The concept of adding a motor to a traditional push scooter is an idea that has been around for a couple of years now, with varying designs and specifications. The all new City Bug SE Electric Scooter is the ultimate urban innovation and is the only electric scooter you will ever need to know about.
When you first see the sleek, elegant design of the City Bug SE, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was nothing more than a large push scooter as there are no visible cables, but hidden away inside the deck and protected by a rubber platform is a 36v Lithium-ion battery waiting for you to take it for a ride.
The battery of the City Bug SE has a range of 11-12.5 miles on a single charge and can reach speeds of just over 10mph – which is pretty quick! There is the option to limit the speed of the City Bug SE to just under 4mph with the push of a discreet button under the deck.
In keeping with the sleek design of the City Bug SE the charging port is located on the side of the footplate and has a rubber seal to prevent dirt and debris entering into the port. Charging time is typically less than three hours but a full charge will be indicated when the LED charging light on the charger turns green. The battery power level is indicated on the integrated display panel that is well protected within the body of the scooter along with the power button. Thanks to the brushless motor, if you are unable to charge your electric scooter for the return journey, you are able to continue on and use your City Bug as a normal scooter.
At the front of the scooter and surrounding the integrated display panel, is a silver latch lever which releases the internal mechanism and allows a quick, smooth movement when folding and unfolding. This is perfect for hopping on or off public transport as the size of the scooter becomes a little over 15″ (40cm) high and just under a metre long. When the scooter is in the upright position, there is no movement back and forth like you would expect to see from a traditional folding scooter.
Riding the City Bug SE is a dream and after having pushed off, the brushless motor that has been integrated in the rear wheel, delivers the power to set off. The handlebars, which are easily adjustable to suit your height, are free from brake and throttle levers allowing your hands to rest comfortably on the textured grips.
The usual twist or lever style throttles have been forgone and in their place a patented push/pull handlebar system that provides a gradual acceleration when pushed forward and deceleration of power when pulled towards you. With this intuitive riding system, there is no sudden burst forwards during acceleration like you would get from the usual ‘twist style’ design.
As mentioned above, deceleration works the same as acceleration – by pulling the bar towards you to slow your speed. Whilst it is not advisable to ride outside of your capabilities, the City Bug SE comes with a rear brake that will bring the scooter to a controlled stop. As an extra safety feature, if no weight is detected on the platform the 36v battery will cut out.
City Bug SE Features:
Hollow Rubber Wheels (8″ Front & 7.2″ Rear) with Tread
Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) 36v Battery
Integrated LED Battery Status Indicator
11-12.5 miles Range from a Single Charge
3 Hour Charge Time
Top Speed of 13mph
Thumb Throttle Operation
Height Adjustable Handle Bars
Complete Weight 13.2kg