VeloMini Scoot and the T1 Trailer a true cargo scooter

https://electrek.co/2019/05/20/review-velomini-scoot-t1-trailer-electric/

Review: VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer turns an electric scooter into a truck

Micah Toll

- May. 20th 2019 10:54 am ET

@MicahToll

Just when I thought I had seen all there was to see in the electric scooter industry, the VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer popped up on my radar. I’ve seen bicycles pull trailers before, but I’ve never had an electric scooter that I could do all of my grocery shopping with… until now.

VeloMini Scoot and T1 trailer combo

The VeloMini Scoot is an electric scooter model offered by VeloMini, an electric micromobility company in Santa Clara, California.

While the VeloMini Scoot is available on its own, combining it with VeloMini’s T1 trailer makes it an awesome errand running machine. I used it mostly for groceries, but it also worked great for running a few boxes over to the post office and even lugging my camera gear around during the review (don’t forget to check out the video review below!).

But as always, before we jump too far into the review, let’s get a rundown of the specs.

VeloMini Scoot tech specs

  • Motor: 250 W continuous

  • Battery: 36 V 7 Ah 252 Wh  (non-removable)

  • Top speed: 15 mph (25 km/h)

  • Range: Claimed 20 miles (32 km), actual range lower when hauling a trailer

  • Weight: 26 lb (11.8 kg)

  • Frame: Aluminum

  • Load capacity: 250 lb (113 kg)

  • Brakes: Stomp brake and regenerative brake in rear

  • Tires: 8″ airless

  • Suspension: Front suspension stem

  • Climbing angle: 15º

  • Extras: Front and rear lights, electric horn, LED speedometer, and battery meter

T1 trailer specs

  • Weight: 11 lb (5 kg)

  • Frame: Aluminum

  • Load capacity: 66 lb (30 kg) – though I definitely loaded it with more and it worked great

  • Interior volume: 60 L

  • Fabric: Water-resistant Nylon

  • Attachment: Quick release

  • Tires: 8″ inflatable

  • Folded size: 30” x 20” x 12.5” (76 cm x 51 cm x 32 cm)

  • Extras: Safety flag, folding wheels, outer shell cover, folding handle, reflective strips

Video review

Don’t forget to check out my video review of the Velomini Scoot and T1 trailer below. Then read on for the rest of my review!

How does it ride?

We’ll start with the VeloMini Scoot electric scooter by itself, since you don’t have to pair it with the trailer. On its own, the VeloMini Scoot is a $599 electric scooter that competes well against the rest of the pack of electric scooters. It accelerates decently fast, though a 250 W motor is never going to blow you away. The ride is also fairly smooth, aided by the front suspension stem.

The 8″ wheels are airless, which has both pros and cons. On the upside, you never have to worry about getting a flat tire. But the rigid tires also transfer more vibration from sidewalk cracks and bumps in the road. The suspension helps prevent some shock from traveling up to the handlebars, though riding over pockmarked roads will definitely reveal the limits of the suspension. But like most scooters in this class, it glides perfectly smooth over properly paved streets and bike lanes. So as long as your city does a decent job keeping up with the road surface, the ride will be just fine.

Memorial Day Sale

Between today and the end of Memorial Day we are offering 20% off our Stromers in the store and 10% off select bikes in stock. Come on by and bring a bike home for the holidays. 10% off all custom orders for Stromers and Bulls when prepaid by cash or check.

Fine print.

Discount based on MSRP price. 17% or 7% for credit card.

2019 State of Silicon Valley conference.

ELV Motors was invited to be the only light electric vehicle exhibitor at the 2019 State of Silicon Valley conference.

The key note speaker, Jon Meacham is a Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a contributor to TIME and The New York Times, and one of America's most prominent public intellectuals was the keynote speaker.

During the conference, representatives, from the cities of Fremont, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Santa Clara and San Jose stopped by to discuss light electric vehicle sharing for their cites.

Microsoft, Avid and a few other companies were interested in starting employee ownership of bikes and scooters ( at discounted prices) in lieu of or in addition to sharing programs. Overall the conference was very informative and worthwhile to attend and exhibit.

Valentines / Presidents Day Sales

Stop by our new store and when you purchase two bikes, you will receive 20% off the lower priced bike. What better way to celebrate Valentines Day then to ride new electric bikes through the park or to your favorite restaurant. Call or stop by for details.

Joint Venture Silicon Valley February 15, 2019

ELV Motors, Inc. has been invited back to display our electric bikes and scooters at the 2019 State of the Valley Conference

Keynote remarks by presidential historian, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham highlight the 2019 State of the Valley conference, Joint Venture’s yearly town hall meeting, on Friday, February 15 in San Jose.

This year’s symposium, which annually draws more than 1200 people, also features meaningful dialogue on the future of our region and the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, a deep dive into the 2019 Silicon Valley Index, exhibits and entertainment.

Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, and Accenture are the presentation sponsors.

The State of the Valley conference takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, from 8 a.m. to noon

https://jointventure.org/news-and-media/valley-vision-newsletter/1747-january-2019-newsletter

CABDA Bike Show

January 21, 2019

CABDA show

 

As an attendee to all of the Interbike shows in the last 10 years, I was interested in attending the CABDA to compare the two events. The CABDA was an easy event to attend, get to and walk around.

The seminars were a well done although some were a bit hard to hear since they did not have a PA system (or the speaker chose not to use it) and they were close to each other so you could hear other presentations through the curtains which separated the presentations.

Walking the floor, I was easily able to approach booths and talk with the manufacturer’s representatives. Most of the bikes were the same as what I saw at Interbike in Reno. Some companies used CABDA to introduce new product lines or new models.

Of the well-known brands, Stromer, Haibike, Raleigh, Magnum, BH Emotion, Izip, Felt, and KHS all had booths.

Some of the smaller companies like; Green Bike, Adventon, Dyama, Wildsyde, and Addmotor were also in attendance. What was missing were the Asian manufacturers looking for US retailers and distributions, along with the non-bike companies which make electric scooters and skateboards.tge

Zeitgeist, a new manufacturer introducing one of the first non-electric looking electric bikes, which will appeal the bike snobs which want an electric bike but don’t want others to know, or corporate commuters looking to get to work without needing a shower.

Another notable bike is the small cargo bike from Greenbike Electric.

This cargo bike is perfect for many families as well as corporate applications. It has a 500 watt mid motor with a  28 volt 10.4ah battery standard, upgradable to a 17ah battery. It comes equipped with room for two kids, hydraulic brakes both pedal and throttle assist and it starts under $3000.

 On the other spectrum for cargo bikes were a few models from Urban Arrow. These are the real work horses of Cargo bikes. Companies like DHL and Amazon use them for commercial delivery. They can carry everything from pizza to a small family of up to 4 toddlers.  Most of the bikes are powered by Bosch center drive with a 400 watt hour battery (500 on its way). Prices for these bikes start at $5200 and go up from their depending on the model and equipment. If you have traveled to the Netherlands you have probably scene these on the street being used by mom’s running their kids around or delivery companies using the Urban Arrow  of delivery trucks.

Accell Group exhibited with a representation of bikes from Izip, Raleigh  and Haibike. I was very impressed with the Raleigh and Haibike class 3 bikes on display. The Raleigh introduced a full suspension Class 3 commuter bike. This bike, (see photo attached) will compete with the full suspension Bulls Icon EVO TR1 being introduced at the end of this month.

Photos at: https://www.douglasschwartz.com/cabda19