Solar P1 Scooter Review
Well hello there my friends – today is something different for a change and a little outside of my comfort zone in terms of reviewing, but hey – I love to push out of my comfort zone. I’m going to give you a short review of the Solar P1 Electric Scooter, which the guys were kind enough to send me.
They haven’t paid to make me say nice things, they just said they would send one over if I wanted to make a video and talk about whatever I fancied. Good or Bad. Check out the video instead if you want. Actually, based on the performance of my last video that I posted about the Oculus Quest 2, I think I should probably have titled this one, 5 Reasons Not to Buy a Solar Scooter…. but that would be click bait…
So! Firstly, I’d like to know how much you would pay for an electric scooter that does up to 30miles on a charge and up to 40mph? £200? £500? £1000? £1,500? … Genuinely, head into the comments and drop that number. One possibly obvious thing to mention here before we get started is that at the time of writing this post and filming the video, it is currently against the law to ride electric scooters on public roads, pavements and cycle lanes here in the UK. It does seem that this may change in the near future as trials are being rolled out, but for now – you can’t ride them on roads – and you also don’t need insurance or a license to ride one… just in case… yeah that’s not a thing.
If you want to buy one, here’s the link. Here’s my first impressions of the Solar P1 Electric Scooter.
It’s huge. There was me thinking that an electric scooter would be small, but this thing is ginormous. Which is a good and bad thing. It is solid which means that it is super stable to ride, but that also means that due to its size and weight, it’s pretty awkward to fit into my car boot. Probably less of an issue with a hatchback, but in a Tesla Model 3 it only JUST fits. But perhaps most people wouldn’t need this to fit in their car as they’d just ride it from their house to wherever they need to go. Also worth noting is that you could easily secure this with a bike lock if you did want to pop to the shops. If I was nit picking, we sometimes struggled to push the locking lever in place on our own due to the size and weight. It needed a fair bit of force pushing against it to allow the lever to clip in and usually resulted in us kicking the lever. But equally, it’s kind of reassuring that once it’s in, it’s in and the scooter isn’t going to come apart easily.
It is super quick – at 1200w single motor and 2400w dual motor with essentially a gear button to use one or both, this thing moves. I would say that this scooter is most definitely more of a vehicle than a toy. I can actually understand why these electric scooters are currently banned because they are basically a very fast moped. In fact you can actually get a seat that attaches to this scooter – but you don’t need a license and don’t have to wear a helmet – though technically you should definitely wear a helmet and probably a crash suit as well… haha!
Putting aside those concerns, we were comfortably going 35mph on this thing, on solid concrete and it felt super stable. Due to the size and weight, I didn’t have any concerns about falling off. Though I did experience some sketchy moments when riding on gravel and wet or muddy grass. Back to this being more of a vehicle than a toy – it also has a neat brake light and front light that was unexpected, but again if you think about this being used to commute to work on roads / cycle paths and such in the near future when legal, this makes perfect sense. No indicators though – is that a thing? Maybe you just put your hand out like on a bike? Fun fact, it’s pretty hard to do that… yeah !
The brakes on the scooter are very good. So good that it does make you lurch forward when braking hard so you need to make sure you’re leaning back when you brake to absorb the deceleration – minor point but it caught me out a couple of times.
I felt super stable – but it did take some time to get used to turning, and I’m still not all the way there yet. Much like when I first got on my Electric Skateboard, it’s just finding your feet and figuring out the leans and such. Plus, if you are using this thing to commute to work in the future, then you won’t really need to be pulling off 180 degree turns, or even 90 degree turns – so that will become less of an issue. There’s also shock absorbers which makes riding that little bit more comfortable, though on the gravel I still felt an awful lot of the bumpy ground.
Pricing was interesting to get opinions on this from a few different people I know. The scooter currently costs £1,199, though their website is offering a discount right now so that brings it to around £880 which isn’t that bad for something that you could easily use to get to work and back. But with the law as it is here in the UK right now, most people said that for £900 it’s probably a bit too expensive, for something that you can’t actually ride in most public places. At £500 it would be more worth it as a bit of fun and more of a toy – but that’s not what I think this thing is, it’s not a toy. It’s a method of transport – a very fun one at that. So, pricing will be subjective depending on who you are, and now you know the price let me know in the comments, what do you think? Were you close – and is close to £900 for this thing a good price?
Overall, my take on the P1 is that it genuinely is a good scooter. I mean – I honestly don’t have a huge amount to compare it to, other than some electric scooters which I rode in Paris which felt really basic, tacky, and unstable – this feels solid. The battery range you get of 30 miles for a full charge and the immense speed on these things are just so fun to ride on. But for a first time rider, I felt safe, and in control and with no issues around the build quality other than just the bulkiness of it to fit this into your car. But most people would probably use this straight from their house to get to maybe the local shops, or commute to work, so maybe that’s a moot point.
So the question, certainly for us here in the UK really is – without this being UK legal, Is it worth nearly £900 for something that you can’t yet ride in public… Let me know in the comments.
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My name is Pete and from 2011, I started and grew an IT Support and Services Company from £0 to over £1m in turnover before selling the business in 2020. New video’s on our channel every week! I upload vlogs, tech reviews, how-to / behind the scenes technology videos.