The WePeD GT50 has landed on US shores and should be available for purchase very soon. We had the privilege to get an early preview of this F1 race car like masterpiece.
WePed GT50 Review: Highlights
The WePed GT50 is one of the most beautiful and best-constructed electric scooters we’ve had the pleasure to test. Machined aluminum and carbon fiber abound on this electric scooter that sits on top of massive 4.5″-wide kart racing tires.
The WePed GT50E is the electric scooter equivalent of an F1 car with performance and looks to match.
- Range: 81 miles
- Top Speed: 50+ mph
- Weight: 77 lbs
- Brakes: Dual drum
- Tires: 10 x 4.5″ tubeless pneumatic kart tires
The GT50 is not available yet in the U.S. but we will update with a link once it drops.
Dual 1800 watt front and rear motors make this scooter is seriously fast. It hit 15 miles per hour (24 kmh) in 2.1 seconds and 30 mph (48 kmh) in just over 6 seconds in our acceleration tests. The WePed GT50E was only bested by the savagely powerful Dualtron X and Thunder models.
The WePed has front and rear cable-controlled drum brakes, which are an interesting departure for a high-performance scooter.
Though not our typically preferred braking system, the drum brakes are extremely strong and are able to bring the scooter from 15 mph (24 kmh) to zero in 2.1 seconds for a total braking distance of just 10 feet, according to our braking tests. This is the best braking performance of any scooter tested, including the Dualtron X or Thunder which are both equipped with massive hydraulic disc brakes.
We suspect this is related to both the braking system and high performance tires that allow you to decelerate very quickly without loosing traction.
The GT50E’s tubeless pneumatic tires are impressive to say the least. Though these are just tires, there is quite a bit to say about them.
The first thing we noticed about them is they are legitimate kart racing tires and both thickness and construction quality are on the same order as motor vehicle tires. This is far from most electric scooter tires which are thinner and very prone to flats. Like car and motorcycle tires, we expect these to be very flat resistant and durable.
Secondly, the tires provide a smooth and stable ride, even under intense acceleration where their huge contact patch helps to put the power down onto the pavement. The wide stature of the tires makes the GT50E so stable that the scooter will balance itself without the need to deploy the kickstand (though we were a little nervous to fully rely on it with this borrowed aluminum masterpiece).
The GT50E has both front and rear suspension. Overall, the suspension is stiff and street performance oriented. It won’t offer a ton of travel but is designed to keep you stable as you fly over the pavement on this aluminum stallion.
The front suspension is a mechanical masterpiece. It is a adjustable coil and has beautifully constructed articulating arms.
The rear suspension, consisting of a pivot point and two heavy rubber bumpers, is more spartan. This design helps to keep weight to a minimum, to maximize stiffness for performance, while still being able to dampen imperfections in the road.
The GT50E features serious swag lighting that drips from nearly every facet of this scooter. Multicolored LEDs adorn both sides of both wheels. A red light in the rear, just over the carbon fiber fender, provides tail lighting that shines both directly backward and also to the sides. Even the the WePed logo, emblazoned on the side of the chassis, is lit up with multicolored “swag” party lighting.
The WePed GT50E has the best build quality and best-looking build quality that we’ve seen on any scooter period. From the backward-swooping stem to the machined components of the forward suspension arm to the hefty bolts that hold everything together — nothing has been overlooked. The scooter is completely solid all around.
The steering is smooth and there is no wobble or slop in the stem due to the rock solid folding mechanism. The folding mechanism consists of an oversized pin with beautiful anodized aluminum knob.
All cables are neatly routed through hefty flex tubing that is secured with strain-relieving fixtures. This quality feature ensures that important wiring stays intact and nothing is accidentally snagged or frayed. Plus it maintains the clean look of the scooter.
Batteries: Samsung 21700 50e
Another massive quality feature is the battery pack. The GT50E uses Samsung 50E 21700 batteries which store 5 amp hours of energy each yet can put out 9.8 amps continuously, giving them a C-rate of nearly 2. Their peak current output can go up to 14.7 amp (though not sustained). This makes them perfect for fueling the electric motors during their peak power consumption which occurs during max acceleration. Finally, the Samsung 50e batteries are rated to maintain 80% of their capacity, even after 500 charge/discharge cycles. With the rated range, this means you should be able to ride more than 4,000 miles (6,437 km) before loosing appreciably battery capacity.
WePed GT Review Conclusions
F1 looks, ultra-wide kart tires, incredible acceleration the — WePed GT50E offers it all in a 77 lb package.
WePed GT50E vs Dualtron X
In acceleration tests, where the WePed GT50E went head-to-head with the Dualtron X, the Dualtron prevailed. Both scooters are neck-and-neck until about 25 mph, where the Dualtron X starts to break away.
In braking tests, the WePed had the best braking of any electric scooter on the market today, bringing the WePed a halt from 15 mph (24 kmh) in a mere 1.4 seconds for a braking distance of 10 feet (3 meters).
Build quality on the WePed vs the Dualtron is similar, though we think the WePed is bit higher quality.
At 77 lbs, the WePed is nearly half the weight of the Dualtron X, making it a much more nimble and agile scooter.
Read more: complete Dualtron X Review.
WePed GT50E vs Dualtron Thunder
Once the WePed GT50E is released, we think the Thunder vs GT50E debate will be the most contentious one.
Both scooters will fall in a similar price range and have similar weight and agility. The WePed does have the edge in terms of weight and smaller size. Though the Thunder has better acceleration, the GT 50e has better braking.
Build quality is superior on the GT50E, which is more precise, and doesn’t suffer from wobble in the stem that plagues all Dualtron models (except X).
While the Dualtron Thunder could be taken for an off-road ride, the WePed is much more optimized as a strictly on road performance machine.
We think that in deciding between a Thunder vs GT 50e, the key factors are:
- Preference on appearance
- Pricing (exact is unknown for the WePed)
- Preference for strictly road racing machine (WePed)
- Minor differences in performance, braking, and quality
Read more: complete Dualtron Thunder Review.
WePed GT 50e Technical Specifications
|Weight||77 lb||35 kg|
|Dimensions||49 x 26 x 47 in||125 x 65 x 120 cm|
|Motor power||Dual 1800 watts|
|Top speed||50+ mph||>80 kmh|
|Range||81 mi||130 km|
|Battery recharge time||7.5 hours|
|Max rider weight||–|
|Tire type||10 in x 4.5 in|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||No||Yes|