We are often asked about making the TravelScoot faster. We limit the TravelScoot’s top speed for numerous reasons:
- Within the EU, vehicles not requiring licenses are limited to 6 kph (about 4 mph). Damages caused by mobility devices within this speed range are usually covered by personal liability insurance. While other countries may be less restrictive, this sensible approach to speed allows the scooter to be used in all areas that walking traffic is present.
- Higher-speed mobility scooters require licensing, registration and insurance, and are often assigned to bicycle paths.
4 mph mobility scooter
The vast majority of mobility scooter users has some form of walking disability. Given that the average person’s walking speed is around 2 to 3 mph, a rider of a 4 mph mobility scooter already has a noticeable advantage despite his or her disability, but without any undue risk. This is really a primary objective.
As our customer base by definition includes people who might not have the fastest reactions, we at TravelScoot have a certain responsibility towards our customers, and at least equally important, to the public they encounter and that is why our controller is set to this standard top speed of 4 mph.*
Different top speeds for the TravelScoot (2.5, 4, 5 and 6 mph)
Of course, we are aware that some of our customers want a different top speed (often even lower), and that is why we can offer 4 different top-speed settings – (approximate depending on rider weight):
- 2.5 mph (4 km/h)
- 4 mph (6 km/h) – recommended by TravelScoot
- 5 mph (8 km/h)
- 6 mph (9 km/h)
This controller adjustment has to be performed electronically at our facility.
For speed adjustments on TravelScoot scooters sold within the EU, we require the customer to sign a waiver declaring that they were informed that the higher speed increases risks for the rider as well as bystanders, and usage is permitted on private property only.
It is most practical to have this adjustment made at the time of purchase, or during servicing or repair at our facility, and is usually free of charge.
If the customer wishes to have this done on their scooter outside of these opportunities, they can ship their frame (no battery or seat etc.) to us, or, if they are mechanically inclined, remove the controller, mail in for speed adjustment, and reinstall. In both cases shipping costs will occur.
*Hardy Huber, the inventor of the TravelScoot, is a former pilot and sky diver. So, it is safe to assume that he is quite excited for speed and he does not have any physical or cognitive problem with a higher speed.
Nevertheless, his personal TravelScoot, which he has been using daily for the past 14 years, is set to the standard top speed, even though he would have easy access to the electronic controller program and could increase and decrease the top speed at any time.