The software is still in the Beta mode, which means not all the features worked when we tested the Simple One. What did work though, and pretty impressively, was the chassis, and the electric motor it contained. The Simple One feels properly fast and climbs the speed ladder with a striking pace. It gets four ride modes – Eco, Ride, Dash, and Sonic.
The Eco is the tamest with maximum range while Sonic aims to give all the power that the electric motor can deliver. Not to mention, the Eco mode, despite its economical name, is fairly fast. You can still venture into the high 40s on the speedometer in this mode. Then, the Ride and Dash modes make things even more interesting while reducing the range as compared to the Eco. But it’s the Sonic that hits things out of the park, along with the range. Even with a pillion on board, the electric scooter felt stress-free and properly fast. Simple Energy claims a 0-40kmph acceleration time of 2.77 seconds.
Another good thing is that the Simple One packs two battery packs. The combined range in Eco mode stands at 236km under IDC conditions while the company’s internal tests claim a range of 203km. With almost the entire test ride spent in the Sonic mode and riding with generous throttle input, the battery range dropped from 94 per cent to 38 per cent for a distance of 40km.
Moreover, the chassis complements the performance and the Simple One feels planted at high speeds (read 80kmph and above) and around the corners. For my weight of 68kg (including the riding gear), the suspension felt firm without being too harsh. Heavier riders may find the setup to be a lot plusher. Plus, the braking setup has been tuned for an average scooter rider. Thus, the 190mm rear disc packs a lot more bite than the 200mm front rotor and the setup brings the scooter to a halt at a commendably short distance.
But it isn’t without flaws. Remember the bit where we spoke about the seat in the design part of the review? The forward leaning angle of the saddle makes things uncomfortable while the aggressive design of the apron leaves very little knee room. On the upside, the seat height of just 775mm and a kerb weight of 115kg make it accessible to a wide range of riders and easy to manoeuvre without getting off the scooter. The reverse mode comes in handy too. So, does the Simple One make a strong case?