EVTA Z20/R20 ownership summary - 6 month update
Since most of us have fully broken in our Z20/R20 scooters by now, it would probably be beneficial to get an update of the status of each of them. I suspect that prospective buyers would like to have a concise list of the pros and cons, and the advice of those who have already made the plunge. Here's my info:
Delivery date: January 4, 2008
Current status: operational & reliable
Mileage: 807mi on the odometer; estimate around 400mi actual
Top Speed: 44mph odometer, 35mph actual (GPS verified)
Typical load: 275-280lbs.
Range: 17mi to 50% Depth of Discharge (estimated), 25mi to >90% DOD
Initial problems: Left rear turn signal loose; one battery wiring lug was partially torn; loose wiring at the main breaker.
Subsequent problems: Failed DC-DC converter (covered under warranty); two failed controllers (covered under warranty); one weak battery.
Upgrades: Added a contactor; upgraded the battery wiring; replaced the second failed controller with a Kelly KEB72601; added a Cycle Analyst (high-current version); added wiring for 6-wire bank charging and testing (I don't regularly bank charge); replaced mirrors with a pair from a Honda Ruckus.
Recommendation: While I don't regret getting my Z20, it was a lot of work to get it to where it was reliable. I'm not sure I would recommend the Z20/R20 to anyone but a serious DIYer, however, it sounds as if most or all of the issues I had will be resolved with the Z30/R30 models. I would watch the forums on the XM-3000 to see what kind of experience buyers have with that as well.