Inexpensive scooters have never felt so good!
The SWFT Maxx Electric Moped is one of those rare two-wheeled electric vehicles that tries to have its cake and eat it too. For one thing, it’s a scooter for all intents and purposes. On the other hand, it offers performance that most people would associate more with electric bikes.
So, what is it for ? Let’s dive in and see.
First of all, the name itself will divide. Not the “SWFT” or “Maxx” part. We are still in the early 2020s, so product names must be consonant salads. It’s the law.
It is rather the designation of moped.
I can already tell you that I’m going to get hate emails from gray-bearded moped purists who don’t want to see this thing put in the same category as their Puch moped from the 1960s.
On the other hand, it’s literally called the “SWFT Maxx Electric Moped” by the company, so don’t kill the messenger here.
It definitely embraces the new classification of mopeds, which basically means it has two wheels, a slip-on design, and a large, plush seat. So yes, there is that.
Now let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of this thing, because it’s a cool little electric vehicle. And at just $ 1,499 off its current sale, it absolutely deserves a look.
You can take a peek by watching my ride video below. So read on for my full review!
SWFT Maxx Electric Moped Video Review
SWFT Maxx technical specifications
- Motor: 400W nominal (seems a lot more)
- Top speed: 20 mph (32 km / h)
- Vary: Claimed 38 mi (61 km)
- Drums: 48V 20Ah (960 Wh) lead acid
- Full charge time: 10 hours
- Unloaded weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
- Maximum charge : 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Brakes: Hydraulic disc (front), drum (rear)
- Suspension: Hydraulic fork, double rear hydraulic shock absorbers
- Tires: 10 (goes by motorcycle convention, which means equivalent to ~ 16 bicycle tire)
- Supplements: Lockable storage under the seat and more open storage in the cup holder, rear passenger seat, complete lighting with turn signals and high beam / low beam, mirrors, USB charger for phones, alarm with wireless remote control, side and center stand
- Price: $ 1,999 (but currently on sale for $ 1,499)
Meet me in the middle
The SWFT Maxx really falls into that gray area in the midst of e-bikes and scooters.
The performance resembles that of a Class 2 electric bike in pretty much every way.
A spin of the throttle takes you smoothly but not slowly up to 20 mph (32 km / h). Pressing the brakes brings you back to zero.
But on the other hand, the form factor is all moped.
This large bench is pleasant on your buttocks, just like on the buttocks of a passenger behind you. In my case, it was my wife’s. Most bikes aren’t designed for two riders, but we used the SWFT Maxx together quite comfortably. As much as I love electric bikes, this is another check mark in the moped column.
The moped feel extends to the low seat height (you can easily lay it flat at stops) and the practical step design. The hydraulic shocks at the front and rear are also surprisingly comfortable.
You also get the little extra features that mopeds are known for, like a bag clip for your shopping bags, under-seat storage, mirrors for visibility and a full set of turn signals, high beam and low beam, hazard lights, brake lights, etc. There’s even a built-in alarm and a wireless key fob to activate it.
Additionally, there is this advantage of being on the road, where motorists tend to treat cyclists and scooters / mopeds / motorcycles very differently. While many riders unfortunately view bicycles as encroaching on road space, this second group is often at least implicitly accepted as belonging to the road because of its status as a form of motor vehicle, even if it is not. acts as a two-wheeled vehicle.
Although there is the catch. The SWFT Maxx looks like a motor vehicle, like in a real scooter or moped. But technically this is not the case. The 20 mph speed means most states won’t consider it a motorcycle, so you don’t need a license or insurance.
Of course, it’s a double-edged sword. Just because it’s not classified as a motorcycle doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bike, either. Lack of pedals can also be an issue for legal e-bike status in some states. Your mileage may vary, so it’s best to check your local laws.
But whether or not it is technically classified as an electric bike, the SWFT Maxx behaves as such. The rear hub motor is listed as 400W, but I can tell you it’s a lot more energetic than that. It accelerates like any other 750W electric bike I’ve ridden, so I think 400W is probably underestimated.
The range is listed as 38 miles. Guess that’s a bit high, especially since the 48V 20Ah lead acid battery only gives around 960 Wh of capacity. That would be a lot for an e-bike that you can pedal, but the Maxx here is of course a throttle-only affair.
I didn’t drain the battery too much because I didn’t want to get stuck, but based on my driving distance and how far the battery was draining each time I think 25-30 miles at levels reasonable conduct would be more precise and a more secure assumption.
Again, this looks like e-bike specs. And the whole time I’ve been riding this thing, I can’t help but feel like I’m straddling two worlds: the specs of the electric bike and the comfort / utility of the moped.
The downside is that you don’t get the higher speed you’d associate with mopeds, and you don’t get the lightweight, ‘pick it up and throw it in the back of the car’ function. ‘an electric bicycle.
As long as I’m not on big roads, 20 mph is fine for me. Navigating the neighborhood was a dream. But roads faster at 30 mph can be a bit risky.
Then there is the whole problem of cycle paths. Can I get on it? I’m not a bike, but neither are these Lime scooters and they go down the path at the same speed. Of course, they don’t weigh 160 lbs like the SWFT Maxx does here.
But both SWFT site and Best Buy page where you can buy it list the Maxx as a Class 2 e-bike, so they definitely work assuming it’s an e-bike.
I defaulted to skip the bike path unless it’s empty, as I don’t want to attract unwanted attention or needlessly scare anyone with what admittedly looks like a gasoline scooter that should go a lot faster than it is.
If I had to make any changes to the SWFT Maxx, more speed and a lithium-ion battery upgrade would be high on my list. Removable batteries would also be a great option to extend the range.
But at $ 1,499 (or $ 1,999 when not on sale), it is difficult to add these features for this price. Keep in mind the other things you get like the hydraulic suspension, seating for two, powerful brakes, mirrors, storage, the complete lighting package, and more. There is a lot to like here.
Ultimately, I can see this as a great ride for certain groups of people, like teens or college kids heading to campus, or seniors living in planned communities. The 20mph speed limit makes it difficult for me to use it on busier suburban roads where cars drive past me, but urban residents only surrounded by rampant traffic will likely find that it can take them wherever they go. want to go.
What do you think? Let’s hear your thoughts on the SWFT Maxx electric moped in the comments section below.
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