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Apollo City – Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter for $1000? 

 October 6, 2020

By  Rando

What is the best urban commuter electric scooter for $1000?

It is a difficult question to answer because everyone has their own opinion and every scooter has their own pros and cons. Most electric scooters have been designed and built to be an urban commuter to help people commute in the city quickly, effortlessly and cheaply. 

Over the years the expectations of commuter e-scooters have gone up, as has the competition. More and more people are not satisfied anymore with a basic electric scooter with decent specs and features. 

The Apollo City is a very highly rated scooter from the Apollo fleet and many consider it to be the best urban commuter electric scooter for $1000. It is hard to argue against this but no scooter is perfect and the Apollo City is no exception.

In this quick review of the Apollo City, you will find out the pros and cons of this scooter and weather or not it is worth the money or not. 

Apollo City Electric Scooter Specs and Features

  • Motor rated power: 600 Watts with 800 Watts of peak output. 
  • Top speed of the Apollo City is 25 mph or 40 km/h. 
  • Accelerates to 15 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
  • 3 riding modes: Gear 1: 15 MPH max. speed (25 KM/H); Gear 2: 22 MPH max. speed (35 KM/H); Gear 3: 25+ MPH max. speed (40+ KM/H).
  • Has been designed to be ridden in the streets, trails, bike lanes and sidewalks.
  • The 48V 13.2 aH battery has a max range of 40-45 km or around 28 miles.
  •  Charging time is around 8 hours. (2kWh per 100km power consumption).
  • Frame is made out of forged aluminium.
  • LED display that shows, speed, battery level and distance.
  • 8.5-inch pneumatic (air-filled) tires in the front and rear.
  • Weight of the Apollo city is 18 kg or 39 pounds.
  • Maximum load capacity is 120 kg or 265 pounds.
  • Lights: Front and rear LED light, blue LED deck light and blue LED stem light.
  •  Front disc and rear drum brake with electric re-generative braking.
  •  Rear dual spring and front spring suspension.
  • IP-54 water resistance rating.
Apollo City - Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter for $1000
Apollo City - Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter for $1000
Apollo City - Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter for $1000
Apollo City - Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter for $1000

Apollo City Review: Best Urban Commuter Electric Scooter?

There are many reasons for buying the Apollo City. It is one of the best all-around and versatile electric scooters available. It is ideal for urban commuters who are not satisfied with standard rental scooters.

With plenty of quality, great design, speed, range, rider comfort and portability, the overall package is very tough to beat.

With a weight of 18 kg or 39 pounds, top speed of 40 km/h and a range of 28 miles or 45 km, the overall package is fits the needs of most urban commuters. It is light enough to be carried to public transport, folds compactly together, has plenty of range and speed to boot.

The Apollo City can reach a speed of 20 mph in 6.9 seconds and 25 mph in 11.9 seconds. The top speed is considerably better when compared to the top speed of 15 mph for the Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot Max G30.

The 600 Watt brushless electric motor has plenty of power most hills without a problem. The maximum peak output for the motor is 800 Watts and it is highly efficient motor as well with a energy conversion rate of 86%.

 The 48V 13.2aH battery powered by Dynavolt cells have a range of 28 miles in eco mode and about 18-22 miles at full speed and real world conditions.

What makes the Apollo City a very safe electric scooter are the brakes that feature three independent braking systems. The front wheel has a disc brake and the rear wheel has a drum brake, as well as the regenerative break. The scooter comes to a full stop from a speed of 15 mph in just 12.2 feet, which is an excellent result. The brakes on the Apollo City are one of the safest and strongest you can get.

The ride quality is also excellent due to the front and rear spring suspension, as well as the pneumatic tires. There is also plenty of deck size even for people with fairly large feet. The suspension can handle a 265 pound or 120 kg rider while still providing plenty of shock absorption. Although it is designed to be an on-road scooter it can handle some off-road tracks and dirt trails as well.

The portability for the Apollo City is another strongpoint. The triple folding mechanism folds the scooter to a tight 43 x 8 x 14 inch unit. The telescoping stem, handlebars and stem are all foldable. The folding mechanisms are quick to activate and strong. The folding and unfolding of this scooter can take about 16 seconds.

The telescoping handlebars can be adjusted from 38.4-inches to 27.6-inches. The Apollo City comes with a trigger throttle, which is not the most comfortable when used for a prolonged time but Apollo Scooter now offers thumb-style throttle for $69.

There is plenty of lighting on the Apollo City for staying visible for other vehicles even at night. The under-deck lighting along with the front and rear lighting lights up the Apollo city really well. It has much better lighting than the Apollo Light.

Just like the Light model, the Apollo City also has a IP-54 water resistance rating, which can handle light rain. It is a top of the line premium urban electric scooter with just the right balance of speed, quality, design, range, comfort and portability. For $999 it is great value for money.

Apollo City Electric Scooter Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Solid build quality and well-thought through design.  
  • Top speed, acceleration, power and range are top notch.
  • LED lights make the rider visible and add lots of flare.
  • The pneumatic tires and suspension make riding very smooth.
  • Front disc and rear drum brake work very effectively.
  • Can handle a heavier 265 pound rider.
  • IP-54 water resistance rating.
  • Industry leading 24-month warranty.

Cons

  • The battery charging time of 8 hours is slow. Fast charger makes charging faster by 50% but costs extra $119.
  • Not much usable space on the handlebars.
  • The range is a bit less than advertised.
  • Some customers have experienced frequent rear wheel flats.
  • Shipping outside of US and Canada can be an issue.

Conclusion:

The Apollo City is certainly one of the best commuter electric scooters you can get for $1000. It is a solid scooter that can take lots of abuse. The power and top speed are more than enough. The suspension and brakes all work really well. The battery doesn't have the ranged as advertised but range can depend on several factors. 

Another major benefit and reason for buying the Apollo City, or any other Apollo scooter, is the amazing customer support, 24-month warranty, free shipping inside Canada and US. 

The Apollo store also offers spare parts and upgrades that really add to the whole value. 

It is a great value for money, especially those who happen to live in the continental US and Canada. 

1. Customer Support - going from GoTrax that took over a week between not helpful replies, to messages the next day that had useful answers - fantastic. Note - no issues with the scooter, just me being a new user and needing info 2. The build is really solid. Good quality all around. 3. Power, battery life and function are all as advertised. I'm loving having the suspension, and it's nice and quiet. So far it's managed all but the steepest hill near me (one that I get winded walking up myself) Overall I couldn't be happier.

Jeremy .

Verified Buyer

Carl T.

Verified Buyer

Loving every ride


Loving every ride

This is my first ever scooter. After much research I chose Apollo City because it fitted my needs and it is backed by the 2 year warranty. The acceleration and the top speed are on point. My City went on grass, gravel and paved roads with confidence. It looks and feels premium. Great ride comfort too due to its dual suspension and pneumatic tires. Goes through sidewalk transitions with ease. The service at Apollo is amazing. I got a flat tire and needed a replacement tube rather quickly to continue my weekend ride and they made sure I was back riding in no time.

Rando


Hello! My name is Rando and I created this site to help people find the best electric scooter for their needs. Hopefully this site will help you decide which electric scooter you should buy.

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