Whether you want to travel with a foldable e-scooter or a motorcycle-type scooter, knowing whether they will fit in the trunk of your car is essential. While both of these vehicles are lightweight and meant to be portable, especially the e-scooter, fitting them inside the trunk of your car may be impossible. We will examine the options for transport below.
What Are the Dimensions and Weight of Scooters?
Scooters have much smaller engines than motorcycles, which makes them lighter and more portable. Most of the weight of vehicles comes from engine size. A scooter’s engine is typically going to be around 49cc or less. A motorcycle’s engine ranges from 125 to over 250cc.
Scooters are lighter in weight because of the smaller engine size. These vehicles also have smaller transmissions, gas tanks, tires, and exhaust systems which lend to their diminished weight.
Most scooters weigh between 250 to 300 pounds. While this weight is much smaller than a motorcycle, which can weigh up to 500 pounds, a scooter is not something you can easily lift and transport.
In addition to the weight, you also need to know the dimensions of a scooter. While models vary, the average scooter length is 70 to 80 inches. The width is typically between 25 to 35 inches, on average.
When transporting a scooter, you also need to be aware of the seat height because it will factor into the dimensions and how the scooter fits in the trunk. The average seat height of a scooter is between 28 to 35 inches.
You should also be aware of the wheelbase of the scooter. The wheelbase is the measurement between the two wheels. The wheelbase of a scooter ranges between 48 to 60 inches.
The smaller weight and dimensions make scooters easy to ride and maneuver through traffic but difficult to put in the trunk of a car. The above dimensions are average, but some scooters are larger and heavier than average sizes because of alterations made. You will need to take these into account.
What Are the Dimensions and Weight of an E-Scooter?
An E-scooter allows you to travel around 15 mph. People use these vehicles for commuting in big cities and for leisure. Most E-scooters are not very bulky because they fold up for easy transport. Still, it helps to know the dimensions and weight of E-scooters so you can learn if they will fit inside your car trunk.
Portable E-scooters weigh between 15 to 25 pounds. When purchasing an E-scooter, most manufacturers are going to give you the folded dimensions, which vary.
The most common dimensions for a folded E-scooter are 37 x 5.5 x 8 inches, but these can go as long as 40 inches. There are multiple factors that determine an E-scooter’s portability and whether it will fit in the trunk of a car, and they include the following.
- The scooter’s weight
- The scooter’s foldability
- The occupied space of the folded scooter
- The scooter’s parts that stick out
- The scooter’s center of gravity
You will want to look at the portability rating of a scooter before purchasing. A portability rating of scooters should go no lower than 60. A rating of 60 or above means the E-scooter is highly portable and weighs no more than 45 pounds.
Common Dimensions of Car Trunks
As with the other dimensions of a car, trunk sizes vary according to the manufacturer and type of car. Whether you can fit an E-scooter or motorcycle-type scooter will depend on the dimensions of your trunk and if the rear seats fold down to add to the space.
Trunk space is measured in cubic feet. For instance, the 2021 Honda Civic has 15.1 cubic feet of space in the trunk. A Honda Civic hatchback has 25.7 cubic feet of trunk space that goes up to 46.2 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down.
Nissan Ultima has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The rear seats do not fold down, so you are very limited with what you can put in the trunk.
A large sedan will offer up to 20.1 cubic feet of trunk space. For most cars, you are going to find the trunk to be around 15.1 cubic feet.
Most sedans have trunk widths of around 54 inches across at the widest part of the trunk tub. You should be able to fit an item that is around 14 1/2 inches long.
Will an Scooter Fit Inside a Car Trunk?
We have established that the average length of most electric scooters is between 70 to 80 inches long, and the average length of a car trunk is around 54 inches long.
Unfortunately, you cannot fit an scooter inside the trunk of a car. First, you would have to lay it on its side, which would involve removing the battery and draining the oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, and brake fluid to prevent leaks. Even on its side, a scooter would not fit inside the trunk of an average sedan.
Will an E-Scooter Fit Inside a Car Trunk?
We have shown the average folded E-scooter is around 37 inches, with the largest going up to 40 inches in length. Since the average trunk size is around 54 inches, you should have no trouble fitting an E-scooter in your car trunk, as long as it folds.
In terms of portability, E-scooters are much easier to carry around than sit-on scooters because of their weight and folding ability. If you need to transport a motorcycle-type scooter, you would, ideally, need to place it upright on a trailer and secure it with straps to keep it in place during travel.