EMOVE Cruiser 2019 Review: Overview
This EMOVE Cruiser Review is an in-depth look at the updated 2019 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.
|Tested top speed: 26.2 mph*|
|Tested range: 50.3 miles*|
|Weight: 55 lbs|
|Max rider weight: 352 lbs|
|Water resistance: IP67 (splash)|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Comfortable ride quality|
|Packed with features and range|
|Exception build quality and LG batteries|
|Too heavy to be ultra-portable|
|Cheap key ignition|
The EMOVE Cruiser is a high-quality, practical, long-range, electric scooter. In our judgment, this scooter, or one like it, will eventually become the best-selling general purpose scooter. It is 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.
The updated 2019 version has:
- Beefed-up semi-hydraulic disc brakes,
- 10-inch tubeless pneumatic tires
- High-quality LG batteries
- IP67 (water resistance) rating,
- Keyed ignition
Together, these additions afford a remarkable 11.4 ft (15 to 0 mph) braking distance, improved flat resistance, and a massive 50-mile real-world range. The key-controlled battery cut-off gives extra security when parking in public places, though you should always use a lock.
This scooter is fun — though not like the WideWheel — yet it has the same top speed but more conservative acceleration and a single motor which prolongs battery life. The 10-inch by 2.75-inch tubeless pneumatic tires and balanced suspension give it excellent stability and ride quality.
Finally, the EMOVE Cruiser is one of the few scooters with an official water-resistance rating (ingress protection, IP) of IP67 throughout. In practice, this means that it should be very tolerant of riding in wet conditions. As long as you aren’t riding submerged in water or the scooter has been damaged, it will be fine.
This is one of the best long-range, comfortable, practical scooters and possibly the most complete scooter out there.
If you are looking for a very complete, long-ranged scooter with a comfortable ride and good build quality, the EMOVE Cruiser is hard to beat. No scooter at this price point has a massive 50-mile real-world range. However, tipping the scales at 54 lbs, it is a hefty scooter and not the best one if you need to carry up stairs or lift frequently.
Available in the U.S. from VORO Motors with 7% discount code: electric-scooter.guide
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.
- More fun: The Mercane WideWheel Pro is faster, more fun, but has a worse suspension
- More power: The Zero 8X is more powerful, but with a better suspension and flat-free airless tires
|EMOVE Cruiser||26.2 mph||50.3 mi||55 lb||$1259|
|WideWheel Pro||26.7 mph||19.3 mi||54 lb||$1149|
|Zero 8X||40 mph||23.9 mi||77 lb||$1729|
** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
2019 EMOVE Cruiser Review
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||3.4 seconds|
|Top speed||26.2 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||11.4 ft|
|Hill climb test||12.1 seconds|
Though the EMOVE has a reasonably powerful 600-watt (1600-watt peak) motor, the controller is tuned to provide range more so than a thrilling experience. On the flat, acceleration is good but not overpowering.
During our acceleration tests, the Cruiser hit 15 mph in a brisk 3.4 seconds. This is much faster than a basic model like the M365 and better than the speedy Horizon and Zero 8. The Cruiser hit 20 mph in a respectable 5.8 seconds, and 25 mph in just under 11 seconds.
The single 600-watt rear motor is powerful enough to ascend all but the steepest hills in San Francisco. It is a very good hill climber.
We put the EMOVE through our standardized (200 ft, 10% grade, 165 lb rider) hill climb test, and it reached the peak in 12.1 seconds with an average speed of 11.3 mph (18 kmh).
For comparison, a run-of-the-mill 250-watt electric motor model like the Mi M365 takes 20.8 seconds to climb the same hill at an average speed of 6.6 mph.
You can compare this performance with that of other scooters we’ve tested on our performance page.
The scooter hit a top speed of 26 mph on the flat (GPS-tracked) with a 165 lb rider.
Like a well-designed economy car, the EMOVE Cruiser is very efficient. It packs a large 1560 watt-hour LG battery, giving this scooter its incredible 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 went 50.3 miles (81 km) during our range test.
We test all scooters on the same urban test loop with the same 165 lb rider. The test is designed to simulate a rigorous urban commute (max acceleration, fast riding, rough terrain, many hills). The scooter is ridden aggressively in the fastest mode till the battery is dead. We expect that more conservative riding would significantly extend its already remarkable range.
We give the EMOVE Cruiser high marks for providing an excellent, redundant braking system in the form of dual Xtech 140 mm semi-hydraulic disc brakes. The rear wheel also has built-in electronic motor braking.
The brakes work well and can easily lock up both wheels. Like many scooters, the brakes may need adjustment out of the box to get them dialed in. On the Cruiser, this is an easy procedure.
The EMOVE scored a 15 mph braking distance of just 11.4 ft — an excellent result. This is significantly better than the 15 to 25 feet that we see on a typical scooter.
The dual suspension, 10-inch pneumatic tires, and large deck make this a very comfortable ride. The 54 lb weight gives this scooter some heft and also contributes to damping 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 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.
