soflow electric scooters
SoFlow is a cool new startup that only launched in 2015, and is a Swiss-Chinese collaboration with a mission to get electric scooters into as many homes as possible. Of course they would say that, but this brand is prepared to stand up and be counted, because they offer some of the most affordable entry level scooters on the market today. But don’t think just because they’re inexpensive it means they’re bad, because there’s still a whole load of excellent Swiss design and engineering to be found here, and you can get a surprising amount for your money if you choose a SoFlow model.
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SoFlow advertises themselves as a last mile transport specialist, which automatically tells you that this company focuses mostly on the micro-scooter end of the market. That means you shouldn’t expect to find any of the big, beastly tourers of the scooter world in their ranks with 50 mile ranges and 30mph top speeds. On the other hand, if you just want to get your mitts on a decent electric scooter that will get you from A to B while looking stylish and carries easily, SoFlow can be a great option for you. This company believes in making scooters for everyone, so you can expect the design to be a little more basic than the iPods on wheels you see at the higher end of the market, but it also means you can expect top quality Swiss design even at a lower price point, so you won’t lose out on safety or durability.
First time users are unlikely to want to spend the big bucks on a new scooter to test the waters, and that’s exactly the market that SoFlow target – offering decent performance specifications, good quality basic features and an easy to use riding experience that is sure to get anyone hooked and wanting more. If you’re already an electric scooter aficionado then you’re unlikely to find an upgrade to your current ride in this range, but it’s the perfect way to get into electric scooters if you’re a first timer that needs easing in. So which are the models to keep an eye on?
As the name implies this was the first scooter the company launched, and it embodies all of their values in a single product. It’s one of the most affordable entry level scooters you can buy and costs as much as half as much as its rivals, even less when you buy a great quality refurbished model from Moose, which already makes it stand out. While the design is pretty basic with rubber handles and exposed wires, you do get some cool toys that put this model on a level with rivals, such as a digital speedometer display and added functionality like remote locking via the app.
The SoFlow SO1 is very much a last mile mini-scooter, as advertised, meaning your top speed is around 12mph with a range of about eight miles depending on your weight and the terrain. But with a charging time of just five hours, it’s no trouble to get going again for your return journey. This scooter also weighs in at a very light 11kg, perfect for folding up and carrying on public transport or to your next adventure.
The SO2's is SoFlow's top of the range model maintaining the same simple but effective design philosophy helping to bring Swiss engineering to the masses. What the SO2 does do very well is to improve on some of those under the hood statistics that make this model a genuine rival for top dog while still maintaining that great price bracket.
The motor size in the SO2 is impressive, packing in a 500W electric engine that delivers a 12mph top speed and a 20 mile range, while it also uses that torque to tackle hills with relative ease. Not something you can say about all its rivals. It does all this while staying down at a very trim 15kg, meaning you can still easily carry it about on public transport or off road without too many problems. While the SO1 was very much a last mile machine, the SO2 is a genuine commuter. It even carries more weight than many of its rivals, with a maximum payload of 120kg possible.
The SoFlow SO3 sits in the middle of the SoFlow range between the popular S01 & S02 models. Packing a punchy 350W of power it is no slouch and on top of all those upgrades in performance, there are all the same technical options available on the SO1, including the Bluetooth compatible app for statistics and remote locking, as well as the digital display screen on the stem. They really upped the performance without breaking the bank!