The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is a game-changer in the mid-range commuter category, with its best-in-class speed and hill climbing. You also get the acceleration and braking power of scooters that double the P1 2.0 in price–making this scooter worth every dime of its $1300 price tag.
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The Solar P1 2.0 is a godsend to everyone that’s been asking for a sub $1500 dual motor scooter that will go 40 mph or faster. It’s been a long hard search–and little did we know that the solution to the problems was also fighting hard to make its way home.
We’d heard about Solar scooters for a while, but it was near-impossible to get our hands on them. Reason? Solar is a British brand that up until recently did not retail in the US. However, things are about to change–as Solar Scooters Limited has set up shop in LA, and aren’t we glad they have?
Of the 124 scooters we’ve tested, nothing goes faster for less. And we’re almost positive that if there’s a scooter out there that does–it’s not covered by a warranty. The P1 2.0? Well, it has a two-year warranty. Excited? Let’s take you through what we’ve uncovered about this new hall-of-fame entrant.
Unbeatable Speed Acceleration And Range For The Price
Good Ride Quality From Hydraulic Suspension And Tubeless Tires
Smooth Throttle–The Lowest Price Dual-Motor Scooter We’ve Tested With Sine Wave Controllers
Unusually Long Two-Year Warranty
Stem Could Be More Firm
Front Suspension Is A Little Too Firm For Average Rider Weight
The Overall Style Makes The Scooter Look A Little Older Than It Is
Tested Top Speed:
Max Rider Weight:
Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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Solar P1 2.0 Alternatives & Competitors
To us, the Apollo Ghost is a little nicer to look at; it has a shorter stopping distance from 15 mph and a better feeling stem. But it’s more expensive than the Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter, has very similar acceleration and doesn’t come with tubeless tires.
The Synergy Aviator 2.0 is an even less expensive dual-motor scooter that comes with flat-proof tires and weighs almost 10 pounds less than all of the comparison scooters. But, while its range and 0 to 15 times almost keep up, its top speed is much lower at 27.7 mph and has a less comfortable ride due to the solid tires.
Before it gets confusing, here’s what you need to know about the pricing of the Solar P1 2.0 electric scooters. Solar has the P1 2.0 base model that retails for $1300. However, you have the option to add a fingerprint scanner for $100 and Tron lights that sell for $140. Should you opt for yours to come with both options, you can get the complete package at $1540.
The Tron lights are a very cool option to have and really elevate the otherwise (almost) plain look of the P1 2.0. On the other hand, the fingerprint-start display is designed by Solar, and we’ll save you the trouble of deciding whether or not you need it–You do. It can store up to ten prints and has no awkward split when reaching for the brakes.
The basic specs are 2400W of nominal power from dual motors, a claimed battery range of 30 miles, which you’ll see later that we got surprisingly close to in the real world, and a claimed top speed of 40 mph, which according to the speedometer we exceeded, but we’ll give you the real tested numbers.
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter goes far beyond surface looks. It doesn’t prepare you for the power it delivers, the quality of your ride experience, the efficiency, or even how quickly it becomes the all-in-one package under $1400.
We’ll take you through the performance numbers, the build and ride quality, our verdict on this UK company, and whether or not we’re excited to test out other Solar scooters.
Our Take: All You want, for Less than You’d Think. The White Whale of the Mid-Range Commuters.
Is it Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders?
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is a rare occurrence for the big dawgs–it has gobs of power, it can carry quite the weight load, and it is unbelievably affordable. So, yeah, go for it! But if you need to know why exactly…here you go.
The P1 2.0 electric scooter is rated for a max rider weight capacity of 330 lbs. Only the EMOVE Cruiser (352 lbs), the Synergy Tsunami (350 lbs), and the Vsett 11+ (331 lbs) carry heavier. If you scroll through our database, you realize that scooters rated for such weight loads cost north of $2000. The Cruiser ($1500) is an exception, but its speed and that of the Tsunami ($2200) are no match for the Solar P1 2.0–hence the ‘rare occurrence reference’.
During our testing, Paul felt that the front was a bit stiff, and was probably better suited for someone closer to the 330 lbs rider weight limit. The scooter also comes with four front hydraulic shocks and one in the rear. The shocks, coupled with the 10 inch air-filled tires make for great ride quality. The battery is also large at 936 wh to cater to the higher power needs of bigger riders, so you can push the scooter to its limits without worrying about it shutting down after a few miles.
