Can Electric Scooters Go Up Hills?

By John Oliver

February 3, 2020

Can electric scooters go up hills

Some of us live in extremely hilly regions, (San Francisco, like ugh!), and we have to travel uphill almost every day. And if you live in a region like mine, you may wonder and ask yourself "Can electric scooters go up hills?" this article will give you a better picture of what electric scooters can do and what sort of e-scooter you must buy.

Ever since I rented an e-scooter, I’ve been glued to
them. They are so easy to ride, convenient and cheap to maintain. A year down
the line, I’ve finally decided to buy one. Today, I’ve been using my electric
scooter regularly. In fact, I’ve ridden over 500 miles on it and have enjoyed
every single minute.

Are electric scooters made for uphill travels? 

Great question and one that is asked a lot.
Although, not all of them can climb hills easily since they aren’t equipped with
specific functions and features that are required from off-terrain scooters.

But hey, there’s good news too. Some of the electric
scooters don’t just beat traffic but can climb hills and slopes as well.
Multiple places which are famous for hilly terrains, like San Francisco, Paris, Montreux
and Matterhorn are popular among e-scooterists.

What makes electric scooters
climb hills easily?

This is mostly a question of how they overcome
gravity, friction, drag and the rider’s weight at a given angle of deviation.
To figure if your desired electric scooter can travel uphill, consider the
slope’s angle of climb, the power of the scooter, the tire quality and size.

For short distance inclines, a normal electric
scooter will do just fine. Just don’t halt when you’re on your way to the top.
Although, for inclines more than 15%, a strong motor and speed will be crucial. Do keep in mind that a stronger, more powerful motor results in excessive battery drainage and reduces the
distance of travel.

What to look for when looking
for an electric scooter which is capable of going uphill?

A lot of folks who want to buy electric scooters
find themselves asking this question. They could have to climb a hill while
going to work or while going to town to finish a quick chore.

Let’s see what features an electric scooter may need to climb uphill:

1. Tires

Whosoever thought tires could be a deciding element
when you’re buying an electric scooter, right? You see, the matter, size and
the grasp of your electric scooter’s wheels, plays a major part when it comes
to uphill climbs.

Firstly, your e-scooter tires must have a good grip, because if not, there won’t be any frictional resistance, make it difficult for the scooter to push you up the hill. In similar fashion, going downhill without good frictional resistance can be very risky. The larger the tire, the easier it will be to climb slopes. My electric scooter has chiseled tires. They’re the best for such uphill tasks.

2. Climbing Angle

The first, (and I cannot emphasize how important this is) and probably the most important feature in an electric scooter for traveling on hilly surfaces is the angle of the climb the scooter has. Now, each slope has its own deviation, correct? As a general rule in physics, the stepper the slope is, the more difficult it is for the scooter to travel uphill.

Though a few of them have an angle spec of 10 degrees, a lot of them are manufactured with a climb angle 20 (and up) degrees. You have to be aware of the hills on your route. The steeper they are, the more the climbing angle you’ll need from your electric scooter. You must keep in mind that a higher climbing angle scooter will be expensive.

3. Weight

As the law of gravity states, the heavier the person riding the electric scooter, the slower it becomes. If you consider slopes, the scooter becomes even slower. Why? This is because when the scooter climbs uphill, our body weight starts pulling the scooter back, making it tough for the electric scooter to scoot ahead. Makes sense? This is why you must select an electric scooter that has a heavier load weight than your own weight.

4. Power

Greater the battery, greater the power, better the
ride uphill on your e-scooter. Powerful battery and a strong motor are an
absolute must for off-road terrains.

Usually, a 36V battery and 350W motor can climb
slopes of 10 degrees, but as the incline increases, the electric scooter slows
down and gradually stops. Which is why I personally prefer a motor of 750W.
Sure, the scooter may become heavier, but you’ll be able to climb hills

Quickly and easily. In short, the more power your
scooter has, quicker the hills can be climbed without any problem.

5. Suspension

They play enough of a role to enter a buyer’s consideration set while purchasing an electric scooter for an uphill climb. When you go uphill, your weight shifts towards the wheel at the back. This is when suspension starts its magic. It absorbs your weight instead of passing it to the back wheel.

A weak suspension will not stop this from happening and as a result your electric scooter will wear and tear faster. Good suspension technology reduces the negative effects of uneven terrains on your wheels and electric scooter.

In conclusion:

Electric scooters that can climb uphill are available. And they do a pretty good job for those who live in hilly regions. Thought it may be slightly more difficult to pick the right one for yourself, but once you do, you won’t regret the time you spent on the research.

There are many companies that produce powerful electric scooters today that easily climb the steepest of slopes. Take as much time as you need to research and I’m sure you’ll find just the perfect electric scooter!

John Oliver

About the author

Electrical Engineer and father of two. John shares the love of electrical scooters, hoverbords and electric bikes with his kids and his readers here at

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