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7 Best Electric Scooters For Hills of 2024 Helpful Guide

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Updated May 19th, 2024

Best electric scooters for hills

Riding an electric scooter is a lot of fun. Let’s face it. We all don’t live in perfectly flat places where even low powered scooters have an easy time. If you live in a place like San Francisco that has lots of steep hills, you need a scooter made to handle it. You need a scooter with a lot of power to muscle up hills. See our top picks below for best electric scooters for hills.

The Top 7 Best Electric Scooters for Hills

1. Best Overall – Varla Eagle One V2

Varla Eagle One V2 product image

Specifications

  • Power – 3200 watts
  • Max Grade – 30 degree
  • Top Speed – 40 mph
  • Range – 42 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 330 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 82 lbs

Varla Eagle One V2 on bike path

What we liked:

  • Lots of power for going fast and going up hills with heavy riders
  • Smooth ride even on rough dirt surfaces
  • Very well designed folding mechanism with screw in lock and secondary locking pin
  • Throttle control with lots of motion for easy control
  • Easy to read LCD screen
  • NFC locking card system
  • High top speed and long range

What we didn’t like:

  • Battery left on display is not linear or easy to tell how much farther you can go

The Varla Eagle One V2 is a great high powered, high performance offroad electric scooter. It is the most fun and enjoyable electric scooter we have ever tried here. It has dual 1000 watt motors and a 330 lb capacity which means it is a hill climbing beast.

The Varla has several drive modes so you can tune the performance to how you want to ride it whether it’s going fast, going long distance, or just all out power. The low power settings make it very friendly to ride for anyone moving up from a low powered single motor scooter. The Varla one has dual suspension combined with offroad air tires and dual hydraulic brakes. It is a very easy to control high performance scooter compared to other big dual motor scooters. Anyone with a little scooter riding experience can handle it.

See our review of the Varla Eagle One V2 to learn more.

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2. Top Pick – Varla Pegasus

Varla pegasus product image

Specifications

  • Power – 1920 watts
  • Max Grade – 25 degree
  • Top Speed – 28 mph
  • Range – 28 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 280 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 66 lbs

Pegasus downtown

What we liked:

  • Tons of power with dual 500 watt motors capable of 1920 watts of power output
  • Long range over 20 miles in real world usage
  • LCD display that is easy to read in all light conditions
  • Smooth ride over bumps and cracks in the road
  • High weight capacity
  • Good stability when riding at higher speeds
  • Big comfortable deck with plenty of foot room

What we didn’t like:

  • Not very nimble at slow speeds under 10mph
  • Only available in one bright color scheme that you will either love or hate
  • Folding mechanism can be difficult to lock closed

The Varla Pegasus is what I would buy if I didn’t want to spend quite what the Varla Eagle One V2.0 costs or wanted something a little smaller and easier to transport.

The Varla Pegasus is a dual motor scooter that offers much more power and performance than an entry lever single motor scooter. It is still small and light enough that transporting it isn’t a challenge. It is at a sweet spot where it’s fast and powerful but still affordable and not that hard to pick up and carry. It has a smooth ride thanks to its dual coil spring suspension and 9 inch air tires.

The Pegasus has dual 500 watt motors that can output 1920 watts of peak power. This gives it plenty of oomph for getting up hills fast. It can climb hills with heavier riders too with its 280 lb weight capacity. It uses a 48 volt 15.6 ah battery that gives it lots of range. We were able to get it to go 25 miles with a heavier rider going normal speeds.

The Pegasus does weigh 66 lbs. I can still pick it up in to the back of my SUV without too much effort. It’s right at the limit where one adult can easily pick it up and carry it.

See our review of the Varla Pegasus to learn more.

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3. Best Value – GoTrax G5 Electric Scooter

Gotrax G5 product image

Specifications

  • Top Speed – 20 mph
  • Range – 25 miles
  • Motor – 500 Watt
  • Max Rider Weight – 220 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 44 lbs
  • Wheels – 10 inch pnuematic
  • Brakes – front and rear drum brakes and electric
Gotrax G5 on path by lake

What we liked:

  • Lots of go power. Great acceleration and hill climbing performance.
  • Dual brakes give you more control when braking
  • 3 speed levers for sporty performance, eco or walking
  • Big comfortable deck for large adult sized feet
  • Front suspension and 10 inch air tires for smooth ride
  • Cool looking ground effect lights around the side
  • Cruise control for easy riding
  • Electronic combination lock

What we didn’t like:

  • The display is difficult to read in bright day light
  • The combination numbers to unlock the bike are too small on the display
  • A bit heavy for carrying around

The Gotrax G5 electric scooter has a 48 volt battery and 500 watt motor that give it great hill climbing ability. It is a $600 electric scooter that has the performance of a $900-$1000 scooter from any other brand. The G5 impressed us in our hill climbing test and is just plain fun to ride around.

In addition to a lot of power, the G5 also has front suspension, front and rear drum brakes, and 10 inch air tires. It accelerates fast and rides smooth over cracked and broken pavement. The G5 is a great choice for hilly commutes or for people who like to go fast.

The G5 has a top speed of 20mph and range of 25-30 miles.

Gotrax also sells the G6 which is the same scooter design as the G6 but with a 50% bigger battery for those who want to go farther.

See our review of the Gotrax G5 to learn more.

