Jason Leeman

Over the last year, electric scooters have been a popular choice of commuting and having fun with family and friends ever since the pandemic hit the world. Even still, there are a variety of electric scooters that can be used for city travel and off-road recreational use.

For many riders out there, some are looking for an electric scooter that is both lightweight and good for long-distance traveling. Well, there are options out there and this one might be something you should consider.

Varla has recently released their newest model into the electric scooter market, the Pegasus. Having a lightweight build, yet not sacrificing weight capacity and sturdy design, making this a very good commuter on smooth surface roads.

So, how good is it and should you get it? Well, here’s some information you need to know.

Product Specifications

With such a small design, you’d probably feel like the Pegasus doesn’t have much to offer. But actually, it has power behind its design. The Valara Pegasus weighs 68 pounds stand alone and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Powered by a dual 500w motor and a 48 volt/15.6 ah battery allows the Varla Pegasus to travel at a top speed of 35 miles an hour and can last for 28 miles on a single charge.

Size (Unfolded)49.6 in x 47.2 in x 6.7 in
Weight Limit300 pounds
Unit Weight68 pounds
MotorDual 500w
Top Speed35 mph
Range28 miles

Speed

With the power of the dual motors, the Pegasus can reach speeds up to 35 mph. This is the usual speed in most urban areas, making this usable in city streets where electric scooters are legal for city commuting.

The thumb throttle that is placed on the handlebar is a feature that makes this easy to accelerate more comfortably than a traditional finger-throttle. With high speed, there also needs to be high-quality brakes, and fair enough, Varla has a great dual disc brake system that will ensure a safe stop from any speed.

Keep in mind, you should always exercise caution when riding an electric scooter regardless of speed and skill level

Tires

For every electric scooter that will be traveling on the pavement or concrete, there has to be a good set of tires. The tires on the Pegasus are solid and puncture-proof, making them safe to ride on pavement and make it less chance of getting a flat when hitting a bump or a rock.

What makes them unique is that they’re solid plastic rather than tubeless rubber, making the ride feel that much smoother on any surface. The Pegasus also works well both on and off-road, though you might notice more wear if using it off-road.

Special Features

One of the most unique and useful features that the Pegasus has to offer is the safety locking mechanism. As easy as pushing a button and releasing the clamps, the electric scooter folds up compactly enough to be easily packed in the backseat of a car or while riding a bus.

In addition, the LCD display is right on the stem, in the center where the rider can look down at a glance with ease. It’s bright enough to see your speed, battery life, and range from a quick tilt down, instead of looking away to the side where you could get distracted easier. 

As was said about the thumb throttle, it’s much easier to use as it’s right next to your thumb from the handlebar and in a much more comfortable position. And the rear and front headlights are bright enough to make night riding safe and fun.

Pros and Cons of the Pegasus

There have been a lot of positive aspects that have been said about the Varla Pegasus, and they are well deserved. But there are somethings to consider when looking at this electric scooter. Yes, it’s a good alternative to using gas-powered scooters or the city bus, but it might not be for everyone.

Let’s go over some of these notices

Pros

  • Lightweight, making it easier to fold and carry
  • The 28-mile range on the battery after a 4 – 5 hour charge
  • Cheaper than most city commuting electric scooters
  • It Goes 35 mph, which is the typical speed of most urban areas

Cons 

  • The self-locking mechanism doesn’t fold the handlebars, meaning you need to be careful when transporting 
  • Placement of the thumb throttle might be awkward to use at first 
  • Not entirely waterproof, so can’t be used during rainy days or areas with large amounts of water. 

Who Should Buy This Product?

The Pegasus would probably be a good fit for those who are looking for a quick and light alternative to using taxis and buses to get around town. With that 300-pound weight capacity that the Pegasus provides, it might also appeal to heavier riders who need something that can handle their weight without much issue.

Between the unique features, the speed, and the availability to make it street legal, the Varla Pegasus definitely accommodates those who want an electric scooter that is dependable as it is environmentally friendly.

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Product?

If you’re looking for an electric scooter that can go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, this might not be the best choice for you. It is more focused on those who want a city commuter rather than a racing electric scooter. 

Also, the limited range on the battery and charge time probably won’t appeal to those who are expecting an all-day ride. It’s more like a way to get from home to work and then back home.

About the author 

Jason Leeman

Jason Leeman is an engineer, tech geek and personal electric vehicle enthusiast. He loves testing the latest in urban personal transportation and sharing his love of wheels with his kids and his blog readers.