In this EMove Touring review, we will find out why this scooter is so successful and why so many people have fallen in love with it.
It offers a balance that’s very difficult to achieve – smooth and comfortable rides, great quality, and solid performance that is just at the right level.
Who should buy the EMove Touring?
The EMove Touring can be a good first scooter, but it will also be a very welcome upgrade to anyone used to the typical budget or commuter models with much less performance.
It can be excellent for beginners and advanced riders alike. Commuters that need a reliable and high-quality scooter, as well as casual riders that just want a scooter that’s a blast to ride, will be charmed by the EMove Touring.
With a top speed of 25 mph / 40 kmh, a range of 25 mi / 40 km, a 750-Watt motor and a 48 Volt LG battery, a great climb angle and a big weight limit, full spring suspension, and an IP54 rating to top it off, all of that for just $899, the EMove Touring is very well-rounded and one of the best mid-price scooters ever.
Where to buy the EMove Touring from?
The EMove electric scooter series
At some point in 2020, EMove became my favorite scooter line. After reviewing countless scooters, it became clear to me that their models stand out in many important aspects, quality being the most important one.
There are not that many EMove models available yet, and that’s mostly because the brand takes its sweet time in carefully designing and testing the models before they release them for the public.
The brand is very well known for the EMove Cruiser, which is the most waterproof electric scooter in the world. The EMove Touring can be thought of as its little brother, which is more geared towards the regular rider, doesn’t cost as much, but still has the same level of quality.
Ordering, shipping, and discount coupons
EMove scooters are traditionally ordered from Voromotors. In fact, they are probably the only certified distributor of the highly-coveted scooter line. Voromotors has one of the best customer support teams in the electric scooter world, maybe even the best, and they always make sure their customers get the best possible care and their full money’s worth.
The Emove Touring will ship for free in the continental United States, and the scooter will arrive within 2 to 4 business days. Voromotors also ship outside the US (in fact, they may ship to most countries in the world), but the shipping times will be longer, and there might be some additional shipping fees (unless your total order amount is over $3000, in which case you get free shipping).
Don’t forget to use the coupon code escooternerds at checkout, you will get $50 off from the original $899. If you want to take advantage of this discount now, head over to Voromotors.
Warranty and return policies
Voromotors provide a full year of warranty on the main components of the EMove Touring, six months on the battery and controller, and an unbelievable 24-month warranty on the battery.
If something is not right with the scooter when it arrives, you have a generous period of 7 days to return it for a replacement. Also, you can return the scooter within 30 days of ordering for a refund, and you will probably not even have to pay any additional shipping costs, which is something I’ve never seen a store offer for their customers.
Unboxing and assembly
The package of the EMove Touring includes:
- EMove Touring scooter
- user manual
- P-settings manual
- warranty card
- replacement plastic cap for the charger port
- tire pump
The EMove Touring arrives fully assembled. All you have to do is make sure that:
- the battery is fully charged
- there are no loose screws
- the brakes are functional
- the handlebars are properly adjusted for your height and reach
- the handlebar folds properly (you may need to loosen the screw in the handlebar a bit)
If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you may know that I’m sort of a manual geek, as I believe it’s a subtle detail that can let us know a lot about how much the manufacturers care about their product.
Well, the good news is, the EMove Touring comes with a simple and short, yet useful illustrated user manual. On top of that, Voromotors has a wealth of online resources on their website and their Youtube channel where they provide a lot of helpful information for their customers. That’s something very few scooter brands do, which further solidifies the argument that their customer support is unrivaled.
EMove Touring 101
The EMove Touring is powered on by a key, as any high-quality vehicle should be.
Riding is very intuitive, and even complete beginners can learn in under 3 minutes. The controls themselves are very simple too – index throttle to accelerate, brake lever to stop. That’s it.
You can set whether you want the scooter to start immediately after you hit the throttle, or for you to have to kick against the ground first. Personally, I recommend always using the kick-start, as you may be carrying or pushing your scooter and hit the throttle by accident, which will set your scooter flying and cause mayhem.
Folding and unfolding
Folding and unfolding the scooter is simple, and after you get used to the procedure, it will take you about 3 seconds to complete it. It employs the classic lock lever. The folding mechanism is very safe and stable. There is almost no shaking and vibration while riding.
And, let’s not forget, the EMove Touring has folding handlebars. Everyone that has struggled to fit their scooter in the trunks of small or medium cars, or take it through a bus full of people and their belongings, will know the value of this. Folding the handlebars practically cuts the folded width of the scooter in half, which cuts the total folded volume in half, and in a way doubles the portability of the scooter when folded.
