Electric Scooters Winter Guide [Best Scooters + 13 Tips on How to Winterize Your Scooter]

advise on changing to winter tires because winter is coming

This is the complete electric scooter winter guide. We will see what you need to know if you ride your scooter during the winter and in the snow, how to prepare your scooter for the winter, and also which scooters are best equipped to handle winter rides.

There will be times when you simply have no choice but to ride during the winter (that has been my experience at least). Emergencies or need may force you to ride through the snow, ice, rain, or some other unfavorable winter condition. For some people, electric scooters are still their best option, even if the weather is not very friendly for that.

Very few electric scooters can withstand a regular winter, and even fewer will withstand a brutal winter.

Let’s see when each of these winter scooters may outshine the others, and then go over the tips on how to prepare your scooter for the winter.

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What type of electric scooter is good for the winter?

Electric scooters that are winter-proof will have:

  • strong IP water-resistance ratings
  • pneumatic instead of solid tires
  • wider, bigger, or more deeply patterned tires that prevent slipping and provide extra traction
  • dual motors for more control over slippery surfaces
  • great brakes and anti-lock braking systems (ABS)
  • high-quality battery that is not impacted by low temperatures
  • good balance and build quality

Additionally, the scooter not being terribly fast or accelerating too quickly can be a good thing, although that part is also dependent on the rider in large part. An argument can be made for strong lights as well, as winter days are much shorter in most countries.

Best electric scooters for winter and snow

Some of the best scooters for the winter will be highly water-resistant, since snow, rain, and other bodies of water will be the biggest threat to the scooter. An important factor that water-resistant scooters often include is being more resistant to rust, and to corrosion, which can often happen because of the salt that the city administrations spray on the streets to melt the ice.

Also, off-road scooters will make great winter scooters as well. They are often much more powerful than the regular scooters, and come already equipped with great off-road tires and other handy features that make the rides more stable.

These are the best electric scooters designed for winter.

Electric scooterPrice $MotorIP ratingTiresBrakesABSSuspensionUse case
Emove Cruiser1399600 – 1600 W, single hub BLDCIPX610-inch, pneumatic tubeless car-gradefront + rear semi-hydraulic disc brakes, 140 mm/front dual-form spring-loaded suspension, and dual rear air suspension, adjustablebest winter scooter overall, best waterproof
Kaabo Wolf Warrior31992400 – 5400 W, dual hub BLDCIPX411-inch, pneumatic tubelesshydraulic + electronicyesfront + rear hydraulicbest alternative, best offroad
Ninebot Max799350 – 700 W, single BLDC hub in rear wheelIPX510-inch, pneumatic self-healingFront mechanical drum + rear sheel regenerative electric brakesyesnobest value
Kugoo M4 Pro675500 W, single BLDCIPX410-inch, pneumatic, anti skid, offroaddual disc brake/dual springbest budget (Europe)
UberScoot 1600W7091600 W, single BLDC, chain drive/11-inch, pneumatic knobby tubedfront + rear disc brakes/front + rear springbest budget (US)
Dualtron Ultra31492400 – 5400 W, dual hub BLDCIP5411-inch, pneumatic road, cross tire inner tubesfront + rear disc brakesyesrubber front + rearbest performance, best high-end
Qiewa Q Power20993200 W, dual motorsIPX511-inch, pneumatic tubeless offroaddouble fluid breaks + electronic/45 degree double shock absorber, 4x front + 2x rearhonorable mention

Best electric scooter for winter – EMove Cruiser

diagonal view of an orange EMove Cruiser

The EMove Cruiser is an excellent, high-end, fairly versatile scooter, and its main highlight is that it’s currently the most waterproof electric scooter in the world. With an IPX6 ingress protection standard, the scooter is protected from strong jets of water, which is typically more than enough for a ride through a wet environment.

Pretty much all of its features are winter-ready – strong hydraulic-hybrid brakes, great build and balance, large anti-slip 10-inch tires. However, while these are all strong points, they are not the best we’ve seen. The primary selling point of the EMove Cruiser is its water resistance, and since that is probably the most important feature for a good winter scooter, the EMove Cruiser earns the crown of the winter king.

If we’re being extra-picky, the perfect winter scooter would be a mix of the EMove Cruiser and the second-best winter scooter, the Kaabo Wolf Warrior.

The Kaabo Wolf Warrior is not too much behind, and it beats the EMove Cruiser in some important winter categories, most notably having two motors. However, it’s fair to mention that the EMove Cruiser is two and a half times cheaper than the Wolf Warrior, which in my view only cements its throne as the best winter scooter overall.