The deck is adequate, but 6 ft+ riders might have to hunch at times on account of the less-than-ideal 37.5 inch handlebar height. But overall, we feel that this is a great scooter for the big dawgs who like a bit of zip with their machines.
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is a performance beast, especially when it comes to acceleration. From 0-15 mph, this scooter clocks an exceptional 2.3 seconds–acceleration time comparable to scooters in the $3000 category, tying with Segway’s GT1 and the Victor Luxury, to be specific. Not just that, but at the P1’s price point, it beats everything we’ve tested from 0 to 30 mph.
The P1 2.0 electric scooter is also a new standard for throttles–it’s smooth, and it’s not laggy. This is a sub $1500 scooter with sine wave controllers that make the throttle feel absolutely state of the art. If we had just one reason to get this scooter–this would be it. It’s also quite amazing that you can just put the scooter in gear 3, with all the P-settings maxed out, and do a top-speed run, or ride slow and smooth with the same settings. This is how throttles should work.
She’s a fox. The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter gave us a new best-in-class top speed and matched the manufacturer’s claimed max speed.
The P1 2.0 scooter clocked 40 mph on our speed test. Nothing at or below its price point comes close. In fact, under $2000, the scooter registered the third highest top speed, falling behind the more expensive Yinke i5’s 40.1 mph and the legendary Wolf Warrior X’s 44.1 mph.
During our speed tests, Paul did two top speed runs in opposite directions on flat ground and saw indicated top speeds of 44 mph on the speedometer. But as we know, scooter speedos typically read 10% higher, and this scooter is no different. For this reason, we always get our numbers from pro-grade tools.
Keep in mind, all of the performance data in this review is with the optional sine wave controllers, but the base model’s controllers push the same 25 amps of current per motor. Therefore, if you get the sine wave version without the TRON lights, you’re looking at a $1400 scooter that will do a legit 40 mph, and there’s a good chance the $1300 version will do it too.
When it comes to scaling ability, dual motor scooters remain unbeaten. We took the Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter on our usual 200 ft, 10% hill test, and it beat every single motor scooter except the monstrous Segway GT1, which it exactly tied at 8.8 seconds to the top.
The P1 2.0’s hill climbing is also best-in-class, as nothing in its class out climbed it. And under $1500, only the $1450 Yinke i5 and the $1450 Mantis V2 did better, reaching the top in 7.9 seconds and 8.1 seconds respectively. Of the comparison scooters, the more expensive Apollo Ghost also did better at 8.7 seconds, while the Synergy Aviator struggled a little at 9.3 seconds.
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is a record-setter that just won’t quit. On our range test course, the scooter went further than any other dual-motor scooter we’ve tested at its price. Paul covered 25.8 miles riding fairly aggressively on our hilly range-test course.
Our riding style usually gets us just about 50-60% of the range on the spec sheet. So, the P1 2.0 electric scooter going 86% of that range is pretty impressive. Riding conservatively, we can definitely see the scooter’s 936 wh battery hitting the manufacturer’s stated 30 miles. Just keep your speeds under 20 mph and stick to flat ground and you’ll go further than we went.
Set alongside competitor scooters, the P1 held its own. Only the Mantis V2 with a larger 1092 wh battery went further with 27.2 miles of range on a single charge. The Apollo Ghost and the Synergy Aviator trailed behind these voyagers at 22.3 miles and 22.5 miles respectively.
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter did not set any records for braking. The scooter can't be faulted since the brakes on it are not the latest tech. However, they get the job done, and adequately even. From a speed of 15 mph, the scooter came to a stop in just 10.9 ft.
The most expensive scooter on our database, the Dualtron X limited stops in 10.7 ft. So it's safe to say the P1 is within trend for performance scooters. The comparison scooters did not veer too far from the Solar P1 2.0. The Apollo Ghost stopped in 10.6 ft, the Mantis V2 in 9.7 ft, and the Synergy Aviator in 10.7 ft. But, as long as it’s under 11 ft, that’s world-class.
The brakes on the P1 2.0 are cable-operated disc brakes, and the scooter also has regenerative braking that charges the battery a little as you slow down. Some people prefer hydraulic brakes because they’re self-adjusting, and are known for having massive stopping power even with one finger.
Looking at the Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter, you’d not think it rides as smoothly as it does. However, there’s one quality you don’t expect at this price point that makes all the difference–hydraulic shocks.
The Solar P1 2.0 has front and rear hydraulic suspension– four in the front and one in the back. What did Paul think about the suspension?
“If I’m going to nit-pick, the front is a little stiff for my taste, but I’m only 165 lbs, so they’ll work better as you get closer to the 330 lb rider-weight limit.”
