JamesTron Haha hey James!
I was waiting for this post. Good insights. Only time will tell why they went with relatively small battery capacity. Space constraints? Weight? Ability to offer upgraded, larger battery pack in future?
For weight, you have a good point, practically about doubling range fors small gain in weight. However, they are clearly gunning to be one of the lightest scooters and the lightest dual motor one. Every kg they throw on there cuts into that distinction and might get rid of those bragging rights.
The short range doesn’t bother me. The last two Model One E500 (dual motor versions) we had did around 8 to 9 mi (13 km). Not amazing for a super long pleasure ride, but most people who are just trying to get to work and back and maybe run and errand or two, will use less than this.
Battery longevity is a good point though. All those charging cycles just chewing into your battery.
However, given the range on the E500 was really short compared to other scooters with 280 Wh batteries (tested for M365 was 14.6 mi / 23 km), I slightly suspect that the BMS is smartly operating the battery in a narrower range to prolong longevity. Sure, the dual motors and slightly higher top speed chew into life more quickly so I wouldn’t expect same range, but 50% less seems drastic which is why I think BMS cutoff.
Even if the battery goes, you do have the swap option, which is nice b/c at least the battery is not limiting the life of the scooter.
For what looks like a ~$3k US final retail price though, a bit more battery would be welcome.