TEST: One week commuting with a JOOPS scooter
The electric revolution is finally here, there are electric car charge points springing up everywhere and the range of electric vehicles on offer has rocketed sky high too. Just a decade ago there were barely any electric vehicles around, apart from Tesla, who launched their very first prototype Roadsters in late 2006, and it wasn’t until 2010 when Nissan joined the party with the Leaf, that’s when things heated up. Then came the BMW i3, Renault Twizy, Porche 918 and La Ferrari. It has quickly become clear that electric vehicles are the future, but where does that leave city commuters who are keen to experience the new world of electric transport? Well, look no further, JOOPS scooter is here! There are a handful of fairly impressive electric motorbikes around, but these mainly need full motorbike license, which is a bit more of a commitment than jumping on a bus or train. However, there is a whole new two-wheeled machine that has been electrified just recently called the JOOPS scooter. I took to the streets on a cutting-edge electric scooter to find out whether commuting without public transport is possible and if it takes a lot of effort. None of this so-called ‘hover board’ nonsense here… JOOPS scooter is a proper scaled up scooter for adults with a smartly hidden electric motor. It weighs only 7.5kg and will take 125kg load for approximately 20 miles, on a single charge. The ingenious part is it looks just like a normal non-electric scooter; it has a small LCD screen on the handle bars that will tell you you’re speed, your total distance travelled, and much more! There is also a built in LED light in front and rear to keep you safe. The electric turbines only start once you’ve manually kicked off with your foot, which saves you from any accidents where you would accelerate by mistake. What is even better, it has regenerative breaking system, which gives your battery a little boost each time you break. What about hills, you ask? The speed crops up surprisingly easily so you can handle those hills with ease. So I started my journey, as you do, from my doorstep to the tube station to head to my office. Usually it takes me around 11 minutes to walk to the station I really need to calculate my time, or I will have to wait for another train for 15 minutes. With the JOOPS scooter it takes me just over 2 minutes + 3 second to fold my scooter in half. It has ‘one click’ fold system for easy and compact portability, so it doesn’t take up much space on the train not like those annoying fold-able bicycles. JOOPS scooter is honestly the best gadget I have ever owned, it not only makes my commuting easy, it makes those days when you have to go from A to B to C to D, so fast and easy. I can’t understand how I survived before! Thank you JOOPS scooter, you have passed my one week commuting challenge with 5 stars!