I was recently very pleased to be able to test ride one of the new Plug in Drive Tech 'Sprint' Electric Scooters in London.
While at first glance the Plug in Drive Tech bike looks similar to several others, there are some important differences that make the riding experience very different to so many of the generic products that find their way to the UK under various guises.
With the Plug in Drive Tech controller the throttle control is exceptionally smooth and a world away from the rather jerky, 'on-off' throttle response of many smaller scooters. This gives confidence when negotiating traffic or maneuvering in confined spaces and is also likely to reduce the chances of wheelspin on slippery surfaces by the power suddenly kicking in. It is this smooth throttle delivery that marks out a quality electric scooter and here I found the Plug in Drive Tech scooter scored top marks.
There is also a five stage regenerative braking system so that you can choose the mode that suits you or the riding conditions in a matter of moments. Naturally, the scooter comes with appropriate Lithium batteries and a torquey 72V, 5000w motor that gives a 60mph+ max speed. There is also an on board charger which I think is preferable as you never know when you might find an opportunity for a handy top up charge!
I was really pleased to find that the standard and rather bouncy and weak rear dampers are replaced for much better quality items and this gave a surefooted feel around some of the rather slippery and bumpy roads that I tested the scooter on.
One of the best things about the Plug in Drive Tech scooter is that it has been developed by some ex-Vectrix technicians and has also had input from the reliable and knowledgeable Steve Scott who many Vectrix owners will know and trust.
The Plug in bikes come with a two year Warranty and the whole experience gave me some confidence that real progress is being made in the electric scooter world and I am pleased to be able to give it a 'thumbs up!'
You can learn more from the Plug in Drive Tech website here: http://www.plugindrivetech.com/index2.html