Bravo EVT-345 Electric Scooter - Reviews
Bravo EVT-345
Average Rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4 star(s)
(based on 1 reviews)
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Reliable and convenient
By Tim from Bergen, Norway on 2/23/2012
Pro: Convenience, Speed
Con: Mileage / Distance, Charge Time
Best Uses: Daily Commuting
Describe Yourself: Professional
I bought a Bravo EVT345 because I became trustrated with small petrol-driven vehciles (ATV and Scooter, both 50 cc) not starting reliably in wet damp Bergen weather. The Bravo EVT345 avoids high-tension ignition, being a 48 volt system, and hence avoids spark plug problems associated with petrol-driven vehicles.

I can see that the EVT345 is a very skillfully designed item of equipment. On ice and snow on Bergen in winter time, it performs superbly, being stable and its weight keeps tyres well engaged. My evaluation is that performs better than my ATV in ice and snow.

When driving, the EVT345 handles well and is very stable and solid; really excellent design. Its acceleration is very impressive, but will drain the battery quickly if executed too often. Its hill-climbing ability is also good; I managed a 1:4 slope regularly in Bergen, but takes a lot out of the batteries. Clearly, best range is obtained when travelling on slopes less that 1:10 where the EVT345 functions most efficiently. On the very hilly terraine in Bergen, the travelling range on batteries is less than reported by the manufacture, but this is to be expected as steep slopes take a large current from the batteries; the Amp-hour discharge characteristics of the SLA battery is greater when discharged at a lower rate.

The overall concept and styling are excellent. My only real two criticisms concern the following:

(a) changing back tyres is a more complex task because of the cable to the motors; moreover, the motor cables could be better armoured, as they are presently vulnerable to vandalism (i.e. someone coming with cable spinners and severing the cable where they enter the motors (just prior to the axle protection caps); this problem could be partially alleviated by having brake connections and electrical connection on the same side of the wheel; and

(b) it would be preferable if more of the components were fabricated from plastics material or aluminium alloy components, as rust sets in fairly rapidly in the steel components in a wet damp environment such as Bergen. In dry climates such as Spain, California, Mexico, et al., such rusting is not really an issue, but it is highly relevant in damp climates; in Bergen, I have seen a few rather rusty 2-wheeled EVT scooters.

My overall conclusion is that the EVT345 concept is well thought out and there is provided a useful, reliable and inexpensive (from electricity use viewpoint) form of transport. However, a few refinements would be beneficial and should not adversely influence cost.

The EVT potentially can appeal to all age groups, elderly (especially on the low-speed setting) as well as professional people executing short distance commutes. The Lithium version of the EVT345 is clearly probably better than the SLA version (SLA = sealed Lead acid battery), but is then rather expensive in view of the cost of Lithium batteries.