Build quality and lifespan
This is one of those scooters that are well-thought-out, with a lot of effort and attention going into their design, thoroughly tested, and flawlessly executed. The final result is a scooter of great quality, with low defect rates, that can easily go for one year without any issues whatsoever (and in many cases, much longer).
It has been around for more than two years now, so we can’t have any longer-term historical data about its lifespan. However, there’s a rare anomaly in the existing data so far – it seems like there are no owners that have reported major defects! That’s not a guarantee that the scooter will last forever, but it sure is a very good sign.
Intended use, terrains, and environments
The EMove Touring is a scooter designed for use in urban environments and commuting, and as the name might suggest, it’s also great for touring, exploring, and just having some good ol’ fun while riding. Everything about the scooter is intended to maximize the pleasure and comfort while riding – the mixed tires, the above-average power and performance, and the full suspension, all working great in perfect synchronization.
Thanks to the suspension system, pretty much any type of street, road, or urban setting, will not be a problem for the EMove Touring. It will easily eat up potholes, cracks in the road, bumps, pavement, and even smaller sidewalks.
The only thing preventing this scooter from being good for offroad is its tire size. With just 8 inches in diameter, the tires will handle some grass, dirt, or gravel, but still, they will be too small for prolonged exposure to rough terrain.
User experience, ride stability and comfort
The EMove Touring is an elegant, stable scooter that’s also more performant than your average commuter scooter. Not only do the specs and features look great on paper individually, but they work together perfectly in the real world and provide a very enjoyable experience.
The scooter has the cruise control feature, which you can turn off if you don’t want to use it.
Design and color
The scooter has a strong but refined design, looking both tough and elegant at the same time. Riders have natural body posture while riding thanks to the ergonomic build, the large standing surface, and the adjustable height of the handlebars. The stem is reinforced with an additional cover, that hides most of the brake and electronic cables.
The EMove Touring is available in many different colors:
Speed and acceleration
The EMove Touring has 3 speed modes. Interestingly, the official top speed for the EMove Touring is no longer specified (it used to be 24 mph / 38 kmh at one time). User reports for the top speed vary, with most tests from riders below the weight limit suggesting speeds around 23 mph / 37 kmh. One user has even managed to reach a top speed of 26 mph / 42 kmh.
By default, the scooter accelerates gradually but still fairly quickly, which I guess is the best possible scenario as you will develop your desired speed without any sudden or jerky movements. It will reach the top speed in about 7-8 seconds. You can set the acceleration rate to your preference.
Climbing and riding uphill
The climb angle of the EMove Touring is 20 degrees. Given the motor and battery power, it’s no wonder that the scooter can easily conquer that type of hills. One lighter owner even reports climbing very steep hills without any struggle, and there are basically no reports of the scooter being a poor climber.
Range and commuting
The official range of the EMove Touring is 25 mi / 40 km.
It comes as no surprise that the official range is not exactly correct. But it is a surprise that the range is actually underreported instead of inflated – the EMove Touring often provides more range than what’s specified!
That happens, well, never. Pretty much every other scooter brand inflates the range. Well, not the EMove Touring, apparently.
User reports of the range vary from 24 mi / 38 km all the way up to 28 mi / 45 km, and an advertised range that’s accurate (even possibly underreported) is very refreshing to see for a change.
With that kind of range, and with the nice overall portability and ride comfort, the EMove Touring is a great choice for commuters.
Motor, power, and torque
The scooter has a brushless DC hub motor integrated into the rear wheel, with the real power at 500 Watts and the peak power at 750 Watts. That makes it almost twice as powerful as the typical commuter scooters. Interestingly, the scooter has pretty good torque despite the fact it’s a rear-drive scooter.
Battery and charger
The battery of the EMove Touring is manufactured by LG, which means it can’t really get much better. It has a voltage of 48 Volts, and a capacity of 624 Watt-hours. The smart battery management system provides protection against overheating, overcharging, and short circuits.
The scooter comes with a very fast charger, that manages to charge the battery fully in under 4 hours. Keep in mind that most scooters with batteries much smaller than this one often take 6 or even 8 hours to fully charge. The charger port is on the side of the deck, protected by a plastic cap.
How much does it cost to charge the EMove Touring?