Check out the full EMove Cruiser review for more.

Where to buy the EMove Cruiser from?

Worldwide
The best (and probably only) place to get the EMove Cruiser from is the official Voromotors store (make sure to enter the code “escooternerds” without quotes for a 7% discount). As one of the most trusted brands in the industry, they do a great job and ship very fast. Shipping is free within the USA and it will take between 2 and 4 days. For other countries the usual expenses are added to the original price ($250 for the UK, $200 – $300 for most EU countries, $100 for Canada, $350 for Australia, ~$300 for the Philippines and Asia), and the waiting times will be between 3 days and 2 weeks.

Emove Cruiser Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed45 kmh
Top speed28 mph
Range100 km
Range62 mi
Motorssingle hub BLDC
Power600 W real, 1600 W peak
Climb angle10 °
Battery1560 Wh, 52 V
Battery typeLG
Charging time9 h
Ingress protection (IP)IPX6
Weight23.5 kg
Weight52 lbs
Weight limit160 kg
Weight limit350 lbs
Tire size10 in
Tire typepneumatic tubeless car-grade
Tire pressure45 psi
Foldableyes
Foldable handlebarsyes
Seatoptional
Trunk or basketno (customization possible)
Build materialaluminum alloy
Terrainsurban
Brakesfront + rear semi-hydraulic disc brakes, 140 mm
Shock absorbersfront dual-form spring-loaded suspension, and dual rear air suspension, adjustable
Lightsfront + rear + turn
ControlLCD, voltmeter
Cruise controlyes
Keysyes
Alarmyes
Appno
Warranty12 months
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)124 cm * 25 cm * 35 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)49 in * 10 in * 14 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)121 cm * 57 cm * 118 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)48 in * 22 in * 46 in
Ground clearance20 cm
Ground clearance8 in
Deck to handlebar height98 cm (est)
Deck to handlebar height39 in (est)
Adjustable handlebaryes
NotesLG battery ISO certified; foldable handlebars; 3 colors: black, white, orange; tested range; 2-4 bus days shipping; horn; $250 – $350 for shipping

Best offroad winter scooter, best alternative – Kaabo Wolf Warrior

side view of a black Kaabo Wolf Warrior electric scooter with red details leaning on its stand in a dark room

I believe many will not agree with ranking the Kaabo Wolf Warrior as only the second-best winter scooter. That’s fair enough, and I accept the argument that for many winter scenarios, the Kaabo Wolf Warrior may actually be the champion.

The Kaabo Wolf Warrior is one of the original off-road pioneers. A true monster, it can develop speeds of 50 mph / 80 kmh and go for 70 mi / 112 km on a single charge.

It has an IP rating of IPX4. That gives it solid water resistance, but I would have loved to see an IPX5 here at least (I would have given it the winter crown if that was the case). Anyway, the scooter should be water-resistant enough for many common winter scenarios.

The Kaabo Wolf Warrior is a mix between a racing and an off-road scooter. Its offroad features are what make this scooter a great winter choice and very well prepared for the winter.

The dual engines will be much welcome for slippery surfaces. It comes with gigantic 11-inch offroad tires with extra traction, that will handle ice and snow without too many issues. In addition, it sports excellent brakes and ABS, dual shock absorbers, extra-strong lights, and of course great build quality and reputation.

The price of $2999 may make it unavailable to many, but you will get one of the hardest, toughest scooters on the planet. If some scooter can give you a good winter experience, that will be the Kaabo Wolf Warrior.

Where to buy the Kaabo Wolf Warrior from?

Worldwide
In the last few months, the Kaabo Wolf Warrior has been available on Voromotors, and for a much lower price than what you would find elsewhere. As usual, ordering from Voromotors means stellar customer support, free delivery in many countries including the US, and a shipping period of just a few days. Also, don’t forget to use the coupon code escooternerds for a 7% discount!

Kaabo Wolf Warrior Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed80 kmh
Top speed50 mph
Range112 km
Range70 mi
Motorsdual brushless BLDC
Power2400 W real, 5400 W peak
Climb angle17 °
Battery2100 Wh, 60 V
Battery type35Ah LG or Samsung
Charging time12 h
Ingress protection (IP)IPX4
Weight46 kg
Weight101 lbs
Weight limit150 kg
Weight limit330 lbs
Tire size11 in
Tire typepneumatic tubeless
Seatno
Trunk or basketno (customization possible)
Terrainsall terrains, great for offroad
Brakeshydraulic + electronic
ABSyes
Shock absorbersfront + rear hydraulic
Lightshead light + rear lights + side lights
Warranty6 months, 15 days return
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)150 cm * 28 cm * 48 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)59 in * 11 in * 19 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)125 cm * 63 cm * 127 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)49 in * 25 in * 50 in
Deck to handlebar height97 cm (est)
Deck to handlebar height38 in (est)
Adjustable handlebaryes
Use casespower, offroad

Best value winter scooter, most popular – Ninebot Max

If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars for a scooter that can make it through the winter, and you still want as much quality as possible, you will probably want to check out the Ninebot Max.

