- 10% Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023
Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Hill Climbing Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Real-World Range Apollo Air 2023 Fork Suspension Apollo Air 2023 Taillight Apollo Air 2023 Cockpit Apollo Air 2023 Folded Frame

Apollo Air 2023 Review

$899.00

8/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

February 22, 2024

Price When Reviewed: $999.00

Think of Apollo as the Apple of the electric scooter world. Sure, it could sustain itself on cool factor alone, yet it never takes the easy route – opting instead to pursue perfection with relentless determination by constantly updating its already successful scooters. Exhibit A: the Air 2023.

 

Like the mercurial new iPhone 15 Pro, the Air 2023 channels all that came before it while introducing a handful of upgrades to wow us all over again. The sleek design, premium build quality, and all-weather credentials that elevate this line of scooters above the competition remain in place, but 2023’s edition also comes with a new cockpit, handlebar integrated turn signals, self-healing tires, and a more secure folding mechanism, to name just a few inspired tweaks.

 

Indeed, Apollo has gone above and beyond to achieve what I thought was practically impossible: improve on the imperious Air 2022. Brimming with features and boasting a well-rounded performance profile, this is a scooter that’ll delight entry-level riders.

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Apollo Air 2023 Review: Feature-Rich, Premium & Dependable

The good and the bad

Who we recommend it for

Is it worth its price tag?

Look, feel, and functionality

Results from our tests

Other scooters to consider

The Good and The Bad

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Excellent handling
  • Front fork suspension promises a comfortable ride
  • Self-healing, plush 10-inch tires
  • Regenerative braking system recharges the battery by up to 10%
  • Quick, easy, and secure folding mechanism
  • Finely tuned build quality
  • Handlebar turn signals are visible from all angles
  • Mobile app allows for customized performance
  • Excellent 10,000 km warranty
  • Spacious, grippy deck
  • Anti-corrosive graphite paint
  • Fenders hug both tires to prevent splashback
  • Perfect for tall riders up to 6’3”
  • Extremely low maintenance
  • IP66 water-resistance rating

CONS:

  • Display gets washed out in direct light
  • Additional headlight is needed for night rides
  • Unpowered for heavier riders beyond 180 lbs

Apollo Air 2023 Grippy Deck

Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

The Apollo Air 2023 isn’t going to win any awards for speed, hill climbing, or range – but does it care? No. This is a model that’s designed for commuters and novice riders who want to invest in a premium first scooter or upgrade from a more basic set of wheels. If it’s a feature-rich, comfortable, and nimble ride that you’re after, then look no further.

Josh With Helmet on Next to the Apollo Air 2023

Boasting a 40.2-inch deck-to-handlebar height, the Air 2023 is a suitable option for riders up to 6ft 3in. Sadly, however, I found that it’s underpowered if you stand heavy on the scales. My tests suggest that anyone weighing over 180 lbs would be better served opting for a more powerful model with a higher load-bearing capacity. On the other hand, if you weigh less than 180 lbs you’ll get the best performance from its power credentials.

Josh Holding the Apollo Air 2023's Handlebars

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

When I review electric scooters there are a couple of ways that I like to assess value for money: the first is performance per dollar, and the second is based on features, design, and build quality.

Apollo Air 2023 Front Wheel in Motion

While the Apollo Air doesn’t top the performance charts when pitted against similarly-priced models, its inspired blueprint does borrow heavily from the rest of the spectacular, and far more expensive, Apollo line.

Ultimately, the Air provides a more affordable gateway into Apollo’s coveted range of scooters, giving you access to a set of premium features that no other entry-level scooter can lay claim to.

Apollo Air 2023 Premium Frame

Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

I must confess to thinking there was very little wrong with the cockpit sported by 2022’s edition – but one minute of testing the new system was all I needed to see the light.

Apollo Air 2023 Cockpit

The upgrades center around the same 8th-generation throttles for the accelerator and regen brake found on both the Apollo City and Apollo Pro. Sleek in design, spectacularly smooth to operate, and supremely ergonomic, the new paddles are inspired additions that make a mockery of the majority of entry-level scooters. The integrated buttons for your lights, riding modes, and turn signals are all within easy reach, too, while the ribbed handgrips are tactile.

Apollo Air 2023 Throttle

On the topic of the turn signals, they’re now positioned at each end of the handlebars – meaning they can be seen from all angles. Their self-canceling function ups the ante in the ease-of-use stakes, too.

Apollo Air 2023 Handlebar Turn Signals

By my measurements, the handlebars themselves strike a wide 26 inches, maximizing your handling and control when putting the Air through its paces.

