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Lifewire / Rebecca Isaacs
Small, compact design
High speeds can make control difficult
Four hours to charge
Despite being on the pricier side, the Glion Dolly is one of the fastest and sturdiest electric scooters on the market, zipping up to speeds of around 18 miles per hour.
Finding an environmentally friendly way to commute can be a challenge if you don’t have access to good public transport, but the rise of the electric scooter has started to provide a solution. One of the top-of-the-line electric scooters, the Glion Dolly, was designed with the urban commuter in mind. It’s a beast of a scooter with big, durable wheels, a long-lasting battery, and a high top speed. We tested it for 35 miles worth of driving, checking it for portability, ease of controls, design, and of course, battery. Read on for our thoughts.
At 37.4 by 7.9 by 11.8 inches (LWH, folded), the Glion is a compact little scooter. However, thanks to the 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and the 36V battery, it’s also one the heaviest scooters on the market at 28 pounds. Its portability makes up for its weight, though, as this scooter features dolly wheels and an extendable handle that allows for maneuverability indoors. Thanks to this feature, it stores very well in an office closet or under your desk at work, making it a serious office worker’s scooter. It can also be stored inside a nylon bag, but the bag is sold separately, and costs around $40
While we would have liked the footrest to be a tad longer, the adjustable handlebars make for a truly customizable—and comfortable—experience when setting it up for a commute. It comes with a bright front light for nighttime commuting as well.
The handlebars, instead of having buttons to press, have two twist grips on each side: the right handlebar controls the speed, while the left controls the brakes. As a result, the grip on the handlebars is somewhat compromised, as you have to keep a loose grip on them while driving. Buttons would have been a better design option in our opinion.
As luck would have it, the Glion comes assembled, making it very easy for us to set up. It arrives in all of its 28-pound glory pre-folded and the gear intact. You’ll have to remove the packaging, which includes the bubble wrap and boxed charger strapped to the footbed of the scooter. There is a lever at the base of the footbed in front which triggers the folding and unfolding mechanism. One thing to stress in this stage is if you do not hear a click when the neck is standing upright, you have not set it properly. The manual constantly reiterates that this can lead to injury and even death if you do not hear that click when putting it into the upright position.
As for the handlebars, they’re very easy to unfold, simply pull up and they click into place. The adjustable handlebar height is also a great feature. If you’re a taller person, then this scooter is perfect. We unlocked the handlebars with the handlebar quick-release lever and adjusted to the middle of three handlebar height adjustment buttons for our five-foot height, but there was plenty of room to go higher.
Finally, charging the Glion took less than an hour, initially since it comes 50 percent charged on unboxing. To turn it on, simply press and hold the bright red power button on the T-bar for two seconds.
The Glion takes no time in maxing out at its highest speed thanks to the 250-watt, near-noiseless motor.
When we first tried to take the Glion Dolly out for a spin, we were used to other models which tended to need some time to build up speed before really flying. That’s partially the case here too. In order to make it go, you need to give the Glion a push-off, which we did, and then we throttle the right grip for speed. To our complete shock, we burst forward like we were on a racetrack.
The Glion takes no time in maxing out at its highest speed thanks to the 250-watt, near-noiseless motor. Supposedly the maximum speed is 15 miles per hour (mph). However, in testing against the GOTRAX scooter, the Glion easily tops this max speed. We raced the two against each other and the Glion breezed by the 16.2 mph GOTRAX. The Glion Dolly doesn’t say how fast it goes on the display screen, a feature we wished it came with, but we estimated it to be around 17-18 mph maximum. If you need to get to your office, and fast, then the Glion is definitely the scooter for your commute. Because of the speed, however, we do recommend snagging a helmet for safety purposes.
That said, the high speed makes the Glion a bit more difficult to control. As we raced across our college campus, we noticed that when it went over bumps it was harder to steer. While the 8-inch honeycomb tires are a great feature, there are other models out there with bigger tires than can smoothly ride over bumps and crevices thanks to detailed front suspension—a feature the Glion scooter doesn’t mention and doesn’t appear to have.
We also noticed that if you’re looking to maintain a lower speed, the Glion Dolly really doesn’t like to go slower. When we took it out onto sidewalks and tried to go more slowly, the gear throttle and the lack of multiple gears made it difficult to drive at a reduced pace. In fact, we noticed that if we got too low, the scooter jerked like it wasn’t sure how to proceed. If you’re a more cautious driver, this scooter might not be a great fit.
One awesome feature of the Glion is that there is some water resistance built into it. While we don’t recommend taking it offroading or through puddles (this will break the motor), you can drive it on wet surfaces. We took it out after a rainstorm and it held up to the test, driving over the wet pavement without issue. That said, the manufacturer does not recommend that you take it out on slippery surfaces like wet roads or ice, so do exercise caution.
One additional update as we’ve been using the Glion scooter for a couple of months now: the lever which folds the scooter is supposed to lock into place to make it easy to carry around. At the time of this writing, the lever has stopped locking into place though it still works for actual scooter use. It could be a fluke, but it’s something to keep in mind.
While we don’t recommend taking it offroading or through puddles (this will break the motor), you can drive it on wet surfaces.
The Glion boasts a massive 36V LG lithium-ion battery that can go up to 15 miles. We are pleased to say that it lived up to its hype, traversing all manners of hills and dips on a college campus and lasting the advertised 15 miles. However, once it gets low, the charging time takes around 4 hours, not the advertised 3.5 hours. You can get somewhere in a hurry on a lesser charge (2 hours will get you to 75 percent according to the manual and our testing), but 4 hours is needed for the entire battery to charge to 100 percent.
At around $500 on Amazon, the Glion Dolly is a pricey scooter. One feature alone is worth paying for: the dolly foldability. Being able to easily roll it into an office and store it in a closet or under a desk was a huge perk, as we realized, and we decided that the speed and the portability make every cent spent on this product worth it. Plus, with a 3-5 year battery life, and the cost of $1 in electricity costs for 500 miles, it’s worth the investment.
In this battle of the scooters, we pitted the Glion Dolly against the GOTRAX GXL V2 to see which one was the better option. In terms of speed, the Glion is king, boosting up to 18 mph compared to the GOTRAX’s 16.2 mph max speed. However, while the Glion comes with one throttle grip, the GOTRAX has two gear shifts that regulate the speeds between 8 mph and 16.2 mph, making it easier to maneuver in a variety of different driving situations.
Also, one important feature that separates the Glion from the GOTRAX is that the GOTRAX is not waterproof. We do not recommend driving the GOTRAX in wet conditions. The Glion, on the other hand, can be driving on wet surfaces with care. And though the GOTRAX also folds up, it doesn’t get as compact as the Glion. If you have a need for speed or if you want portability, the Glion is the best choice. However, if you prefer slower speeds and maneuverability, not to mention a lower price, then the GOTRAX is the better option for you.
A hefty price, but worth it for the fastest scooter on the market.
For anyone looking for an incredibly fast, well-balanced scooter that comes with some great extra features, the Glion Dolly is a great choice. We especially liked the adjustable T-bar height and the dolly feature, which made it easy to carry the scooter around college campuses and the big city. However, if you want something that gives you more control, we recommend looking elsewhere, as that motor packs a punch.