For the price of just $800, this is one of the most trusted and loved electric scooters of all time, having learned a lot of valuable lessons from the Xiaomi and other models and implemented a ton of useful features. It is the best-value winter scooter, all things considered.

The strongest weapon the Ninebot Max has against the winter is its IPX5 rating. While we all know that scooters and water don’t mix, that is a pretty strong rating, and rides through messy winter conditions may just go without issues.

The Ninebot Max has a few other things going for it when it comes to winter features, including dual brakes, an anti-lock braking system, large 10-inch anti-slip tires which are rarely seen in scooters under $1000, a great battery with a smart battery management system that will tolerate all kinds of temperatures, a strong headlight, and an excellent build quality.

Also, let’s not forget that the winter only lasts for a few months of the year. If you get the Ninebot Max, you will not only have a scooter that can handle the winter well, but also a scooter that is excellent throughout the rest of the year!

Finally, this scooter has a reputation so great that it’s almost hard to believe. No other scooter has a 4.5-star rating out of more than 2000 reviews, with 80% of them being 5-star reviews. That must be taken into account – you will be leveraging a lot of crowd wisdom when deciding to get the Ninebot Max.

There is no doubt here – the Ninebot Max is the best winter scooter for under $1000. You can read the full review of this scooter here.

Where to buy the Ninebot Max from?

Worldwide
No surprises here, the best, most reliable way to get the Ninebot Max is through Amazon.

Canada
For Canada, the fastest and most reliable way to get the Ninebot Max would be through TekTrendy. Your scooter will arrive in a matter of days, sometimes even the next day, and there will be no other costs, neither shipping nor taxes.

UK, EU
In Europe, including the UK, the best place to get the Ninebot Max from is Gearbest. Make sure to select one of the European warehouses for faster deliveries and lowest possible shipping costs and taxes. In addition, UK shoppers may find a great deal on PureElectric as well.

Ninebot Max Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed30 kmh
Top speed18.6 mph
Range64 km
Range40 mi
Motorssingle BLDC hub in rear wheel
Power350 W real, 700 W peak
Climb angle11 °
Battery551 Wh, 36 V
Charging time6 h
Ingress protection (IP)IPX5
Weight19 kg
Weight42 lbs
Weight limit100 kg
Weight limit220 lbs
Tire size10 in
Tire typepneumatic self-healing
Tire pressure32-37 psi
Foldableyes
Foldable handlebarsno
Seatno (customization possible)
Trunk or basketoptional
Build materialaluminum
Terrainsasphalt/flat pavement: obstacles under 0.4 in (1 cm); gaps under 1.2 in (3 cm)
BrakesFront mechanical drum + rear sheel regenerative electric brakes
ABSyes
Shock absorbersno
Lights2.5w high-brightness LED light + brake light
ControlLED screen
Speed modeseco, standard, sport
Cruise controlyes
Keysno
Alarmyes
AppAndroid & iOS
Warranty12 months (6 months on battery)
CertificatesCAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B), UN/DOT 38.3, ANSI/UL 2271
Rider age14+
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)117 cm * 42 cm * 53 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 17 in * 21 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)117 cm * 42 cm * 120 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 17 in * 47 in
Deck dimensions (L * W)51 cm * 17.8 cm
Deck dimensions (L * W)20 in * 7 in
Ground clearance8 cm
Ground clearance3 in
Deck to handlebar height102 cm
Deck to handlebar height40 in
Rider height120 – 200 cm
Rider height47 – 79 in
Adjustable handlebarno
Notessmart BMS; regen brakes; one cord charger; anti-slip deck;

Best budget winter scooter (Europe) – Kugoo M4 Pro

side view of Kugoo M4 Pro on a white background

Overall, I believe that the Kugoo brand is slowly but surely making a name for itself in the European scooter market. Their value proposition is great performance scooters at value prices, and the market responds to their offerings very well.

The Kugoo M4 Pro is somewhat of an anomaly – it is almost a true offroad scooter, and yet unlike most offroad scooters, it doesn’t cost $3000. It doesn’t cost even $1000.