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4. Best Compact Scooter – Maxfind Glider G5 Pro

Maxfind Glider G5 Pro product image

Specifications

  • Power – 1500 watts (Dual 750 watt motors)
  • Max Grade – 35%
  • Top Speed – 23 mph
  • Range – 36 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 265 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 43 lbs

Maxfind G5 Pro on path

What we liked:

  • Lots of power and range in a small lightweight package
  • Very light for a high powered scooter
  • Easy to use display and single control button
  • Disc and electronic braking
  • Easy to use folding mechanism with positive locking

What we didn’t like:

  • Roller throttle takes a little getting used to
  • Steering tube has a little play that is noticeable when braking
  • Ride is not as smooth as full suspension scooters

The Maxfind Glider G5 Pro is a small, compact, dual motor scooter that packs a big punch. It is one of the lightest dual motor scooters out there at only 43 lbs but still has over 1500 watts of power. This is one of the few scooters that has both lots of power and is easy to carry around.

It has dual 750 watt motors plus a 43 volt 15 ah battery. This gives it lots of climbing power along with up to 36 miles of range. The battery is inside the deck casting and is not swappable. The G5 Pro has a published top speed of 25mph. Our scooter will only go up to 23mph on the display. It’s still fast for a small scooter.

A roller switch is used for throttle control and braking. You push it one way for throttle and one way for electronic braking. There is a disc brake with a separate brake lever as well. If you need even more stopping power the rear fender can also be used as a foot brake.

This scooter has 10 inch pneumatic tires. It does not have front or rear suspension. It has great portability. It does not have the smooth cushy ride of a bigger scooter with front and rear suspension. It also won’t break your back lifting it into a car or bus.

See our review of the Maxfind Glider G5 Pro to learn more.

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5. Hiboy MAX Pro

Hiboy Max Pro

Specifications

  • Power – 650 Watt
  • Max Grade – 20 degrees
  • Top Speed – 22 mph
  • Range – 46.6 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 265 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 51.6 lbs
  • Wheels – 11 inch pnuematic
  • Brakes – Front and rear drum brakes

What we liked:

  • More power than most scooters in this price range
  • Long range
  • Connected phone app
  • Smooth ride with 11″ air tires
  • Front suspension gives an extra smooth ride
  • Independently controlled front and rear brakes
  • LED lights around the deck
  • Color LED display

What we didn’t like:

  • Scooter is about at the weight limit for what you can carry around
  • No electronic brake for regenerative braking

The Hiboy MAX Pro electric scooter has good features, range, braking, and load capacity combined with an easy to use folding design. It has a 650 watt motor combined with a 48 volt battery to give it good power and hill climbing ability for a compact folding scooter.

The 11″ air tires are shock-absorbing with good traction. The front suspension and air tires give a very smooth rides. It has front and rear drum brakes with separate brake levers for stopping. It has a color LED display and intuitive controls for acceleration and braking. For night riding, it has bright LED headlights as well as ground effect lighting around the deck.

Riders enjoyed the Hiboy MAX Pro. It is fast with strong acceleration. They like the bright headlights and easy to use controls. The drum brakes can be adjusted for more or less sensitivity. You can only get close to the 46 mile range if you ride slow with a lighter rider. Heavier riders going fast will get closer to 25 mile range instead of 46.

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6. Gotrax GX1

Gotrax GX1 Product Image

Specifications

  • Power – 1200 watts
  • Max Grade – not published
  • Top Speed – 32 mph
  • Range – 35-40 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 300 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 54 lbs

The Gotrax GX1 is a new high powered electric scooter from Gotrax. Gotrax has made some great electric scooters for commuting and riding around. They always over achieve on performance for their price point. We love our G4 that we’ve been riding for a while. We were really excited to see the details of the GX1, GX2 and GX3 when they were announced.

The GX1 is their first entry into the dual motor high performance arena. It comes with dual 600 watt motors, independent suspension on both wheels. It has dual disc brakes to handle stopping all that power. It promises 32mph top speed and up to 40 miles range. All of this for under $1000.

The base GX1 has 1100 watts of power that should allow it to power up any hill you can find. The GX1 has up to 40 miles of range. There is an upgraded GX2 model with similar specs except for a range of up to 52 miles. It has 3 speed modes to help you keep all the power in check especially for new scooter riders.

The ride should be very smooth with 10 inch offroad tires combined with suspension at both ends.

For those who want even more power check out the Gotrax GX3 with 2000 watts of power.

What we liked:

  • 1200 watts of motor power
  • Retail price under $1000
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Dual disc brakes
  • 3 speed modes
  • Large deck with lots of foot room
  • Extra bright headlight

What we didn’t like:

  • At 54 lbs it’s a bit heavy to carry around
  • Battery can’t be removed

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Get an extra 5% Off at GoTrax.com with Coupon Code ERO5


7. Segway Superscooter GT2

Segway Superscooter GT2 Product Image

Specifications

  • Power – 6000 watts
  • Max Grade – 30%
  • Top Speed – 44 mph
  • Range – 55 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 330 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 116 lbs

The Segway Superscooter GT2 is an absolute beast of a scooter. It has twin 3000 watt motors along with a 50 volt 30 ah battery. It boasts a 0-30mph time of less than 4 seconds. It can climb up to a 30% grade. To keep this under control the GT2 has 4 speed modes and electronic traction control. It has hydraulic damped front and rear suspension with 11 inch pneumatic self sealing tires.

The 4 speed modes allow you to tone down performance enough that most riders can handle this scooter. When your ready for more performance you set a more advanced mode. The downside to all this performance is the weight. This scooter weighs in over 100 lbs. Don’t expect to carry it with you on the bus. With the range and top speed you won’t need to ride the bus. This is a very high performance scooter with high price for those who want maxium hill climbing performance.

What we liked:

  • Very high power with dual 3000 watt motors and 50 volt battery
  • Smooth suspension with hydraulic damping to keep things under control
  • Very fast acceleration
  • Many speed modes and options to customize ride and performance
  • Electronic traction control

What we didn’t like:

  • Heavy weight and size makes it not that portable
  • Very high price

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Ryan Craig
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days, I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible. Visit our About Us page and learn more.

ryan@lowbudgetadventurer.com

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