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Levy Electric Scooter review

The Levy Electric Scooter is a smooth and powerful scooter with a handy removable battery.

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Our Verdict

An excellent electric scooter with a smooth ride and plenty of power.

For

  • Smooth ride
  • Powerful motor
  • Replaceable battery
  • Bright display

Against

  • Non-adjustable headlight
  • Vague power readings

There’s nothing more aggravating than when your gadget’s battery runs out of juice. For some devices, it’s an annoying inconvenience, but for others it can be a big problem. Priced at $499, the Levy electric scooter’s removable battery means you can always have a spare on hand, ensuring that you don’t get stranded during a long ride. And this is one scooter you’ll want to ride for a while, too. Its smooth motion and powerful motor make it one of the best electric scooters we’ve tested. 

Levy Electric Scooter design

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The Levy is a nice-looking electric scooter. While a few wires protrude here and there, it keeps a sleek profile. When unfolded, the Levy measures 49.5 inches tall and is 41.5 inches long. When folded, it measures 17 inches high, which was small enough to fit underneath a train seat. However, unlike the Glion Dolly, the Levy’s handlebars do not fold in, so it’s a bit bulkier.

The scooter is available in three color variations: black with turquoise accents, black with red accents, and blue accents with a silver front post.

Levy Electric Scooter controls and display

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The controls for the Levy are spartan but effective. On the right side is a thumb throttle that has a power button and a menu button. Using just these two buttons, you can set cruise control, switch between the three speed modes, and turn the scooter’s headlight on and off.

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A circular light-emitting diode (LED)) display, roughly the size of a silver dollar, sits in the middle of the handlebars. It’s a very bright display, and was easily readable in full sunlight. The screen shows your speed and approximate remaining battery life. I say approximate, because on some rides, the screen would show two bars of battery life, but the scooter would refuse to move unless I was on a level or downhill grade.

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Levy Electric Scooter replaceable battery

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Unlike most electric scooters, which have their battery built into the deck, the Levy’s battery is inside the downtube. It’s also removable, so you can swap it out for a replacement on the fly. (Replacements cost $140 each). While I can’t imagine many scenarios in which you’d need a spare battery — maybe if you use it for deliveries), it’s a nice feature. However, this also makes the downtube thicker than on other scooters, so those with smaller hands may have more trouble carrying the Levy. 

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In the middle of the handlebars is a small LED headlight, which wasn’t as powerful (nor adjustable) like the Glion Dolly, but it kept the road ahead illuminated. The Levy also has a tail light, which also flashes whenever you apply the brakes. It’s a smart feature that all electric scooters should adopt.

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Levy Electric Scooter performance and battery life

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Levy Electric Scooter Specs

Size (unfolded): 49.5 x 41.5 x 17 inches
Wheel size: 8.5 inches
Weight: 27 pounds
Max rider weight: 230 pounds
Max speed: 18 mph
Max range: 15 miles
Motor: 350-watt, front-wheel drive
Battery: 36V, 6.4aH
Charging time: 3.5 hours

The Levy’s tubeless tires are air-filled, which I’ve found do more to ensure a smooth ride than anything else. Riding over potholes and sidewalk cracks was much less jarring than with the Glion Dolly, which has rubber wheels. Because the Levy’s wheels are air-filled, they are prone to punctures (though this didn’t happen in my testing); spares cost $10 apiece.

Powered by a front-wheel-drive, 350-watt motor, the Levy was one of the zippiest scooters I’ve used. I was impressed with its speed — up to 18 miles per hour—as well as its ability to get my 200-pound body up inclines with ease. It took me up hills better than the Glion and the Swagtron Swagger 5

I also liked the Levy’s cruise-control feature. When enabled, the scooter would stay at a consistent speed as long as I maintain that speed for a few seconds. This option keeps you from having to hold your thumb on the throttle, and a simple tap of the brakes turns off cruise control.

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The Levy has a rear disc brake, which was very effective. Because the scooter uses a traditional hand grip (on the left handlebar), I found I was able to apply just the right amount of pressure.

The battery was beefy enough to keep me riding through my entire six-mile test course, with a little juice left over. However, there was only enough power for riding on a level or downhill surface: The motor would stop if I tried going uphill.

Bottom Line

The Levy is one of the best electric scooters for $500. It’s powerful, comfortable and has a number of smart features. Those who plan to take the device scooter on public transportation should check out the Glion Dolly (also $499), as it has more commuter-friendly features, but overall, the Levy provides a smoother ride for the money.