If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was just a kick scooter, thanks to its slim profile, cleverly hidden electronics, and subtle styling.
In fact, the only thing that might give it away is the digital display on the adjustable handlebar – which has two heights to choose from – which shows you the Air 2’s odometer, speed, and battery level. The unit also houses a built-in LED headlight and really shrill horn, which will come in quite handy.
Like the Inokim, the ZoomAir 2 is really easy to ride, more so given you can easily use it as a regular kick scooter whenever the battery is flat. Again, it should take no more than a couple of days to master. Learning to ride the Air 2 is so easy there’s really not much else to say, except that you’ll be whizzing around in no time.
Riding the ZoomAir 2 is just like the breeze you’ll be feeling as you zip around. Being so light, it swiftly accelerates to its top speed of 26km/h, and is so agile we even managed to navigate the Stuff office with ease.
Although the thin tyres and light weight do mean grip isn’t great and the ride can be a bit jittery at speed, a quick foot on the ground settles everything whenever it gets too hairy, sending you off on your way with a swift kick. Once it comes to steeper inclines though, you might struggle to get up smoothly, because the Air 2 can feel underpowered in those situations.
While the Air 2 has a combination of front electromagnetic brakes and a rear manual brake, both options take a while to wash off that speed, so it’s good that the scooter is light enough so you can easily jump off and pull it back to avoid collisions. It’s not that the electromagnetic brakes don’t work – it just takes half a beat to engage. Both brakes do have the advantage of being equipped with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) though, which recharges the battery when stopping.
At just 10.7kg, carrying the scooter takes very little effort. The fact that it folds and sets up in one smooth motion, taking almost no effort at all, means it’s ideal for commutes beyond road travel.
Carrying it up the stairs or onto public transport are almost effortless, and its footprint is small enough not to take up too much space even when it gets crowded. It’s easily one of, if not the most portable PEV out there.
There’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to the ZoomAir 2. You can ride it everywhere, take it anywhere when you’re not riding, and it’s got enough range to take you wherever you want to go up to 25km.
If you’re ever unlucky enough to run out of juice, you can use it just like a regular kick scooter to get around. It also takes just 2 hours to recharge fully, which is really quite impressive. In terms of practicality, this ticks all the boxes.
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