Test, price, autonomy and electric scooter data sheet

The L3e city car has a very special design, with square and captivating lines. Removable practical batteries, start well at the traffic light, but watch out for autonomy

Matthew Solingi

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Designed, engineered and built in Italy, the Wow 774 and Wow 775 electric scooters are set to arrive at the end of 2022 to expand their horizons in France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Meanwhile, startup Lombard, which offers its products as a solution to new urban mobility with a generation of original electric scooters, has given way to vehicle testing. The Wow 774 is L1e-certified—the equivalent of a 50cc endothermic—while the Wow 775 is L3e-certified, which can be driven on an A2 licence. Our focus is on the latter: a full day in the streets of Milan to get acquainted with the Italian 360-degree electric scooter.

Design and Chassis

At first glance, the Wow 775 could not fail to deliver on its design, deliberately square and minimal, in some ways. Innovative, simple yet elegant and well-defined lines. In a world where scooters, motorcycles, and cars add lines to enhance shapes from different angles, Wow chooses to remove two, giving their products freshness and simplicity. The upper part of the shield is completely flat, above it there is a small “windshield” that protects the devices, the latter consists of an intuitive and basic screen that shows the speed in large letters in the center of the screen, while everywhere there are essential information such as the percentage of battery charge, air temperature, total and partial mileage . The straight fork hides the lower body of the scooter, collapsing almost within itself, while the flat footrest acts as a bridge between the front and rear of the electric scooter. The rear axle is divided into two parts: the driver’s saddle is one with a cylindrical saddle with a strong vertical twist, echoing the coloration of the scooter body at the front; The passenger seat, longer and narrower, follows the shape of the two black batteries with a horizontal twist. Optical clusters featuring full LED technology complement the overall vision.

the engine

The brushless synchronous motor (L3e certified), geared belt-mounted centrally in the rear swingarm, is powered by two lithium-ion batteries (9 kg each), positioned on the side under the saddle, easily removable and easily rechargeable even indoors at night. The nominal power of the scooter is 5.44 hp, and the peak is 6.8 hp. Three assignments are available: With Eco, you can save a little in terms of battery, which results in a decrease in performance. The most balanced map, which offers the right compromise between performance (75 km/h) and energy savings is the city, while if you don’t have to deal with battery consumption, perhaps because the commute between home and work is short, there is Sport, with a (real) top speed of 85 km / h. Recharge times talk about 5 hours to go from 0 to 100%, while the declared autonomy is 95 km, even if it depends a lot on your driving style and the route you take. The opposite exists.

How are you before you leave

Even before we leave for the test through the streets of Milan, and through some key areas of the regional capital for a test ride of about sixty kilometers, we separate the batteries from the charging base and insert them into the special aluminum compartments located on the sides. from the back seat. Once that’s done, we notice a cumbersome keyless system and an unintuitive ignition lock. Remove the steering lock, turn on the ignition and start the scooter – trivial operations on an endothermic – here is more complicated. The audible warnings emitted by the scooter more than help understand what’s really going on, they cause little concern. However, after a little training and some unsuccessful attempts, the engine can be started.

how are you

Once the engine is running, the misunderstanding between the driver and the scooter ends. From the first meters, you can feel a good speed from 0 to 30 km / h, extendable – in sports mode – up to 50 km / h. Top speed is reassuring, because moving through traffic knowing you can’t go over a certain speed due to purely car limits is not reassuring, especially on roads with two or three lanes in each direction. Proportionately, the gap between Eco and City mode is much larger than that between City and Sport mode, as the Eco significantly slows the scooter, allowing it not to exceed a top speed of just over 50 km/h, which saves battery. Good agility thanks to the double-sided steel frame and convincing braking power (with Wow 775 combined braking). Even more surprising is the electronic braking system, which can be activated by a button on the steering wheel: an alternative to disc brakes, it converts 80% of kinetic energy to recharging the battery. Very good thing, given that the car’s battery is less than 25% – whatever mode it is running – it drops to a top speed of 45 km / h. The speed that decreases along with charging the batteries, it reaches speeds so low that it’s insufficient if you’re in a fast-flowing context, only to peak at zero about 12% of the battery. The 16-inch wheels, synchronized with a hydraulic telescopic fork with 36 mm struts and a single hydraulic shock absorber at the rear, ensure safety on cobblestones and when handling rough sections. The scooter’s habitability is also good, with more than enough size to accommodate drivers over 180cm tall.

Practical and optional

Like performance, if not more important, for a scooter, it’s essential to be practical and have all the amenities needed to experience the city. Having said the difficulties with turning off the engine (with a little practice this problem disappears) and a convenient charging base (optional, 85 euros), there is also a built-in 10W USB socket for recharging electronic devices, and a compartment under the saddle of 50 liters where you can leave your helmet Jet and other things, hook for things, alarm and remote control for remote control. The set of two 42 Ah Plus batteries, those suitable for the Wow 775, cost €2,420, while €193 is required for the Engels top box plus a 120-liter mat. The cost of the cover of the Tucano Urbano is 165 euros and the windshield is 135 euros. The rear top case with the panel is also optional at a price that has not yet been confirmed.

Conclusions and prices with incentives

All is well with the engine running and batteries charged, perhaps something to improve with the engine off in terms of intuition and practicality in using a keyless system and the ignition switch, with access to the lower seat. A good starting point from the traffic lights, the three maps differ from each other to allow the driver to choose whether to conserve battery or have maximum performance. Intelligent regenerative braking using a button on the handlebar, and reverse gear is an added gem of a scooter that remains extremely light even when parked. Six colours: red, silver, white, priced at €5,410, ex-trader (which became €4,080 with 30% incentive and €3,636 with 40% incentive); Blue, green, petrol and anthracite cost €5,560 per list price (4,193 € with 30% incentive, €3,737 with 40% incentive). The cost of the Wow 775 delivery with front luggage carrier and trunk support panel is 5,670 euros (4,276 euros with 30% incentive and 3,811 euros with 40% incentive).

Pros and Cons

admire: performance, brilliance in sport, with an unlimited top speed that instills safety even on roads with double or triple lanes in every direction, found in Milan and other cities; high wheel and wheel life of the scooter, with not too narrow geometric dimensions; Simple but personalized design; Batteries are easily removable and can be charged at home.

I do not like it: limited steering angle; Cumbersome keyless system unintuitive ignition lock.

Wow 775: Technical Sheet

  • engine: brushless synchronous L3e approved, rated power 5.44 hp, max power 6.8 hp;
  • Removable batteries: 2 lithium-ion, voltage 72 V, capacity 42 Ah / 3 kWh;
  • Charging time: 5 hours from 0 to 100%;
  • declared autonomy: 95 km at 20 ° and in city mode;
  • top speed: 85 km/h;
  • Dimensions: mirrors 2077 mm long x 1302.85 mm wide x 725 mm wide;
  • saddle height: 785mm;
  • Weight with batteries: 113 kg;
  • lower compartment: 50 liters;
  • the structure: double steel cradle ;
  • Front suspension: hydraulic telescopic fork with 36 mm struts;
  • Rear suspension: single central hydraulic shock absorber;
  • Front brakes: 220mm single disc;
  • Rear brake: 220mm single disc;
  • wheels and tires: front 100/80 – 16, rear 120/80 – 16;
  • price: from 5,410 € (4,080 € 30% incentive, 3,636 € 40% incentive).



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