Razor EcoSmart Cargo Electric Scooter Review: 2 Seats, No Pedals
The Razor EcoSmart Cargo Electric Utility Scooter is a versatile and practical option for those who need to carry cargo or an extra passenger. With a rear basket that can be swapped out for a seat, foldable foot pegs, and a protective cover for the rear wheel, this scooter is designed to meet the needs of its users.
Weighing in at 75 pounds, the EcoSmart can carry a total load of 300 pounds. It is powered by a 48-volt battery and a 1,000-watt motor that is located towards the center of the scooter for optimal weight distribution. However, the chain drive can be quite loud compared to a hub motor, which may not be ideal for those seeking a quieter ride.
The frame of the scooter is made of steel, while the deck features a plastic construction with a bamboo inlay. While some may find the design interesting, others have compared it to a Rascal mobility scooter. The scooter rests on a center stand, making loading and unloading more secure. The main seat has a quick release and can be height adjusted, while front and rear fenders help keep any puddles or dirt off of the rider.
The wide, 16-inch spoked pneumatic tires can handle typical bumps in the road well, but there is no front or rear suspension. The scooter offers five speed levels, with a maximum speed of 20 mph. The twist throttle is responsive yet simple, and the handgrips are comfortable. The scooter also features both front and rear LED lights and a visible display that shows the battery level, speed level, and current speed.
While the ride is comfortable overall, the chain noise may be an issue for some riders. The scooter's low-end torque is impressive, but it is only rated to travel 16 miles on a single charge. This may not be enough for longer commutes or when carrying a second passenger. Additionally, the single rear disc brake may not be sufficient for a scooter designed to carry up to 300 pounds, and a front and rear brake or some combination of mechanical brake/regenerative would be more reassuring.
Overall, the Razor EcoSmart Cargo Electric Utility Scooter is a fun ride that is great for running errands or picking up a friend. However, it may not be ideal for those who live in a walk-up or have longer commutes. While there is enough to like about this scooter for the price, adding a second brake, signal lights, and a hub motor would make it an even better option for riders.