And at the center of it all is a flush display that’s been seamlessly built into the cockpit. It ensures all your key stats are easy to read, with one glaring exception: your riding mode. The red sport mode icon is a challenge to see even for those with 20/20 vision – especially under direct sunlight.

Apollo Air 2023 Display

Frame

This is Apollo, so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that the Air’s sleek, anti-corrosive, 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum frame is both durable and lightweight.

Apollo Air 2023 in Urban Environment

The headline here, however, is the all-new IP66 water resistance rating (the best that you’ll find in the industry). With this, you can hit the road come rain or shine. The cable management, meanwhile, is immaculate, elevating the Air’s appeal as not only a robust, all-weather scooter but also one that promises precise design, even across the finer details.

Apollo Air 2023 Frame

Impressively, Apollo’s commitment to quality is evident from their industry-leading 10,000 km warranty on the frame. With this in tow, I decided to put the Air through the ringer and despite being subject to my grueling performance tests, it held up just fine. The stem remained rock-solid with no signs of wobble, while its 10-degree rake angle guaranteed stability.

Deck

Measuring 18.9 inches in length, 7.9 inches at its widest point, and 6.7 inches at its narrowest (based on my measurements of usable deck space), the Air’s tapered deck offers ample room for a comfortable riding stance.

Apollo Air 2023 Deck

Add the grippy rubber coating into the mix and your feet are kept secure, while the elongated rear fender hugs the tire to prevent splashback.

Apollo Air 2023 Logo on the Deck

However, with just 3.8 inches of ground clearance, it’s best to dismount the scooter and carry it over curbs to avoid damage.

Tires

What’s not to love about the 10-inch tubeless tires? Not only do they offer oodles of cushioning and traction, but because of their profile, they also ensure you feel balanced and in control through the corners.

Apollo Air 2023 Front Tire

But here’s the clincher: they’re now self-healing, meaning no more puncture anxiety. Thanks to a layer of gel-like sealant that runs around the entire lining of each tire, you can keep riding even if a foreign body penetrates them. No matter the object – whether that's a nail, thorn, or piece of glass – the gel gets to work by filling the cavity to prevent air from escaping.

These beauties take everything that the city can throw at them in their stride.

Apollo Air 2023 Tire Tread

Portability

Being the lightest scooter in the Apollo line, portability has never been an issue for the Air – but that hasn’t stopped Apollo from bringing improvements to the table.

First on the list is the newly added folding mechanism. Inherited from the Apollo City and Apollo Pro, it securely locks the stem in place, while it’s also exceptionally easy to release for folding.

Apollo Air 2023 Folding Mechanism

The second upgrade comes in the form of the new folding hook. This now features a spring clip to prevent it from coming unlatched from the anchor point on the deck.

Apollo Air 2023 Spring Clip Attached to Deck

Combined with the Air’s 41 lb frame, it remains light enough to carry up a flight or two of stairs. However, it must be noted that because the stem folds from the neck and angles down towards the deck, you need to master the art of finding the right place to lift it from so that it balances.

Apollo Air 2023 Folded

Load

The 220 lbs load-bearing capacity isn’t good news for heavier riders. During my tests, I found that my 197 lbs weight slowed the scooter and left it feeling underpowered. The fact of the matter is that there are better options out there if you weigh high up on the scale.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Load Capacity

As a rule of thumb, I’d only suggest opting for the Air if you weigh less than 180 lbs. Here, you’ll get the best performance from it.

Lights

Yet another upgrade can be found in the form of its newly adjustable headlight. Its 20 LUX rating illuminates the path ahead with a T-shaped beam, though it’s not quite bright enough to achieve my seal of approval. If you plan to ride at night, you’ll need to strap an additional headlight to the handlebars.

Apollo Air 2023 Headlight

Then, of course, there are the new handlebar integrated turn signals, which are a standout feature.

And to cap everything off, you have a taillight that doubles up as a flashing brake light.

Nevertheless, the Apollo Air 2023 lays claim to the best lighting rig among the many entry-level electric scooters that I’ve tested.

