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Apollo Ghost 2022 Summary
It’s no secret that we have a special place in our hearts for the Apollo Ghost electric scooter. Why wouldn’t we? This Apollo scooter has big performance and a huge fun factor… without a huge fund factor.
So, imagine our excitement when Apollo decided to upgrade the Ghost to what we’re simply (maybe unimaginatively) calling the Ghost 2022. This is the “no frills, high thrills” scooter promising to raise the bar on fun for a tiny price tag bump.
We’ll keep it as minimalistic as the Ghost itself, so here we go.
We’re no strangers to the Ghost, and we’ve ridden ours extensively enough to know that there are fewer brand-name scooters that give as much value for money. Well, that was until Apollo scooters decided to give the Ghost a revamp and test our loyalty. Despite a few minor gripes, this is one Apollo electric scooter we still think deserves the spotlight, even though it thrives in the dark, too.
In terms of price and performance, the Apollo Ghost scooter fits right in between the Apollo City electric scooter and the Apollo Phantom V3. Each Apollo e scooter model has evolved, updated, and upgraded, and the Ghost has been no different. As you’ll see, the 2022 iteration doesn’t consistently outperform the original Ghost, but the improvements certainly give it a better ride experience.
Key Differences Between the 2022 Apollo Ghost and the 2021 Ghost
Headlining the changes are two new 1,000W motors replacing the original 800W motors. The benefit of the new motors isn’t at all what you’d think, but we’ll cover that later.
The 22 Ghost comes with a mechanical disk brakes option and one with hydraulic brakes.
The 2022 model also comes with a reinforced stem that’s thicker and more durable, making it less prone to wear and tear. It also offers a more solid ride experience.
The 2021 Ghost beats the 2022 in terms of top speed, racing 38.4 mph against the ‘22’s 36.6 mph.
Besides that, the Apollo Ghost scooter retains a near-similar profile, with almost similar dimensions and features.
Our Take: The Official Ghost Steps Up - Same Portability, Well-Suited for Big Dawgs With Out-of-This-World BrakingSee the Apollo Ghost 2022
Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders?
The scooter feels perfectly sprung for riders weighing around 200 lbs. The new reinforced stem also feels quite solid, encouraging you to ride harder–and this is the kind of scooter whose fun factor shoots the harder you ride.
Afraid that your bigger feet will be crowded? Not with the Ghost’s 18.5 inchx 9 inch deck. The handlebar to deck height is also ideal for taller riders at 41.5 inches.
But nothing was more thrilling for our resident big dawg than maintaining a top speed of 30 mph (and more) on regular city hills. This scooter won't let up to a high rider weight and, therefore, is big dawg approved.
Apollo Ghost 2022 Review
It’s like upgrading from 100W speakers to 200W speakers without changing your amplifier. It’s not going to be noticeably more powerful, just more reliable, and maybe just a touch more efficient under very heavy loads. Therefore, both 2021 and '22 Ghosts have the same strong but relatively smooth acceleration. It’s enough to chirp the front tire on hard launches but not arm-yanking.
The 2022 Ghost goes from 0 to [esg_unit 15 mph] in 2.4 seconds, falling slightly behind the Ghost 2021 at 2.3 seconds, the Mantis V2 at 2.2 seconds, and the more expensive Vsett 10+ at 1.9 seconds. However, it leaves a dust storm behind for its bigger brothers, the Apollo City Pro at 2.9 seconds and the Phantom 52V at 2.7 seconds.
You can also cap your top speed via the scooter’s dedicated speed modes. Gear 1 caps the speed at 15 mph, gear 2 at 25 mph and gear 3 at the maximum speed.
The speed is within the average for its weight and price class. The similarly priced and slightly lighter Apollo City Pro reaches a top speed of 30.9 mph, while the much more expensive and much heavier Inokim OXO reaches 36.7 mph. Other scooters that run at almost the same speed are the Zero 10X at 36.1 mph and the Kaabo Mantis Pro at 37.0 mph.
Both Ghosts easily sustained more than 30 mph speeds when going up standard hills. More impressively, the ‘22 Ghost maintained an average speed of 15.9 mph on our 200 ft 20% hill grade, reaching the top in 8.7 seconds. The ‘22 Ghost beats the ‘21 model by two-tenths of a second because (nerd alert) thicker copper windings make the motors slightly more efficient under sustained heavy loads.
The Ghost joins our list of mid-range electric scooters that do very well on hills, which also includes the Segway GT1, which averaged at 15.5 mph on our hill test, and the Wolf Warrior X Pro, which sustained 16.2 mph on the hill test.