The shocks are not the only feature racking points for smooth ride quality. The scooter also comes with 10 inch pneumatics–and get this, they’re tubeless. Dual motors are just starting to get into the rhythm of tubeless tires, and we love it. We’ll tell you more about why we love tubeless tires in the tire's section.
The scooter is also comfortable for most riders’ builds. The deck is long and wide enough for you to get the best riding stance. And with the smooth throttle, you can completely lean in and let the P1 2.0 electric scooter rocket to top speeds. However, if you’re in the 6 ft range, you might find yourself awkwardly bent from time to time since the scooter’s stem only rises to 37.5 inches above the deck.
Dual motor performance scooters come with the obvious portability tradeoff, and the Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is no different. However, the scooter folds down surprisingly small. The folded scooter measures 46.5 inches x 12 inches x 20.5 inches. The telescopic stem is partially responsible for the smaller folded footprint.
The stem latch isn’t our favorite style, but over the time we’ve found three tricks that make it nicer to live with. First, there’s a trick to folding it. You probably naturally release the catch on the side first and then pull the main lever, but it’s way easier if you release the gold latch first and then the one on the side (the owners free manual actually covers this).
Next, the latch instantly becomes smoother and way easier to use, if you spray a little lithium grease. Watch the video to have a better visual. And, finally, to minimize stem wobble and make the scooter feel its absolute best, just take a 10mm wrench, snug up the tension on the latch, and you’re good to go.
Electric scooters on the lower end of the price spectrum tend to cut on the bells and whistles, and the cockpit is almost always a sure bet for a downgrade. But, as you can already tell, the Solar P1 2.0 is not the kind of scooter that does what is expected of a ‘scooter like her.’
The display is surprisingly catchy–and everything you’d expect on a higher-end scooter is here in some form or the other. Lights, turn signals, horn, old-school ECO/Turbo button and single/dual motor button. Though, for some reason, the orange ECO/Turbo button doesn’t have a label.
Back to the gorgeous high-contrast display. We love that it sits so close to the brake levers, so it’s more comfortable to use on long rides. The handle bars are an ideal size and you get no handle bar wobble.
The fingerprint-start display is a $100 option, but totally worth it. First, it looks cool. Second, it’s easy to read in bright light. And third, you can unlock it with any of your 10 fingers. But the overarching reason to get this option is that you get a much smoother throttle response because it comes with sine wave controllers. Sine wave motor controllers are also more efficient, so you get maybe 5% more range than you would with conventional motor controllers.
The Solar P1 2.0 e-scooter is lit like a Christmas tree–think of an Okai Neon Pro, or a Dualtron X limited (well, maybe on a lesser scale).
When you turn on the headlight, you get a choice of low beam, flashing, or high beam out front. The same light switch also turns on the mesmerizing glow from the optional TRON lights in the deck. For a small fee of $140, you can upgrade your P1 to be the flyest-looking scooter in town. Ours is cyan, but you can also get it in red, green, or purple.
The reason it’s so evenly lit is that it’s not LED. Instead, Solar uses this custom Electro Luminescent technology made in the UK. You get a single color, so you have to pick which color you want when you order the scooter. We doubt anyone will mind that because even when we have 100 colors to choose from on other scooters, one person gets to pick their favorite color and it’s left at that. So just make sure you pick a color you love .
Out back is a bright tail light and brake light, and turn signals too. You can only see the direction indicators from the back, which we find annoying. But at this price, we’re just happy to have them.
The e-scooter rolls on tubeless 10 inch by 3.1 inch tires. These are great for anyone that hates flats but likes the ride quality of air-filled tires. What you might not know is that up until very recently, tubeless tires were super rare for dual-motor electric scooters. But why do we love them?
Tubeless tires are more puncture resistant, especially when it comes to getting pinch flats when you hit a sharp edge. They also have a small range advantage because they have slightly less-rolling resistance than tubed tires. Finally, they work better with tire sealant. Just remember to keep checking tire pressure to ensure they roll efficiently.
The hybrid offroad tires are super wide, and there are things we like and don’t like about the shape. The wide footprint is super ideal for aggressive riding because the tires aren’t affected by little ruts. However, they’re not quite as good in corners, because they are a little squared off at the edges. That said, you can still take curves pretty fast.
Compared to most other scooters in its class, the Solar scooter has a clear advantage in deck size. The deck size is almost optimal size for length and width, measuring 19.8 inches by 8.9 inches.
