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TurboAnt V8 Review – Fun New Electric Scooter with Dual Batteries

Turboand V8 review

The Turboant V8 electric scooter is the latest offering from TurboAnt. This scooter has dual batteries and a range of up to 50 miles on a charge. It is perfect for anyone who wants to commute or do long distance riding on their scooter. The V8 has a top speed of 20 mph making it fun to ride too. It also features a detachable battery, front and rear suspension, disc and electronic braking, and an innovative LED display. The V8 is built with a durable aluminum frame making it durable and long lasting as well. Keep reading to learn all the details of the TurboAnt V8 electric scooter.

About TurboAnt

TurobAnt is an innovative company that produces electric scooters and bikes. In their own words they are “agile as an ant, yet full of turbo-boosted power!”. They produce some of the best affordable and long range electric scooters out there.

Best Value Dual Battery Electric Scooter

TurboAnt V8 Electric Scooter
Turboant V8 product image
  • Top Speed – 20mph
  • Range – 50 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 275 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 47.62 lbs
  • Water Resistance – IPX4
  • Wheels – 9.3 inch pnuematic
  • Brakes – rear disc, front electric
  • Motor –450 watt front hub motor
  • Battery – 2 * 36volt 7.5 ah battery
  • Charge time – 6 hours
  • Drive Modes – 3 Eco, Comfort, Sport
  • Size – 45.7 × 19.9 × 45.5 in
  • Folded Size – 45.7 × 19.9 × 18.1 in
What we liked
  • Dual batteries for extra range and more power
  • Removable battery that lets you charge anywhere and swap for even more range
  • Long 50 mile range on a charge
  • Longer wider deck is comfortable for larger foot sizes
  • Powerful 450 watt motor
  • Smooth ride on 9.3 inch pneumatic wheels and front and rear suspension
  • Wide stable feeling handlebars
  • Strong braking performance with dual brakes
  • Easy to use one button control system
  • Simple and uncluttered cockpit
  • 3 drive modes
What we didn’t like
  • At 47.6 lbs it is heavy to carry around
  • Not available in Europe
  • Only available in 1 color

Turboant V8 electric scooter features

TurboAnt makes one of our favorite line of scooters. They bring top notch performance at a very affordable price. The V8 is one of the lowest price dual battery scooters out there. It’s the only scooter with a 50 mile range anywhere close to its price point. One of the batteries is removable allowing you to remote charge it or swap it for another battery. This gives the potential for even more range.

riding v8 on street
Folded V8 going into car trunk

Price

The TurboAnt V8 is available directly from TurboAnt. It retails for $799.98. It is available for an introductory discount of $599.98 making it an incredible deal for a scooter that can go 50 miles.

Specifications

The V8 can go 50 miles on a charge. Top speed is 20mph. Max climb angle is 15 degrees. Max rider weight is 275 lbs. It weighs in at 47.6 lbs. The scooter has IPX4 water resistance so you can use it on wet days without fearing puddles and splashes.

Dual batteries

The V8 has a pair of 36 volt 7.5ah batteries. One in the deck and one in the stem. The stem mounted battery is removable. The deck mounted battery is not. You can charge both batteries simultaneously or by themselves. The stem battery can be charged on or off the bike. You can operate the V8 with one dead battery and one good battery. You must have 2 batteries plugged in for it to work.

Motor

A 450 watt brushless hub motor is mounted in the front wheel. This is an upgrade over the 350 watt motors that were found in prior TurboAnt scooters. It should help give it more oomph for climbing and accelerating with heavier riders.

V8 front wheel motor

Dual braking system

This electric scooter has an electronic braking system on the front wheel and a disc brake on the rear wheel. This combination has always given plenty of stopping power.

TurboAnt V8 rear disc brake

Front and rear suspension

The TurboAnt V8 has dual coil spring rear suspension and front suspension to give it a smooth ride. The rear springs are mounted inside the rear deck so the scooter retains its uncluttered appearance.

9.3 inch pneumatic wheels

The V8 has 9.3 inch pneumatic tires with inner tubes. They give a smooth and more comfortable ride compared to hard rubber tires. The bigger 9.3inch diamater will also give a more efficient and smoother ride than scooters with smaller 8 inch wheels.

3 Step folding

We have always liked TurboAnt’s folding system for its scooters. It is easy to use. The stem tube latches securely in both the unfolded and folded positions. There is no wobble or looseness. It has the feel of a well engineered and designed system. Folding the scooter only takes a few seconds and then you are set to carry it wherever you need to go.

V8 folded

Drive Modes

The TurboAnt X7 Max has 3 drives modes making it good for any kind of rider. The modes are Eco, Comfort, and Sport

  • Eco Mode – This has a reduced top speed and limits the motor power. This mode maximizes the range you can get from your scooter.
  • Comfort Mode – This is a balanced mode that offers more power and acceleration than Eco mode while still giving you great range.
  • Sport Mode – This mode allows the scooter to hit its 20mph top speed. It opens up full power on the motor. This will give you the best acceleration. It will give you the best power for hill climbing or heavier riders.

