Given that e-scooters are an affordable and viable way of easing congestion and air pollution, it would make sense for them to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions and in fact, if you buy from a reputable brand, your e-scooter will be fine to ride when it’s raining.
However, if temperatures dip below freezing and its raining or sleeting, then you’d be best to avoid riding your e-scooter, because this can cause strain on both the battery and motor.
While your e-scooter will be fine to transport you through the odd rainy patch, try and avoid taking it through puddles and don’t go out on it during heavy downpours, just to be on the safe side.
This is because e-scooters are not waterproof, although they are often weather resistant – this means, they are okay to use during the odd shower, but shouldn’t be soaked or submerged in water.
How do I tell if my e-scooter is weatherproof?
e-scooters differ greatly when it comes to their weather resistance. Some have measures that protect their parts from splashes, while others have waterproof enclosures and some have no protection at all. You can find out how weather resistant your e-scooter is by checking the IP rating. If it has an IP 54 rating, it is protected from water splashes coming from any direction. An IP 55 rating means it can withstand water from a low pressure jet, while an IP 56 rating, signifies that it can be sprayed with high pressure jets from any direction, and not sustain any damage. The Boosted Rev e-scooter has an IP rating of 67, when means you can submerge it in water – it’s a great feature, but it comes at a price and a reduced range. If your scooter doesn’t have an IP rating or the number ends in a 2 or 3, don’t ride it in the rain under any circumstances.
What if my scooter gets really wet?
If your scooter does end up getting a soaking, dry it with a clean cloth when you get home or use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. If you have a foldable model, don’t fold it until it has been left to dry in a well ventilated room for at least 24 hours.
If your e-scooter has got so wet, it’s stopped working, park it indoors for a few days and allow it to dry out for longer.
What other features do I need to ride in the rain?
Always wear a helmet and wet weather gear. Make sure you have LED lights, so that you can be seen and choose an e-scooter with a slip-proof platform with fenders, to protect the feet and legs from water splashes. Inflatable tyres perform better in the rain, although you do risk punctures with them.