In general, we here at ScooterFile stick to the core of what this site is about. That is, we focus on motor scooters from mainstream, quality manufacturers. However, there are a couple exceptions to that. For example, we often cover small motorcycles such as the SYM Wolf 150, the SYM Symba and the Honda Grom because even though these bikes have the form factor of a motorcycle, we feel like they’ve got the soul of a scooter. We shy away from kick scooters entirely, with exception of high-end, electrified examples, such as the MINI Citysurfer concept. It’s this second group of exceptions, the electrified kick scooters, that we’ll be adding to in the near future.
We were recently contacted by a MotoringFile/ScooterFile reader who happens to work at EcoReco, a company that makes a high-end electrified kick scooter meant to serve as real transportation. EcoReco was kind enough to offer us an M5 review unit, which we’re expecting from UPS any moment now. So our question is, what would you like to know?
The M5 boasts a top speed of 20 mph, a range of up to 20 miles per charge, and the ability to charge the non-removable battery to 80% in as little as two hours. The M5 also features suspension front and rear. It folds up, as we’d expect from this kind of scooter, and weighs in at a luggable 34 lbs. It’s adult-sized proportions help position it as a real transportation tool, as opposed to something for the kids to play around on. At an MSRP of $1,250 for the M5, it’s adult pricing as well.
The idea behind scooters of this type is pretty straightforward: provide an easy transportation option for distances too far to walk, but where parking might not be readily available. The question is really how does this expected use actually stack up in reality? We’ll be using the EcoReco in a couple of different ways.
First, we’ll be using it as a “last mile” commute vehicle. That is, we’ll head in to the office, use cheap parking a little ways away, and finish our commute via scooter. Second, we’re going to attempt our entire urban Chicago commute on the EcoReco and see how we do.
What else would you like to know? Leave us your questions in the comments or over on Facebook.