Sick of high fuel costs? You could save hundreds by switching to an eScooter


Motorists spending a small fortune on petrol could save over a thousand dollars a year by switching to an eScooter, according to new research by Compare the Market.

The comparison website crunched the numbers and found commuters could recoup the cost of an electric scooter or electric bike in less than a year while saving over one thousand dollars by avoiding fuel, and that's before factoring in any of the other running costs of a car.

With petrol reaching well over $2 a litre across most of Europe/United States, the savings could be considered this year.


For the sake of this research, we considered the running costs and fuel efficiency of the average passenger car alongside the most popular scooter and eBike models according to JB Hi-Fi.

We then calculated the price per trip based on the amount of battery consumed, the cost of recharging and the amount of petrol consumed based on an average weekly fee of $1.83 per litre.

We also calculated cost-effectiveness based on the vehicle's purchase price and the price difference per km between the car and e-mobility.

For our trip distance, we used the average daily commute, which according to the latest census, is 16 kilometres each way (32 km in total).

Note that the calculations presented in this article are based on the European Union country's data, and the results may vary depending on your area. They can also vary based on your model of transport, cost of electricity, length of commute etc.

It would help to check your country's local rules and regulations for eBikes and scooters, as this may impact how fast you can ride and the models available.

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Cars require petrol (unless you have an electric vehicle), but e-vehicles like bikes and scooters only need a small amount of electricity to charge them fully.

Based on readily available data such as fuel prices or device specs for the e-vehicles, it can only cost around 13 cents to fully charge an eScooter and 11 cents to charge an eBike, but it can cost much more to fill a car.

Vehicle Price per Unit (Litre or watt) Price per fill/charge
eBike  $                                            0.21  $                                 0.11
eBike (assisted)  $                                            0.21  $                                 0.11
eScooter  $                                            0.21  $                                 0.13
Toyota Corolla (50 litre tank)  $                                            1.83  $                                91.5
Cars however have a much larger range, and don’t need to be filled anywhere near as often.

 On a cost-per-kilometer basis, this makes e-vehicles much more efficient than cars, costing less than one cent to charge for the average daily commute if bought outright.

Price per Trip
Vehicle Length of commute (km)
16 32
Inthezone H6  $       0.02  $       0.03
Yume X11 Electric Scooter  $       0.03  $       0.06
Himo Electric Bike (power only)  $       0.03  $       0.06
Toyota Corolla  $       3.25  $       6.50
Note that eBikes may have restrictions on the use of their power-only mode in your state, so check your local Department of Transport for the rules and regulations in your area.

Paying $6.50 for a 32-kilometre commute in a car might not seem like much, but based on the average range and tank size, that will cost nearly $70 for just two working weeks.

The fuel cost fluctuates and, as we've seen in recent months, global events could mean it's more expensive this year. Based on our calculation with an average price of $1.83, fuel would cost $1,696 over an entire working year (261 days in 2021). The cost of charging an eScooter for the same number of trips would be $16 and just $9.10 for an assisted eBike.

Assuming you rode one or the other into work every day instead of driving, you would save more than $1,600 yearly purely on refilling costs.


By switching to a YUME X11 or INTHEZONE H6 instead of the car for your daily commute to work, your scooter would pay for itself after 1,281 kilometres of use. In time terms, that's just 40 days of riding for the average commuter.

An assisted eBike would take longer to pay off. Thanks to their higher average prices, we calculated that it would take 1,928km for the savings to level with the purchase price. At this rate, the average commuter would pay off their purchase price after 60 days.

Distance (km) Days (16km/day) Days (32km/day)
Scooter               1,281.41                       80.09                       40.04
eBike               1,929.45                     120.59                       60.30
eBike (Assisted)               1,928.07                     120.50                       60.25

Assumes a 5-day commute over 261 working days in a year.

Our calculations are based on savings made on fuel alone. But your savings with an eBike or scooter could be far more significant when you factor in other running costs.

Owning a car can be very expensive, with the European Automobile Association's Q3 report for 2021 showing the average household spends $345.58 on their vehicles each week, or more than $18,000 a year, after factoring in the following:

Registration, CTP & licensing: $29.68 per week
Servicing & tyres: $30.13 per week
Insurance: $25.76 per week
Roadside assistance: $2.12 per week
Tolls: $13.12 per week
Fuel: $78.36 per week
Car loan repayments: $166.41 per week

Maintenance costs for eScooters are much lower. According to electric scooter provider Mearth, you should allow for around $200 per year for maintenance costs, most of which will be replacing tyres (about $50 each) or replacing the battery (up to $500 every few years).


Scooters can be an ideal eco-friendly way to get around for short, flat distances.

But they aren't suitable for everyone. If you're travelling long distances, battery life may be a limitation unless you're willing to pay for a more expensive model.

They're also no good if you need to transport passengers.

The table below shows the pros and cons of both Electric Scooters and Bikes.

Pros Cons
  • They can be more cost-effective than cars
  • They have lower upfront costs and fewer ongoing costs
  • They are eco-friendly
  • They’re very easy to move and transport
  • They’re a fun way to get around
  • You generally don’t need a license
  • You can skip traffic and congestion
  • eBikes can keep moving even if the battery runs out
  • They’re a healthier alternative than cars
  • The battery might not last long distances without needing to be charged
  • They are slower than cars and can have in-built speed limiters – removing these can be illegal
  • They might get stolen if you don’t lock them up
  • You can’t leave them outside to be exposed to the elements (i.e rain)
  • Different areas can have different restrictions, some of which can be quite limiting
  • You could injure yourself if you aren’t careful
  • You can’t carry passengers or heavy luggage.

There are limitations to our calculations too: the numbers assume you ride the scooter every day, which you might not be able to do if you work from home some days, if it rains and you decide to drive or get public transport, or various other factors specific to you, like higher electricity costs. You might also decide to get contents insurance to cover the scooter via a contents insurance policy or a portable contents add-on.

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