With a price of around $675, I believe this is the most affordable offroad scooter in the world right now.

It provides a lot of winter-ready features for that price – a 500 Watt motor stronger than almost any other scooter in the price range, large 10-inch pneumatic anti-skid offroad tires, and strong dual disc brakes and shock absorbers.

And, not to forget, an IPX4 water protection standard, which will be desperately needed in the winter.

Can’t really ask for more from a scooter with this price tag. If you need a great value winter scooter, I warmly recommend the Kugoo M4 Pro. You can also check out the full review of the Kugoo M4 Pro.

Where to buy the Kugoo M4 Pro from?

EU, UK
The best place to buy the Kugoo M4 Pro in Europe and the UK is Geekbuying by far. Your scooter will arrive in a matter of days, with no additional costs for most countries. It currently has a 17% discount on the price if you buy through the link, although I’m not sure how long will that last.

Kugoo M4 Pro Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed45 kmh
Top speed28 mph
Range60 km
Range37 mi
Motorssingle BLDC
Power500 W
Climb angle12 °
Battery624 Wh, 48 V
Charging time8 h
Ingress protection (IP)IPX4
Weight22.5 kg
Weight50 lbs
Weight limit150 kg
Weight limit330 lbs
Tire size10 in
Tire typepneumatic, anti skid, offroad
Foldableyes
Foldable handlebarsyes
Seatyes (optional)
Trunk or basketno (customization possible)
Build materialaluminum alloy
Terrainsall terrains
Brakesdual disc brake
Shock absorbersdual spring
Lightsfront LED + safety taillight + red night light
Controlhigh-contrast round display
Speed modes3
Keysyes
Warranty12 months (6 on battery)
CertificatesCE & MSDS verification
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)116 cm * 22 cm * 35 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 9 in * 14 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)115 cm * 56 cm * 120 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)45 in * 22 in * 47 in
Deck to handlebar height95 cm (est)
Deck to handlebar height37 in (est)
Adjustable handlebaryes

Best budget winter scooter (North America) – UberScoot 1600W

Uberscoot 1600W

Probably the best budget (or close to budget) option for a winter scooter in the US (and other countries outside Europe) would be the UberScoot 1600W.

It costs only $709, which is the cheapest option on this list.

For that price, you get a very powerful motor of 1600 Watts (hence the name). It gives you a top speed of 25 mph / 40 kmh, and a range of about 12 mi / 20 km.

In terms of winter preparation, this model comes with strong dual disc brakes and dual suspension for well-balanced rides, 11-inch pneumatic tires, and ready for offroading – the true monster-truck tires will get you through anything winter can throw at you.

Where to buy the Uberscoot 1600W from?

Worldwide
The first place to look for if you want the Uberscoot 1600W, no matter where you are, would be Amazon. However, the scooter has been out of stock there for quite a while now.

US
In the US, you may have some luck finding the Uberscoot 1600W in the official Urbanscooters store. Sadly, it seems that the scooter has been out of stock there for a while too.

UK, EU, Worldwide
In the UK, and most EU countries, you can try the Evoscooters UK store. They also say they ship worldwide. But, again, it seems that the Uberscoot 1600W has been out of stock in there as well.

Uberscoot 1600W Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed39 km/h (tested 56 km/h)
Top speed24 mph (tested 35 mph)
Range19 km
Range12 miles
Motorssingle BLDC, chain drive
Power1600 W
BatterySLA battery, 576 Wh, 48 V
Charging time8 h
Climb angle17° (tested to 25°)
Weight53 kg
Weight117 lbs
Weight limit120 kg
Weight limit264 lbs
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)117 cm * 64 cm * 53 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 25 in * 21 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)117 cm * 64 cm * 109 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 25 in * 43 in
Ground to deck17 cm
Ground to deck7
Deck to handlebar height85 cm (est)
Deck to handlebar height33.5 in (est)
Tire size11 in
Tire typepneumatic knobby tubed
Seatyes (removable)
Trunk or basketno (customization possible)
Build materialhigh-grade steel frame +aluminum + ABS plastic
Foldableyes
Rider age13+
Terrainsall terrain
Brakesfront + rear disc brakes
Shock absorbersfront + rear spring
Lightsfront + rear
Keysyes
Warranty60 days
Second batterypossible
Notesloud horn

Best performing, best high-end winter scooter – Dualtron Ultra

side diagonal view of the Dualtron Ultra

Dualtron makes great scooters, and the Ultra model is its main off-road model.