Charging the EMove Touring during off-peak hours costs around 3 cents in the US, 6 pennies in Canada, 15 pence in the UK, and an average of 10 cents in most EU countries. During peak hours, it costs 10 cents in the US, 7 pennies in Canada, 19 pence in the UK, and 15 cents in the EU.
The scooter has both the drum brake and the electronic brake on the rear wheel, and both are activated by the brake lever on the left handlebar. The brake distance of the scooter, when riding at the fastest speed, is around 4.5 meters / 15 feet. Coupled with the superb suspension, this scooter can be classed as very safe.
The rear drum brake is easy to adjust, you only need the multitool to tighten or loosen the screws, and play around with the bolts a bit until you get it to your desired sensitivity.
The EMove Touring has one of the best suspension systems in the game.
With a dual spring suspension on the front wheel, another dual spring on the rear, and a big spring suspension between the stem and the front wheel, the EMove Touring can be crowned the most comfortable, smoothest, and possibly safest electric scooter under $1000. There will be very little vibration while riding, and even larger holes or bumps will hardly be felt.
Tires and wheels
The tires of the EMove Touring are only 8 inches in diameter, which is kind of unexpected for a scooter like this. Also, this is one of the very few models with mixed tires – the front tire is pneumatic, and the rear tire is solid rubber.
With a combination like that, the scooter strikes a great balance between durability and toughness on one hand because of the reduced chance of flats, and comfort and ride quality on the other hand. It’s also good that the front tire is the pneumatic one and the rear one is solid, instead of the other way around – a solid front tire would increase stem vibration by a lot.
All in all, a very interesting tire setting that we don’t see that often, and now that I think about it, I’m not sure why there aren’t more models with mixed tires like this, as they provide a good balance between two very important aspects of the scooter experience.
Screen and controls
The left handlebar includes the brake lever, the button for the electronic horn and the bell (yup, the Touring has both), and the buttons that control the light. The right handlebar has the finger-throttle, with the round LCD display and its control dashboard and buttons, the voltmeter, and the ignition lock.
The digital screen is somewhat bright, although not too bright. It can show:
- current speed (you can select your unit system)
- speed mode
- battery level
- ride time
- trip distance
- total distance
- battery voltage
- USB status
The screen and the throttle can be easily removed and replaced. Out-of-the-box, the EMove Touring comes with a finger throttle, but you can replace it with both a thumb throttle or a twist throttle, both components made to fit the scooter specifically and available at Voromotors.
Deck and frame
The frame of the EMove Touring is made out of aluminum alloy.
The deck is very comfortable, being both wide enough and long enough for pretty much anyone (22 x 8 in / 56 x 20 cm). The deck has sandpaper tape on the top to prevent slipping, with the EMove logo on it. The kickstand is big and strong, and it’s practically impossible for the scooter to tip over.
Night riding and lighting
The front features two lights on the deck and the main headlight near the bottom of the stem.
The rear fender hosts the brake light on top of it, but the deck also has two red lights.
The lights on the deck are turned on or off by the small button on the deck itself.
That’s a total of six lights, making the EMove Touring one of the most well-lit scooters ever. It comes ready for riding at night, and you will not need to get after-market lights (as is the case for many scooters).
IP rating, water resistance, and riding in the rain
The EMove Touring has an IP54 ingress protection rating, making it immune from water splashes from all angles, and making it reasonably prepared for riding through rain or wet environment. Keep in mind that the scooter, while being water-resistant, is not fully waterproof, and riding in the rain should be avoided when possible.
Weight, dimensions, and portability
The scooter weighs 39 lbs / 17.6 kg. Compared to other scooters, that makes it a middleweight, as most smaller scooters weigh around 31 lbs / 14 kg, but also there are a lot of scooters that are much heavier than 44 lbs / 20 kg.
When folded, the EMove Touring occupies very little space, mostly thanks to the foldable handlebars, which basically cut its folded volume in half of what it would be if the handlebars not foldable.
So, the slightly above average weight is neutralized by the very small folded volume, and the EMove Touring can still be considered a very portable and compact scooter.
Weight limit and usage by heavy people
The EMove Touring can support up to 330 lbs / 150 kg of weight on its deck.
That puts it way above the majority of scooters that have weight limits of either 220 lbs / 100 kg, or 265 lbs / 120 kg, and thus one of the best electric scooters for heavy adults around. In fact, only a handful of scooters have bigger weight limits, and most of them cost two or three times more.
Heavier riders have experimented around this parameter, and pretty much all of them confirm that the scooter doesn’t start to lag in performance even as the weight goes up.