Deck

The V8 has a 19.7 x 6.9 inch deck. This deck has plenty of room for bigger riders with larger feet. You won’t feel cramped trying to stand on it. The deck has the batteries and rear suspension built into it. It has a flat profile because of this.

V8 deck space

Cockpit and Control system

The V8 has a simple and easy to use display and control system. It is clean looking and uncluttered. It retains a lot of the look and feel of the older TurboAnt X7 Pro controller. It has an integrated LCD display located at the top of the stem. It gives you all the information you need such as the remaining battery and speed. It is easily controlled by a one button system on the throttle lever.

Braking is controlled with a lever on the left handlebar. Throttle is controlled with a tab on the right handlebar.

The handlebars have been widened 10cm over the TurboAnt X7 handlebars. The handlebar has a good feel to it allowing a comfortable hand position.

The control system is very well thought out and easy to use. New scooter riders will have no trouble mastering it on their first time out. Experienced riders will appreciate the simplicity and easy to use features.

V8 cockpit

LED headlight

This electric scooter has a 3 watt LED headlight for riding at night. It gives enough light for you to see your surroundings. More importantly, it is bright enough that cars, trucks, and other vehicles will be able to see you. There is also a small LED taillight as well.

Performance – Ride and Handling

Let’s take a look at how the V8 performs on the road.

Going fast on turboant v8
Riding V8 on brick road

Acceleration and top speed

Acceleration is brisk thanks to the 450 watt motor and large battery capacity. With 2 fully charged batteries you can expect good performance in sport mode. The large capacity helps resist voltage sag under higher loads giving better performance.

This scooter can easily get to its 20 mph top speed on flat ground with an adult rider. The performance will vary depending on how heavy the rider is, how smooth the pavement is, the weather, and other factors. Most people should have no trouble getting this up to 18-20mph on flat ground.

On Comfort and Eco modes performance is scaled back quite a bit. Beginner and first time riders should start off in one of those 2 modes until they get the hang of riding it.

Steering

We found the handling of the V8 to be good. It doesn’t have any bad habbits when it comes to steering. No special skills or stance are needed to get it to corner. This scooter is more centered around range and comfort than high performance. The performance matches that goal. The wider handlebars allow for a good comfortable grip and make the scooter feel stable.

Braking

The braking is more than adequate to quickly stop heavier riders. The disc brake has good stopping power if you apply your weight and stance so that the rear wheel has weight over it. The electronic front brake is smooth and doesn’t feel too jerky.

Hill Climb

The 450 watt motor and dual high capacity batteries give the V8 good performance on climbs. It is notcecably better than their older X7 Pro model. Higher capacity batteries have less voltage sag under load. The motor is capable of more power as well. The V8 has a max climbing angle of 15 degrees. It can do it with a max weight rider. Don’t expect to hit max speed at max climb angle with a max weight rider.

Smooth ride

The 9.3 inch pneumatic air tires and front and rear spring suspension provide a very smooth ride. This scooter won’t beat you up during long rides. This is a big improvement over prior TurboAnt X7 and M10 scooters that don’t have suspension. You can comfortably ride this scooter for a long commute without feeling tired.

Control systems

The V8 has a very easy to use cockpit and control system. The 1 button system is intuitive to use. Because the button is on the throttle it is always right there where you need it to be. The LCD display is bright and easy to read in sunlight. It has all the necessary information you need for a long ride or commute.

Range

An adult rider that goes easy on the throttle on flat ground can hit 50 miles of range on this scooter. As with all electric scooters, the heavier the rider and throttle finger, the shorter range becomes. The good news is that you can always get a spare battery and swap batteries after the first 2 batteries run out. The scooter can still operate with 1 fully drained battery as long as 2 batteries are plugged in.

Battery Charging

Batteries for the TurboAnt V8 take about 6 hours to fully charge. 2 charge adapters are included so that you can charge them both at the same time. The stem mounted battery is removable and can be charged on or off the scooter. The deck battery is permanently installed so must be charged in the scooter.

Portability

The 3 step folding mechanism works very well. You can fold the stem down in just seconds and you are good to go. The scooter balances well when folded. The V8 folds down into a very reasonable 45 × 20 × 18 inch making it very easy to find places to put it and store it. It does weigh 47.6 lbs. It’s not the lightest scooter to carry around after it’s been folded. That is the downside of having 2 batteries. Batteries aren’t weightless.

Wrap Up

The TurboAnt V8 with dual batteries is a great value for its cost. It has many great features besides the dual batteries such as the simple modern cockpit and air tires. If you are looking for a comfortable, long range electric scooter you should check it out.

See our electric scooter guides for other good scooter options.

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