7 Things You Should Know About Electric Scooters in New Zealand
How are you doing today? I welcome you to the eRYD blog/news section of our website. As always, the focus of the eRYD blog/News page is to furnish our customers, fans, and followers with valuable info about the Electric Scooter revolution that’s ongoing around us. This week, I took a little time to put together “the 7 Things You Should Know About Electric Scooters in New Zealand.” Enjoy your reading!
1. Is riding an E-Scooter legal in New Zealand?
Unlike in the UK, where riding an e-scooter is illegal, and in some countries around the world with various restrictions on the riding of e-scooter, New Zealand allows you to ride freely. You can ride your e-scooter on the footpath, shared paths, separated cycle paths, and on the road. According to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), e-scooters are not classified as motor vehicles, and you can ride one without a license or registration.
2. How can you legally ride e-scooters?
In New Zealand, when riding on the footpath, it’s required that you ride in a careful and considerate manner and at a speed that doesn’t put others at risk. You’re also required by law to give way to both pedestrian and drivers of mobility devices. While on the road, you’re required to comply with the speed limit of the road and to ride very close to the edge of the roadway.
It’s advised that you use a helmet while riding your e-scooter; however, this is not a legal requirement.
3. Who makes e-scooters?
Before now, the most popular electric scooters have been from three startups: Bird, Lime, and Spin. However, several other companies and brands are beginning to make their electric scooters. Many of these brands, like eRYD, sells directly to consumers rather than making them available on rent and share basis.
4. How fast do e-scooters go?
E-scooters are produced for an urban setting, not for highway or traveling long distances where you would truly need more speed. The top speed of the majority of the electric scooters is usually around 20 mph. And this speed depends on many factors, such as the battery capacity, wattage of the motor, the rider’s weight, tires, terrain, and others.
5. How far (range) can e-scooters go?
The distance that an e scooter can travel per charge varies with different models. However, on average, an electric scooter can go up to 35-40 miles without charging. The weight of the driver, average speed, weather conditions, and terrains are some of the factors that impact the range.
6. Can you park e-scooters anywhere?
No, and it's causing serious issues in some cities, and the same can happen anywhere.
For the convenience of everyone, here are some tips you should know.
- Don’t park in spots that block pedestrian walkways, driveways, or building entrances.
- Don’t park at crosswalks, bus stops, or benches.
- Don’t park at loading zones, landscaped areas, private property, and curb ramps.
- Park at a designated motorcycle parking spot or the furniture zone of the sidewalk, closer to the curb.
7. What is the average price of an e-scooter?
The price of an e scooter varies among different brands and models. There are always going to be better and worse values in purchasing electric scooters, but basically, quality and features improve with the price. On average, you can expect to get a good e scooter within the budget range of $600 and $1,500.
Do you want help finding an e scooter? Why not check our e scooter page now?
No information provided by eRYD in any format is to be considered advice or a recommendation. Each user takes all responsibility for ensuring they understand and adhere to the laws in the jurisdiction in which the product is operated.