This eMove Cruiser Review is an in-depth look at the eMove Cruiser — the Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla of electric scooters. It is the most well rounded, most complete electric scooter we have ever reviewed. Keep reading to learn why it achieved this admirable distinction.
eMove Cruiser Review Highlights
The eMove Cruiser is the same electric scooter as the Speedway 4, a more widely-recognized and respected model.
In our judgement, this scooter or some scooter like it, will eventually become the best-selling general purpose scooter. It well-balanced and practical — the Toyota or Honda of scooters. The eMove Cruiser is big enough, powerful enough, and comfortable enough to suit the widest variety of needs out there.
This scooter is not as fun as a model like the WideWheel, but has the same top speed. The less acceleration and single motor means longer battery life. The 10 in x 2.75 in pneumatic tires and balanced suspension give great stability.
This is one of the best mid-range scooters and possibly the most complete scooter out there.
- Range: 62 miles
- Top speed: 28 mph
- Weight 55 lbs
- Max rider weight: 352 lbs
- Brakes: Front and rear 144 mm mechanical disc brakes
- Tires: Front and rear 10″ x 2.75″ pneumatic inner tube tires
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The single 600 watt rear motor is powerful enough to ascend all but the steepest hills in San Francisco.
On the flats, acceleration is good but not exactly thrilling. However, compared to a run-of-the-mill 250 watt model like the Mi M365, acceleration is much better and those models would be left stranded on hills that the eMove Cruiser could handle.
The scooter will reach a top speed of about 30 mph on the flat, but it can take a while to creep up to that top speed.
One thing to note is that this is a fairly powerful scooter, but the controller is tuned to provide range moreso than a thrilling experience.
If you’re looking for something that is a bit more exciting to ride, check out the WideWheel Review (less expensive), the Zero 10X Review (slightly more expensive) or the Dualtron Spider Review (more expensive).
We give the eMove Cruiser high marks for providing an excellent, redundant braking system in the form of dual cable-controlled, 144 mm mechanical disc brakes. The rear wheel also has built-in electronic motor braking.
The brakes work well and can easily lock up both wheels. Like a lot of scooters, the brakes may need some adjustment out of the box to make sure that they aren’t too lose or too tight, but this is an easy adjustment.
Like a well-designed economy car, the eMove Cruiser is very efficient and also packs a large 1536 watt hour battery, giving this scooter more than 60 miles of range. The long range can also be attributed to the eMove Cruiser controller that is tuned to be very energy-conserving, making the battery seem to last forever.
The eMove Cruiser has 10″ x 2.75″ front and rear pneumatic tires, something you don’t find in this price class too often. You don’t notice the tire size too much as they are hidden by huge front and rear fenders which fenders that will keep a wet or dirty road from throwing debris onto you.
Handlebars / Cockpit
The eMove Cruiser has fairly wide 22.5″ handlebars with quality ergonomic rubber grips. The wide handlebars allow for a natural shoulder position which reduces fatigue and gives optimum control of the scooter.
On the model we received, the grips were a little loose and would spin around with use. Though annoying, this is easily remedied by pulling the grips off, and cleaning both the handlebars and grips out with rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t solve the problem you can wrap the handlebars with electrical tape and slide the grips back over them — a trick commonly used on mountain bikes.
The eMove Cruiser uses the very common Dualtron-like EYE display / throttle that appears on many electric scooters.
The display shows speed, odometer, mode, and battery. There are power and mode buttons and the throttle is an index finger operated trigger style one.
We aren’t huge fans of this ubiquitous throttle / display system for a few reasons. Namely, the index-finger controlled throttle isn’t super ergonomic. If you use this scooter for a prolonged period of time, your index finger will get tired. The second thing about this position is that it doesn’t allow you to quickly switch to braking with the right hand. In the case of an emergency where you would want to maximally brake with both hands, this is not ideal. The final thing about this display/controller is that the interface is a little dated (reminiscent of programming a VCR if you even remember what those were).
On the left side of the handlebars are three controls. The large red push button controls the eMove’s lights. The next control, in the middle, activates the turn signals and is controlled by sliding the button to either side or returning to the middle neutral position to turn off. Finally, the green button at the bottom controls the surprisingly loud integrated electronic horn.