As with all the other Dualtron models, you pay a hefty sum, usually around $3100 for this scooter. The product you get will be of top quality, possibly the highest quality scooter that has a shot at surviving winter rides. The potential owner that should consider this scooter is precisely the scooterist that wants a winter scooter of the highest possible quality.

The Dualtron Ultra has an IP rating of IP54, giving it a very decent waterproof ability. The powerful dual motors will prevent slipping, and the strong dual disc brakes with a great anti-lock braking system will make sure you stay safe and slip-free.

On top of that, the high-quality design and craftsmanship will make sure this scooter makes it through the winter just fine. Its huge, wide, almost tractor-like 11-inch tires will provide a lot of traction.

As with the other Dualtrons, you get the same great power, with a range of 75 mi / 120 km on a single charge and a top speed of 53 mph / 85 kmh. So, while this is an excellent winter scooter, it is one of those evergreen models that you will also enjoy riding throughout the rest of the year as well.

Where to buy the Dualtron Ultra from?

Worldwide
As with most Dualtron scooters, the Dualtron Ultra is probably best ordered from the USAMinimotors store. They will ship the Dualtron Ultra for free in the US, and charge a flat rate of $20 for the rest of the world.

Dualtron Ultra Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed85 kmh
Top speed53 mph
Range120 km
Range75 mi
Motorsdual hub BLDC
Power2400 W real, 5400 W peak
Climb angle30 °
Battery1920 Wh, 60 V
Charging time20 h
Ingress protection (IP)IP54
Weight37 kg
Weight82 lbs
Weight limit150 kg
Weight limit330 lbs
Tire size11 in
Tire typepneumatic road, cross tire inner tubes
Tire pressure45-50 psi
Foldableyes
Seatoptional
Trunk or basketno
Build materialaviation aluminum forging alloy
Terrainsurban
Brakesfront + rear disc brakes
ABSyes
Shock absorbersrubber front + rear
Lightsstem + dual LED front + tail + brake lights
Warranty6 months
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)123 cm * 60 cm * 52 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)48 in * 24 in * 20 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)123 cm * 60 cm * 120 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)48 in * 24 in * 47 in
Deck to handlebar height98 cm
Deck to handlebar height39 in
Adjustable handlebaryes
NotesLG battery;

Honorable mention winter scooter – Qiewa Q Power

rear diagonal view of a red Qiewa Q Power with black details leaning on its stand on a white background

A big, bad, off-road scooter that is perfect for winter rides.

For the price of $2099, you get very strong power and battery life.

With an IP rating of IPX5, it means that it has very good water protection standards implemented.

Its 11-inch offroad tires are very wide as well. The patterns on them are exactly what you need for the best ride over icy surfaces possible. The dual hydraulic brakes are also a much-needed winter feature.

Qiewa is a heavy-duty brand. While not as famous brand as the other models here, Qiewa are making their mark, most notably by making the best scooters for heavy adults ever. We can be fairly confident that the Qiewa Q Power, which is their best model, will be more than enough to go through the winter.

Where to buy the Qiewa Q Power from?

UK, EU
For the UK, Ireland, and many EU countries, the best place to get the Qiewa Q Power by far will be Amazon UK. Chances are, you will get your scooter the fastest, no shipping and customs costs in the UK, and reasonable ones in the rest of Europe.

Worldwide
At one time, the Qiewa Q Power was available on Amazon, but it seems that’s no longer the case now. Probably the only place you can get this scooter is the official Qiewa store. They ship internationally, but the costs for shipping, taxes, and customs fees are not included in the original price. Currently, the delivery time can take anywhere between 20 and 40 days depending on your location.

Qiewa Q Power Specifications

Imperial Metric

Top speed88 km/h
Top speed55 mph
Range80 km
Range50 miles
Motorsdual BLDC
Power3200 W
Battery1560 Wh, 60 V
Weight37 kg
Weight81 lbs
Weight limit300 kg
Weight limit660 lbs
Ingress protection (IP)IPX5
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)116 cm * 28 cm * 43 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)46 in * 11 in * 17 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)114 cm * 61 cm * 106 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)45 in * 24 in * 42 in
Deck to handlebar height98 cm
Deck to handlebar height38.6 in
Adjustable handlebaryes
Tire size11 in
Tire typepneumatic tubeless offroad
Seatno
Trunk or basketno
Build materialaluminum
Foldableyes
Terrainsall terrains
Brakesdouble fluid breaks
Shock absorbersfront dual spring + rear hydraulic
Lightsfront + rear + side
Keysyes
Alarmyes
Speed modes3 modes X single vs dual motor mode
Warranty6 months

Can you ride an electric scooter in the winter?

