E-scooters, such as the Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot-Segway ES2 are powered transporters suitable for adults and teens. They came to prominence in North America and then Europe when hire companies Bird and Lime put thousands of them on the streets of cities across the two continents. They remain controversial in the UK (as of May 2020) due to not being legal to ride on public roads. However, the vast majority of police forces have not taken any action against e-scooter riders so it is safe to assume you can ride an electric scooter around Nottingham and its suburbs without problems. Nottingham, alongside Derby, is also part of a Future Mobility Zone, where the government is trialling new forms of transport, including e-scooters.
Where to buy e-scooters in Nottingham?
At the time of writing, there are very few stores selling e-scooters in Nottingham (or anywhere else in the Midlands for that matter). Halfords on Nuthall Road does sell some highly-rated e-scooters, while the various Argos stores around the town sell some less highly-rated e-scooters. The other option for Nottingham 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: Halfords sometimes have an M365 on display. Otherwise, you could visit London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or try them in most European capitals. Bird is the company hiring them in the Olympic Park (using the Xiaomi M365), which cost £1 to unlock.
Although more stores selling e-scooters may pop up in Nottingham when the law changes, it is also worth noting that High Streets are transforming across the country, including in Nottingham, 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 Nottingham for well-regarded e-scooters, such as the Xiaomi M365 or the Ninebot-Segway ES2. Added to this, you have the peace of mind of dealing with a UK company offering full warranties.
This is an edited version of this post on buying e-scooters in Nottingham.