The Supersoco CUx Ducati is one small scooter that looks pretty damn cool and thanks to that Italian-inspired red colourway might just help even more youngsters convert to electric power.
The CUx from Supersoco is in fact equivalent to a 50cc machine, therefore learner-friendly and can be ridden with a CBT from the age of 16 in the UK.
With a restricted top speed of 28mph, and barely weighing over 70kg, does the Supersoco CUx have enough substance to make it a viable learner-friendly option?
I think as looks go the Supersoco CUx is a good-looking little scooter, throw in that Ducati red and grey livery and it really helps add that extra spark. With full LED lighting, including that rather nice light housing on the handlebars with headlight, daytime running light and integrated indicators. Over the front wheel is a short grey mudguard that blends in well with modern and simple aesthetics.
The seat height is only 770mm which along with its narrow nature means that it is lovely and accessible.
Hidden away in the rear wheel is the CUx’s Bosch hub motor which produces 1.3kw in power peaking at 2.8kw. When it comes to the stats, it produces 3.7bhp and 50Nm of torque, though the torque measurement isn’t always the best thing to go by on an electric scooter!
As standard, and to keep within the moped classification to be ridden from 16, the CUx is restricted to 28mph. The option is there to have the restriction taken off which will see a top speed of around the mid-30s depending on the environment and conditions at the time, but of course, it then won’t be suitable for a 16-year-old.
The CUx is a single battery-operated electric moped, and as expected that battery is located under the seat. Weighing in at around 10kg it is worth saying that the battery isn’t as heavy as many out there.
On a full battery charge, Supersoco state you should get a range of up to 40 miles, in the real world expect to see this somewhere around 30 miles.
The battery itself cannot be charged while in the scooter, it has to be removed. Now the battery is a 60v / 30ah cell that takes up to 4 hours to charge from a normal 3-pin wall plug, this might sound like a chore, but it can be done incredibly quickly – in a matter of a few seconds in fact.
OK, there is no denying that a compromise for the CUx’s electric power is the lack of storage space. Under that seat where your typical storage compartment would be is your battery. Now under your seat is a section to hold the CUx power supply, but between the battery and its power supply, there really isn’t space for anything else.
To the rear of the leg shield is an open glove box, which is relatively large in size, but being open probably will mean its use will be limited. There is a small rack on the back of the scooter, so no doubt you’ll be able to add on a top box if you so desire.
Dash, Controls and Tech
Sporting a large trapezoid-shaped digital display with black background and white font, the display is nice and clear, with everything well-spaced and sized. Large and centrally positioned is the speedometer in miles per hour, to the right beside that is the rider modes. Further information displayed is the battery management bar, clock and odometer. Along the bottom are the normal dash warning lights.
Just below the switchgear but above the glove box is the almost obligatory USB charging port.
The CUx has smart key tech though you will need to put the key in the ignition to take it off the steering lock. As standard, there is an alarm on the CUx, hit the lock button on the key fob, and it gives you a little blip to inform you of its activation. Take the CUx off its stand and you are met with a subtle alarm sound, definitely not a loud alarm but at least it is a noise deterrent.
Furthermore, the rear wheel locks too. And also available is the Supersoco app, though I do have to admit that along with the front integrated camera, were things I personally didn’t test.
Brakes and Suspension
Onto braking and there is a brake disc to the front and another to the back. The CUx also runs a combined braking system. Be aware that the rear wheel is easy to lock!
At the front, there are telescopic forks and to the rear twin shocks.
With the use of a PIMG grant, you can get your hands on a Supersoco CUx for £2,499 which includes a 2-years vehicle warranty and a 3-years battery and motor warranty. Without the grant applied the CUx will cost £3,123.75.
On the road
Jumping on the CUx, and you instantly become aware of its small and lightweight nature. It is one tiny electric moped that probably won’t take up much more room in a garage than a pushbike.
It is unbelievably light! Coming in at around 74kg, I think it is the lightest scooter I have ever ridden, so navigating my way through town was laughably easy. Match that with a minuscule turning circle makes this one incredibly user-friendly moped. Though do remember with that small and lightweight nature you will be more vulnerable in blustery conditions.
Pulling back on the throttle and the CUx trundles its way gently up to 28mph, as the version I had was unrestricted I saw a top speed of 36mph when testing. Acceleration is OK, and obviously, the top speed is simply the top speed of a learner-friendly 50cc type machine. The CUx has three normal riding modes, 1 being eco (about 17mph), 2 being normal (27mph) and 3 being sport (28mph +). Being limited to such a slow speed I am not sure it really warrants three modes, but that’s what we have, and me being me, apart from briefs tests of the modes for the video review, stuck to mode 3 for most of my time riding it – and I think most people will too. Though obviously the slower you go the longer range your batteries will have, but 30mph isn’t exactly dizzying heights in the first place.
When riding noticeably there isn’t a whole lot of foot room, so that is something to check out if you are a taller rider and are thinking about purchasing a CUx. Otherwise, for a compact small electric moped whose main focus will be on small journeys, the seating position is good with a typical upright stance.
The seat felt nice but ever so slightly on the firmer side, and thankfully wasn’t a slippy slidey seat as I call it, meaning you can stay in a decent position withing sliding up and down the seat.
Brakes perform just fine, though when pulling back on the levers I felt resistance pretty early on with little braking. Pull those levers back a tad further and you’ll get the sharper braking you desired.
Around town, the suspension does a typical job for a small scooter, but you’ll definitely feel lumps and bumps on rougher roads.
The dash in most situations looks great and I really like how well sized and spaced the information is displayed however I did experience some glare resulting in loss of visibility at times in the June sunshine.
I think its low weight and small dimensions will be perfect for some, but not enough for others, but that is the nature of the CUx. I can easily see the CUx being a perfect around town moped, that’s great to cover a few miles whether going to places like the shops, work or college, etc. Also, I can see this being popular with motorhome owners as it is easy and small enough to fit on the back of many motorhomes.
As you’d expect being a moped the lower top speed means you really want to keep this just for slower urban roads. The not so good bits for me would be that the suspension is a tad firm on the rear (but I think that is to be expected), the digital display looks great but does suffer from glare at times, it lacks decent storage, and the switchgear is a tad basic in quality.
Though, of course, going green really does have its perks! With 1 penny a mile expected along with very little maintenance/servicing costs, the CUx really will be a frugal option to run which is a big positive in itself.
Overall, it is a fun little scooter to ride, as I’ve mentioned several times over it is very light and dinky, so won’t be best suited for some of the taller or heavy riders out there. However, it is a laugh riding around town and will do everything you’d expect from a typical 50cc type machine while still providing the benefits of going ‘green’. It’s as easy as it can be to ride or manual handle, it takes up very little space, costs a pittance to run, and, thanks to that Ducati colourways, looks pretty cool too!
|Model||CUx Ducati Edition|
|Max speed||28 mph|
|Battery||Honeycomb lithium-Ion battery pack|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
|Suspension||Front telescopic forks and rear twin shocks|
|Weight||64kg (excluding battery)|
|Warranty||2-years vehicle and 3-years battery and motor|
|Price||With OLEV Grant - £2,249 (Standard Version), £2,499 (Ducati Edition)
Without OLEV Grant - £2,811.25 (Standard Version), £3,123.75 (Ducati Edition)
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