Key and security
The EMove Touring can’t be started without the key, which is excellent news for security. The scooter can still be carried away if left on its own though, so a good scooter lock is still necessary, but having a key ignition is also a great security feature.
As the scooter is not exactly cheap, I would recommend also getting an alarm as another layer of protection.
Customizations, accessories, and after-market parts
There are a lot of accessories available for the EMove Touring.
I would recommend getting the rear storage case, or the front storage bag for a smaller alternative, as it’s the most useful scooter accessory ever in my opinion and it turns your scooter into a serious transport vehicle.
The scooter comes with the framework and screw holes that can optionally support the EMove Touring seat. As a person with many daily tasks and chores, that always brings me joy, and is one of my favorite customizations. The original seat has a spring suspension of its own. It is very easy to install, but also to remove, and you can find it at Voromotors. The seat is also foldable itself, you just need to remove the saddle and then you can fold the stem of the seat.
You can also take a look at the guide to the best electric scooter accessories, as it might inspire you with some unusual ideas you probably wouldn’t have thought about. Those will be generic accessories that are not custom-made for the EMove Touring, but most of them will fit the scooter as its build and frame are fairly standard.
You will also need a good scooter helmet for riding the EMove Touring. This is a moderately fast scooter, so a half-face helmet should be enough, although I wouldn’t be surprised if I see people riding this scooter with full-face motorcycle helmets neither.
Spare parts and maintenance
The EMove Touring is an item of very high quality, and chances are, it will go a long time without any defects. In case you need a spare part, you can find every possible one at Voromotors.
I suggest a quick and simple cleaning and maintenance routine, one that will be easy to do often. Your maintenance checklist can look as simple as:
- check the screws, and tighten the ones that may be loose
- make sure the front tire is inflated
- make sure the brakes are operational
- lubricate the joints if necessary
There is still no app for EMove scooters.
You can take a look at the Universal Scooter Helper App by EScooterNerds for a general-purpose helper app in the meantime. It will not connect to the EMove Touring as a regular scooter app would (the scooter doesn’t have bluetooth), but it will offer you some helpful guides, checklists, calculators, and other useful tools and resources. You can find it available for both iOS and Android.
EMove Touring specifications
Emove Touring Specifications
|Top speed||40.2 kmh|
|Top speed||25 mph|
|Motors||brushless DC hub motor in rear wheel|
|Power||500 W real, 750 W peak|
|Climb angle||20 °|
|Battery||624 Wh, 48 V|
|Battery type||LG 13 Ah|
|Charging time||4 h|
|Ingress protection (IP)||IP54|
|Weight limit||140 kg|
|Weight limit||309 lbs|
|Tire size||8 in|
|Tire type||pneumatic front, solid rubber rear|
|Trunk or basket||no (customization possible)|
|Build material||aluminum alloy|
|Brakes||rear electronic and drum brakes|
|Shock absorbers||triple suspension, front dual spring, front stem, rear dual spring|
|Lights||front head + front side + rear brake|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||109.22 cm * 20.32 cm * 29.21 cm|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||43 in * 8 in * 12 in|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||99.82 cm * 55.88 cm * 119.88 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||39 in * 22 in * 47 in|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||55.9 cm * 20 cm|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||22 in * 8 in|
|Deck to handlebar height||100 cm (est)|
|Deck to handlebar height||39 in (est)|
EMove Touring vs other scooters
Let’s see how the EMove Touring compares against other similar (or different) scooters.
EMove Touring vs EMove Cruiser
In a way, the two most popular EMove models are not in competition with each other, as they both serve different audiences.
The EMove Touring is a more regular, budget-friendly scooter that’s easy on beginners and is a great first scooter.
The EMove Cruiser is in another league, and probably in a league of its own, being the most waterproof electric scooter in the world, with amazing performance and an incredibly long range. If that sounds closer to what you’re looking for, then check out the EMove Cruiser review.
EMove Touring vs Ninebot Max
Both scooters are similarly priced, with the Ninebot Max usually being about $100 cheaper.
The EMove Touring has a lot of advantages that justify the price difference: better performance in terms of top speed, acceleration, and climbing, a more powerful motor, full suspension (the Ninebot Max has none), and a better weight limit while weighing less at the same time. That’s a fairly long list of advantages.
The Ninebot Max has its excellent range on its side, the larger 10-inch tires that kinda make up for its lack of suspension, and the better water protection with an IPX5 rating. If those are the things you prefer, you can see the complete Ninebot Max review.
