EMOVE Cruiser Review: Overview
This EMOVE Cruiser Review is an in-depth look at the Honda Accord of electric scooters. It is the most well-rounded, commuter-friendly electric scooter that we have ever reviewed. Not only that, the EMOVE Cruiser maintains the longest range of any scooter, ever — even after testing almost 60 scooters as of this March 2021 update.
|Tested top speed: 26.2 mph*|
|Tested range: 50.3 mi*|
|Weight: 52 lb|
|Max rider weight: 350 lb|
|Water resistance: IPX6|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Longest range ever|
|Comfortable for long term commuting|
|Exceptional build quality and featureset|
|Too heavy to be ultraportable|
|Lacks zippy acceleration|
The EMOVE Cruiser is a high quality, long-range electric scooter. It is well-balanced and practical — and the scooter Airrack’s Eric Decker chose for his scooter trip across the state of Florida for a reason. The EMOVE Cruiser is big enough, powerful enough, and comfortable enough to satisfy the needs of most riders. It has an ultralong 50.3 mi range in a weather resistant, durable build with a reasonable price tag.
The Cruiser has an exceptional featureset, including semi-hydraulic disc brakes, 10.0 in tubeless pneumatic tires, keyed ignition with voltmeter, and a name brand LG battery. Unlike most other electric scooters, the EMOVE Cruiser comes with user-friendly turn signals, a headlight, and a brake light. Not only that, the turn signals are independent of the headlight and taillight and are controlled by a slider with an audible beeping, reminding you when engaged (a feature often missed).
With its IPX6 water resistance rating, the Cruiser can brave wetter roads with less worry, landing second in our top 5 best electric scooters for riding in the rain. Whether you’re landlocked in a dry climate or live seaside where storms frequently pound the pavement, the EMOVE Cruiser stands the tests of time and environment better than most.
Even though it’s not an ultraportable given its 52-lb weight, the Cruiser has strong portability features, including a solid stem folding mechanism, telescoping stem, and folding handlebars. Able to carry riders up to 350 lbs, the Cruiser fits a wider range of people than most, and its balanced suspension provides excellent stability and ride quality. The EMOVE Cruiser is the consummate long-range, long-term performer, and is very, very difficult to beat at its price.
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 Apollo Explore is a bit quicker, less expensive, but has significantly less range
- Upgraded suspension: The Inokim OX gets less range but has awesome rubber suspension
|EMOVE Cruiser||26.2 mph||50.3 mi||52 lb||$1399|
|Mercane WideWheel Pro||26.7 mph||19.3 mi||54 lb||$1299|
|Apollo Explore||29.9 mph||28.1 mi||53 lb||$1299|
|Inokim OXO||36.7 mph||36.6 mi||74 lb||$2599|
** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
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|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||5.8 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||11.0 seconds|
|Top speed||26.2 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||11.4 feet|
|Hill climb||12.1 seconds|
Though the Cruiser has a reasonably powerful 600 watt motor, the controller is tuned to provide ample range over thrilling acceleration. On the flat, acceleration is good but not overpowering.
During our tests, the EMOVE Cruiser hit 15 mph in a brisk 3.4 seconds. This is much faster than what you’d experience on a shared scooter like the Segway Ninebot Max, and faster than the Fluid FreerideHorizon. The Cruiser hit 20 mph in a respectable 5.8 seconds, and 25 mph in 3.4 seconds.
The EMOVE Cruiser is a very good hill climber, given its single rear motor, which is powerful enough to ascend all but the steepest hills in San Francisco.
We put the EMOVE through our standardized (200 ft, 10% grade, esg_unit 165 lb] rider) hill climb test, and it reached the peak in 12.1 seconds with an average speed of 11.3 mph.
For comparison, the Xiaomi 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 26.2 mph on the flat (GPS-tracked) with a 165 lb rider. This is ample speed for most scooter riders, given the average legal speed in the United States is 15 mph.
The EMOVE Cruiser has the longest range we’ve ever tested, going 50.3 miles in our real-world test.
Like a well-designed economy car, the EMOVE Cruiser is very efficient. It packs a large -- LG battery, giving this scooter it’s herculean range. Along with a solid battery, the controller is tuned to be very energy conserving, making the Cruiser like a giant, rideable Duracell that keeps going, and going, and going.
We test all electric scooters on the same urban test loop with an 165 lb rider in the scooter’s highest performance setting. The range test is designed to simulate a rigorous urban commute (max acceleration, fast riding, rough terrain, many hills). More conservative riding will likely extend the Cruiser’s 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 provides electronic braking.
