The New Apollo Go: An Exclusive First Look
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A Premium Entry-Level Scooter with Two Motors
Canadian electric scooter makers Apollo just announced the new Apollo Go, a scooter that fills a critical niche in their lineup. You can think of the Go as a premium entry-level scooter, or – more to the point – it’s Apollo’s dual-motor entry-level model, built for speed and power, as well as comfort, range, and reliability.
With its sub-$1500 price-tag (list is $1,299, and it’s on sale for $100 off), the Go sits somewhere between the single-motor Apollo Air — one of our longtime favorite entry-level scooters for its premium ride quality —- and the dual-motor Apollo City Pro, one of Electric Scooter Guide’s benchmark commuter scooters for years now.
New Year - Fresh Tech
Both the Air and the City Pro were upgraded last year, with handlebar-end turn signals, embedded sensors, new controllers, and self-healing tubeless tires (new for the Air), most specced from versions of the Apollo Pro 2023. The Go takes this inspiration further, incorporating the Pro’s 360-degree COB lighting scheme and Quad Lock phone-as-display option (only the Go’s doesn’t wireless charge) into its design.
The Go also introduces its own innovative features, including dual 350W motors, with 1500W peak power, 9” self-healing, tubeless pneumatic tires and what Apollo calls an “Airflow” suspension – a single spring up front and a composite/rubber suspension in the rear. Like all of Apollo’s recent scooters, the Go uses ultra-low-maintenance dual drum brakes and smart, variable regen braking with a dedicated lever.
So what does all this scooter tech look and feel like in a 46 lb package? Check out our video unboxing and impression above for a quick look (and get a behind the scenes look at the Electric Scooter Guide operation!). The Go comes fully plugged-up and mostly assembled. It also comes with a 1-year warranty and two UL certifications: UL2272 and UL2271.
Our Unboxing & First Ride
The Go promises a top speed of 27 mph and a range of 18 to 34 miles, and it claims to climb hills up to a 25% grade. This scooter has been reliability tested with around 10,000 km (6214 miles) of riding by Apollo and 6,000 km (3728 miles) by beta testers in the real world, so it’s definitely designed to take a beating on the road.
All that testing gives us confidence because the Go is designed as a daily driver, and for many riders it could be the one scooter that rules them all – that is: speed, range, hill climbing power, ride quality, and relative portability.
It’s a scooter made especially for riders who need a little more climbing power because they live in a hilly city like San Francisco or they’re on the heavier side. Paul will be testing the Go this week and we’ll let you know how it stacks up against its own claimed specs and against single motor competitors like the Ninebot Max G2 and EMOVE Cruiser and dual motor rivals like the GOTRAX GX2.
For now, see how Apollo Go does on one of our most fun informal tests: the steepest hill in SF. Find out how its regen brakes did on the way down in our video first look.