Anyone who is passionate about electric scooters will surely have heard of NAVEE and its N65, an electric schooter with double suspension and a 500w motor, which has distinguished itself in the now very rich market for its build quality. Well, today we are talking about his younger brother, the SHIP N40 a model recently presented that brings with it the same quality as the brand, but with fewer options and a more humane price.
It has a 350w motor, a display that can be seen very well even in sunlight, an autonomy that (on paper) should guarantee about 40 km with a single charge and an excellent braking system with rear disc brake.
NAVEE N40 review, watchword: quality
Design and materials
The style of the SHIP N40 it is very similar to that of the higher-end model produced by the company, but more "human". The whole frame is made of resistant aluminum alloy and the lines are essential and modern. The front wheel and the handlebar are connected to the footboard by a minimalist and solid arch structure, on which the input for charging the battery has been inserted.
The cable management is well made and a very bright LED headlight has been positioned in the center of the handlebar, albeit with rather compact dimensions. The whole design of the handlebar has been studied to improve the comfort of use, starting from the bell integrated in the disc brake knob, up to the positioning of the accelerator on the right side, which is very easy to reach.
In the center, then, there is a large LCD display on which all the parameters of the scooter can be monitored: it is backlit and is clearly visible even in direct light conditions.
And despite being a light electric scooter, with a net weight of 15.5 kg, the SHIP N40 it is able to support a maximum weight of 100 kg and uses a very solid closing mechanism. What has left me rather perplexed is the method with which the company has decided to fix the handlebar when folded: in essence, it will be necessary to use a sort of hook positioned on the handlebar itself, which however will be positioned by hand, making the operation more complicated than it could have been.
The platform, then, is quite comfortable and wide and with its 15 cm it helps to slightly increase the size of the scooter, even when closed. The handlebar is also wider than average, measuring 50 cm, and the wheels are 10 ”.
What is missing in this model, however, are the suspensions, and on road surfaces such as those of Avellino is an absence that is felt. Despite the excellent vibration absorption system of the tires of the SHIP N40, in reality, especially on uneven ground or on cobblestones, things could get quite tumultuous.
Engine and brakes
To animate the SHIP N40 a 350w rear brushless motor takes care of it, the maximum speed is 30 Km / h, but given the thrust that comes from the motor I am convinced that it can go even faster without too much effort.
This is a well-balanced configuration set quite well also with regard to acceleration, which is linear but decisive, from which, however, one cannot expect to travel too steep climbs: the company guarantees good management of slopes up to 20% and with a driver of about 80 kg no problem, but if the weight of the person carrying him increases, or the incline increases, the engine may have to strain a little.
Excellent braking system which, in addition to good regenerative braking that can be activated or deactivated through the application (but unfortunately it is not possible to customize the intensity), is assisted by a good disc brake that guarantees safe and decisive braking.
The torque distribution is quite good, especially in acceleration where the company has tried to minimize the risk of too abrupt and dangerous starts and is still able to guarantee a good thrust with which the power of the engine is clearly felt.
Unfortunately, however, not even in the SHIP N40 it is possible to set the zero-start and to leave it is mandatory that the scooter detects the manual push, fortunately, however, the company has well thought of integrating the walk mode too: in this way, if you find yourself pushing the scooter, the engine will ensure good assistance and make things lighter.
As well as all the products of the brand, even the SHIP N40 it is managed through an application for Android and iPhone. This is a rather basic app, with which, in addition to seeing all the information relating to the scooter, you can activate or deactivate cruise control and regenerative braking.
The app, then, can also be considered as a sort of virtual "key" of the device, and can lock it in such a way that all systems are unusable until a 4-digit numeric password is entered.
The road test
In SHIP N40 traction is front, which makes it a little less stable (especially in the wet) than rear-wheel drive models. However, it is true that we are talking about a very stable product, even when cornering, which poco has to envy to the models with the engine positioned at the rear.
There are 4 travel modes: there are 3 gears that will make the scooter go at three different speeds and then, as I have already mentioned, there is the walk mode. And as for driveability, I come straight to the point: the SHIP N40 it is a product designed for city use, and you immediately notice it as soon as you step on it.
The handling is perfect for the city and the whole frame can handle the vibrations well. The wider footboard and handlebar lower the center of gravity, making it agile and stable even in the most complicated areas. Too bad, however, that no shock absorber has been inserted, but it is also true that in this price range there are hardly any solutions that are equipped with it.
The management of power delivery based on the remaining battery autonomy is also good. Many electric scooters, as well as some electric bicycles, suffer from a rather annoying problem related to these factors: when the battery is charged, the power delivered by the motor is maximum but, when it is discharged, the motor tends to prove less powerful. Which does not happen with the SHIP N40.
The battery of SHIP N40 is a 36v at 10 Ah which, according to the company, should guarantee 40 km of autonomy on a flat road surface, at a speed of 15 km per hour and with a driver weighing 50 kg. In short, practically in the world of dreams .
In real life things obviously change, but I must say that I am actually quite satisfied with the general autonomy of this scooter: at maximum speed I reached about 20 km with a single charge, and about 35 km with minimum speed.
What I liked though is the battery management system: it's called BMS and it's designed to protect the battery over time. For example, if the scooter is not used for 7 days and is not recharged, for safety the system will lock the battery and to reactivate the scooter it will be necessary to connect it to the charger.
Price and considerations
The sale price of SHIP N40 is 565,30 euros in discount, and is a well-positioned figure for a good quality product. Of course, in this price range there are many alternatives, but - for example - it is not very common to find a model with a disc brake around 500 euros in cost.
The general quality of the product is excellent, every detail has been studied in detail and the arched structure also makes it quite elegant. What I would have improved is the fixing mechanism of the handlebar to the footboard, which was probably required by the new laws of the European Union, then ok there is no shock absorber system: but for this the brand produces the NAVEE N65.
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