The semi-hydraulic brakes are a bit easier to operate than cable-actuated disc brakes. They work well, but you can easily lock up both wheels when emergency stopping. Like many scooters, the brakes may need adjustment out of the box to get them dialed into your preferred stopping power.
The EMOVE Cruiser scored a 15 mph to 0 mph braking distance of just 11.4 ft — an excellent result. For context, the shortest recorded braking distance in our performance tests is around 8 ft.
The dual suspension, large pneumatic tires, and sizable deck make for a very comfortable ride. The Cruiser’s weight gives this scooter some heft, providing added damping against vibrations over rough roads. With a thoughtful feature-packed build, the Cruiser allows you to cruise for impressive distances without getting too fatigued, even if road conditions are poor.
The EMOVE Cruiser is so impressive and comfortable for riding long distances that Youtube star Eric Decker (Airrack) selected the Cruiser over the head-whipping acceleration of the Zero 10X and Kaabo Mantis Pro in the second episode of Scooter Hunters. Eric rode 286 miles along the coast of Florida, from Fort Lauderdale to Daytona Beach, on an EMOVE Cruiser.
He picked the Cruiser over the others because he needed something that could go the distance without breaking down, is more comfortable than an e-skateboard, and fast enough to crack a smile on his face. He looks like a pretty happy camper, doesn’t he?
The Cruiser features thick coil-over-hydraulic dual front suspension and rear air suspension. The suspension is neither soft, like the Zero 10X, nor hard, like the WideWheel. It is well-balanced like other features of this model, but ultimately tuned for daily use and road commuting. This scooter will have no problem hopping off a curb.
For the Big Dawgs
Big dawgs (noun): larger riders that are over 200 lbs and 6 ft or taller, often favoring oversized decks, tall handlebars, pneumatic tires, and suspension
|#3 top single motor scooter|
|Rock solid suspension|
|Legendary range for dawg pack leaders|
|None (fenders got fixed)|
The EMOVE Cruiser is also a favorite of ESG’s resident big dawg, Ramier, who ranked it as the third best single motor scooter he’s ever ridden. Here’s what Ramier has to say about the Cruiser (and you can watch him in action).
C’mon everybody, you knew the Cruiser was going to make this list. The Cruiser is exactly that, a great cruiser. The ride is comfortable and smooth. I remember filming using the Nanrobot D5+ for GoPro shots, then transitioning to ride the Cruiser, and man, oh man did I feel the difference as soon as I stepped on it.
Suspension felt rock solid and it has a respectable top speed of around 25 mph, pneumatic tires are amazing, not to mention the IPX6 water rating, and the range is legendary. With the fender problem for big dawgs fixed (from an earlier generation), this is easily one of the best available scooters for anyone.
The EMOVE Cruiser is wholeheartedly big dawg approved. If you’re a big dawg looking for double the power, check out Ramier’s top 5 dual motor scooters.
EMOVE Cruiser Features
The EMOVE Cruiser has strong portability features, including folding handlebars, a telescoping and folding stem, but is a bit heavy at 52 lbs for frequent loading/unloading or lifting.
It has a compact folded footprint of 48 in long by 10 in wide by 16 in tall. For comparison, a typical 27 lb budget scooter is roughly 42 in long by 17 in wide by 19 in tall when folded — just a bit shorter in length, but wider due to lack of folding handlebars.
The pin-style stem folding mechanism is one of the best we’ve seen, and is unique to the EMOVE models. It uses a single pin to lock the stem upright, and also locks when folded down for easier carrying.
To disengage the pin, sit or stand on the deck while applying forward pressure against the stem. When you rotate the stem into the folded position, the pin will lock it into place. Also, the frame of the folding mechanism provides many locations to secure a lock and store this scooter outside, when you can do so safely.
The cockpit of the EMOVE Cruiser has so many features, the handlebars could be considered a little crowded (though not without purpose).
The Cruiser has fairly wide 10 in handlebars with flat-palm rubber hand grips that provide good support for long rides. The width of the handlebars allow for a natural shoulder position, which reduces fatigue and gives optimum control of the scooter.
At the center of the handlebars are the pull-release mechanisms, allowing you to fold them down. This style is very sturdy when the handlebars are locked into the correct place, but can fail if not seated correctly before riding. On the left handlebar, you have a brake lever and the button console controlling the electronic horn (green button), headlight (red button), and turn signals (black slider).
On the right handlebar, there’s a key-start ignition with voltmeter, waterproof display with finger trigger throttle (much like a QS-S4), and brake lever. On the back of the display is a USB port, which Chuck was able to use for low-voltage charging of his smartphone (not advised). This port is intended for flashing updates to the firmware, but can be used for charging in a pinch.
