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Apollo Go: A Smaller, Lighter, Less Expensive Apollo Pro

The new Apollo Go represents a further refinement of Apollo’s principles. On the premium side of things, but still affordable, the Go brings together all the company’s tech in a seamlessly integrated package that’s a true joy to ride.


Apollo Go – $1,299 $1,199

Few companies have driven electric scooter innovation forward more than Canadian scooter makers Apollo. While other manufacturers have diversified their interests, putting out electric bikes, motos, and more, Apollo has stayed true to their mission of building boutique electric scooters for discerning riders. 

Located between the Apollo Air and the Apollo City Pro in the company’s lineup, the Go is a premium, dual-motor scooter with a unique, dual “Airflow” suspension and many of the high tech features of the far more expensive Apollo Pro.

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Who Is This Scooter For?

The Apollo Go is made for entry-level riders who want to conquer hills or need an little extra power. But it’s built and designed like a high-end scooter. We’ll have more to say about that  later in our review; however, it’s worth noting up front that there is no “holy crap” mode on this scooter; it’s built for luxury and ride quality, not thrill seeking speeds…

Anyone who can ride a Segway Ninebot Max can ride the Apollo Go. That said, the Go is faster and lighter than the Segway, with dual 350W motors and a unique suspension system comparable to the smooth ride of a Lexus. What’s it like to ride the Go? “I don’t want to get off,” says Paul.



Apollo Go Specs

MakeApollo
ModelGo
Weight46 lbs
Motor power (continuous)700W
Motor typeDual motor
Top Speed27 mph (Manufacturer spec)
25.3 (ESG tested)
Range20-30 mi (Manufacturer spec)
18.6 (ESG tested)
Battery capacity540 Wh
Battery recharge time4-5 hrs
Max rider weight265 lbs
Brake typeDual Regenerative + Rear Drum
Tire type9″ Pneumatic (Tubeless)
SuspensionFront Spring + Rear Spring & Rubber
Water resistanceIP66
UL CertificationUL2272

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Apollo Go: Performance

Top Speed

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Apollo specifies 27 mph for the Apollo Go’s maximum speed. Our tests showed a top speed of 25.3, which falls behind one of our single motor comparison scooters, the powerful EMOVE Cruiser S. 

Otherwise, the Go hits the mark for its price class, beating out competitors like the VMAX VX2 Pro and Segway Ninebot MAX G2.

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Acceleration

High speeds can be fun, but high speed acceleration can be much more useful, and the Go has it, as you’d expect from a dual motor electric scooter

At 6.1 seconds to 15 mph, the Go beats out price rivals like the EMOVE Cruiser S, VMAX VX2 Pro, and Segway Ninebot MAX G2.

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Range

We’re hard on scooters in our range test, as we try as much as possible to replicate real-world riding conditions. The ESG course is a 1.6 mile loop with 92 fet of elevation.  

While Apollo estimates that the Go will get 20 to 30 miles of range on a single charge, we got about 60% of that, or 18.6 miles. In general, we tend to get about 60% of manufacturer estimates on our range course.

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Braking

LIke most everything about the Apollo Go, braking is a unique setup tailor-made for this particular scooter. You’ve got dual regen brakes, operated by a thumb-lever on the left. 

The single brake lever, on the other hand, controls both regenerative brakes and a rear mechanical drum brake, Apollo’s signature choice for mechanical brakes because of their extreme longevity and low-maintenance.

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On the whole, regenerative braking slows and stops the scooter perfectly well. On the rare occasion that it doesn’t, the brake lever brings the scooter to a stop at 15 feet from 15 miles per hour. 

Hill Climb

Again, you can expect good performance here from a dual motor scooter, and you get it with the Apollo Go. Our model trounced the Ninebot G2, climbing our test hill in 12 seconds next to the G2’s 13. 7.

Surprisingly however, the Go did not outclimb the VMAX VX2 Pro GT or the EMOVE Cruiser S — tied in our hill climb at 11.7 seconds.

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Ride Quality

As with Apollo Pro, the Apollo Go’s performance numbers do not tell the whole story — or rather, they’re only part of the story of electric scooters that are more exciting to ride than any of the competition, as well as better built and more reliable. (But more on that below.) 

if you had spec sheets for a Toyota and a Lexus, they might both have the same power, same weight, and performance, so reading those you might say: meh, same-car, get the cheaper one. But we all know the driving experience is completely different. 

Paul

A composite spring and rubber suspension at the rear The Go’s Airflow suspension system offers some very sophisticated vibration damping and shock absorption. This kind of fine tuning in the final product is evidence that Apollo’s rider feedback commitment works. 

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Apollo Go: Design, Build & Reliability

The first thing we notice – after having spent some significant time with Apollo’s $3,999 flagship scooter, the Apollo Pro – was just how much the Go resembles its bigger sibling. 

Looking down, at first glance, you’d swear you’re riding a thirty-five hundred or four-thousand-dollar Apollo Pro. You’ve got the same bar-end turn signals, same grips, same throttle, same control buttons, plus the same super-bright dot-matrix display.

The Go does not have wireless phone charging, alas, but that’s the only step down you’ll notice on the dashboard. 

Otherwise, the Go has the same build quality as the Pro but in a much smaller, more portable package — about half the weight at 46 lbs. 

Tubeless 9” tires reduce weight further, but are still perfectly comfortable for city riding and cornering. The deck is long and slightly narrow at 5.25”, but it’s still roomy enough to find a comfortable stance and steer with your feet. 

As for reliability – We’ve given the Apollo Go one of the highest reliability scores on our index: a 9.2 out of 10 for its UL2272 and UL2271 certifications, water resistance rating of IP66, tubeless tires with sealant, low-maintenance brakes, and EVE 21700 battery cells.

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Apollo Go: Is It Worth It? Our Verdict

We don’t tend to review electric scooters we wouldn’t recommend or ride ourselves, though we do run into the occasional dud, and we try to caution our readers about potential issues with the scooters we review.

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When it comes to the Apollo Go, the number of mechanical or technical problems you’re likely to encounter comes close to zero in our estimation. This is one of the most reliable scooters you can purchase in 2024, if not the most reliable. Maybe that’s not the most glamorous description, but at the end of the day, high reliability is exactly what you’re looking for in a premium entry-level commuter scooter.

Reliability is a category that, of course, includes build quality, and the Go beautifully-designed and built electric scooter. It’s not built for speed; it’s built for comfort and durability, and it succeeds exceptionally well as perhaps the best premium dual-motor entry level electric scooter currently on the market.

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Paul Somerville

Electric Scooter Guide's Editor-in-Chief is a seasoned expert in the electric scooter industry. With a wide-ranging background that includes managing scooter warehouses, selling thousands of motorcycles, and restoring high value (+1M) European sports cars, his expertise is unmatched. Having personally tested over 200 electric scooters, he offers invaluable insights and recommendations to our readers. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, as his diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure top-notch reviews.

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