Gotrax G4 Review
Pros: Lithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth ride
Cons: Heavier weight, long charge time
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|Pros||Lithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth ride||Lots of features, customizable settings, fastest in the test, very smooth ride, long distance range, good headlight, additional lights for enhanced visibility||Decent speed and range, cruise control feature, rear suspension, rear brake light and deck lights, regenerative braking is pretty powerful||Fast, front suspension, decent travel radius||Folded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing power|
|Cons||Heavier weight, long charge time||Heavier weight - more difficult to carry, settings can be confusing - had to look up instructional video, 8hr charge time if you don't use the fast charger (sold separately)||Solid tires - harsher ride, carrying latch is complicated to work, heavier than average||Cruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancy||Rough ride, single brake|
|Bottom Line||A smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its step||A very comfortable ride that checks all of our boxes and truly impressed us with its speed and range||A mid-priced scooter for longer distances and avid commuters||A relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radius||This scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform|
|Rating Categories||Gotrax G4||Apollo City||Hiboy S2||Hiboy MAX||Glion Dolly Foldable|
|Ride Comfort (20%)|
|Specs||Gotrax G4||Apollo City||Hiboy S2||Hiboy MAX||Glion Dolly Foldable|
|Measured Maximum Speed||19.8 mph||22.5 mph||17 mph||19.3 mph||13.8 mph|
|Measured Effective Range||22 miles||23 miles||14 miles||12.2 miles||13.2 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||5 hours 50 min||8 hours 30 minutes||5 hours 40 minutes||4 hours 30 min||4 hrs 25 min|
|Brake Type||Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system||Front disc
|Front electronic brake and rear disc brake||Front electronic brake|
|Tire Type||Pneumatic||Pneumatic||Solid rubber||Solid rubber||Rubber (honeycomb interior)|
|Screen||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Battery indicator only|
|Maximum Load||220 lbs||260 lbs||220 lbs||220 lbs||255 lbs|
|Measured Weight||37.8 lbs||42.8 lbs||32 lbs||35.2 lbs||28.7 lbs|
|Motor||350 Watt||600 Watt||350 Watt||350 Watt||250 Watt|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The powerful Gotrax G4 offers high speeds, reliable range, quick braking, and a smooth ride. Its lithium-ion battery, 350-watt motor, and pneumatic tires, and just three examples of the quality that the G4 offers, making it well worth the money.
We dubbed range one of those most important metrics. The electric scooter wouldn't be a reliable mode of transportation if you could only ride it for a few minutes between charges. In this metric, we took into account the distance and time that each scooter lasts between charges as well as the charge time itself. We were somewhat underwhelmed by its lengthy charge time; however, the G4's range blew many of its competitors out of the water.
The Gotrax G4 comes equipped with a 36V 10.4Ah (374.4 Wh) lithium-ion battery, which has a higher power density and allows for more battery life in a lighter package. According to the manual, the G4 is meant to travel 21 to 25 miles before running out of juice. The real-world experience depends on the weight of the person riding it as well as the steepness of the terrain they are riding on. Our hands-on testing revealed that this model can go an average of one hour and 54 minutes before needing a recharge. In that time, we rode 22 miles. Very impressive.
Speaking of charging, the G4 is advertised to take between four and five hours to completely charge a depleted battery. We found that it was closer to six with an average of five hours and fifty minutes. The charge times in our test suite present a very wide range from two to twelve hours. This puts the G4 right in the middle.
We tested each electric scooter's power on flat terrain and by tackling various hills. We took into account the top speed on various inclines. The Gotrax G4 did not disappoint.
The G4 charged up the first hill at a whopping 17.5 miles per hour. The 3.49% steepness grade only caused the machine to slow down by roughly 2.5 miles per hour. This colored us impressed. We upped the ante a bit with a steeper hill, 10.5% grade, and the scooter began to struggle. It still made it up the hill, but it dropped down to a crawling five to six miles per hour. When we tested it on our 15% grade hill, it didn't budge. That being said, the majority of the scooters we tested struggled with this steep of a grade.
