Most of the electric scooters today are made out of aerospace or industry-grade aluminum alloy. That is the same stuff they use to build airplanes, which is great news. It is a battle-tested material that has been proven over time to be reliable, relatively cheap, and most importantly, both strong and light at the same time.
But lately, we’re seeing a growing trend in manufacturers using another material for the frames of their scooters. One that is, miraculously, both stronger and lighter somehow, than aluminum.
We’re talking, of course, about carbon fiber. Many top-of-the-line electric scooters today are either made out of carbon fiber entirely, or they use carbon fiber predominantly in their build.
If you want a super-lightweight, carbon-fiber electric scooter, this is a list of the best possible choices today.
Best carbon fiber electric scooters
- SoFlow Air Carbon
- Swagtron Swagger
- EcoReco XS
- EvoMotion EvoLite Carbon
- Voltion SX2
- Unagi Model One
- Rion RE90
Let’s see why carbon fiber is such an amazing building material, and why these scooters are so great for users that need tough yet light and portable electric scooters.
Carbon fiber vs aluminum
The only reason we’re not seeing everything made out of carbon fiber is that it is still expensive. Its price has gone down a lot over the last decade, but it’s still not as cheap as aluminum.
Even though it’s harder for manufacturers to work with aluminum in production, that price difference makes it worthwhile, and it is the only reason why we’re still seeing it used in the majority of electric scooters.
But there is no doubt about it – some of the highest quality electric scooters, which will prioritize lightness, portability, and durability, will be made out of carbon fiber. They will have many advantages over their aluminum cousins, as carbon fiber is both stronger and lighter than aluminum.
Best carbon fiber electric scooters
Let’s explore the best carbon fiber electric scooters which you can get today.
SoFlow Air Carbon
I think the brand couldn’t have chosen a better name for this scooter. The chassis is made entirely out of carbon fiber, and the title “Air” is fully deserved.
This is the lightest electric scooter for adults currently in existence. It weighs only 15 lbs / 7 kilograms!
Besides that, this scooter is one of the most portable electric scooters ever because of its low space occupancy. When folded, its dimensions are 94 cm in length, 14 cm in width, and only 20 cm in height. With a total volume of 26.3 liters, this is one of the scooters that is the easiest to carry around with you everywhere you go.
Naturally, the tradeoff for its lightness and portability will come at the cost of performance. It can reach top speeds of 15 mph / 25 kmh, and has a range of 13 mi / 21 km on a single charge.
The SoFlow Air Carbon comes at the price of $449, which is pretty amazing for the lightest scooter in the world.
Where to buy the SoFlow Air Carbon from?
SoFlow Air Carbon Specifications
|Top speed||25 km/h|
|Top speed||15.5 mph|
|Battery||201 Wh, 25.2 V|
|Charging time||3 h|
|Weight limit||100 kg|
|Weight limit||220 lbs|
|Ingress protection (IP)||IP44|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||94 cm * 14 cm * 20 cm|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||37 in * 5.5 in * 7.9 in|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||94 cm * 14 cm * 99 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||37 in * 5.5 in * 39 in|
|Trunk or basket||no|
|Build material||carbon fiber|
|Lights||front + rear light|
Without a doubt, the Swagtron Swagger is one of the most popular, most iconic, best-selling electric scooters of all time. There have been many versions of this scooter, but the Swagtron Swagger remains a classic.
The great thing about buying a scooter like the Swagtron Swagger is that it has already been proven through time as an excellent choice. Countless units have been sold, and there are swaths of satisfied customers, despite the scooter costing only $239.
That also makes it the cheapest carbon fiber electric scooter ever. That almost contradicts the notion that carbon fiber scooters must be on the pricier side.
Weighing only 18 lbs / 8 kg, but still being able to carry 250 lbs / 113 kg of load on its deck, this is one of the models that may even suit heavier adults.
The Swagtron Swagger offers very decent performances given its small mass and volume. It has a top speed of 15 mph / 25 kmh, a range of 15 mi / 25 km, and a proven climbing angle of at least 15 degrees (the company claims 20). This scooter will meet the needs of the vast majority of electric scooter lovers.
If you are on a tighter budget, you should seriously consider the Swagtron Swagger. It’s one of those models that is almost impossible to make a mistake with.
Where to buy the Swagtron Swagger 1 from?
Swagtron Swagger 1 Specifications
|Top speed||25 km/h|
|Top speed||15 mph|
|Motors||single front wheel|
|Battery||98.4 Wh, 29.4 V, UL certified battery|
|Charging time||1.5 h|
|Weight limit||113 kg|
|Weight limit||250 lbs|
|Ingress protection (IP)||IPX4|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||100 cm * 23 cm * 41 cm|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||39.4 in * 9.1 in * 16.1 in|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||100 cm * 40 cm * 92 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||39.4 in * 15.7 in * 36.2 in|
|Rider height||130 – 200 cm|
|Rider height||51 – 74 in|
|Tire type||solid rubber|
|Trunk or basket||no (customization possible)|
|Build material||carbon fiber|
|Terrains||hard surface, flat road|
|Shock absorbers||rubber suspension|
Coming from one of the most environmentally conscious brands of electric scooters, the EcoReco models are sort of a darling of Silicon Valley. They have become very popular over the past few years.