EMove Touring vs Apollo City
The EMove Touring and the Apollo City have comparable specs and performances, and similar battery and motor powers. They are also equal in their water protection standards, and they weigh about the same.
I would give the advantage here to the EMove Touring in some use cases, as it’s smaller in its dimensions and folds down to a more compact package, has better suspension, can carry more weight on its deck, while being about $100 cheaper.
If you need a bit more power however, and a longer warranty period, see my full Apollo City review.
EMove Touring vs E-TWOW GT
The E-TWOW GT has a few advantages over the EMove Touring, but it seems like the Touring still has more going for itself, while being about $300 cheaper at the same time.
The E-TWOW GT has a 32 mi / 50 km range, which is more than the range of the EMove Touring, despite having a smaller battery. Also, it weighs less.
But the EMove Touring has a better motor, climbs better, can carry a lot more weight on its deck, has the IP54 rating while the E-TWOW GT has none, and provides a much more comfortable ride (the E-TWOW has two solid wheels).
I believe the EMove Touring is a better option, all things considered.
EMove Touring vs Horizon
The EMove Touring and the FFR Horizon have a lot in common.
They cost almost the same, have pretty much identical specs, top speed, range, weight, and batteries.
The EMove Touring has a better motor, which also gives it a better climb angle and a bigger weight limit. It also has better water protection, since the Horizon doesn’t have an IP rating.
The only advantage the Horizon has is the slightly larger tires at 8.5 inches, which is not that big of a difference anyway.
I believe the Touring wins this one as well.
EMove Touring vs Zero 8
The Zero 8 is a bit faster than the EMove Touring, but the Touring nullifies that advantage with more range. Both scooters cost about the same.
The peak motor power of the Zero 8 is unknown, but the real power is 500 Watts, which is the same as the EMove Touring. Their batteries have the same specs and capacity.
The EMove Cruiser might be a better choice because it can carry more weight, while being slightly lighter at the same time. It also has better protection against water damage (the Zero 8 has no IP rating).
EMove Touring vs Turbowheel Swift
The Turbowheel Swift is a bit more expensive than the EMove Touring, and I’m not sure it does enough to justify that price difference. In fact, it seems like the EMove Touring has more advantages despite being cheaper.
The main advantages of the EMove Touring include:
- bigger weight limit
- better climb angle
- slightly lighter weight
- better water protection (the Turbowheel Swift has no IP rating)
The Turbowheel Swift is, like the EMove Touring, one of the rare models with a mixed tire configuration, with a pneumatic front and a solid rear tire. They both have practically the same battery and motor specs.
User satisfaction and public opinion
Owners of the EMove Touring are some of the proudest scooterists I’ve ever seen, both online and offline. The overwhelming majority of them are so happy with their purchase, that they’d never even consider getting a more expensive scooter.
The love this scooter gets is very easy to spot, as the reviews on the EMove Touring listing at Voromotors and everywhere else online are nothing short of spectacular.
Problems and tradeoffs
The EMove Touring makes a few bold choices in its design and engineering, which in general pay off and add value to the scooterist, but they are not all without a tradeoff.
Probably the biggest tradeoff the EMove Touring makes is the small wheels. At only 8 inches, the wheels are smaller than the ones of most commuter scooters, and while the suspension is excellent, the ride would still be better with bigger wheels.
There are a couple of user reports of wobbly parts, mainly the mudguards and the suspension, which seem to loosen up a bit after a month or two of riding. I would recommend regularly checking these parts and seeing if they’re tightened in nicely so you don’t end up with a detached mudguard in the middle of a ride.
Another smaller tradeoff related to the wheels is the mix of one solid and one pneumatic tire. This is an ongoing argument, and probably it’s always related to the intended use case and scenarios for the scooter, but I believe that pneumatic tires are always a better choice, and always worth the small risk of a flat. The EMove Touring hedges its bets by having the rear wheel made out of solid rubber, which takes away some comfort to gain toughness and durability. Again, the excellent suspension saves the day here, and this is another net-win for the EMove Touring.
Pretty much everything else about the EMove Touring is solid and well designed.
The EMove Touring is one of the best electric scooters under $1000.
Its main priorities are ride comfort, performance, and safety, possibly even in that order.
The scooter is super-fun, providing its owners with a rich experience that typically only much more expensive scooters provide.
It is excellent for beginners, commuters, younger riders, scooterists looking for a high-quality model, and scooterists looking for a ride that’s more thrilling than the ride of the plain-Jane mass-consumed scooter.
Where to buy the EMove Touring from?