Varla Pegasus review: Flying at 28 mph on a full-suspension electric scooter

by Micah Toll

The Varla Pegasus is one of those rare electric scooters that strikes a nice balance between higher-than-average performance and a reasonable price tag.

Varla Pegasus tech specs • Motors: Dual 500 W continuous motors (800W peak) • Battery: 48V 15.6Ah 750 Wh • Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h) though only with a full battery • Range: Claimed 28 miles (45 km), closer to 20 miles (32 km) with mixed riding • Weight: 66 lb (30 kg) • Load capacity: 280 lb (127 kg)

Varla Pegasus tech specs (cont'd) • Brakes: Dual mechanical disc brakes • Tires: 8″ solid tires in wide format • Suspension: Front and rear swingarm suspension • Charge time: 7-8 hours • Extras: 3 power modes, side kickstand, headlight, taillight, LED speedometer and battery meter, fenders, IP54 water-resistant rating

And having spent a couple weeks so far putting the scooter to the test, I can confirm that it has the right combination of performance and value to fit a wide range of riders.

When I look at the electric scooter market lately, it seems like most of the entries fall on one end of the spectrum or the other.

Either it’s a slowpoke city scooter or a death-defying hotrod that flirts with highway speeds.

But the Varla Pegasus seems to nestle itself in the perfect middle ground, offering higher than average speeds and comfy suspension without pushing performance into extreme territory.