Let’s get this straight - the Inokim isn’t going to be winning any design awards. It is after all an electric scooter, not a futuristic PEV. Still,the matte finish, range of different colours (it comes in orange, green, white, black or blue) and skateboarder-styled kick board do at least give it a pretty funky appeal.
In practical terms the lever operated brakes on the handlebars are common enough to get to grips with (bad pun intended). Less intuitive is the small thumb operated throttle, which also feels a little lightweight when you consider this thing can top 27km/h but it doesn’t take long to master.
The throttle sits next to the digital display, which tells you what gear you’re in (there’s a choice of three), what speed you’re going and how much battery life you have left. There’s also a small bell to warn pedestrians you’re coming through.
Overall, it’s all very functional and feels pretty sturdily put together.
Like its non-mechanised cousin, this scooter is child’s play to use. Switch it on, step on board, kick off with one foot and you’re away.
Steering is relatively easy to master, though you do have to be able to know how to lean into corners with the scooter if you’re travelling at any sort of speed.
This model is definitely a good model to start for PEV novices because you can be cruising confidently after just a few hours practice.
Overall the ride feels very stable, with the wide kickboard ensuring a comfortable ride position even when you are hitting top speed. The chunky wheels also means it can negotiate small bumps along the way without too much problem.
Despite this solidity, it’s pretty quick off the mark, though be warned it can be a little feisty if you tried starting in third gear. We also found the small gear up and down buttons on the control panel meant changing gears while travelling was a little tricky. Still the rear drum brakes are very responsive, so you shouldn’t worry too much about careering off into the nearest bush or canal.
The 36V battery means it can also handle slopes pretty impressively, though we wouldn’t recommend tackling any major hills on it. The normal version can travel 20-25km on one charge, while the extended battery version (which costs an additional S$150) extends that distance to 30-35km.
This is definitely impressive and the fact that you can cruise along at 27km/h makes it a great option for those for something to cover longer journeys, maybe from home to work and back again.
The only thing to be wary off is taking on too many kerbs at top whack as we managed to pick up a rear puncture during our trial.
Folding the Inokim Light is not difficult, just a little fiddly sometimes. The idea is that you press a single red metal switch situated at the base of the main steering column, push forward and the whole thing folds down upon itself in one movement. It’s not complicated but it’s not always a smooth process as you have to have apply the right pressure to get it to work.
On the flip side we did also manage to start the folding process on our first ride by inadvertently depressing the button as we cruised along. But we must point out this was a one off and never happened again.
Once folded, you’re meant to carry the Inokim Light by grasping the steering column, which is fine for relatively short journeys. But we wouldn’t want to be lugging it up too many flights of stairs – especially when carrying anything else. It’s heavy and cumbersome and we couldn’t really work out how to pull it along by its back wheel without bumping ourselves or crashing into the office furniture.
What’s more, when folded this is not that small a device and only just fit into the back of our sports hatchback. Definitely not ideal for those looking for portability.
As the name suggest this a more streamlined version of the Inokim Quick 2. At 12kg it’s 2kg lighter than the Quick 2 and sports smaller 8.5in tires but it’s still a pretty well put together machine.
Unfortunately, those reductions haven’t really done enough to make it a practical option for someone who has to negotiate public transport. It’s just too heavy and too chunky to imagine carrying through the rush hour crowds without taking out a few bystanders’ along the way.
A charging time of 4-5 hours is pretty lengthy compared to other PEVs so you might need to plan your journeys a little if you wanted to use it regularly. But if you’ve got a clean, flat run between point A and B then this is a fast and efficient option for those too lazy to travel by conventional bike.
This is definitely a lot of fun, a PEV that’s easy to get the hang off, yet offers good speed and a comfortable ride. If you’re looking for an entry level PEV for scooting down the shops on or cruising around the neighbourhood then this might well be for you. Still, the weight and lack of portability mean we’d probably recommend looking elsewhere if you’re looking for a PEV to help cut down the time of our daily commute.