Inmotion RS Midnight Lite vs RS Midnight: Choose Your Fighter

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Paul Somerville
May 13, 2024

Rider Guide’s Editor-in-Chief is a seasoned expert in the electric scooter industry. With a wide-ranging background that includes managing scooter warehouses, selling thousands of motorcycles, and restoring high value (+1M) European sports cars, his expertise is unmatched. Having personally tested more than 100 electric scooters, he offers invaluable insights and recommendations to our readers. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, as his diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure top-notch reviews.

They look identical, but one’s $1,000 less, and has 1kW less power.

Does reduced cost, motor and battery size mean big compromises in performance for the Inmotion RS Lite, the cheaper version of the one-time fastest scooter in town?

We put them in versus mode to find out.

inmotion rs midnight lite vs rs midnight

When we first reviewed the Inmotion RS, it was the fastest electric scooter we’d ever tested, with 8,400W of peak power and an Electric Scooter Guide-certified top speed of 62 mph. 

Since then, a few faster scooters have come along, but even if the RS isn’t the fastest electric scooter you can buy, it’s still one of the fastest. It’s also one of the coolest-looking and best-riding scooters, ever.

But there’s one complaint we’ve heard over and over about the original yellow RS and the new RS Midnight, a jet-black version of the superscooter that looks even cooler: They’re great scooters, but they’re really expensive, at about $4,000 each. 

Now there’s the new Inmotion RS Midnight Lite. It looks exactly the same, but it costs $1k less. What’s the catch?  

You’ll find out in our comparison video and our analysis below. We compare top speed, hill climb, range, acceleration, and other specs and features unique to each scooter.

Who Is This Scooter For?

 

These are both electric scooters for hardcore enthusiasts because of their enormous power and lack of portability. (I rode a yellow RS as my scooter of choice for Rider Fest, our RG/ESG-sponsored scooter race). Both scooters are a two person lift up stairs, and their stem latches do not make them easy to fold and unfold every day.

However, Inmotion has definitely addressed the cost criticisms, making this level of performance more accessible in terms of price for riders who are willing to give up a little bit of an edge for an electric scooter that will still outrun anything else they might run into.

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Inmotion RS Midnight Lite/RS Midnight Specs

Make Inmotion
Model RS Midnight Lite / RS Midnight
Weight 116 / 128 lbs
Motor power (continuous) 3,000W / 4,000W
Motor type Dual motor
Top Speed 55 / 68.3 mph (Manufacturer spec)
53.6 / 59.1 mph (ESG tested)
Range 75 / 100 mi (Manufacturer spec)
45.1 / 60.2 mi (ESG tested)
Battery capacity 2160 / 2880 Wh
Max rider weight 331 lbs
Brake type Hydraulic + Hydraulic
Tire type Pneumatic (Tubeless) + Pneumatic (Tubeless)
Suspension type Hydraulic + Hydraulic
Built-in lights Front + Rear
Water resistance IPX6
UL Certification UL2272
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