Gotrax GXL V2 review
Gotrax came to fame in 2017 with its hoverboard line. Since then it has expanded into electric scooters and the results are impressive.
The company's focus is on eco-friendly transport for the modern commuter or for people that like new technology to play around with.
Introducing the Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter
Front hub motor (250 W)
36 V Li-ion battery
20 km (12.5 miles) per charge
- Recharge Time
25 kph (15.5 mph)
- Load Capacity
100 kg (220 lb)
12 kg (26.4 lb)
Two 21.6 cm (8.5") pneumatic tires
- Cruise control
- Two-speed options
- LED display
- Climbs up to 14-degree incline
- Simple, modern design
- Good range per charge
- Regenerative braking
- Good on uneven surfaces
- Affordable price
- LED display
- In-built display could show more
- No brake light
- Pneumatic tyres vulnerable to punctures
- Bell on the handlbar
Design and Portability
The Gotrax GXL electric scooter has a simple yet elegant design. It's a great e-scooter for teens and adults alike. It's portable, sleek, and practical.
The scooter folds down easily and locks in place for when you encounter stairs or other non-rideable areas. But you wouldn't want to carry it too far as it weighs 12 kg (26.4 lb).
Unfolded the GXL V2 e-scooter's dimensions are 112 cm (44") x 104 cm (41") x 15 cm (6") [height x length x width].
In the middle of the handlebars is an LED display to give the rider real-time e-scooter stats. Check out the current speed, change your speed settings, or check the battery status.
Speed, Distance, and Battery
The make or break features of any electric scooter are the motor and the battery life. If one of these is bad, the whole scooter's a write-off.
The Gotrax GXL V2 has an impressive 36 V Lithium-ion battery that can take the scooter a decent 20 km (12.5 miles) on a single charge. It takes around 4 hours to charge the battery from dead to full.
The powerful 250 W front hub motor on the GXL V2 can reach a maximum speed of 25 kph (15.5 mph). And it has two-speed options. Limit the scooter to a max speed of 16 kph (10 mph) - ideal for beginners - or let loose and see for yourself what the GXL V2 is capable of.
The Brake System
The Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter includes regenerative braking on its resumé. This means that energy gained is not lost through braking, but instead stored and reused. This is energy-efficient transport at its finest!
The original Gotrax GXL e-scooter had two brakes. Pushing the lever on the handlebar activated the front wheel's electronic brake. And there was a foot pedal on the scooter's deck to activate the rear wheel's disk brake. 2 brakes sound safer than one right? Wrong!
On the GXL V2, Gotrax scrapped the electronic brake (which was jolty and didn't work if the scooter was out of power) and replaced the foot pedal with a hand-brake.
The rear brake is still a disk brake but is silky smooth compared to the original GXL. And the GXL V2 hand-brake is easier to control than the original's foot pedal.
We get the impression that Gotrax prioritises efficient performance and safety.
The Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter is UL certified. This means the scooter's electrical parts and battery have been tested against short-circuiting and overexertion under strict conditions (see UL-2271 Standard and UL-2272 Standard for more information).
The GXL V2 has an IP54 waterproof rating (Wikipedia). This means that the electronics are protected on all sides from sprays of water and dust or dirt.
Smooth asphalt is where the Gotrax GXL V2 performs its best. And as it's made as a commuting electric scooter, you get the best results in urban areas and on flat roadways. But Gotrax allows for some variation here.
The 21.6 cm (8.5") air-filled tyres act as the scooter's suspension - they're much better than previously used solid rubber tyres. The tyres will absorb most bumps from uneven surfaces, but expect to feel it in your legs and/or hands if you go for long rides on bumpy roads.
These pneumatic tyres also add grip; ideal for wet or slippery surfaces.
Going uphill the GXL V2 fairs ok. It can tackle up to 14-degree inclines, so don't expect to be speeding up steep streets, but it handles itself well.
We were impressed by the load capacity of the GXL V2. It can carry up to 100 kg (220 lb). This is good compared with competing e-scooters. Of course, if you max-out the load capacity don't expect to reach the maximum speed.
If you're looking for a good quality electric scooter for a reasonable price then the GXL V2 is worth considering. We would like to see a Gotrax smartphone app as an additional feature, but apart from that, there isn't much we'd change.
The Gotrax brand is young, but it's behind some exciting, sleek products. And it's competing well in the electric rideable market.
All of this considered, we feel the Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter has earned the rating.