While the recommendation is not to ride electric scooters during the winter, it’s possible to do that in a somewhat safe way. Winter-ready or waterproof electric scooters will have little trouble with the snow or puddles of water, but every scooter will struggle with ice or slippery surfaces, and extra care will be required.

Still, riding through wet environments is always a bit of a coin toss. It’s worth being aware that even though your scooter may make it through several winter rides, there is a non-trivial chance of a problem occurring.

Can you ride an electric scooter in the snow?

Even though it’s not recommended, it is possible to ride an electric scooter over packed snow. Most scooters will be able to handle short trips. Riding over deep layers of fresh snow will be unfeasible though. In any case, you should avoid riding on snowy surfaces.

Can you ride an electric scooter on ice?

You can’t ride electric scooters on ice. If you do so, you will probably find it very hard to achieve. If there’s one thing that electric scooters absolutely cannot handle, it’s ice.

If for whatever reason you are determined to do so, make sure your scooter has high-traction tires that are slightly deflated for even more traction.

Electric scooter winter tips

winter road

Winter snows look like the nemesis of electric scooters, but there’s one element even worse than the snow. Your biggest concerns with winter rides will be ice and slippery surfaces.

Since we have no power over these circumstances, we can only adjust our riding style for better safety. There are a few things we can do.

1. Slow down and steer more carefully, especially on slippery surfaces

The most important thing you should do is slow down.

Yes, I know, it sounds boring (and, in fact, it really is). But it is the best thing you can do.

When the road is frozen, or wet even, it will be so slippery that riding over those patches is already risky.

Remember, just by riding in winter we are already going against every recommendation out there.

The same applies to snow, especially parts of the road where there are little patches of fresh snow. Those can be very slippery.

As the snow gets more solid, it almost gets less slippery. But if it’s still fresh and not dense it can be dangerous.

Driving fast over all of these types of surfaces drastically increases your odds of falling. Avoid driving over deeper snow as well. Your tires might easily get stuck in it.

Besides driving slower, you should also turn slower than usual. As with driving, it is much safer, and harder to slip and fall.

2. Deflate your tires a bit

When winter comes, you should deflate air-filled tires a little. Try deflating them by 3-5 PSIs at first and see how is your ride experience. If you’re still slipping a lot but you feel like you can try and deflate the tires more, try that too.

The less inflated a tire is, the more friction it creates with the surface, no matter how slippery the surface is. In winter this is very good for preventing slipping, and it improves braking.

As soon as the snows melt and the winter is over, you can inflate your tires back to the normal level.

3. Replace your standard tires with wider or off-road ones

The tires will be the most important point of your scooter over which you have control. Preparing your tires for winter can make all the difference.

Air-filled tires will always beat solid tires for winter rides.

Fewer scooters come with solid tires out of the box. If possible, it is advisable to replace them with pneumatic ones whenever possible.

Usually though, replacing wheels will not be very simple. You may be stuck with solid tires.

Off-road tires, of course, will be superiors to regular tires.

They have patterns and perforations in them that are much less slippery. That makes riding on wet or icy surfaces not as bad.

Unlike replacing solid tires with air-filled ones, replacing regular tires with off-road ones may be a bit easier. Of course, this will depend on the scooter model.

Also, the wider the tire, the better it will be for winter rides and handling slippery surfaces. That’s exactly why off-road tires are often wider as well.

If you can do it yourself, or you can find someone who can do it for you, by all means, go ahead and replace your regular tires with wider or off-road ones for the winter.

4. Tighten your brakes a bit

This is not written in stone, but it may be a good idea to tighten up the brakes a bit in winter.

Ice, snow, and slippery surfaces will make braking trickier than usual. You can expect at least 20-30% more of your standard braking distance.

That’s why you may want to adjust your brakes for that difference.

Having more sensitive brakes will make sure you brake as close to normal as possible. Just don’t overdo it – then you will brake so fast that you may fly over the front.

5. Plan your route beforehand

map with a route planned on it

Try to avoid riding over the dangerous surfaces as much as you can.

If there’s a longer route but it’s more clear and doesn’t have as much snow or ice on it, choose that route. Choosing a shorter but more slippery one instead will not pay off.

Chances are, you will get to your destination faster anyway. When you don’t have to drive so carefully, you will get some extra speed naturally.

In any case, make a plan and stick to it. Avoid making your route longer than it needs to be. That way you decrease your chances of slipping or having an accident.