Looking at the deck shape, it is extra wide at the front and back, which is nice for steering with your feet. Once on board, it also feels way longer than its 19.8 inch spec because the footrest is huge. And though it looks like you’re stepping on nothing, it’s one of the best footrests ever, because it’s so flat.
Going off the price, you’d expect your usual, run-of-the-mill casual commuter with average build quality and not a ton of features. However, the Solar P1 2.0 is surprisingly sturdy and well-equipped. Truthfully, the build does look a little old school, like something you’ve seen before. But digging a little deeper reveals the performance is very good, and the specs include some surprisingly modern stuff.
The look of the scooter is kind of raw with a lot of exposed bolts . But it’s also got a lot of nice little touches too, like the gold anodized bits that go with the gold on the dash, and continue to the headlights, the latch, and all the way down to the chunky gold-anodized valve stem caps.
For the base price of $1300, here’s what you’re getting:
A scooter with one of the nicest lighting profiles in its class, including optional Tron lights, rear turn signals, and an adjustable-beam headlight.
You have a scooter with an above-average deck size, and a decent 5.8 inch clearance to hop off curbs or roll over obstacles without scraping the deck.
10 inch hybrid tubeless tires that reduce chances of pinch flats, and are great on ill-maintained tracks.
A vintage vibe going with the cockpit, but everything you need for a fun run on the town.
Besides that, here’s what else to expect:
Huge fenders that do a good job of keeping the rider splash-free if you get caught in the rain. That, and the scooter has a water protection rating of IP54. However, we’d still recommend staying out of deep puddles and downpours since water damage isn’t typically covered by scooter warranties.
There’s also a USB port included, but only the base model version will charge your phone. Should you choose to upgrade to the fingerprint start, you lose that functionality. On the bright side, with the fingerprint start, you also get a key switch, which means two kinds of security.
Something else you get two of? Volt meters–red one, which you find on the key switch and another on the display.
We should also mention that some scooters are designed to turn on when they’re charging, and some aren’t. So when you’re charging your P1 2.0 electric scooter, don’t freak out if you turn on the key to check your changing status and nothing happens. This one falls in the latter category. You’ll have to unplug it if you want to check the voltage or turn the scooter on.
Anyone say P-settings? Here are our favorite:
P6 is the launch control level. For maximum performance, set launch mode to 5. It’s not launch control like in a car where you just get it once. This controls how hard the power comes on whenever you launch from a stop, and it can do it all day.
P8 is for your regen brakes. It sets the intensity of your regen from 0 to 5. It basically feels like it’s off when set to 2 or lower, so I prefer it set to 3. But even if you crank it up to 5, it’s not grabby.
The Solar P1 2.0 is a performance scooter, thus, it is necessary for the manufacturer to equip the scooter with some safety features. Solar ensures that you have a safe ride on the P1 by, first of all, installing an effective braking system. You get cable-operated mechanical disk brakes and regenerative braking.
The scooter is also well-designed to withstand the rigors of everyday riding–the frame is sturdy, the deck is an appropriate size for proper foot navigation, and the grips are comfortable and give a firm hold. The scooter is also highly visible to other road users reducing the chances of unforeseen incidents. And you get a horn to warn any unwary pedestrians on cycle lanes.
The scooter also costs a significant chunk of change, therefore, it needs protection from the elements or any possible nicking attempts. The IP54 water protection rating and the huge fenders do a good job of keeping the scooter protected from downpours.
You get the option to install a fingerprint scanner that also comes with a keyed switch, which is two levels of protection against theft.
Solar offers a 2-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects. Should you experience any defective components including the motor, controllers, display, frame–and you can confirm that you are the original purchaser, you are eligible to claim your warranty benefits. The battery is only covered for one year. And Solar goes into great detail about the inclusions and exclusions of their warranty. Read the full warranty specifications to understand what you’re entitled to. And, as a bonus, you get great service and good support from the guys on their team--based not only in the UK but also now in LA.
Solar P1 2.0 Review Conclusion
There’s plenty to love about the solar P1 2.0 electric scooter. It’s an affordable performance scooter, that gives you great top speed, excellent throttle, sine wave controllers, great acceleration and hill climbing, and is covered under a 2-year warranty.
The Solar P1 2.0 electric scooter is a different sort of standard, and we’re glad to finally have access to Solar scooters in the US. We have two other scooters we showed during the unboxing–the Solar E1 and the Solar FF Lite and we’re excited to take those out for a spin to see if they actually live up to the standards set by the P1 2.0.
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