I think it is fair to say that electric scooters and mopeds are a rapidly growing market and becoming especially important with the talk of climate change and what we can do as individuals to be more eco-friendly.
Much like last year, I can imagine we will see many more manufacturers coming onto the scene with their very own electric models ready to take the market by storm.
With that all being said, in this blog, we will be running down 10 of the best electric mopeds for 2023.
It is worth noting that these are Electric Mopeds we are looking at today, so equivalent to 50cc machines, if you are looking for a bigger check out our electric scooter equivalent to 125s article.
So let’s get started, shall we?
10. Honda EM1e
Kicking off the list, taking the tenth spot here we have the Honda Em1e!
We recently mentioned this all-new model on our top 10 new scooters for 2023 list after its unveiling at EICMA 2022 as part of one of the 10 electric motorcycles Honda plan to release by 2025.
The Em1e will sport the never seen before Honda Power Pack E, so it will be interesting to see how well this will perform against other rivals on this list in the upcoming months.
One thing worth noting with the Honda EM1e is that at the time of writing, there is very little official spec available to take a look at, however, the Em1e will come equipped with the typical standard amount of electric scooter tech including LED lighting, LCD display, and Combined braking system.
- Expect this to sell well
- Exciting new Mobile Power Pack
- Swappable Battery Tech
- Much of the spec hasn't been released yet
- Can only get 25 miles out of a single charge.
|Engine:||Honda mobile power pack E|
|Suspension:||Front: telescopic fork
Rear: hub-mounted motor
|Tyres:||Front: 12 inch
Rear: 10 inch
9. Vespa Elettrica (L1)
At ninth on the list we have the Vespa Elettrica (L1).
The Elettrica has been built with nipping through town and zipping down small streets in mind, coming packed with a 3.5kW electric motor giving off a maximum 4kW of energy and a 30 mph top speed.
When it comes to tech, this Vespa comes equipped with a 4.3” TFT screen, three power modes (‘Eco’, ‘Power’, and ‘Reverse’), smartphone connectivity, and LED lighting.
Ultimately there is no denying that the Vespa Elettrica is a very premium offering coming with a price tag of £6,500, meaning that not everyone is going to have that sort of budget available. However, Vespas are iconic and I'm sure there are many people out there who want to get their taste of Vespa’s first full electric scooter.
We here at BikeMatters have actually reviewed the Vespa Elettrica, so if you like what you see it is worth heading over and checking out our full road test review!
- It’s a Vespa!
- Incredible stylish
- Premium offering
- On the heavier side
- Quite expensive, not for those with a smaller budget
- Batteries are not removable
|Engine:||Piaggio Group motor|
|Brakes:||Front: 200 mm disc, CBS
Rear: 140 mm drum, CBS
|Charging time:||4 hours|
8. Horwin EK1
Sitting in at eighth on our list is the Horwin EK1.
The standard model of the EK1 is equipped with a 26Ah, removable Lithium-Ion battery which can deliver up to 45 miles of range. However, if you are someone who wants the extra miles (perhaps for delivery riding) you can purchase the extended 40Ah option that will give you an average of 60 miles per full charge.
The Ek1 also comes stacked with a smart LCD dash display, USB charging, a removable battery, and full LED lighting with a “follow me home” function, providing both convenience and safety, especially when riding at night.
Overall, the EK1 is a fun and modern city commuter that leads the way with its unique functions such as one-button reverse, cruise control, and directional headlights all for a reasonable price tag sitting just under the £3,000 mark.
- Good charging time
- Option for a bigger battery and longer range
- Glovebox isn’t lockable
|Motor:||High Torque Hub Motor|
|Battery:||Samsung 72v Lithium-Ion|
|Brakes:||Front & Rear Disc Brakes|
|Charging time:||2.5/3.5 hours|
7. Yadea G5
At seventh we have the Yadea G5.
Yadea and Lexmoto have partnered up to create the Yadea G5, producing a scooter with great technology and potential to change the way we travel in the urban jungle.
The G5 packs a respectable 2.3kW motor and a removable Panasonic lithium-ion battery aiming to provide you with a range of 55 miles from a full charge.
