The Mihos electric scooter is powered by a 1.5kWh hub-mounted electric motor that produces around 2bhp and 250Nm of peak torque. The scooter gets a 2.96kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) battery pack that is claimed to offer an IDC range of 130km and a 0-100 per cent charging time of 5hr. It gets three riding modes - Eco, Sport and Hyper, which alters the throttle response and speed according to the mode selected.
Now, we only rode the Mihos around a smooth and technical go-kart track, so our first impressions are limited to just that. Nonetheless, the performance of the electric scooter is just about adequate and isn’t something to write home about. Even in Hyper mode, it builds momentum linearly and struggles to reach its claimed top speed of 63kph. On the go-kart track, I could only manage a max speed of around 45kph on the straight patches. In Eco mode, the throttle response is dialled down even further, along with a claimed top speed of 35kph. Although the Sport mode offers marginal improvement in throttle response, it’s the Hyper mode that you’d always want to ride the scooter in. Needless to say, the range drops to 65km in Hyper mode.
On the upside though, the Joy e-Bike Mihos impresses in the handling department. The under-bone chassis offers good lateral stiffness, and the scooter changes directions effortlessly. It tips into corners without much effort and maintains the line beautifully.
The only negative is that the side stand is placed too far low and scrapes badly every time you lean the scooter on your left. What’s even scarier is that if you are carrying more speed, the side stand tends to alter your line, throwing you in the opposite direction of the corner.
Now, we rode the scooter on the smooth go-kart track, so unless we test the Mihos on urban roads, we can’t offer an opinion on its ride quality just yet. However, from our experience on the track, the scooter seems to run a stiffer suspension setup. On the other hand, the braking performance felt adequate for the scooter. While the brakes offered a decent bite, there was a lot of brake fade over the course of the track session. Moreover, there was a lot of brake noise from some of the scooters, every time we braked hard.