic last year. In addition to borrowable scooters, there are also ones for your own use. Stiftung Warentest has now checked this - with a frightening result.

  • Stiftung Warentest has checked folding e-scooters for their fitness to drive.
  • Only two of the seven models tested were reasonably convincing.
  • The scooters are sometimes really dangerous.

Berlin - They are handy, quiet and take you quickly through the city: E-scooters . Last summer, their use in road traffic was allowed, making scooters quite popular, especially in big cities. Stiftung Warentest has now tested seven e-scooters that can be bought for private use. With a sobering result, as reported by *.

Stiftung Warentest tests foldable e-scooters for personal use

The electronic speedsters became known primarily through companies such as Circ or Lime , which offer the e-scooter for everyone to borrow. Stiftung Warentest tested the electronic scooters * last fall.

In their current test round, the consumer organization focused instead on folding models for their own use, which can be used, for example, to drive the "last kilometers from the train to the office". But is it worth buying?

Stiftung Warentest: Seven differently priced e-scooters on the test bench

Stiftung Warentest tested a total of seven e-scooter models with street approval. The focus of the test was how safe, unbreakable and roadworthy the scooters are. The terrifying result: Only an e-scooter scores "good".

Dangerous defects were found in several scooters. The cheapest e-scooter in the test was still rated "satisfactory", the others all received a "poor".

Stiftung Warentest: These seven e-scooters have been tested

But which scooters did Stiftung Warentest take a closer look at? Here is an overview with all scooters tested:

  • iconBIT Tracer Street IK-1972K
  • IO Hawk Sparrow-Legal
  • Moovi StVO
  • SoFlow SO2
  • SXT Buddy V2 eKFV
  • Trekstor e.Gear EG3178
  • Walberg The-Urban #BRLN V3

The e-scooters cost between 400 euros and 1170 euros, drive up to 20 km / h and weigh between 11 and 17 kilograms. They are equipped with light, bell, display and at least two brakes. Doesn't sound bad at first.

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Stiftung Warentest: E-scooters only drive well on level ground

The bad surprise then followed in the test during the driving and safety tests. The testers completed a course that included asphalt, gravel, dirt roads, paving stones, curves, curbs and gradients.

The e-scooters were still convincing on flat ground and were easy to drive, but as soon as it got a bit bumpy, the scooters stumbled. Just like when braking: on a scooter , the front brake applied too late and too abruptly. With a total of three e-scooters, the brakes are equipped with a braking force that is far too low.

Stiftung Warentest: Stress test turns e-scooters into "expensive scrap"

Even during the endurance test on a test bench, which consisted of a rotating drum with bumpers, the e-scooters could not convince. A cobblestone pavement and potholes were simulated - apparently too much of a good thing.

Two of the models tested failed in the endurance test, which basically shows the condition of a normal road. Or as Stiftung Warentest put it: They became "expensive scrap". These weren't even the particularly cheap scooters . One cost around 550 euros, the other 815 euros.

Stiftung Warentest: Five e-scooters are rated "poor"

Both failed along with three other models. Only two e-scooters made it to the finish. Among them the test winner "Walberg The-Urban #BRLN V3", which received the grade "good" from Stiftung Warentest . In the test, it impressed above all with its durability and good suspension. Cost: from 869 euros.

The second best e-scooter in the test is the "IO Hawk Sparrow-Legal", which is also the cheapest model of the round with a price of 350 euros. Its driving behavior and comfort reached mediocre values, but its brakes could not convince, especially when wet.


E-scooters are used in all weather conditions. Stiftung Warentest found out, however, that not all scooters have good brakes when wet.

© Christoph Soeder / dpa

All other e-scooters that Stiftung Warentest took a close look at received a "poor" rating. The reasons for this are breaks, poor braking and possibly carcinogenic substances in the handles.

Stiftung Warentest: E-scooters for renting look more robust

Although Stiftung Warentest already complained about the rentable e-scooters from Lime or Circ * that they would not drive well on uneven ground, the folding scooters for personal use seem to have made a far worse impression.

"Overall, the tested folding models look a little less robust than the non-folding e-scooters for rent", project manager Nico Langenbeck sums up the results of the test. As a reminder: The test at that time about rentable e-scooters even had to be canceled due to safety concerns. ahi

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network

List of rubric lists: © picture alliance / Stiftung Warentest / dpa-tmn

Source: merkur

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