Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder

Key Points
  • Buy from bricks & mortar store or online.
  • Limited real-world stores in Portsmouth.
  • E-tailers tend to be cheaper.

  • What is an e-scooter?

    Electric scooters, such as those in the new Xiaomi range, are powered transporters suitable for teenagers and adults. They came to prominence in North America and Europe when scooter hire companies Bird and Lime put thousands of them on city streets. Portsmouth expects to launch its own hire scheme in spring 2021 and riding private e-scooters remains illegal, though Hampshire Police are unable to say if they have  confiscated (the vast majority of police forces have not taken any action against riders).

    Where to buy e-scooters in Portsmouth?

    At the time of writing, there are very few brick-and-mortar stores selling e-scooters in Portsmouth (or anywhere else in Hampshire for that matter). Halfords at Ocean Park does sell some highly-rated e-scooters, while Argos on Commercial Road sells some less highly-rated e-scooters (as well as the Essential). The other option for Portsmouth residents looking to buy an electric scooter is to buy from an online retailer like Scootered. Of course, you may prefer to be able to physically see and touch your e-scooter before you buy it: and Halfords sometimes has one on display.

    Why Buy From Scootered?

    Scootered was founded in 2019 with the aim of offering the best e-scooters at the best prices with a reassuring two-year, UK-based warranty. The southeast has been our biggest market but there is no reason why residents and commuters in Portsmouth should not benefit from our discounted scooters too. Of course, if you are buying online you could argue that it does not matter where the company is based and this is essentially true: the most important things to bear in mind are where the stock is held (it is best if the stock is housed in the UK), the warranty offered with the e-scooter and that the company is UK registered (in case something goes wrong).

    The Xiaomi 1SXiaomi 1S


    Although more real-world stores selling e-scooters may pop up in Portsmouth when the law changes, it is also worth noting that High Streets are transforming across the country, including in Hampshire, as consumers increasingly purchase goods online. The cost of renting a shop means that bricks and mortar retailers are forced to sell at a higher price to cover their costs, which is why so many High Street retailers have struggled against e-tailers. This is why we believe you will struggle to find a better deal in Portsmouth for well-regarded e-scooters, such as the Xiaomi 1S or Pro 2. Added to this, you have the peace of mind of dealing with a UK company offering full warranties.