All buttons are easy to reach and control with your thumb, with the exception of the turn signal which is a little awkward to slide.
The eMove features a thick front coil-over-hydraulic suspension and a rear air suspension. The suspension is neither soft, like the Zero 10X nor hard like WideWheel. It is well balanced, like other features of this model, but ultimately tuned for daily use and road commuting. The scooter will have no problem hopping off a curb.
The dual suspension, 10″ pneumatic tires, and large deck make this a very comfortable ride. The 55 lb weight gives this scooter some heft and also contributes to dampening vibrations from rough roads. Overall, you can cruise on this electric scooter for impressive distances without getting too fatigued, even if road conditions are poor.
The deck (part where you stand on and ride) is not as massive as a Dualtron 3, but it is bigger than most and comfortable even for someone with large feet.
The deck is also rounded, which helps with damage of walls, your own legs or any object you might bump this thing into. Every edge has a protective hard plastic that acts as a sort of bumper for damage.
The eMove Cruiser can be folded up for storing but is a bit heavy for mixing with other forms of transportation that require frequent loading/unloading or lifting. Coming in at 55 lbs, the eMove Cruiser is just beyond the 45 lbs limit for what we consider easy to carry up a flight up stairs.
Due to folding handle bars, telescoping stem, and folding stem, the eMove Cruiser can be reduced to the exceedingly compact size of 49″ x 10″ x 14″.
The stem locking mechanism is probably the best in the industry. It uses a single pin to lock into upright, and it locks again when folded down. And it doesn’t move! Also the frame structure allows for using many different types of locks to secure this scooter outside, something that will be needed more as time goes on.
One thing we don’t like is that the handlebar folding mechanisms require you to double-check. When we first rode it, it wasn’t locked into place and the left one folded one block into the ride. If you get this scooter –make sure they are locked in place
We’ve tested this scooter with an up to 280 rider and it carried him no problem…this is well built. As we rode this scooter we have come to appreciate the attention to detail. Even the front cables are all wrapped into a nylon sheath, which protects them from damage.
Overall, the eMove Cruiser has some of the better and safer lighting that we’ve seen on an electric scooter. The Cruiser features three front lights and three rear lights. The only thing that could be reconfigured is mounting the large headlight higher on the handlebars to provide the better visibility at greater distances.
In the front, there is a large headlight and two deck lights. The large center-mounted, headlight has good optics and is surprisingly powerful. However, the low mounting position is not optimal for being seen from a distance.
In the rear is a fairly bright central taillight that is mounted to the fender and two red deck lights. The two deck lights actually wrap around the sides of the deck. This helps to maximize visibility from all angles and we hope that this configuration becomes the standard for all electric scooters to improve safety.
Additional Safety Features
The eMove Cruiser has two additional safety features that don’t often pop up in electric scooter reviews:
- Turn signals
- Loud electronic horn
The integrated turn signals, are a nice safety feature that addresses a critical issue — it is difficult to signal with your arms while riding an electric scooter unless you have exceptional balance. The turn signals are easily to activate with your left thumb, though they aren’t especially bright.
The electronic horn is loud enough to be heard from within a car and certainly loud enough for pedestrians. This beats the cute mechanical bells that we’ve seen in on a many electric scooters that barely make any noise.
eMove Cruiser Review Summary
If you’re looking for an very well rounded, complete, long range scooter for daily use, then the eMove Cruiser just might be your scooter.
This scooter is a legit Honda or Toyota of scooters — very practical and built to last. The eMove Cruiser design is well thought out. The scooter is easy to ride and can conquer all the but the most insane hills. Finally, though it has some zip it you don’t have to worry about being thrown off the scooter when you aggressively modulate the throttle.
eMove Cruiser Technical Specifications
|Weight||55 lb||25 kg|
|Folded dimensions||49 x 10 x 14 in||124 x 25 x 35 cm|
|Motor power, continuous||800 watts (front)|
|Top speed||30 mph||48 kmh|
|Range||62 mi||100 km|
|Battery capacity||1586 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 8 hours|
|Max rider weight||330 lb||150 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Mechanical disc||Mechanical disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||10″ x 2.75″ pneumatic inner tube||10″ x 2.75″ pneumatic inner tube|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|