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Unagi Model Eleven Electric Scooter Review

Unagi team’s designed their second electric scooter and named it The Model Eleven, which distinguishes itself from other electric scooters by focusing on technology rather than speed and range. The design inspiration is guided by Unagi’s vision to replace cars with a cleaner and better method.

Summary of Pros and Cons

ProsCons (include user feedback)
Crash Assist A.I. that gives warning on impending collision.Fairly expensive.
The weight of 14kg
(Between 10-15kg acceptable range for portability)
Handle height is non-adjustable.
IP54 Rating – protected against water splash including rain, and dust ingress does not affect operation.Max. range 23km (14.29mi) only, and could be even lesser (see below)
Tires are airless and hence puncture-proof. It is also hot-swappable.Rear-wheel needs mudguard fenders.
Integrated audio system with Google turn-by-turn directions.Regenerative brakes are average and dependent on electrical power. No mechanical brake backup.
One-click, quick folding.
Hot-swap battery system.
Motion sensor with alarm against theft.
GPS tracking and remote kill ability.
Clean with no visible wire
Dual motor with total power of 1000W

All the good points are covered on Unagi’s project page so we will not repeat them here.

We also checked Unagi’s website and found a lot of good feedback on the previous Unagi Model One. However, there are also some constructive comments which help to improve the Model Eleven, such as the dual suspension system.

We will elaborate on two of the drawbacks (Cons) in the above table, as the other two points are self-explanatory.

Electrical Brake Control

The good thing about electrical controls is just like the F-16 Fighter Jet’s “fly by wire”.

Based on the feedback from a Model One user (Irvin), it was mentioned that the electrical power could turn off by itself in the middle of a ride. This could pose an issue, especially when riding at a speed of 20 mph because the brakes are electrically powered. In another instance, the handlebar stem was locked during a ride also due to suspected power issues.

We believe the above issues could be an isolated case of a defective scooter since other users did not encounter the same problems. That said, we opine that there should be “fail-safe”, override, or mechanical backup in case there is an electrical failure.

According to escooter nerds, they have a table explaining the different types of brakes used on the electric scooter, and it shows that the regenerative brakes are only average and not as effective as the mechanical disk brakes.

Escooter Brake Type
Escooter Brake Type

23Km Maximum Range

 

Personally, we find 23km maximum range per charge is acceptable in an urban setting, provided that the battery can hold the charge consistently. There are Model One users who complained about the inconsistent and poor battery life, for example, 10km per charge instead of the 23km.

Quality questions aside, it is unfair to compare the Unagi Model Eleven to the long-range scooters in this list as they are built to serve long ranges.

The shortest range in the list is the Swagtron Swagger SG-1 Pro with a max range of 29 Kms, but that it cost less than $300 and weighs just 7.25kg. That is a cheap electric scooter with only 14mph without all the bells and whistles.

Conclusion

The design intent of the Model Eleven is more towards a futuristic design that employs the latest technology such as google turn-by-turn, crash assist, GPS, and motion-sensor. Suddenly, it reminds me that it is like the “iPhone” of the electric scooters, that has so many features that you forgot it was supposed to be just a phone 10 years ago. So the Unagi Model Eleven is not just another electric scooter but more forward-looking in design.

Attached below are the technical specs of the Unagi Model Eleven for ease of reference.

Unagi Model 11 Specs

Reference:

Indiegogo – Unagi Model Eleven
Unagi Home Page
E Scooter Nerds

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