This Levy electric scooter review is an in depth-look at the world’s first mass-market electric scooter with a removable battery. Is this just a weird gimmick or does it hold its own against Electric Scooter Guide’s favorite scooters? Read on to find out.
Levy Scooter Review: Highlights
The Levy scooter is one of the newest scooters on the block and sports a unique marquee feature — a removable battery pack.
The battery swapping feature is brilliantly designed and solidly built.
The 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) battery gives you a 8.9 mile (14.3 km) real-world range in the surprisingly punchy Sport mode and (further in Eco mode).
- Fast motor for weight/price class
- Only mass-market scooter with swappable battery
- Triple redundant brake system (disc, foot, electronic)
- Excellent post-purchase support and warranty
- Lackluster range from single battery alone
Who it's for
Having a scooter with a removable battery will be a game-changer for some people by offering:
- Extended range in your pocket
- Easy airline travel
- Scooter longevity not dependent on battery
- Your scooter doesn’t have to be in the same place where you charge it
Review of Levy Electric Scooter Performance
Levy Test Data Summary
|0 to 15 MPH (24 kmh) time||6.1 seconds|
|50 feet time||4.0 seconds|
|100 feet time||6.5 seconds|
|200 feet time||10.7 seconds|
|Hill Climb Test (200 ft, 15% grade)||22.1 seconds|
|Braking Test (15 to 0 MPH)||21.5 feet|
|Top Speed (0% grade)||19 mph|
|Range (Sport mode)||8.85 miles|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter acceleration testing page.
Acceleration testing is our one of our favorite aspects of reviewing the Levy electric scooter. The Levy has a super-responsive throttle with no noticeable accelerator lag.
Push down on the accelerator and the scooter immediately comes to life, offering punchy acceleration in zero-start mode.
This better-than-expected acceleration is due to the more powerful 350 watt electric motor and how they’ve tuned the controller.
Despite the very good acceleration, the motor is surprisingly quiet — even at full throttle and under high stress such as during hill climb.
The Levy climbs hills about as well as any scooter in its price/weight class.
The Levy completed our hill test (200 foot, 15% grade) in 22.1 seconds at an average speed of 6.2 mph.
During our review testing, we exceed the manufacturer-claimed 18 mph top speed. At a top speed of 19 mph, the scooter has plenty of speed for urban commuting.
The Levy scooter has a manufacturer-claimed range of 15 miles in Eco mode and 8-10 miles in Sport mode with stop-and-go city riding.
We tested the scooter in Sport mode on our urban test track — with a 160 lb rider — and got just a hair under 9 miles — very close to the claimed range.
The scooter is powered by a 230 Wh battery pack — made from Panasonic cells — that can be easily removed and swapped for another battery.
The Levy is the only electric scooter with a swappable battery. To get more range, simply drop in a fresh battery and you’ve got at least 9 miles in the performance mode.
The Levy has a a three separate brakes:
- Front electronic brake
- Rear disc brake
- Rear foot brake
A single brake lever controls both the regenerative and disc brake.
Squeezing down on the brake lever just slightly activates the regenerative brake. Pulling further will also activate the disc brake.
In case of an emergency — or if you really just like riding with only one foot firmly planted on the scooter — there is a third brake available.
While we don’t expect to have to use the foot brake during normal use, we commend Levy for throwing this backup system on — in case something goes wrong with the primary brakes on the scooter.
This triple-redundant braking system allows for very fast, reliable stopping. In our 15 to 0 mph braking distance tests, the Levy stopped in 21.5 feet. This is a very good braking and as good as the best scooters in this price class.
Though the Levy has no suspension, their pneumatic tires provide a good, stable ride. Even on rough patches of road — the scooter doesn’t jackhammer your joints or brain.
Comparable scooters such as the Segway Ninebot ES2, which have dual suspension, but solid tires don’t provide as good of damping as the Levy.
Levy Electric Scooter Feature Review
The battery pack can be swapped out of the scooter in under 10 seconds by flipping open the hinged display console and sliding in the 3.3 lb, 19″ battery.
Keyed slots in the battery compartment ensure that battery installation is easy and fool-proof.
At 27 lbs, the Levy is about as portable as scooters in its price class get. The Levy has a folding stem but nothing else.
The folded size is a modest 42″ x 17″ x 17″ — about the same size as a Xiaomi M365.
