E-SCOOTERS and other personal mobility devices (PMDs) haven’t just crept out of the stigma of being boys’ toys – they’re now full-on mainstream. We’ve seen groups of suits coast to and from lunch in town and entire families navigate neighbourhoods with these slick machines.
Now’s a good a time as any to study the scene. We pick out the best-in-class.
Note: If you’re a new buyer and intend to stay on the right side of the law, make sure your ride is UL2272-certified, or you’re not going to be able to use them in public once 2021 comes around.
01: The Tsinova TS01 e-bike
The granddaddy of all PMDs, the electric bicycle still provides one of the most comfortable, efficient and stable riding experiences. They often trade off portability for superior range and, obviously, the ability to pedal once the battery starts flagging.
Few options are as classy as the ready-to-ride Tsinova TS01; at first glance, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the bicycle was motorised.
Do note that even an LTA-certified e-bike model, such as this one, must have a ‘license plate’ installed. The good news is that you have some free reign over how to design this ID plate, as long as you adhere to the LTA design guidelines here.
02: The InMotion v8 electric unicycle
How about that? They took the unicycle and motorised it. Now you don’t have to deal with paddling and not falling over at the same time.
There are many options in the arena but the InMotion v8 takes the prize, with its impressive range of about 45km. That’s almost enough to take you from coast to coast in Singapore. It’s a tad cooler than all of its competitors, thanks to a black finish and concentric rings of LED lights imparting a certain Death Star appeal.
It even comes with a Bluetooth speaker, so you can blast music and be that obnoxious guy disturbing the peace. Plus, you don’t have to get it registered or tested – it already complies with LTA standards.
03: The Xplorer Cherokee electric scooter
Segway may be the most well-known brand out there, but all style points go to the Xplorer Cherokee.
Splotches of fire engine red on its sleek matte black frame, combined with customisable LED lighting and a touch of retro off the brown handles… These touches make it stand out from the drab and gaudy options that flood this category.
04: The Halo Rover hoverboard
These draw lots of flak for bastardising the term “hoverboard” when they’re clearly terrestrial vehicles. Doesn’t change the fact that they’re mad fun, though. The “self-balancing scooters” allow you to zip around with your arms crossed, and that’s all we need to know.
We’re picking out Halo’s Rover for its inconspicuous wheels, solid track record, and stylish headlights.
Seriously, that first point on discreet wheels is paramount – no one’s going to take you seriously if you show up resembling a miniature monster truck.
Additional boon: hoverboards don’t have to be registered (yet) in Singapore, so if you want to skip that hassle entirely, and / or actually want to use a PMD which requires some dexterity to pilot, the Rover is a stellar pick.
05: BajaBoard Pantera electric skateboard
You best believe that a deck with suspension this serious is built for some high-adrenaline excursions. This beast of a skateboard is still in production, and it’s going to nitro up your shredding ambitions you had as a teenager. Watch it outpace a damn quad in the video above.
Though the board’s peak performance is definitely above permitted speeds here, all we really want is to have that power at hand. Or, more precisely, underfoot.
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