After having accustomed young “urban” people to their scooters with sharing, Askoll is attempting to conquer the millennials with the new XKP (to read Escape, in English, in the sense of evasion), the new scooter derived from the Es, but much more cared for.
Chassis and powertrain remain unchanged, same 2.7 kW (3.67 HP) engine, while the pair of 1.4 kWh batteries and the BMS (battery management system) are new. The scooter is available in L1 and L3, i.e. moped from 45 km/h and “125” from A1 or B license from 66 km/h. The declared range is also similar, 87 km for the “50”, which was supplied with more torque for greater starting point (158 Nm) and 90 km for the “125” (130 Nm).
The Askoll designers concentrated on making the line lighter, now characterized by the small smoked windshield, the cantilevered license plate, the much more powerful full LED light clusters, according to Askoll, and the sporty cut of the tail. Furthermore, the connected display is new and richer (with even more information through the App). In the shield back panel there is a compartment capable of holding a 0.5 liter bottle of water and/or other small objects, equipped with a USB socket. In the compartment, under lock and key, a passage has been created for the smartphone cable, so that it can be recharged while driving. Among the decidedly recommended options, the universal smartphone holder on the dashboard.
Based on user feedback, the display now also shows the outside temperature, as well as the date and time. There are three maps, Eco (20 km/h), City (45 km/h) and Power (66 km/h), and reverse gear (Askoll has a decent female audience), in addition, the display automatically switches between lighting day to night. Obviously there is no shortage of residual autonomy and the state of charge of the batteries. The XKP even has cruise control and, for maneuvering, the ability to move at walking pace without using the accelerator, just the power button. In this way there is no risk of involuntarily “throwing” it against a wall when parking (these scooters are also designed for an audience unfamiliar with motorcycles and mopeds).
Through the Askoll app it is possible to unlock and start the scooter through the smartphone, as well as locate where it is parked. This feature is particularly convenient for families who share a scooter: there is no need to pass keys and find out where the vehicle is parked, it can all be done from the phone.
Askoll is extremely sure of its reliability – as demonstrated by the longevity of shared scooters – to offer a 6-year guarantee on both the scooter and the batteries.