Range and Battery
The new Ghost maintained its speed throughout the range test, only slowing slightly during the final 2.4 miles. Keep an eye on your voltmeter, and avoid heavy throttle as you get close to the 41 Volt cut-off voltage. Once it drops below the cut-off, the scooter will shut down to protect the battery and won’t restart until you plug it in.
The Ghost 2022 comes in two variations, differentiated by the braking system. The cheaper version comes with mechanical disc brakes, while the pricier alternatives rock a pair of hydraulic brakes. The cable-operated brakes impress as much as those of the ‘21 version, but the levers have an ergonomic advantage.
The hydraulic brakes gave us an astonishing stopping distance of 9.5 ft, more than a foot shorter than the original. This secures the ‘22 Ghost in fourth position for braking, tying with another newbie, the Segway GT1. Other newcomers in the top 10 include Segways GT2 with a 9.4 ft braking distance, the NAMI BURN-E 2 Max at 9.7 ft, and NIU’s KQi3 at 10.0 ft.
Rolling on a pair of air-filled 10 inch tires means the Ghost will deliver good ride quality. But pair that with outstanding dual spring adjustable suspension and the Ghost will be floating right over hard bumps and soaking up the worst stuff you can throw at it.
The Ghost feels like it's sprung for riders who are about 200 lbs. However, what this means for lighter-weight riders is that the harder you ride it, the better it feels. Still, if you’re under 165 lbs, you can do one little tweak that makes the suspension feel even better.
The solid feel of the new, reinforced stem really adds to the fun factor too. Something great happens when you feel connected to the scooter, and the scooter itself feels solid. The fun factor goes through the roof because you feel like you can cut loose, and nothing bad will happen. Even at top speed, the '22 Ghost feels exceptionally solid and stable.
We already loved the handlebars that angled towards the rider on the ‘21, and Apollo retained them on the ‘22. To add to this, the grips are literally the best grips ever. They have huge support for your palms and are locked in rock-solid to the bars by end clamps. You’ll hardly notice you’ve been holding onto a scooter handlebar at the end of your journey.
Apollo Ghost 2022 Features
Almost all of the other dual motor scooters in its class weigh 10 lbs more. Most of them also go further, but we feel that the Ghost’s 25 miles is decent enough for its price point and other conveniences. And if you think this difference is insignificant, try carrying the Ghost up the stairs, then carry a heavier, 76.4 lbs Phantom, and you’ll really feel the impact of that extra weight.
Most other scooters have a width between 24 inches and 27 inches, showing you just how convenient the folding handlebars are. The faster stem latch also really adds to making this one of the most portable in its class.
The ambient blue light runs the entire length of the deck and looks incredible cruising in the dark.
But the real headliner is the stem along with the Vise-grip style stem latch mechanism. It’s much faster and more solid than the one we saw on the original Ghost. In fact, it’s faster to fold than just about everything because the safety catch is built into the lever.
In a year when display styles have received extra attention: read Segway GT2, KQi3/KQi2, and New Apollo Pro, it's sad to see that the Ghost retains the same display style. Yes, it works, but Apollo could stand to shake this one up a little. The display isn’t also the brightest, but it gets the job done.
Control-wise, you’ve got the ECO/Turbo button, a Single/Dual motor button, and of course, three speed modes on the display. We advise against switching between single and dual motors. We’ve tested it, and there's no benefit in terms of range. In fact, it just stresses out the rear motor and controller. However, if you must switch between motor drives, ensure to do it at a standstill as an abrupt shift while riding has a braking effect, similar to downshifting gears at high speed in a car
The waterproofing on the ‘22 Ghost is a little better than that of the original Ghost, despite a similar IP rating of IP54. In particular, the front tire-hugging fender offers a little more protection, but we wish it was slightly longer. The bulk of the water deflection is left to the front suspension, which doesn’t do a very good job since that’s not its core function anyway.
For the scooter’s safety, it comes with a key start ignition. We would also advise you to get an aftermarket light if you plan on riding the Ghost at night–we don't want to sneak up on you like a ghost (not literally, anyway).
The customer is responsible for shipping costs, and the warranty is only valid for the original buyer and is not transferable under any circumstances. There are further disclaimers about the extent of the warranty coverage, so be sure to check out Apollo’s website for a comprehensive breakdown of the coverage scope. With the Ghost, you’ve got support with a strong reputation and are based in North America, if you need it.
Apollo Ghost 2022 Electric scooter: Review Conclusion
In terms of who it’s for, Apollo lists it on their website under the “expert” category. After experiencing the Ghost, we feel that intermediate riders will also do just fine, as well as some beginners, as long as they have good coordination and the self-control to keep it in ECO mode for the first couple of days. On the other hand, it’s the kind of scooter expert riders could keep riding for years and years.