‘Momentum is key’
Rider Jon Urry Specialist skill Has actually researched both bikes in detail
“The Zero isn’t as fast as the Eva, but it is lighter and has a better range, and I should need less charge (from its slower charger), for the race home. I’ve got a fast charger in my rucksack, too. It costs £702 but is currently included for free, and cuts recharge time to five hours.
“Setting off in ‘Eco’ mode, the basic dash shows me power percentage, range, trip and throttle opening. My GPS gives me an accurate distance to the pub, so as long as I have enough range I’m home dry. Acceleration drains batteries, so I’m using minimal throttle, averaging just under one mile per percentage of battery. But keeping momentum is key so, still in ‘Eco’, I go to overtake a lorry only to discover acceleration is capped, hanging me out to dry.
“Riding through Oundle I brake hard as a pedestrian who doesn’t hear me steps out into the road, so I’m forced to accelerate back up to speed again. On to the twisty A427 I switch to ‘custom’ mode, which I have tweaked using the app to give loads of regeneration, which I use instead of the brakes into bends. I treat myself to a quick blast in ‘Sport’ mode through a series of corners, killing 3% of battery in one mile. The Zero is a bit top-heavy and has a strange front end feel, but it is light to turn. Skinny tyres mean I don’t want to push it too hard, but it’s enjoyable.
“On the A43 and A47 I’m getting nervous, My battery is at 50% despite being in ‘Eco’ and I still have 30 miles to go. Entering Melton Mowbray I’m held at a traffic light for an eternity. Once through Melton my satnav tells me I have 11.3 miles to go, and my battery is at 23%, so I know I’ll make it. For the last five miles I switch to ‘Sport’ and throw battery life to the wind. When I see the pub, the battery is at 1%, but James is already there. He’s beaten me by 1m 4s. That bastard traffic light cost me a £90 meal.”
ÔI treat myself to a blast in sport mode, killing 3% of battery in one mileõ
It feels a little top-heavy, but it’s still enjoyable
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what someone about to buy a £90 lunch looks like