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The Zero 2.0 e-scooter is lightweight but won't get you very far (hands-on)

Weighing in at 6.4kg, this could be a handy mobility device if it weren't for its terribly short range.

If you're making a short journey and prefer to travel light, the Zero 2.0 is a perfect way to get around. But if you need to go far, this carbon fiber scooter could leave you kick-scooting your way home.

Weighing in at 6.4kg, the Zero 2.0 is one of the lightest electric scooters I've come across thanks to its carbon-fiber build. The light weight makes it really easy to carry around, so you can fold it up and carry it onto a bus or train without breaking a sweat.

The Zero 2.0 has a range of around 15 km (9.3 miles) and can be upgraded with a bigger battery to a range of about 25km (15.5 miles). I tested the 15 km version and found that, depending on how fast you're going and how much torque you're using, you may not get very far.

I found myself running out of juice after traveling around 8 km or so, and had to walk the rest of the distance home. The Zero 2.0's 5-inch wheels make this a draining experience as you'll have to kick a lot to get moving.

But if you've got the power, you'll have a lot of fun zooming around on the Zero 2.0. It accelerates pretty smoothly up to 25 kph (15.5 mph) for a great ride though avoid bumpy ground, as you'll feel most of the patches due to the smaller wheels.

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A lever located at the bottom allows you to easily fold and unfold the scooter.

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Other features include a bright front light that can be toggled on easily, and a built-in odometer and battery indicator located at the top where the handlebars are. Folding and unfolding the Zero 2.0 is pretty easy to do and you can do it in just one second by pulling a lever. The best thing about the design though, has to be the lack of visible wires, which are usually present on most e-scooters or bicycles.

Retailing at S$1,000 (which converts to around $730, £585 or AU$960) and ships to the US, UK and Australia from Singapore. You'll pay an extra S$190 (around $140, £110 and $180) for shipping -- so if you can get it cheaper locally, that may be a better deal.

Key features

  • Weighs just 6.4kg
  • Range of 15 km (9.3 miles) or 25 km (15.5 miles)
  • Top speed of 25 kmh (15.5 mph)
  • No dangling wires

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