With its 350-watt motor and a fresh, or mostly fresh, battery the G4 easily gets up close to its top speed of 20 miles per hour on flat terrain with an average top speed of 19.82 miles per hour. Overall the G4 performs very well in this department, but it falls short on especially steep hills. While this is not an issue for everyone, it is something you should consider if you live somewhere with steeper terrain like San Fransisco.
The third metric we tested was the ride. During our testing, we took the scooters on some pretty rough terrain, paying special attention to how they handled bumpy roads and unexpected cracks. We have all seen those scooter-fail videos, and it's safe to say that we'd like to avoid going head over handlebars. Overall, we are extremely impressed with the G4's performance in this category.
The 10-inch pneumatic tires offer a nice smooth ride on uneven terrain. We experienced hardly any bouncing around on these larger tires and felt safe riding on less than ideal roads and sidewalks.
As for coming across unexpected obstacles, like cracks, the larger pneumatic wheels proved adequate over and over again. We barely felt the smaller cracks and handled larger ones with ease. At first, we felt nervous zooming over deep and wide breaks in the pavement, but by the end of our test period, the G4's performance had us feeling confident.
Because these devices are meant for convenient transportation, we included portability in our testing. We focused on whether or not each scooter folds, its general dimensions, carry latching, and general ease of transportation.
The G4 has a one-touch folding system. It took our testers two or three attempts to figure out, but the system is very easy to use once you get the hang of it.
The automatic latch makes the G4 ready to ride as soon as you open it and the red carry latch is very big. So big that you can potentially hang items from it to free up your hands while you're riding, like a bag of groceries or a gym tote. The small loop on the back of the scooter, which the carry latch attaches to, is not only easy to use, but it's reliable too.
The G4 feels well balanced, meaning it is not front or back heavy, which makes it easy to transport. The grip range is wide, so you don't have to pick it from any particular spot to get a good handle on it. The steering column may be too big for users with small hands but average to larger hands work just fine. Its folded dimensions are roughly 45 inches long 18.5 inches wide 19.75 inches high. This 37.8-pound scooter is a little on the heavier side of the spectrum, so you may not want to carry it long distances, but it's okay to hop in and out of a bus or subway with it. The G4 offers a walk feature that makes the scooter move three miles per hour, which makes pushing the scooter through areas that are too busy to ride very easy. When called for, this feature is very handy. You can also hold the steering column at the front wheel and push it while it's folded, although we don't think that feature was intended, more of just a happy accident.
While we may be more concerned with how a transportation device moves, braking is equally important. We tried braking while traveling downhill as well as on flat terrain to ensure a well-rounded testing experience. We measured the distance from where we started braking to where the scooter came to a complete stop and then compared the numbers side by side. Overall the G4 performed very well in this category.
Going roughly 12 miles per hour, we were able to stop the G4 in a prompt 19 feet. The Dual Braking System activates both the Electric anti-locking braking system (E-ABS) and the disc brake through a simple pull of a lever.
The G4 not only passed the brake test on flat terrain, but it performed well on hills too. We tested these disc brakes while descending on hills of varying steepness — five to 15-percent — and they never failed.
While price is not a characteristic we use to calculate our total scores, it is something to consider. The Gotrax G4 offers a high-quality product for a fair price. The only other scooter we have tested that scores this well costs hundreds more. While it is still an investment, this electric scooter is worth every penny.
The G4 is an all-around crowd-pleaser. It offers a reliable range and a smooth ride. Power-wise, it holds its own on most uphill terrain, and the dual brake system helps us feel comfortable and in control on even steep descents. We loved riding this compact transportation device. If you're willing to shovel out a little extra cash for a scooter you will use frequently, we don't think you'll be disappointed.
— Hayley Thomas and Austin Palmer
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