EMOVE Cruiser Features
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 54 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 handlebars, telescoping stem, and folding stem, the EMOVE Cruiser can be reduced to the exceedingly compact size of 49-inches (L) by 10-inches (W) by 14-inches (H). For comparison, a typical 27 lb budget scooter is roughly 42-inches (L) x 17-inches (W) x 19-inches (H) when folded — just a bit shorter in length, but wider due to lack of folding handlebars.
The stem locking mechanism is probably the best in the industry. It uses a single pin to lock upright. It also locks when folded down. 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. On our first ride with the older version of this scooter, it wasn’t locked into place, and the left one folded one block into the ride. When riding this scooter –make sure the handlebars are locked in place.
The EMOVE Cruiser has fairly wide 22.5-inch 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 an older model of this scooter, the grips were a little loose and would spin around with use. However, this issue has been resolved in the new for 2019 Cruiser, and the handlebars are rock solid. It’s good to know that VORO Motors listens to and takes feedback — on seemingly trivial problems — seriously.
The EMOVE Cruiser uses a common LCD display throttle that appears on many electric scooters.
The display shows speed, odometer, mode, and battery. There are power and mode buttons. The throttle is a 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. There have been reports of poor durability with the trigger throttle in particular.
If you use this scooter for a prolonged period, 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 neutral middle 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, except the turn signal, which is a little awkward to slide.
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 better visibility at greater distances.
In the front, there is a large headlight and two deck lights. The large, low-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 deck lights actually wrap around the sides of the deck. This helps to maximize visibility from all angles — we hope this configuration becomes the standard for electric scooters.
For extra safety, we always recommend using additional lights. Check out our guide for staying visible while riding at night.
The EMOVE Cruiser has 10-inch by 2.75-inch front and rear pneumatic tubeless tires. The tires are largely hidden by huge front and rear fenders that prevent road debris from being thrown onto you.
New for the 2019 EMOVE Cruiser are tubeless pneumatic tires. Tubeless tires, like those of an automobile, seal against the rim of the scooter. They tend to be stronger, thicker, and more flat resistant. If you do end up getting a flat, it should be fairly easy to repair it with tire slime.
We’ve noted the importance of pneumatic tires before and the important safety benefits they lend in terms of performance and safety.
The Cruiser has a very generous 23-inches by 7.7-inches of deck space. Most riders — even those with large feet — will find that the deck is supremely comfortable.
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 bumper.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
VORO Motors offers a 6-month warranty on the EMOVE Cruiser.
They have physical service centers/dealers located in Chicago, IL, Clearwater Beach, Florida, Washington DC, Jacksonville, NC, and Hoboken NJ.
Internationally they have dealers in Europe, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
The EMOVE Cruiser has good build quality for its price and a fair amount of thoughtful design, which is often missing in the e-scooter industry.
The EMOVE Cruiser has a max rider weight capacity of 352 lb. We’ve tested this scooter with an up to 280 lb rider — it carried him with no problems.
The EMOVE Cruiser has been built with some attention to detail. For example, the front cables are wrapped in a nylon sheath, which protects them from damage. All cables and electronic components are sealed up, giving the Cruiser significant water resistance. The Cruiser has an IP rating (water-resistance) of an incredibly IP67 — the best in the business.
Many scooters have “unofficial” IP ratings. Still, the Cruiser is one of the few with this designation backed by the manufacturer.
The only build quality issues we’ve noted are the keyed ignition and loose screws. The keyed ignition, which is used to cut the scooter off from battery power, is identical to the one used on the 10X and is somewhat cheap. Ours popped apart during testing, but we were able to get it back together.
Aside from these somewhat nagging features, the new for 2019 EMOVE Cruiser has stepped up build quality. Even the spinning handlebar grips have been resolved in this model. Though we had no problems with the batteries in the previous model, the upgraded name-brand LG battery pack should provide more peace-of-mind.
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 easy 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 on many electric scooters that barely make any noise.
EMOVE Cruiser 2019: Review Conclusions
If you’re looking for a very well-rounded, complete, long-range scooter for daily use, then the EMOVE Cruiser just might be your scooter. The Cruiser is the Honda or Toyota of scooters — very practical and built to last.
It is the longest-ranged scooter in its price range, packs loads of features (horn, turn signals, keyed ignition, semi-hydraulic disc brakes) and can tolerate rain and rough roads.
The Cruiser is easy to ride. Its electron-sipping 600-watt motor (1600-wtt peak power) can conquer all the but the most insane hills. Finally, though it has some zip, you don’t have to worry about being thrown off the scooter when you aggressively modulate the throttle.
Available in the U.S. from VORO Motors with 7% discount code: electric-scooter.guide
EMOVE Cruiser Compared to Other Scooters
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Mercane WideWheel
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Nanrobot D5+
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Speedway 5
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Speedway IV Pro
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Zero 10
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Zero 8X
- EMOVE Cruiser vs. Zero 10X
EMOVE Cruiser Technical Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Folded dimensions||48 by 10 by 16 in|
|Motor power, continuous||600 watts|
|Top speed||28 mph|
|Battery capacity||1560 watt-hours|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 8 hours|
|Max rider weight||352 lbs|
|Brake type||Dual disc + electronic|
|Tire type||10-inch Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear + Side|