In terms of spec and styling, the G5 is quite simple and basic, however, this isn’t much of a surprise with its £2629 price tag. If you are someone who just needs a bike to get from A to B, then the G5 would definitely be a scooter to consider.
- Has removable batteries
- Cheap, ideal for a lot of people's budgets
- No thrills, a bit boring
- Styling doesn’t really stand out.
|Motor:||Electric Motor (Top Speed:28 MPH)|
|Brakes:||Front: Hydraulic Disc
Rear: Hydraulic Disc
|Suspension:||Front: Telescopic Forks
Rear: Twin Shock Absorber
|Charging time:||4-6 hours|
6. Supersoco TSX
Hitting the list at 6th we have the Supersoco TSX.
Want an electric moped that looks like a motorcycle? Well, you are in luck!
Up next on the list is the SuperSoco TSX. The TSX model is a midway model between both its older and younger sibling, the TS and the TC.
The TSX was Supersoco’s FIRST attempt at revolutionising urban mobility. Powered by a 1.9kW continuous rated Bosch hub motor, the TSX can reach a top speed of 45mph or it can be electrically modified to limit it to speeds of 28mph, making it ideal for beginners.
The TSX also comes fully packed with all-around LED lighting, keyless ignition with security alarm, digital display, and opportunities for app connectivity. Thanks to the TSX's fairly decent spec, the optional single or double battery option, aggressive styling, and the impressive price tag, I think it's fair to say that I see this bike becoming increasingly popular as we enter the new year.
£2,899 (Single Battery), £3,399 (Dual Battery)
- Comes with fast charging as standard
- Good range, especially if you choose the dual battery option
- A good option for beginners, cheap
- Lightweight and agile
- Motorcycle looks
- Range could be improved
|Motor:||1.5KW BOSCH MOTOR|
|Battery:||Removable - Lithium Ion|
|Brakes:||Front & Rear Disc with CBS|
|Suspension:||Front: USD Front forks
Rear: Mono shock
|Charging time:||3-4 hours|
|Weight:||72kg (excluding battery)|
5. Niu MQI GT (SR)
Officially taking number five is the MQI GT (Standard Range model) from Niu.
The MQI GT is the newest addition to the M Series and comes equipped with a large LED display, LED headlight, dual removable batteries, an electronic combined braking system, and wrap-around steel bumpers that protect you from any knocks or scrapes (or with the current state of the roads, mud).
Powered by a 4th Generation Niu Energy lithium battery and BOSCH motor, the GT can reach top speeds of up to 28mph and allows you a range of 56 miles on a full charge. The GT ER is also a great scooter built for urban commuting.
One rather nice thing about the GT is the futuristic styling and headlights that really add to the next generation of modern urban commuter feels.
- Batteries are removable
- Reasonable charging time
- A better mile range than most on this list (46 miles)
- Spec is competitive, especially for this pricepoint
- Batteries are quite heavy
|Battery:||4th Generation Lithium Battery|
|Brakes:||Combined Braking System (CBS)|
|Charging time:||4.5 hours|
4. Sunra Robo
Earning a worthy fourth spot on this list has got to be Sunra Robo.
Sunra is an EV-focused manufacturer originally created in a garage in Beijing with the aim of providing electric-powered alternatives that achieve the same levels of performance as their petrol field counterparts.
The Robo is powered by a 3kw hub-mounted dual-mode motor and can attain a top speed on full batteries of around 28mph. This scooter is also lightweight and agile, making it easy to ride and manoeuvre - perfect for that inner-city commuting.
Coming onto the styling of the Robo, it’s simple, it’s clean-lined and lastly, it’s effective. The Robo also packs a pretty futuristic-looking headlight, alongside full LED lighting, a large digital display, removable batteries, and lastly keyless fingerprint ignition.
Overall, I think the Robo truly resembles the future of urban commuting, all wrapped in a green eco-friendly bow for the price of £3,299. And, if you are interested to see what else we here at BikeMatters had to say about its larger brother the Robo S, check out our full in-depth review!
If you prefer Motorcycles looks though, than the typical moped styling of the Robo, make sure to check out the funky Miku Max.