The EcoReco XS is their lightest model. As the name suggests, this is an extra-small scooter. Even though it’s not made out of carbon fiber entirely (parts of it are from aluminum too), it is still a very light scooter.
It weighs around 16.5 lbs / 7.5 kg. The scooter folds down to a very small volume, perfect for carrying it in public transport and elevators.
The EcoReco brand prides itself in producing very energy-efficient scooters. The EcoReco XS model fits that description. It even has the regenerative braking feature.
Like many lightweight scooters, the EcoReco XS is not the most powerful of machines out there. There are actually several variants of the same scooter, but the most powerful one can reach a top speed of 20 mph / 32 kmh, and a range of around 32 mi / 52 km. Of course, that is more than enough for this category of scooters. Its price is also very affordable, with a price tag of $499.
- top speed: 32 km/h
- range: 52 km
- battery: 288 Wh, 36 V
- climb angle: 20 degrees
- weight: 8 kg
- weight limit: 100 kg
- price: $499
EvoMotion EvoLite Carbon
The British brand offers a large variety of scooters. The EvoLight Carbon is their lightest, most portable model.
A great option for commuters, this scooter weighs only 16.5 lbs / 7.5 kg thanks to its carbon fiber frame. Despite that, it can still carry loads of up to 220 lbs / 100 kg.
It usually comes in an all-black variant, making it one of the smoothest, coolest looking scooters on this list.
Its brushless 250 Watt motor can provide a top speed of up to 12 mph / 19 kmh, and a range of 22 mi / 35 km on a single battery charge, which should be enough for most people with short to medium commutes.
The price of the EvoLite Carbon is around $350.
- top speed: 20 km/h
- range: 35 km
- motor: 250 W (real)
- battery: 240 Wh, 24 V
- weight: 7.5 kg
- weight limit: 110 kg
- charge time: 3 hours
- price: $350
An often overlooked brand, Voltion is one of the first manufacturers of 100% carbon fiber scooters. Primarily a consumer tech brand, they only have one scooter so far, but it has sold pretty well and customer satisfaction seems to be pretty great.
The Voltion SX2 is not as light as some of the other scooters on this list. With a weight of 28.4 lbs / 12.9 kg, it’s still pretty portable. While not too heavy, there are many lighter scooters out there.
Its folded dimensions of 107 cm in length, 23 of height, and only 12 cm of width, make it one of the least space-occupying and easily carryable scooters in the world.
It does, however, have a dual motor, something which is not very common for carbon-fiber motors. That’s likely where the larger weight comes from.
The scooter comes at a price of around $820. For that price, you will get a top speed of 15 mph / 25 kmh and a range of 18 mi / 30 km on a single charge. It has a combined power of 500 Watts, which will make it the most powerful carbon fiber scooter for under $1000. It can carry a maximum load of 120 kilograms.
Its climb angle of 25 degrees is also worth mentioning, making it clearly one of the best climbing scooters on this list.
- top speed: 25 km
- range: 30 km
- motor: 500 W (real), 1000 W (peak)
- battery: 374.4 Wh, 36 V
- climb angle: 25 degrees
- weight: 12.9 kg
- weight limit: 120 kg
- charge time: 5 hours
- price: $822
Unagi Model One
The Unagi Model One is a very stylish, elegant scooter. It is built with a combination of aluminum alloy, and the special Toray carbon fiber, produced only in Japan.
Favored among tech journalists and bloggers, it is one of the most popular $1000 electric scooters in the US. It comes with a price tag of $999.
The Unagi Model One has a dual 500 Watt motor (there’s also a 250 Watt version that costs $840). That kind of power gives it a climbing angle of 15 degrees, a top speed of 15 mph / 25 kmh, and a range of 15 mi / 25 km.
With the ability to pull as much as 275 lbs / 125 kg of weight, this is the best carbon fiber electric scooters for heavy adults on this list.
- top speed: 25 km/h
- range: 25 km
- motor: 500 Watt (peak)
- battery: 282 Wh, 33.6 V
- climb angle: 15 degrees
- weight: 12 kg
- weight limit: 125 kg
- IP rating: IP54
- charge time: 5 hours
- price: $999
This is a clear case of saving the best for last.
Rion is easily one of the top manufacturers of electric scooters in the world. While it is hard to find real, tested, and proven data for this, it is very likely that Rion produces the fastest electric scooters in the world right now.