Apollo Air 2023 Lights

Mobile App

Ah yes, Apollo’s integrated mobile app – a perennial crowd-pleaser. Through it, you can:

  • Record trips
  • Get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern
  • Use it as a navigational device where you can follow a route to your destination
  • Adjust the top speed of each riding mode
  • View the health and status of your battery
  • Toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes
  • Turn cruise control on or off
  • Turn the headlight on or off
  • Remotely lock and unlock the scooter, which immobilizes it by applying the electronic brakes

Apollo Air 2023 Mobile App

Then, if you go into the advanced settings, you can:

  • Dial in the strength of your acceleration and regen brakes
  • Set the time that it takes before cruise control automatically kicks in
  • Set the time that it takes before the scooter automatically shuts down when not in use

I’m also pleased to report that the Air comes with a phone holder, meaning you can use the app as your main display. Getting the holder to mount onto the handlebars can be a little tricky though – especially considering that it uses a circular clamp and the handlebars have a non-uniform shape. I found that it could only be attached right next to the throttle or regen paddle.

Apollo Air 2023 Phone Holder

Build Quality

One thing you can be sure of when purchasing an Apollo scooter is premium build quality. The Air 2023 doesn’t disappoint: every component fits together like pieces of a Swiss clock, while the materials are all high quality.

Apollo Air 2023 Graphite Finish Frame

Better yet, despite its sleek aesthetic and plentiful features, Apollo has managed to make the Air extremely low maintenance. Take for instance the self-healing tires, front drum brake, and high IP66 water-resistance rating. Durability is assured at every corner. Even the battery benefits from a smart system that protects it against short-circuiting, overcharging, overcurrent, undervoltage, and temperature resistance.

Apollo Air 2023 Open Folding Joint

In my review of the Apollo Air 2022, I said that it was a triumph. From its curved lines, flush finishes, and a design that flowed from one section to the next, everything about it oozed class. This statement holds – yet, with the new upgrades in tow, 2023’s edition manages to outstrip it.

Results From Our Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Dragy GPS Performance Box (DG70) | Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data
CategoryTest Results
(197 lb Rider)
Test Results
(165 lb Rider)
Claimed
Top Speed20.5 mph20.6 mph21 mph
0-15 MPH9.2 s5.7 sn/a
Range15.5 miles23 miles34 miles
Braking3.4 meters3.4 metersn/a
Incline6 degrees6 degrees10 degrees

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Real-World Range

Top Speed

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data

Now, Apollo claims that the Air 2023 can hit a top speed of 21 mph. However, based on my tests and the data gathered from my high-precision GPS logger, I managed to hit 20.5 mph.

This is impressive considering that many other scooters often fall several mph short of their maximum.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Top Speed

Top Speed vs Price

Placed against 8 other scooters in its price class, the Air 2023 ends up nestled in the lower half of the rankings.

It’s worth noting here that, while it resides in a price category that’s typically associated with entry-level scooters that have single motors, there are some more powerful dual-motor models.

ScooterTop Speed
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
28 mph
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 mph
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
26 mph
Mosquito
$899
25 mph
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
24 mph
Varla Falcon
$699
22 mph
Apollo Air 2023
$899
21 mph
GoTrax GMAX Ultra
$649
20 mph
AnyHill UM-2
$899
19 mph

If speed is a priority then the SPLACH Mukuta is a great option. With dual 48V 600W motors and a peak power output of 2208W, it produces 2.5x more power than the Apollo Air’s 36V 500W motor, which musters a comparatively weak peak output of 900W. Similarly, the SPLACH Twin shares the same dual 48V 600W motors as the Mukuta, but it’s not as well refined overall.

Elsewhere, the SPLACH Turbo Plus and Mosquito both beat the Air with their more powerful motors (48V 600W and 48V 500W, respectively). Breaking things down further, the SPLACH Turbo’s dual swingarm suspension makes it a great choice if you want superior shock absorption, while the Mosquito would be my top pick if portability was at the top of your list.

With the rankings and competition considered, it's fair to say that top speed isn’t the Air’s strong suit when compared to similarly priced models. Yet, it still sports enough power to navigate busy urban environments safely.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's On a Road

Acceleration

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Dragy GPS Performance Box (DG70)
  • Results: See the test data

When it comes to acceleration, the Air takes 5.7 seconds to hit 15 mph from a standing start (based on real-world testing with a 165 lbs rider). Unfortunately, this leaves it second to last among its rivals.

Scooter0-15 MPH
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.7 s
SPLACH Twin
$999
3.0 s
Varla Falcon
$699
3.8 s
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
4.3 s
AnyHill UM-2
$899
4.5 s
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.0 s
Apollo Air 2023
$899
5.7 s
GoTrax GMAX Ultra
$649
8.0 s

As to be expected, the dual-motor models rule the roost. The similarly-priced SPLACH Mukuta, for one, is 53% faster off the line.

If we look at the single-motor competition only (including the Mosquito, SPLACH Turbo Plus, and NIU KQi3 Max – three scooters that I recommend as alternatives), there’s not much in it. The Air does, however, fall behind when accelerating beyond 15 mph.

