Horwin Living with the Horwin EK3 | Electric Commuter Bike Review

Horwin EK3

The Horwin EK3 is an adorable little commuter that will navigate the city’s traffic jams.

Details
Manufacturer:
Horwin
Category:
Scooters: 51 to 125cc
Price:
£ 4099
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)


Slick, stylish and small enough to navigate the crowded streets of a busy city, the sleek design even won the Red Dot Design Award 2021. Unsurprisingly, when seen at night.

The EK3 has three settings, designed to control speed in urban areas. And as someone who has recently been on a speed awareness course, I found it handy to come off a dual carriageway into a 30 zone and with a flick of a switch know that my speed is limited. Simple to use, fast and fun, now onto what you really want to know…

Charging, range and speed

There are some urban commuters that only work in large, built up cities like London and Manchester. The EK3 works if you live in a village and commute into the city.

The EK3 has a recorded top speed of 95 km/h (60 mph), however I got this up to 64mph. Plus, it accelerates to 60 km/h (37mph) in six seconds and full torque is available immediately, meaning one can dash away from cars at the lights.

One word of warning, don’t use the reverse function whilst in the third (fastest) mode as you will fly backwards. I may have flown backwards at one point. I may have narrowly missed a wall.

I took the EK3 to a few of the villages surrounding Peterborough where I know that people live, but work in London. The 90km (55 mile) range (at 45 km/h/28mph with one battery) is more than enough to get to and from the train station (or the business parks). And it halves the journey time as I was filtering through the tightest traffic jams.

I preferred to charge overnight with the battery removed from the saddle. The charging time for a battery pack is about 4 hours, and charging overnight I only noticed a slight increase on my smart metre.

Comfort

This is a comfortable scooter. With the urban commuters, I do aim for a few bumps to see how it handles the terribly paved streets of the UK. The vacuum tyres apparently offer a longer life than ordinary tyres. I know that they certainly helped when an unexpected pothole rears its head. Plus, like most electric bikes, it ran almost silent wherever I went.

Equipment

As standard, the EK3 comes with (deep breath)... LED lights, a light switch-off delay function, keyless go, a touch-start display, cruise control, reverse gear, an anti-theft alarm system and breakdown-proof tyres. It also has a USB connection, to charge your smartphone whilst riding.

The Cockpit shows current speed, cruise control, battery level, and riding range, and you can start your motor by sliding your finger over the touch-start strip. As someone who is always late, the only thing that was missing was a clock.

Brakes

The Horwin EK3 has a CBS (Combined Braking System) that distributes the braking force between the front and rear brake discs. This means it is possible to stop suddenly without toppling when a bus slams on its brakes in front of you, on a hill, in the middle of a rainstorm.

Price

Cash price for the EK3 is £4,099 or HP with a £415 deposit (10%) is £117 per month over 3 years and £92 per month over 4 years.

It also has low maintenance costs as the engine is maintenance-free and only parts of the brake system and tyres may need to be replaced. Also, running costs are significantly reduced. It only costs pennies to charge overnight and pence to do a journey that costs pounds (sterling, not weight) in fuel.

Horwin EK3 verdict

The main question for any of these commuters is ‘Can I use this instead of a car or public transport?’, and the answer is yes. The EK3 navigated the small winding streets, filtered through the tightest roads and held its own on dual carriageways and B-roads.

The only downside I found was that my helmet didn’t fit into the saddle. However, that’s because I exclusively wear full face helmets. Open face helmets will fit.

Overall, this made any boring journeys quicker, cheaper and more importantly, it made it fun. I looked forward to taking the EK3 and I looked forward to getting stuck in traffic so I could weave my way in and out.

Horwin EK3 specification

Length

1900 mm

Width

690 mm

Height

1130 mm

Seat height

780 mm

Motor type

DC motor

Power management

Field Oriented Control (FOC)

Battery

72 V, 36 Ah (optional 72 Ah with second battery)

Battery

18650 lithium-ion from Samsung

Front wheel hub

MT 2.5×14

Rear wheel hub

MT 3.0×13

Front-wheel

100/80-14

Rear wheel

110/70-13

Wheelbase

1320 mm

Min. ground clearance

125 mm front wheel hub

Kerb weight

95 kg (without battery)

Maximum laden mass

284 kg

Hub

Aluminium alloy

Max. power

6.2 kW

Nominal rpm

6365 rpm

Torque

195 Nm

Max. speed

95 km/h

Reduction ratio

1:7.8

Riding range (45 km/h)

Max. 90 km (with 1 battery)

Loading cycles

Approx. 1000

Tyres

Front 14“/ Rear 13“

Braking system

CBS hydraulic brakes

Charging current

10 A

Charging time

Approx. 4 h (0-100%)

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