Sadly, it’s a case of confusing ambition with reality
ONPAPER, I could commute to work and back on the Vmoto e-max 110S electric scooter for about 50 cents. In practice, it’s impossible because the scooter is limited to 60km/h roads, then drops to 10km/h on hills.
The e-max, listed at $3999, is
rated as a 50cc scooter so a driver’s licence can be used in Queensland and WA.
It is laid out like a normal scooter with the 4000-watt motor driving the back wheel. There is a 1000-watt charger under the seat and it takes up to six hours to charge from empty on AC mains power.
The boost button provides three power settings: eco, normal and max. Normal or eco modes reduce the demand on the battery and the top speed to a claimed 45km/h. Boost makes it accelerate a little harder, to a claimed top speed of about 75km/h.
It looks like a normal scooter, with a front headlight display that’s almost Ducati 999 in style. Quite Italian and chic.
Underseat storage is limited to a small backpack or you can use it to haul the charger. There is no glovebox as in most scooters but it does have the conventional luggage hook. The side and centre stand is easy to use.
Forget the modes. Keep it on boost or you won’t keep pace in the traffic. I weigh 75kg and the scooter struggled to haul me up any incline. Even in boost mode I could manage only 40km/h on the flat and it took 16 seconds to get there.
The best thing is it’s quiet. The plush suspension copes exceptionally well with potholes and it doesn’t bump-steer or twitch the way other scooters with 13-inch wheels do.
The disc brakes have good feel and are more effective than they need to be.
Electric vehicles may be the future but they will have to be more powerful than this.
Circuit work: The Vmoto e-max is stylish but not so nippy