Elec­tric dream

Sadly, it’s a case of con­fus­ing am­bi­tion with re­al­ity

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - MARK HINCHLIFFE mark.hinchliffe@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

The e-max, listed at $3999, is

rated as a 50cc scooter so a driver’s li­cence can be used in Queens­land and WA.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

DE­SIGN

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.

RID­ING

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.

VER­DICT

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

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