It’s also worth pointing out that with a heavier rider onboard, the Air’s acceleration rate becomes even slower. My 197 lbs weight, for instance, extended its 0-15 mph rate to 9.2 seconds. This is because its 36V motor generates less torque than the 48V motors that so many of its competitors have.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Acceleration

Mileage

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data

The 36V 15Ah, 21700 cell battery delivers a maximum range of 34 miles, or 23 miles when factoring in real-world conditions with a 165 lbs rider at the reins.

My tests, however, (bearing in mind I weigh 197 lbs), produced a range of 15.52 miles. The test included periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops. I was riding for 1 hour 10 minutes and 29 seconds, maintained an average speed of 13.2 mph, and climbed a total of 650 ft. It was also a cold day (45.2 °F / 7.3 °C), which could have sapped the battery of its efficiency – especially considering that the ideal operating temperature of an electric scooter battery is 70.7 °F / 21.5 °C.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Range

Mileage vs Price

Compared to its similarly-priced rivals, it places mid-table.

ScooterMax Range
GoTrax GMAX Ultra
$649
45 miles
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
40 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
39 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
35 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
34 miles
SPLACH Turbo Plus
$899
33 miles
AnyHill UM-2
$899
28 miles
Varla Falcon
$699
25 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles

It’s beaten by the Gotrax GMAX Ultra, though this comes as no surprise considering that it’s equipped with a battery that’s 17% bigger and of a higher quality being LG (630Wh vs 540Wh).

The NIU KQi3 Max, SPLACH Mukuta, and SPLACH Twin all manage to rank above the Apollo Air, too.

Apollo Air 2023 Motor

Hill Climbing

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus

Hill climbing isn’t one of the Air’s strongest suits. While it completed my 10% grade hill test, it did so very slowly. Vis a vis, while you’ll encounter no frustrations in neighborhoods with gentle slopes, I don’t recommend it for anything beyond those.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Hill Climbing

Shock Absorption

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Subjective Assessment

Though it comes replete with a host of upgrades, Apollo also knows that, in some areas, it's a case of don’t fix it if it ain’t broken. Cue the front-fork suspension.

Apollo Air 2023 Fork Suspension

Working in tandem with the tires, this system absorbs the vast majority of shocks and vibrations that you’ll encounter in urban environments. On a scale of 1-10 – where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is extremely soft – I rate it a respectable 6.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Shock Absorption

Braking

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Measuring Tape

As is unique to Apollo’s scooters, the cleverly designed regenerative braking system prevents both wear and tear on the low-maintenance drum, whilst it also recycles kinetic energy to slow the scooter and charge the battery simultaneously.

Based on my hands-on tests, the regen brake alone will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 8.1 meters. It creates the sensation of being slowed with an elastic band.

Apollo Air 2023 Regen Brake Paddle

Using the front drum and regen brakes together, however, shortens the stopping distance to just 3.4 meters. Based on the data that I’ve gathered from hundreds of braking tests, this level of performance resides in the “Good” category (3.0 – 3.5 meters).

Apollo Air 2023 Tactile Handgrip and Brake Lever

Ride Quality

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Subjective Assessment

While I could sit here and write about how the Air’s geometry, handling, and spacious dimensions coalesce with its shock-absorbing suspension and tires to deliver a well-rounded, comfortable, and controlled riding experience, what might paint the picture of the Air’s ride quality in a far more articulate manner is the fact that I rode it for 30 miles across two consecutive days, and could have kept going for longer. It was a pleasure to ride.

Josh Testing the Apollo Air 2023's Ride Quality

Compare With Other Scooters

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SPLACH Turbo Plus

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SPLACH Mukuta

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Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

So confident are Apollo in the Air’s quality that a 10,000 km warranty has been placed on its frame. This is quite the statement.

Elsewhere, the battery, lights, motor, controller, handlebar, display, and folding mechanism are covered by a limited 12-month warranty. It’s important to note that this applies only to scooters bought directly from Apollo. Those purchased from distributors are not covered by this policy.

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: Apollo Air 2023 Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

41

Rider Weight (lbs)

220

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Self-Healing)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

21

Max Range (miles)

34

Charge Time (hours)

7

Suspension Type

Front Only

Brake Type

Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

10

Water Resistance Rating

IP66

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Specification: Apollo Air 2023 Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

41

Rider Weight (lbs)

220

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Self-Healing)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

21

Max Range (miles)

34

Charge Time (hours)

7

Suspension Type

Front Only

Brake Type

Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

10

Water Resistance Rating

IP66

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