Every Rion scooter is hand made. It takes 90 days for you to get the scooter after ordering it. But the wait will be worth it.
The Rion RE90 is a very different type of scooter than the rest on this list. It is made out of a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy and carbon fiber to make it as light as possible.
But lightness is not its main priority by any means. It weighs 60 lbs / 27 kg, making it almost impossible to carry.
The reason why this scooter uses carbon fiber for its chassis is so that it can go faster. And going fast is what this scooter does! It is primarily a racing scooter, and it will be a vastly overwhelming and overperforming scooter for a huge majority of the population.
The top speed that this scooter is able to reach is an astonishing 100 mph / 160 kmh! Yes, you read that right. You can actually go as fast as 100 mph / 160 kmh with an electric scooter! However, out of the box, the scooter will come limited to “only” 80 mph / 128 kmh. Not your typical commuting scooter.
I like to joke with my fellow scooter lovers that when going that fast, you don’t even need to wear a helmet. It will not make even the slightest difference if you fall at that speed. (That is a joke. Always follow electric scooter safety guidelines and always wear a helmet).
Another “most” epithet that the Rion RE90 holds is the most expensive electric scooter in existence. With shipping, this spaceship will cost you a total of $7400 ($7100 if you are in the United States).
The predecessors of the Rion RE90 are the RE70 and the RE60. They are also made out of carbon fiber for the most part.
Even though the Rion RE90 is in a class of its own, it still has to be mentioned on this list since most of its body is made out of carbon fiber. This will not be your first scooter, and it will not be the scooter you get if you only need to get to and from work. Typically, Rion owners are a combination of long time scooter aficionados, certified speed demons, and of course, adrenaline junkies. If those words describe you well, then the Rion RE90 is your perfect choice.
Rion2 RE90 Specifications
|Top speed||160 km/h|
|Top speed||100 mph|
|Battery||1680 Wh, 80 V|
|Charging time||5 h|
|Trunk or basket||no|
|Build material||carbon fiber|
Where to buy the Rion2 RE90 from?
Carbon fiber electric scooter advantages
As we already hinted, the main advantage that carbon fiber has over other materials used for vehicles is that it is very light. It may even be the lightest yet hard material that is currently in widespread use.
At the same time, this futuristic material is also a lot harder than other materials used for similar products. When compared to aluminum, it is 5 times stronger! (If you want to get all nerdy about it, carbon fiber has a tensile strength of 2550 Mega-Pascals, while aluminum alloy has 570 Mega-Pascals).
Finally, carbon fiber is not a metal, which makes it immune to corrosion. It is also more resistant to oxidation in regular temperatures. That will make carbon fiber electric scooters more water-resistant and better equipped to handle rides in the rain and winter rides.
Carbon fiber electric scooter disadvantages
Even though carbon fiber has been around since 1958, its use has remained limited to specialized products whose primary property should be small mass.
The main reason for that is its high price. It’s about 12 times more expensive than the current default material, which is the industrial-grade aluminum alloy.
That difference in the price of materials will translate into a difference in end-product prices. The same scooter made out of aluminum will always be cheaper than an identical one made out of carbon fiber. Often times though, this is not a truly big margin. As we can see from the scooters in this article, many of them would even fall into the budget price category, despite being made out of carbon fiber.
The other big downside to using carbon fiber for the bulk of an electric scooter is the difficulties that come from recycling it. Reusing carbon fiber is a lot harder since it can’t be melted and turned into something else like metals can.
Another disadvantage that you need to keep in mind about carbon fiber is that it doesn’t bend as well as aluminum, which means it is more likely to crack during a significant impact.
Finally, carbon fiber is not as durable as aluminum. It will degrade faster, especially in hotter environments.
When to get a carbon fiber electric scooter?
There are many scenarios where getting a scooter made predominantly from carbon fiber would be a smart choice.
Pretty much any case involving the need for a more lightweight scooter will lead you to a carbon fiber model. That is the main purpose of carbon fiber scooters after all. So, if portability or storage is an issue for you, consider getting yourself one of the scooters above.
A carbon fiber scooter is also a good idea when you live and ride in a location that has a lot of rain and humidity. Carbon fiber’s water resistance and immunity to corrosion will make sure your scooter lasts longer in those environments.
There are also a few scenarios where getting a carbon fiber model is not really a good idea.
One instance is if you live in a city with bad streets and infrastructure, where the rides are bumpy. Your scooter would shake a lot, and possibly even break. In that case, get yourself a regular aluminum scooter. The elasticity of aluminum will make sure that your scooter suffers less damage from the impacts.
Also, a carbon fiber scooter would be unsuitable for places that are generally warmer for the longer part of the year. Carbon fiber doesn’t respond well to increased temperature. You will probably see your scooter degrade faster in hot weather. So, in hotter climates, go for a classic aluminum electric scooter as well.