Hi @WilliamPlante – welcome to the forum.
You’re absolutely right, according to our performance tests, the Ghost did have a slight edge for acceleration compared to the Phantom (52 V), while the Phantom had just slightly better top speed.
For acceleration to 30 mph / 48 kmh, keep in mind that that our measured difference was just 3/10 second. When were look at acceleration to 35 mph / 56 kmh, the difference between the Phantom (52 V) and Ghost was just ⅒ second (13.0 seconds for the Ghost vs 13.1 seconds for the Phantom).
This is such a tiny difference that I would argue for all intents and purposes, the two scooters are nearly equivalent in terms of acceleration.
And you’re definitely right about the quoted max power output for the motors. The Ghost is rated for 800 W while the Phantom is rated for 1200 W. This is referring to the max continuous output that they are rated for, and not necessarily what they are being driven at. Though must of the time, the max output is going to be a good reflection of what the motors are being are being driven at, it’s not a guarantee.
At ESG, we’ve had discussions actually measuring max motor power output, but it’s not super easy and the actual performance numbers (acceleration, top speed, etc) end up telling most of the story.
The Phantom 52 V and 60 V share the same motors, so I think it’s fair to assume that the 52V Phantom motors are actually under driven because they are designed to accommodate what will be the more powerful 60 V version.
The Phantom definitely is definitely no slouch when it comes to performance, but if you are looking for the next tier of performance up, you might hold out for the 60V.