Because the battery is stored in the stem, the balance of the scooter doesn’t feel as good as scooters that have a deck battery.
Stem folding mechanism
The Levy has a robust stem folding mechanism. When unfolded, the scooter handlebars and stem feel solid and don’t wobble or flex excessively when riding.
The folding mechanism consists of a black safety collar and metal lever. To fold, you simply pull the black safety collar to the side then pull down the metal lever.
The neck of the scooter has a hook that engages with the rear fender, locking the scooter in a folded position for easy carrying.
Handlebars / Cockpit
Handlebar grips are textured rubber and average quality.
The brake lever feels solid. Braking action is smooth, controlled, and linear. We didn’t detect any excessive drag on the brake cable due to friction in housing.
Out of the box, the brakes were dialed in and we didn’t need to do any tension adjustments.
Throttle / LCD Display
The Levy we tested had a rubberized thumb-controlled throttle. The throttle housing also has power and mode toggle buttons integrated into it.
The throttle feels smooth and very linear. The throttle controller also integrates at a cruise control feature — enabled by default — that is great for long straightaways.
Though there is an audible beeping when the cruise control is activated, we were a little caught off guard by this feature and would prefer more a deliberate activation mechanism.
The Levy has a single LED headlight and rear LED taillight.
We measured the headlight to emit 348 Lux at a distance of 3.3 feet (1 meter). This is sufficient to provide some visibility but we prefer a much brighter light for riding regularily at night.
Read our complete guide to riding an electric scooter at night.
The Levy has dual 8.5″ (20 cm) pneumatic tubeless tires. We typically only see this type of tire on very high performance scooters.
Tubeless tires are more flat resistant than ones with tubes. In the event of a flat, they should be more readily repairable with slime compared to pneumatic tube tires.
This feature is a big bonus — barring serious tire damage — you shouldn’t have to remove the tires except to replace them when they wear down.
Learn more: technical guide to electric scooter tires.
Overall, build quality is good. In particular, the folding mechanism is solid due to the large diameter stem. The scooter is bolted together tightly, all pivots and moving parts are tight and the scooter is generally a smooth, quiet ride.
We did encounter some issues during test:
- Side of front fender cracked during intentional, repeated side drop tests
- Sticky throttle that was quickly resolved with help from Levy
- Flat tire that we fixed in a few minutes with tire slime
The warranty on the Levy is 6 months, during which time they will pay for shipping both ways if you need to send the scooter in for repair. Many companies have good warranties, but if you read the fine print you’ll see that you must pay for shipping one or both ways — even under warranty repair — and this typically costs $50-100 each way.
After the 6 months period has ended they will send you free parts, but you must pay for shipping, which will be a nominal fee.
Overall, all indications point toward Levy having excellent post-purchase customer support.
Levy’s response time for an anonymous customer-support test inquiry was a blazing fast 7 minutes.
Non-anonymous inquiries have been equally fast, but we don’t weigh those as heavily.
Levy Electric Scooter Review: Conclusions
The Levy electric scooter is basically a punchier Xiaomi M365, with swappable battery for extended range.
With a single battery, its 8.9 mile range falls short of the Xiaomi’s 14.7 miles range. However, with an extra battery on hand, the Levy’s range extends to 18 miles, further than the Xiaomi.
The removable battery, a $139 accessory, at 3.3 lbs can be kept in a backpack or left charging at a an office or home while you’re out riding the scooter. Due to the removable battery, the Levy is easily shipped (sans battery) or brought along for air travel (scooter is checked and battery brought as carry-on item; check with your airline beforehand for their specific procedure).
If you have an electric scooter use case that requires a removable battery, then the Levy scooter is the absolute best one to buy.
The Levy is currently available for purchase from Levy Electric.
If you don’t have a need for removable battery, then there are other scooters that might give you more bang for you buck:
Levy Technical Specifications
|Weight||27 lb||12 kg|
|Folded Dimensions||42 x 17 x 17 in||107 x 43 x 43 cm|
|Motor power||350 watts nominal||700 watts peak|
|Top speed||18 mph||19 kmh|
|Range||15 mi Eco / 10 mi Sport||24 km / 16 km|
|Battery capacity||230 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||2-3 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||100 kg|
|Brake type||Front electronic / Rear disc + foot|
|Tire type||Dual 8.5″ pneumatic tubeless|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|