A Brief History of the Gas Powered Scooter

A Brief History of the Gas Powered Scooter

Feb 25 , 2022

William Konaxis

Do you know when the first scooter was invented? The history behind the gas powered scooter may surprise you!

The gas powered scooter didn’t just show up out of nowhere! We can think back to the 2000s Razor hype, when every kid wanted a foldable scooter, a push scooter, and then the exhilarating gas powered scooter. Now, there’s a type of scooter for everyone! But when did the original idea for a gas powered scooter show up? The answer may surprise you!

The Inventor

According to this article, the motorized scooter was first created in 1913 by inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson. Gibson’s “Autoped” was a revolutionary take on the original wooden push scooter from the early 19th century. His invention would revolutionize travel for adults. The Autoped promised shorter commute times for doctors, students, and anyone in the retail business. 

The Make & Model

The Autoped was a revolutionary design with the ability to get up to 125 miles per gallon. It was quite the cool ride, with an air-cooled, 4-stroke engine on its front 10in wheel and a speed of up to 35 mph. However, the $100 price point was a little hard to sell to the average, hard-working 1916 family. 

The Progressive Statement Piece

Because of its reliable and sleek style, the motorized scooter became much more than a commodity. Soon, mailmen, police officers, and delivery men were using one. It was especially popular for women: mobility meant freedom, and it soon became a symbol of women’s empowerment and the feminist movement. 

The Future of the Gas Powered Scooter

Even though some makes and models were shoddy in make, the use of the motorized scooter has continued to trend into the modern era. And after the 1990s and early 2000s rebound, the scooter trend has not stopped. 


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