6. Take better care of your battery during winter

Your battery will be one of the most vulnerable parts of your scooter during winter. It will require more attention and care than in the other seasons.

During winter, the battery life on a single charge will be smaller. Batteries are less efficient during cold weather, they use more power for covering the same distances.

7. Don’t charge your scooter immediately after riding in the cold

An eletric scooter battery is best charged at room temperature.

When charged in too cold or too hot temperatures, it is charged slower. Not only that, but the battery will degrade a bit faster too.

The temperature of the battery itself, though, is also important. It doesn’t matter if the temperature of the room is moderate, if the battery itself is too hot or too cold, it will have the same effect.

That’s why, when you come home with your scooter from outside, give your battery some time to adjust. Let it slowly warm up to the room’s temperature. That way you will avoid any possible damage to it.

You should wait at least 10 minutes. To be on the safe side, wait some more. A good rule of thumb is: if your battery is still very cold to the touch – wait.

8. Charge your battery frequently and don’t let it go empty

Since your battery will get drained faster, it is important to not forget to charge it frequently.

Electric batteries work better the fuller they are. So keep them as full as you can for the best performance and lifespan.

On the same note, electric batteries, lithium-ion ones especially (the most common ones in electric scooter), should never be fully drained.

That does irreversible damage to them and decreases their lifetime.

Keep this in mind in the winter especially, since the battery will tend to get drained faster.

9. Winter days are shorter – ride for saving power

In most regions, there is less natural daylight during the winter days.

This is more bad news, since you will have to use your lights for longer periods of time.

Your battery life will already be as low as it can be, and now you will have to use the battery even more.

Do not compromise on safety and always follow the scooter safety tips. Your safety and well-being are more important than your scooter’s battery.

But also try to ride for saving power as much as you can.

This already fits with the idea of riding slowly. When riding in the Eco or Smart mode, you use the battery in the most efficient way. This may not be true for every scooter, but usually, it is for most.

10. Winterize your electric scooter

transparent umbrella protecting someone from rain

Besides snow, in many places winters include heavy rain.

And, in the end, they both end up the same – puddles of water in the streets.

Which means your scooter needs to be as waterproof as possible.

Many electric scooters are water-resistant already.

Even though every manufacturer will warn against riding in wet environments, most scooters can handle some water just fine.

No matter how water-resistant your scooter is, you can always try to make it a bit more so. Some of the most useful things you could do are:

  • plug or tape non-functional gaps in the deck
  • place some o-rings around non-sealed screws, and over holes with wires or cables
  • add additional protection over the power button, the LED screen, and the throttle
  • extend the mudguard
  • waterproof with silicone
  • grease the motor wheel axles

Check out the full guide to waterproofing your electric scooter to learn more.

11. Clean your electric scooter properly and often

One of the great things about electric scooters is that they don’t require much maintenance. You don’t need to clean your scooter that often. When you do have to, it’s very easy.

During the winter, however, it is recommended that you clean your scooter more often.

The reason for that is two-fold.

First, because of all the water from the rain, snow and ice, and also all the mud, your scooter will get wet and dirty faster.

Water on the metal parts can cause rust or oxidate them. This can be especially bad if water gets inside the battery case.

Dirt and filth can actually hinder performance, both in the motor and in the battery. The reduced performance will already be an issue because of the reduced efficiency of the battery.

Second, in many places, city or government institutions spray salt over the streets to melt the ice. While this is great for reducing slipperiness, it can be very bad for your scooter’s chassis. Water can already cause rust and corrosion, and salt makes all of that even worse.

Clean your scooter as often as you can during the winter.

If possible, do it after every ride. This will make sure your scooter doesn’t corrode.

Otherwise, clean it whenever it looks dirty.

Using a microfiber cloth should be more than enough.

Never spray your scooter with a hose. Very few scooters can handle strong jets of water.

12. Dress warm and protect yourself against the wind

person dressed warm

The cold, the wind, the snow, and the rain will all interfere with your ride.

The colder you are while riding, the more distracted you will be from your ride. That increases the odds of making a mistake and getting injured.

Dress as warm as you can while still being comfortable. Being cold while riding will make you focus on the cold more than on the ride. That’s how accidents happen.

The same applies to being too hot and sweaty too, though. Just make sure you are comfortably dressed during the ride.

Some kind of glasses or goggles will be helpful when there is snow, rain, or strong wind. You don’t want anything getting into your eyes while riding.

Gloves are a must too. If you are to be able to hit the throttle and brakes in a timely manner, without your fingers freezing out, you will need a good pair of gloves.

