Zero 8 Review: a Mid-Sized Titan with Good Speed + Range

Zero 8 Electric Scooter
Zero 8 electric scooter close up of stem with logo
Zero 8 rear wheel motor
Close up of Zero 8 electric scooter front wheel and tire
Zero 8 deck logo
Zero 8 Front white LED lights
Zero 8 rear spring suspension in anodized red aluminum
Zero 8 electric scooter rear tire close up
Zero 8 folding handlebars and throttle control
Zero 8 LCD and throttle controller
Zero 8 hand brake lever
Zero 8 drum brake, tire and rear suspension
Zero 8 electric scooter with folded handlebars
Zero 8 electric scooter in the folded configuration
Close up of Zero 8 rubber tires and deck
Zero 8 Electric Scooter
Zero 8 electric scooter close up of stem with logo
Zero 8 rear wheel motor
Close up of Zero 8 electric scooter front wheel and tire
Zero 8 deck logo
Zero 8 Front white LED lights
Zero 8 rear spring suspension in anodized red aluminum
Zero 8 electric scooter rear tire close up
Zero 8 folding handlebars and throttle control
Zero 8 LCD and throttle controller
Zero 8 hand brake lever
Zero 8 drum brake, tire and rear suspension
Zero 8 electric scooter with folded handlebars
Zero 8 electric scooter in the folded configuration
Close up of Zero 8 rubber tires and deck

Zero 8

$799

This Zero 8 review dives deep into the entry-level little brother to the Zero 9, one of the most popular Zero electric scooters. The Zero 8 is a direct competitor with both the Apollo Light and Fluid Freeride Horizon — differently configured scooters made by Unicool.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 23.1 mph*
Tested range: 22.3 mi*
Weight: 39 lb*
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Great range
Folds compactly
Good hill climbing ability
No brake on front wheel
Solid rear tire

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

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Summary

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Our Take: Entry-Level Scooter with Performance-Level Quality

The Zero 8 is Zero’s basic entry-level electric scooter and an attractive offering for riders who love the basic Xiaomi M365 or shared scooter, but want a faster top speed, better range, better ride, and more compact folding.

The Zero 8 is a tuned-down budget version of Apollo City / Zero 9 electric scooters.

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight** Price
Apollo City 28.6 mph 17.9 mi 43 lb $999
EMOVE Touring 21.5 mph 18.7 mi 40 lb $899
Segway Ninebot Max 17.8 mph 28.1 mi 43 lb $949

** Based on our independent testing, which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

Zero 8 Review

Performance Summary

Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)4.9 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)8.4 seconds
Top speed23.1 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)23.4 feet
Range22.3 miles
Hill climb16.3 seconds

Acceleration

The Zero 8 has a 500 watt electric motor that is powered by a 20-amp controller. It accelerates to 15 mph in 4.9 seconds and reaches 20 mph in 8.4 seconds. This feels quick, but not fast.

For comparison, a typical shared scooter like the M365 accelerates to 15 mph in 6.3 seconds. and tops out at 16.7 mph.

Compare the tested performance of this scooter with others we’ve tested on our performance data page.

Hill Climb

The motor is powerful enough to take you up steep inclines (though don’t expect top speed). It is also a great scooter for heavier riders for whom a 250 watt motor (from models like the GXL V2 or Xiaomi M365) is underpowered for practical use.

For even more power and better hill climbing capability, consider the Zero 9 which has a 600-watt motor and 624 watt hour battery pack.

Top Speed

We tested the top speed of the Zero 8 to be 23.1 mph.

Range

The Zero 8 has a 624 watt hour lithium-ion battery pack. We tested the range of the Zero to be 22.3 miles, under real-world riding conditions.

We test all scooters on the same urban loop, which includes stops and hills, with a -. The scooter is ridden as quickly as possible in the fastest (least energy-conserving) mode.

You can compare with the tested range of other electric scooters on our performance comparison page.

