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Electric scooters have seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last couple of years with the discovery that they can be a surprisingly convenient and fun way to shave some time off the morning commute.
According to the Department for Transport (Dft) rental e-scooters are set to be made legal across Great Britain as of 4 July.
However, the previously illegal method of transport is banned from being used on pavements, and a maximum speed of 15.5 mph is permitted.
The DfT also advise people to wear protective helmets when on the road for extra safety, and drivers must be aged over 16 years old and have a full or provisional car, motorbike or moped licence.
With social distancing in place in many countries worldwide, more people are looking for an eco-friendly alternative to driving or using public transport.
As a relatively safe, emission-free and extremely convenient way to travel, electric scooters can be used by a wide cross-section of the population who may not be able to cycle, and will reduce cars on the road, cutting air pollution.
But if you thought of a scooter like the one you unwrapped on Christmas Day when you turned fifteen, you’re going to have to upgrade your expectations.
Scooters have changed a lot since then and they now come with apps, bluetooth, clever GPS tracking systems and even a seat.
So given all that, it would almost be rude not to get one, right?
3 top-rated scooters you can buy right now
COLORWAY Electric Scooter Adult | £289 from Amazon
Simply download the app for the scooter with your smartphone and then use your phone to follow the routes you’ve travelled, change the speed mode, turn on the lamp and check the status of the battery.
With a max speed of 25km per hour, a front shock absorber, with good shock absorption, this nifty scooter is suitable for a variety of different roads and surfaces.
Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter | £469 from Halfords
The award-winning Xiaomi Mi M365 Electric Scooter is the world's most popular electric scooter. With minimal yet modern aesthetics, this scooter has won numerous awards for its design.
Featuring a double braking system, air-filled rubber tyres, and a durable, lightweight aluminium frame, this electric scooter can accelerate up to 15.5mph for as far as 18.6 miles on a single charge.
Razor Power Core E100S Electric Scooter | £219.99 from Argos
With up to 60 minutes of continuous use and speeds of up to 11mph (17km/h), this scooter comes with the immeasurable bonus of having its very own seat.
With the Power Core in-hub motor, this model has a higher torque motor for better acceleration and a higher top speed - so it’s a win/win.