Prefer waterproof footwear over regular sneakers. Winter boots will make sure your feet stay warm and dry, and protect you from splashes.

13. Put as much safety equipment on you as you can

You should always wear as much of your safety equipment as possible.

The helmet is a bare minimum. Never ride without wearing a helmet appropriate for an electric scooter.

Besides the helmet, the elbow and knee pads should be a standard part of your scooter safety equipment.

This is especially true for the winter months. The chances of slipping or falling over are much higher. Your knees and elbows will be your most impacted points. Protecting them makes a lot of sense.

Electric scooter accessories for winter

Sadly, I haven’t been able to find winter chains for electric scooters online. It may be a product that doesn’t exist yet, and honestly, I can’t really imagine how that would work on a scooter. I still hope we get to see something like that on the market.

The only real scooter accessories you have for preparing for the winter, are the same things you use to waterproof it.

Get a waterproof cover and a waterproof bag for carrying it.

Try and get the plastic sticker for the screen too.

Other than those few items, there’s not a lot of other products you can get for the winter.

How do you store a scooter for the winter?

storage containers

Follow these steps to properly store your electric scooter for the winter:

  • find a dry, dark place, as close to room temperature as possible
  • charge the battery to 60%, recharge it to that level once every month
  • clean your scooter and make sure it has no water on it so it doesn’t corrode
  • make sure the scooter is off
  • lock it, both with its own mechanisms and with external safety measures
  • put it in a box and a protective waterproof cover

Check out the full guide on how to store your electric scooter for the exact steps to avoid damaging your scooter while storing it.

What the user manuals say

pages from various electric scooter manuals advising against riding in the rain

The manuals usually have some warnings about winter rides.

According to them, the primary dangers of riding in the winter are:

  • ice
  • slippery surfaces
  • puddles
  • other bodies of water

Many consumer scooters not built for off-road rides, may have issues with parts of the road that have ice, snow, or are frozen.

The slipperiness of the road will be your biggest threat during the winter. You can easily fall, which may result in an injury, damage to the scooter, or both.

Apart from that, manufacturers also warn against wet conditions. Many electric scooters are water-resistant, at least to a degree.

But most are not entirely waterproof. Which means they might get damaged from contact with water.

Even worse, manufacturers don’t even cover damage from water in the warranties.

That’s why manufacturers simply say don’t ride during the winter.

Can you ride Xiaomi M365 Pro in the winter?

Xiaomi M365 Pro prepared for the winter with a winter cap

The Xiaomi M365 Pro is not exactly the most winter-ready electric scooter. However, it’s still possible to do short trips with it during the winter, as long as you avoid slippery surfaces and too much water. It comes with an IP54 water resistance standard, pneumatic tires that you can deflate or replace with wider ones, and ABS on the front wheel, which makes it able to survive the winter.

Still, you should know that you will be going against the grain if you ride the Xiaomi M365 Pro in the winter. Its tires are not wide enough, and even if you deflate them, they will slip and make you lose control. You will have to get some spare tires, which may not fit the wheels well. Also, the Xiaomi M365 Pro only has one motor, which doesn’t help with the slipping. Finally, even though the IP54 rating makes it water-resistant, it doesn’t make it fully waterproof, and riding through very wet environments can still damage your scooter.

All of that said, I have ridden my Xiaomi M365 Pro several times in the winter, through light snow, and haven’t noticed any issues. I haven’t tried it in heavy snow, and I’ve always avoided frozen surfaces. I always clean it after every ride, since the streets here can have a lot of salt during the winter, and that can damage the scooter.

You can check my ultimate review of the Xiaomi M365 Pro if you are interested in this scooter.

Is an electric scooter or a fat bike better for winter rides?

front view of a tire of a fat bike

The wider tires of fat bikes can make them better suited for winter rides than electric scooters. Fat bikes can provide better balance and traction on wet and slippery surfaces. Their downside will be the bigger price and energy consumption.

Conclusion

Is riding your electric scooter during the winter recommended, or even wise?

No, not really.

Can you still do it if you have to?

Of course.

Scooters are tougher than they look. They can handle much more than you would think.

Still, try to avoid winter rides. If you can’t, follow the tips in this guide. Make sure you are not driving fast. Dress safely and have your safety gear on. Make your scooter is as waterproof as possible.


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Matt standing next to his Xiaomi M365 Pro electric scooter and holding an electric scooter helmet
I love electric scooters, so I decided to make a blog about them. I like doing a lot of research on various models and brands, looking for great value and performance, both through data and experience.