The popular electric scooters are sold in Spain and other Latin American countries with a speed limitation that prevents them from being able to circulate at a higher speed than legally allowed, but just as it has happened for decades with 49 cc mopeds and 74 cc motorcycles, which had their power limited by reason of the type of license required to drive them, also with these vehicles have emerged methods to trick them, increasing their power and speed.
The maximum speeds legally allowed in Spain for electric scooters range between 20 and 30 kms
For prices between 1o and 150 euros can be found on the Internet multiple ads that offer to skip the limitations, usually software, with which electric scooters limit speed. In Spain, depending on the type of city and the type of road, the maximum speed that can be legally reached is between 20 and 30 km/h, and the maximum power is limited to 4,000 watts. However, a tricked electric scooter is capable of reaching 100 km/h.
Beyond an infringementhowever, the increase in the maximum speed that can be reached with these vehicles may pose a risk to the integrity of the occupant and other occupants of the road, but this is not an obstacle for some users who have found a number of websites, tutorials and online and establishments that allow alter the legal limitations of electric scooters.
Depending on the type of de-limitation and the service provider, different prices are managed, but the highest price to pay would be the penalty that could be imposed on those who choose to make these modifications to their electric scooter. These, beyond the possible circumstance of exceeding the maximum authorized speeds on the road, will range from driving without a license to the vehicle lacking insurance.
In some cases, it is warned that these modifications imply the cancellation of the manufacturer’s warranty, that modified electric scooters could only be used in private enclosures and that in any case their use is subject to the user’s own responsibility.
Legally, the modification of these characteristics is only authorized if it is the manufacturer himself who carries them out and if the scooter happens to have a seat. In these cases it could be approved as a moped (if the maximum speed is only 45 km/h), and in case of exceeding this speed the homologation would already have to be as an electric scooter. And in both cases the user should have the corresponding license for that vehicle.