One awesome usability feature is the use of plug-and-play cabling with a standard 6-pin connector for electrical components, including the throttle display, lights, horn, and so on. With this type of cabling, riders can more easily replace or swap electronics.
Of all the electric scooters that we’ve tested, the EMOVE Cruiser has the best built-in lighting package, ever. Although the Wolf Warrior‘s lights are brighter and other scooters, like the Kaabo Mantis 8, have turn signals, the EMOVE Cruiser’s lights are the best implemented all around.
The Cruiser features deck button lights, two on either side of the deck at the front (white lights) and two at the rear (red lights) for a total of four lights, which act as the turn signals. When engaged, the turn signals are coupled with an audible beeping, so you don’t forget to turn them off (just like in a car!). The deck lights wrap around the sides of the deck, which helps to maximize visibility from all angles.
To activate these lights, you have to power them on (button on the side of the deck next to the kickstand), then move the slider left or right to turn on the signals. All controls are fairly easy to operate, though it takes a bit of practice knowing where the turn signal slider is positioned without looking down.
In most other scooters, the deck button lights serve the purpose of both head/tail lights and turn signals, and are not independent from the brake lights (meaning others cannot tell if you’re signaling to turn or stopping). Also, these light configurations do not include an audible indicator, so you have to look down at the deck to tell if they’re blinking or not. This isn’t an issue with the EMOVE Cruiser.
The headlight is mounted a bit lower than we recommend for night riding, but is bright and effective at helping you see, especially with the help of the front deck button lights. Like the other electrical components, you can replace the light given it is connected via plug-and-play cabling. The tail light responds to braking, blinking brighter when you apply the brakes.
For extra safety, we always recommend using additional lights. Check out our guide for staying visible while riding at night.
The EMOVE Cruiser has 10.0 in by 3 in dual pneumatic air-filled tires. The tires are largely hidden by huge front and rear fenders that prevent road debris from being thrown onto you.
Tubeless tires, like those of an automobile, seal against the rim of the scooter and provide solid performance and safer handling. 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 with tire slime.
The Cruiser has a very generous 23.0-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.
The EMOVE Cruiser has excellent build quality for its price and a thoughtful, commuter-friendly design. Given its long range, heavier than average weight capacity, and stacked features, it makes sense that the Cruiser has become one of the best known scooters in the market.
The EMOVE Cruiser was built with acute attention to detail, exemplified by things like the front cables, which are protected in a nylon sheath. As mentioned, all cables are plug-and-play, making the Cruiser that much easier to mod, and all electronic components are sealed well, giving the Cruiser significant water resistance.
In fact, when opening up the deck of our Cruiser, we found that the battery is enclosed in its own protected, center channel, separated from the controller (which is at the very front of the deck). Along either side of the center channel are internal cavities for the cables that run the length of the deck. None of these cavities had signs of water damage, even after a couple years’ worth of heavy use.
The Cruiser has a higher than average IP rating of IPX6 — which is the best in the business. It should be noted that despite the IP rating, many scooter warranties will not cover water-related damage. If you plan to push the IP rating, make sure you know your retailer’s warranty policy.
Overall, the only build quality issues we’ve experienced have been with the key-start ignition and loose screws. The ignition, which is used to cut-off the scooter’s power, is common across performance-level scooters, and not the most well-made or implemented. Our ignition popped apart during testing, but we were able to get it back together. Although we appreciate the thought of security by requiring a key, the ignition can be disengaged if you lose the key (or if a thief steals it), so it’s not very effective as a security measure.
As the stem folding mechanism and deck have a large number of exposed screwheads, you should make sure all are tight before takeoff. Recognizing a rider community need, Voro Motors has provided a screw catalog for the Cruiser, which maps the appropriate size of all screws on this model should any need replacement.
EMOVE Cruiser: Conclusions
The EMOVE Cruiser is the long-range commuter we measure other electric scooters against, as no other model packs in rider-focused features with such ridiculous performance (namely range and braking). What would be considered upgrades on other performance scooters are built-in amenities of the Cruiser, like semi-hydraulic brakes, front and rear suspension, folding handlebars, and smart turn signals.
It’s a scooter we recommend, being an exceptionally well-rounded, complete scooter for daily use. The EMOVE Cruiser is the Honda Accord of scooters — uber practical and built to last, mile after mile.
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 W|
|Top speed||28 mph|
|Battery capacity||1560 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 8 hrs|
|Max rider weight||350 lb|
|Brake type||Disc + Disc|
|Tire type||10.0 in Pneumatic + Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|