The Xiaomi 1S electric scooter is the updated version of the Xiaomi M365, the most popular e-scooter in London and across the UK. The M365 first came to prominence in North America and then Europe when scooter hire companies Bird and Lime put thousands of them on the streets of cities across those two continents. Yet they remain controversial in the UK (as of June 2020) due to not being legal to ride on public roads, despite London police forces taking limited (but much publicised) action against e-scooters. If you want to learn more about the 1S, see this Xiaomi 1S review.
Where to buy in London
There are two main choices if you want to buy an 1S scooter in London. You can either buy from a bricks and mortar shop, such as the Mi Store in Westfield Shopping Centre, or a local e-tailer, such as Scootered (based just outside London). How should you choose? It really depends on whether you like to be able to physically see and touch your e-scooter before you buy it: you can of course do this in some brick-and-mortar stores, but not an online e-scooter retailer. You can still test out an M365 (compare the M365 with the 1S here) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford by via Bird. They cost £1 to unlock.
Whey buy from Scootered?
Scootered was founded in early 2019 with the aim of offering the best e-scooters at the best prices with UK-based warranties. They are based just north of London, in Hertfordshire. Being local also helps when it comes to delivery: they have been known to deliver an electric scooter to north London within just a few hours of purchase. Of course, if you are buying online you could argue that it does not matter where the company is based and this is true to a certain extent: the most important things to bear in mind are where the stock is held, the warranty offered with the e-scooter and that the company is UK registered.
High Streets are changing across the country, including in London, 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. The coronavirus pandemic has only made it worse. However, even if you are buying from an e-tailer, there are benefits from buying from one locally. We believe you will struggle to find a better deal in London for well-regarded e-scooters, such as the Xiaomi 1S. Added to this, you have the peace of mind of dealing with a local company who can offer you the personal touch.