Braking

Zero 8 drum brake, tire and rear suspension

The Zero 8 features high quality cable-activated rear drums brakes. The brake functions well and is one of our preferred brake types due to its strength. Additionally, drum brakes are one of the most durable and robust owing to the fact that the brake is fulling enclosed in the hub. The Zero 8 has a somewhat unique design that incorporates both the motor and drum brake into the rear hub.

Ride Quality

The Zero 8 has smallish tires, one of which is pneumatic. It also has both a front and rear spring suspension to provide additional cushion to the ride. This does help to make up for the lack of additional pneumatic cushion in the rear.

Zero 8 Electric Scooter: Features

Portability

Zero 8 electric scooter in the folded configuration

The Zero 8 tips the scales at 40 lbs and is quite portable. This is light enough for most to carry up a flight of stairs or lift occasionally.

Where the Zero 8 really shines is in its various mechanisms that allow it to fold down into a very compact 39-inch by 7-inch by 39-inch package.

The Zero 8, like the Zero 9, its beefier older brothers, has multiple mechanisms for reducing the size of the scooter. These are:

  • Folding handlebars
  • Stem folding mechanism
  • Stem telescoping mechanism

We note that these mechanism are all of excellent quality. When fully expanded and locked into position, they are solid and you won’t notice any slop or wobble. The folding handlebars, once expanded, use an additional screw mechanism to lock solidly into place. The folding mechanism connected to the stem and deck collapses quickly via a beautiful anodized tab. When fully expanded, this mechanism is tight and completely solid. Finally, the telescoping stem also collapses down completely, further reducing the dimensions of the Zero 9.

Cockpit

Zero 8 LCD and throttle controller

The display LCD, similar to that of other Zero and Dualtron models, integrates the power button, mode button, and throttle control. The display features a speedometer, trip odometer, battery level, and “gear” display. The “gear” refers not to a physical gear setting, like in an automobile, but the speed controller mode. You can adjust how aggressive the Zero 8 is through the gear setting, at a cost of decreased range.

Learn more about Zero 8 P-Settings.  

Zero 8 hand brake lever

The rear drum brake is controlled with a left hand brake lever. The fairly wide handlebars, which fold for storage and transportation, allow for a very natural position and give the rider excellent stability and control over the scooter.

Additionally, the handlebar height is completely adjustable via the telescoping neck of the electric scooter.

Lights

Zero 8 Front white LED lights

The Zero 8 has a forward-facing fender and deck lights as well as rear (red) deck lights. The lights are decently bright, but their low position is not optimal for lighting up dark roads or being visible to other vehicles at a distance. For riding safely at night, consider additional lighting.

Read more about riding safely at night.

Tires

Close up of Zero 8 rubber tires and deck

The Zero 8 features an 8.5-inch pneumatic (air-filled) front tire and solid (airless) rear tire. We would prefer dual pneumatic tires, due to the performance benefits.

Learn how to reduce your risk of flats or even repair them using tire slime.

Deck

Zero 8 deck logo

The Zero 8 has 19.3-inches by 8.2-inches of usable deck space. The deck also has 5.2 inches of ground clearance. The deck-to-handlebar height is adjustable from 36.0-inches to 39.0-inches.

Build Quality

Zero has an excellent reputation for build quality and the Zero 8 is no different. The entire scooter is solid, even the adjustable and foldable joints.

Zero 8: Review Conclusions

Front pneumatic tire of an electric scooter

The Zero 8 is a well-rounded model with a powerful motor, deep battery capacity, and great range. The Zero 8 crushes its nearest Joyor electric scooter competitors, which have underpowered motors.

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Zero 8 Specifications

Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.

MakeZero
Model8
Weight40 lb
Folded dimensions39 by 7 by 14 in
Motor power, continuous500 W
Top speed22 mph
Range25 mi
Battery capacity624 Wh
Battery recharge time5 to 7 hrs
Max rider weight220 lb
Brake typeNone + Drum
Tire type8.5 in Pneumatic (Inner Tube) + Solid
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceNone

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Justin

Justin is a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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