Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter review: MASSIVE range in a compact ride

 
 

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter is a dedicated sit-down electric scooter that offers a cushy full suspension ride and an incredible estimated max range of 37 miles, making this an ideal long-distance commuter for those with limited space.

Power — 350 watts

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has a rear hub motor with an output of 350 nominal watts of power. This motor may not seem like much on paper, but because of the small 12” wheels, it offers some serious torque, enough so to actually wheelie from a standstill.

Speed  — 25 mph

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has a top speed of 25 mph, or 21 mph, depending on where on the official Voro website you look. We were able to get it up to around 22 mph, but a lighter rider on flat ground could likely hit the advertised top speed of 25 mph. This makes the Mark I a pretty zippy little commuter capable of flying down side streets, the neighborhood or anywhere else you want to get in a hurry.

Battery and Range — 48 volt, 15.6 amp hour, 37 mile range

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter runs on a 48 volt system and has a 15.6 amp hour battery for an estimated max range of 37 miles. This is of course the estimated range, and the real world range, like with all electric vehicles, will likely be quite a bit less. The battery on the Orca is located inside the main compartment, which helps keep the cells free from dirt and debris, but does necessitate that the battery is charged along with the Orca.

Display — LCD

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has a LCD display on the right side of the handlebars with a four bar battery indicator and other basic electronic information like current speed and voltage. However, this display is difficult to read in direct sunlight and we had to use our hand to shadow the screen when outside if we wanted to actually see what was on it. 

Frame and weight — Aluminum alloy, 44 pounds

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has an aluminum alloy frame with a curb weight of nearly 44 pounds. Although this is almost as heavy as an electric bike, the Orca’s compact frame makes carrying this weight around pretty easy, especially thanks to the built-in handle. 

Suspension — Spring suspension

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has spring suspension in the front and rear with about 30 mm and 10 mm of travel, respectively. This suspension, in conjunction with the spring saddle, does an excellent job of smoothing out the ride, and while this isn’t really an off-road vehicle per se, it did perform well on the dirt and gravel trails we tested it on. Still, we advise staying clear of big jumps and deep ruts just to be safe.

Brakes — Mechanical disc

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has mechanical disc brakes with 160 mm rotors, offering more than enough stopping power. It would be nice to see some form of electronic braking for those longer hills so riders could help feed some of the energy back into the batteries. 

Warranty — 6 month

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter has a 6 month warranty, which covers defects from the manufacture.

Price — $1,199.00

Starting at $1,199.0, the Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter is on the more expensive side, but does pack quite a bit into a small package, including full suspension, integrated lighting, a horn, folding handlebars and of course the massive 15.7 amp hour battery.

Who’s it for — Long-distance commuters who want the convenience of an electric scooter but the stability of an electric bike

The Voro Orca Mark I electric scooter feels like a good choice for those commuters who need to cover a lot of miles, but don’t have a lot of space to stow their personal electric vehicle. This is a particularly good choice for heavier riders since the Mark I has a max load capacity of 308 pounds, and it is also a particularly good choice for those who want the ease of use of an electric scooter but the comfort of an electric bicycle. The Orca Mark I is surprisingly powerful for its size, and it’s incredibly fun to ride. For those who need a durable ride that can go the distance and have a little extra to spend, this will almost certainly be a good fit.