One of our competitors has choosen to put a misleading comparison chart on their website.
However, when they purport to have the lightest, they are not only not telling the truth, but are contradicting their own data, even on the same page. The weight column list shows the correct weights of 35 lbs for our TravelSoot as well as 39 lbs for their product. So which scooter is the lightest, please?
If our competitor would have bothered to compare the heaviest single part of each scooter, we would win again, since the heaviest part of the TravelScoot weighs 22 lbs. No wonder this was left out...
While this particular competitor doesn’t directly compare load weight, they show 250 lbs maximum load in one specification, and 300 lbs in another, without any mention of different weight categories.
As far as range is concerned, this is strictly a battery issue and has nothing to do with the quality of the scooter. Nevertheless, we are the only ones who include the vital 220-lb parameter when stating battery range. The only parameter that matters is battery capacity, expressed in Watt-hours, which is very similar among all competitors. Therefore, these scooter all have very similar range/endurance under the same conditions, (rider’s weight,level, surface etc.) with batteries of similar capacity.
So why even bother with this comparison? Furthermore, including a Pride mobility scooter is ridiculous, since it is in a completely different weight class. Talk about apples and oranges...
Top speed is another parameter with which we take issue. These types of scooters are typically powered by electric motors in the 200-Watt range. These can reach 10 to 11 kph or about 6 to 7 mph. However, since these vehicles are used mainly in crowded pedestrian areas, these high speeds are not desireable. In fact, they can actually be dangerous, as our customer base by definition includes people who might not have the fastest reactions.
We have a certain reponsibility towards our customers, and at least equally important, to the public they encounter. It should also be noted that many countries as well as the entire European Union limit the maximum speed for mobility devices to 6 kph. This is a sensible speed, equals a brisk walking pace, and permits these vehicles to be used anywhere foot traffic is present. Faster vehicles are often prohibited from entering these places and designated instead to bike lanes or streets with the requirement of registration and liability insurance.
Nonetheless, we can offer a higher speed by special request.
While we’re at it, we might as well address the front-wheel drive that several of our competitors have chosen. This system is simple to manufacture, and looks very tidy. However, due to the weight shift aft and subsequently reduced traction when going up inclines, this arrangement will not climb as well as a rear-wheel drive. For this reason, our competitors list a relatively low max. climb gradient.
So, since top speed is not a measure of quality, and no reference values have been given to provide useful information on range (TravelScoot stipiulates a rider weight of 220 lbs., level and smooth surface and few stops and starts), we make no such comparison. The only left what really matters is the weight. But we do make a comparison - with our own product: Our Shopper version is even about 30% lighter and ideal for those who can accept minor limitations in speed, terrain and climbing power!