Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

We climbed on Peugeot’s e-Ludix electric scooter for a few minutes to enjoy a quiet ride along the coast of Sitges, Spain.

As part of the Move to Electric presentation event initially dedicated to electrified cars, Peugeot Motorcycles was present in Sitges to present the e-Ludix scooter – its fourth electric two-wheeler. If we had been able to get close to him at the EICMA show last November, we wouldn’t have had the chance to take his handlebars for a few kilometres and see what this product, designed for the “Millennials’ generation” has in store for us.

As its name suggests, the e-Ludix is an all-electric version of the Ludix, Peugeot Motorcycles’ best-selling model, of which 230,000 units have been sold in 13 years. And no doubt you’ve already come across one, since it’s often the scooter used by pizza delivery people.

With a range of no more than 42 kilometres and a simplistic look, the e-Ludix is designed for very short journeys in an urban environment.

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Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The profile of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter // Source : Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Simple and effective

At Peugeot Motorcycles, it is in the old jars that we make the best jams. The e-Ludix has been in the limelight since the early 2000s, and its design is as simplistic as possible. It’s simple, nothing goes over the top, and in an image dictionary you can easily associate the definition of the word scooter with a picture of an e-Ludix. In fact, nothing is surprising with this two-wheeler that was first designed to be practical, versatile and durable. The automaker preferred to go back to its proven formula rather than fall into the eccentricity, a little game that some people play when talking about the switch to 100% electric.

Convenient, versatile and durable

The e-Ludix’s two-seat seat is large enough to ensure a comfortable ride and its flexible mirrors offer good visibility. There’s also the handlebar that doesn’t get bogged down with many buttons that would lose the user. On the left is the turn signal and mode selector switch, while a circuit breaker is located on the right. In the centre, a small 4.4-inch LCD screen does the job, providing only essential information. Again, simplicity is to be commended.

Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The screen of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

The scooter for beginners

To start the e-Ludix, simply turn on the ignition, select the desired driving mode and… accelerate using the straight handle that is neither too firm nor too soft. When Peugeot Motorcycles says it is aiming for the Millennials, it may be implying a target that would not be used to the use of a two-wheeler. In any case, the use of the e-Ludix is not rocket science – and that’s a definite argument for those just starting out. On the few kilometres we travelled, we did not feel any particular discomfort in terms of seating. And thanks to the e-Ludix’s light weight – 88 kilograms, including the battery – you can tackle a lot of turns without having to turn the handlebars (just by leaning slightly to the side you want).

Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The battery compartment of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter // Source : Maxime Claudel for Numerama

As for the 11-kilogram removable battery, it is located under the seat locked with the key used for starting. It is held in place by a simple strap, a choice that guarantees support and speed when you take it out for recharging. It is also equipped with a good handle for easy transport to the socket (the charger is external).

Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The battery compartment of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter (without the battery) // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Many driving modes

While Peugeot Motorcycles took care of the e-Ludix’s silhouette, it entrusted everything else to Bosch – from the battery to the engine, the controller, the LCD dashboard and the 12V converter. Taking care of everything, he offers a 50cc equivalent scooter with a continuous power of 2.5 kW. With an electric motor, you’re riding a machine capable of accelerating quickly and strongly from a standing start, an ideal feature for getting through traffic (which is often the case in the city, where the e-Ludix is most popular).

A scooter in 50cc equivalent

For fun, the scooter relies on driving modes that are differentiated by acceleration power – not top speed (45 km/h). In order: Go, Cruise and Boost. While we can understand the presence of the Go and Boost options, we really wonder what the intermediate one is for, described as the best compromise between performance and autonomy. Especially since the differences from one level to another are not very obvious. There is also the Crawl mode, which is a low forward or reverse acceleration mode to help when manoeuvring outside the scooter.

Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The rear of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

A scooter for short trips

The e-Ludix will not travel more than 40 kilometres on a single charge. It is very little and this means that it is exclusively reserved for urban use for ultra short trips (example: if you live about ten kilometers from your workplace). For longer rides, you will have to opt for another vehicle.

In terms of recharging, the e-Ludix fills 80% of its 1.6 kWh battery in three hours, knowing that it takes an extra hour to fill it up, estimated at 25 euro cents. Peugeot Motorcycles expects a service life of 1,000 cycles at 70% of initial capacity.

Getting to grips with the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter: the electric 11 scooter for a good start

The battery of the Peugeot e-Ludix scooter // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Three versions

The French brand has already planned two other versions of the e-Ludix: a Cargo version for delivery professionals (single-seater, luggage carrier) and a sharing version for operators of shared fleets (two batteries for a range of 100 kilometres and 50cc and 125cc equivalents).

The e-Ludix is expected to be launched at the end of the first quarter, at a price of 3,499 euros (excluding the 400 euro environmental bonus). Yes, it’s expensive.

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