They stink and crackle – don’t. Electric scooters contribute to reconciliation between neighbors and scooter drivers. In a practical test, the Unu shows how much fun a two-wheeled electric vehicle can be.
It stank, was loud and too often broken – but separating from her became an affair of the heart. But when the chic Italian – a Vespa 50 Speciale, built in 1972 – began to fail on wet roads and only started again without problems after days of rest in the dry, the love was over.
The neighbors should have breathed a sigh of relief when the new owner picked up his Vespa: no more morning rattling, no stinking mixture exhaust gas that pulls into the kitchen and whitewashed the smell of coffee – from now on the bicycle was again the number one means of transport. That could change again after the week of testing with the Unu electric scooter. E-scooters will probably not reach the enthusiast value of an old Vespa anytime soon – for everyday use, however, the quietly whirring companions are an alternative that some should definitely consider.
The electric scooter franchise is available in three motor variants with 1000, 2000 or 3000 watts. The top model with the most powerful engine was available for the test. With this engine, you don’t have to worry that you would slow down drivers when you start the traffic light. For a two-wheeler of the 50s class, however, the electric scooter reaches its maximum speed, which is unfortunately limited to 45 km / h, and much faster than the old Vespa. Unu can’t do anything about that, the legislature wants it that way. It’s a shame, because that’s how you feel as a scooter driver, especially on wide or multi-lane roads, on which some motorists like to drive a little faster, more as an obstacle than as a road user with equal rights.
The sublime feeling of gliding silently
Still, the Unu is fun. The neighbors are already happy about the noiseless and odorless driving off and gives you a sublime feeling that increases the longer you glide on the streets. The little speedster even takes the 13 percent gradient behind the Munich zoo with flying colors and would even allow more than the 30 km / h permitted there. The handling also benefits from the low weight of the e-scooter: it weighs less than 60 kilograms. Tight swings and balancing on the bipod are therefore pleasantly easy.
The manufacturer promises a range of at least 50 kilometers. When put to the test, the Unu managed to do this to the nearest meter – although most of the journey was overland at top speed and the headlights were constantly on, in keeping with the requirement to use lights. The full power was available for almost the entire tour; only in the last few kilometers could you feel the battery slowly dropping to its knees. If the scooter only reaches 40 km / h top speed, you should start reloading as soon as possible – more than two or three kilometers are then no longer possible. And the closer you get to the end of the battery, the slower the e-scooter becomes. Alternatively, the Unu is also available with a second battery, which doubles the range by a further 50 kilometers.
To charge, the eight kilogram lithium-ion battery is taken from its compartment under the seat, where there is also space for the second battery or a small bag. The battery can be fully recharged in a little less than five hours at a household socket. The procedure of unplugging-taking-out-taking-away-plugging-loading-unplugging-taking-away-installing-plugging may sound a bit tedious, but in total it is faster than filling up at the gas pump. And it’s also significantly cheaper: the e-scooter needs just under three kWh of electricity for 100 kilometers, depending on the provider, this adds up to around 80 to 90 cents on the entire route. A conventional petrol scooter has a volume of almost three liters per 100 kilometers, which is still around four euros despite the current low fuel prices. An e-scooter with such a performance often also has a modern damper system. Hydraulic shock absorbers are usually used here.
Companions in this speed class are very similar to a normal motorcycle in terms of design and structure.
When buying, make sure that you have a sufficiently long warranty, this should be at least 2 years and apply not only to common wear parts and plastic, but to all elements of the scooter. Often the guarantee is also linked to the mileage.
Anyone who acquired their driving license after April 1st, 1980 is only allowed to drive an e-scooter that reaches such a high speed with an A1, A2 or A driving license.
Electric scooter 80 km / h test
If you want to be on the road with a little more steam, but a 100 km / h e-scooter is too expensive for you, an electric scooter with 80 km / h can be a cheaper alternative for you.
These devices should ideally have a range of 80 km, but often they only have 50 km, which is enough for many people in everyday life.
Since the e-scooters are already among the light motorcycles in this speed class, an A1 driving license is required in Germany.
In terms of design, they look pretty similar to the 45 km / h class models. They also have a wheel hub motor due to their lower wear and better efficiency. This means that the models are almost maintenance-free.