We all know the planet’s supplies of fossil fuels are dwindling and while electric-powered vehicles may not be the complete answer to how we are going to get around in the future, they will certainly be an important part of it.
And already paving the EV way is Super Soco.
The firm was formed in 2015 as the result of a $15million crowd-funding project alongside Australian electric scooter company Vmoto.
Super Soco machines are now distributed in 59 countries around the world.
It launched in the UK in 2017 and there are currently 25 dealers.
The model I am testing here is the CU-X.
This uses a 1.3KW Bosch motor, with 84ft lb of torque and a restricted top speed of 28mph.
In legal terms, that means it is the equivalent of a 50cc motorbike, which means it can be ridden by anyone with a car licence who passed their test before 2001, anyone with a full bike licence and anyone over 16 who has passed a CBT course.
It’s powered by a 60V lithium battery, which sits snugly under the seat.
To charge, simply plug it into a normal mains socket via the cable provided.
If you don’t have a garage with power, the battery has a handy handle – just lift it out and carry it indoors. It’s sealed, clean and compact.
A full charge takes around seven hours – i.e. overnight or while you’re at work – and will give a range of about 40 miles.
What all of that tells you is that this little scoot is not designed for long trips down the dual carriageway.
Rather it is for nipping around your town or city, or for a shortish commute to work or to the station.
Design-wise, the Soco looks pretty darn cool.
The lines are sleek and smooth, the running lights have a stylish U design and the headlights are LED.
The rear lights and indicators have an unusual and eye-catching vertical lay-out and are also LED.
The snazzy digital instrument cluster adjusts to light conditions and has a large speedo, charge info, time, odo and trip indicators.
You can even have a camera fitted on the front as an optional extra.
The seat is pretty plush – and long, which means you can easily find a comfortable position.
Hit the start button, twist and go.
Acceleration is surprisingly impressive – and completely silent, of course.
The town I live in, in the South Downs, is hilly, but the CU-X barely missed a beat on the inclines.
And, don’t tell anyone, but, despite the 28mph limit, it seemed to have a couple more mph in it.
There are three ride modes, which essentially restrict the power in order to increase the range.
Braking is perfectly adequate – providing you use front and rear together.
At this purchase price and with running costs of less than £1 per 100 miles, this has to be one of the most economical – and fun – ways to nip around town.
Engine: 1.3KW Bosch
Torque: 84ft lb
Colours: Red; grey; white; silver
Price: £2,099 (after Govt grant)
‘Mood’ boots by TCX
These rather splendid casual riding boots with the vintage look are called Mood and are by one of my favourite motorcycling footwear companies, TCX.
They are made from full-grain leather and come with a waterproof and breathable inbuilt lining by the experts at that sort of thing, Gore-Tex.
The boots are firm, with reinforcements in the ankle, toe and heel – but very comfortable to wear.
There’s even a “shift strap” which slips over the front of the boot to protect it when pushing up on the gear lever.
The Mood is CE certified, comes in black or brown, and costs £149.