- Futuristic styling
- Packs a fair bit of power
- Cheap and accessible
- Dash glare
|Motor:||3kw Hub motor|
|Battery:||2x 72V 20Ah|
|Brakes:||Front: Twin-piston hydraulic calliper with 220mm disc, CBS
Rear: Single piston hydraulic calliper with 180mm disc, CBS
|Charging time:||4 hours|
3. Silence S02 Urban (50cc)
Finishing in one of our top spots on this list has got to be the Silence S02 Urban.
Over the last few years, Silence has grown in popularity across the continent and the UK. And quite honestly there is no wonder why, thanks to its bold and aggressive styling and variety of spec.
The Urban model packs a 1.5kw motor and comes with a 2kwh battery giving a claimed maximum range of 35 miles. However, one of the downsides of the S02 Urban is that the battery will take anywhere between 6-8 hours to fully charge, and whilst the battery is removable, it weighs just over 27kg which in comparison to the other models on the list could really be improved.
Something special with the S02 Urban is that the design of the bike is built with delivery riding in mind, providing a platform for large delivery boxes up to a massive 350L. Alternatively, this platform can be made into a dual passenger seat meaning if you fancy taking a pillion on your city commute, you can!
- Iconic styling and fantastic road presence
- Batteries weigh 27kg - very heavy
- Range could be improved
|Motor:||Integrated hub motor, brushless, 1.5 kW|
|Brakes:||Disc 220mm/ 240mm|
|Charging time:||6-8 hours|
2. Yamaha Neo's
Coming in at second is the Yamaha Neo’s.
The Neo’s is Yamaha’s first 50cc equivalent electric scooter, hoping to make its mark on the electric scene, equipped with reasonably sized under-seat storage, two riding modes, keyless ignition, connectivity, and large 13-inch wheels.
When it comes to the performance of the Neo’s, it sports an excitation 3-phase synchronized motor, producing a top speed of 28mph. It's also equipped with Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) as well as a Motor Control Unit (MCU) to help with both motor, battery, and overall performance.
A special feature of the Neo’s for me is its futuristic and clean-lined styling alongside the two standout colourways in milky white and midnight black.
- The styling is a big yes
- Likely a great city commuter
- Great for Yamaha to hit this market
- Wish the range was a bit better
- Basic spec
|Motor:||Excitation 3-phase synchronized motor|
|Brakes:||Front: Hydraulic single disc brake
Rear: Mechanical leading trailing drum brake
|Suspension:||Front: Telescopic fork
|Charging time:||0-100% 8 hours
0-80% 4 hours
|Range:||24 miles (STD mode)
42.2 miles (STD mode with 2 batteries)
1. Piaggio One
Taking the ultimate top spot on this list is the Piaggio One - a well-loved model we have previously reviewed here at BikeMatters.
For the 2023 model, Piaggio has made big changes to the Power Unit and motor, helping to provide better performance and agile handling, especially during city commuting.
The Piaggio One comes equipped with a full-colour LCD digital display, LED lighting all around, and a keyless operation system.
One of the unique things about the Piaggio One has to be its variety of colourways on offer. The first three are Forever Grey, White, and Black which are clean and minimalistic, while the last three two-toned liveries Sunshine Mix, Arctic, and Flame are a fun and sporty way to spruce up the bike scene while giving the rider that extra little bit of ultimate road presence.
The Piaggio One, is basically an electric equivalent of the Zip which is no bad thing, making an affordable, well spec’d, and stylish urban commuter, and costing just £2,550 makes it a pretty budget-friendly option too from a well-known brand.
- 40-mile range can be done on a full charge
- Performs really well
- A tough competitor to beat overall on the electric moped market
- Priced very competitively
- Basically an electric version of the zip
- The keyless system could be better
|Motor:||Electric hub motor (top speed: 28mph)|
|Battery:||1.4 kWh removable Lithium-Ion battery|
|Brakes:||Front / Rear - Disc Ø 175 mm|
|Suspension:||Front: Single-sided suspension (single shock absorber)
Rear: Double hydraulic shock absorber
|Weight:||75kg (without battery)|
The Last Stop!
So there you have it! Here are my electric top picks ready to take 2023 by storm...
Which one was your favourite? Make sure to me know in the comment section below.
Last but not least, if you have your very own scooter you need to insure - make sure to get an electric motorcycle and moped insurance quote direct with Lexham!
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