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With decent range: Inoa Sli5 50 – affordable single track electric bike

With decent range
Inoa Sli5 50 – affordable single track electric bike

Pedelecs are trendy, but they also cost a lot of money. If there is an electric scooter like the Nova Motors Inoa Sli5 50 around the corner, which isn’t much more expensive, it should definitely be tested. And indeed, Eppingen’s single-track electric vehicle has a lot to offer.

Germans now spend an average of over € 2,800 on a new pedelec. A lot of money for a bike with an auxiliary motor. A technically more sophisticated, faster and in some cases even cheaper alternative can be e-scooters. Not scooters, but those you sit on, with helmet and license plate obligation. One of them is Inoa Sli5 50 from scooter and e-mobile dealer Nova Motors. The single-track electric vehicle, suitable for holders of an AM driving license, offers a few other precautions for a lean 2600 euros in addition to a powerful ride and a decent range.

In addition to the side stand, the Inoa Sli5 50 also features a central stand.

(Photo: Mario Hommen)

This price also includes the transport of the scooter to the address desired by the customer. This is exactly how the proof copy was delivered, to which the factory protective film was still glued. After these were removed, the supplied mirrors and the insurance plate were installed, the Inoa was ready for use. Before leaving, it is necessary to turn the “ignition key” and press button P on the right handlebar grip. Quiet as a mouse, the Inoa pulls away at the first throttle command.

Lively, but not fast

The unit is not only quiet, but pleasantly lively. Bosch’s 60-volt machine built into the rear wheel delivers a powerful 4 hp. Like the scooter, the test driver weighs just over 90 kilograms, which makes little impression on the propulsion. It takes just over 10 seconds to reach the top speed of 45 km / h. If the battery is charged, the digital speedometer also occasionally shows 50 km / h on a flat surface. You can also do 1 to 2 km / h more downhill, while the speed can drop below 40 km / h uphill. As usual in the 50 class, 45 km / h is the norm.

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With a top speed of 45 km / h, the Inoa Sli5 50 can safely swim in traffic. At least as long as the battery is charged.

(Photo: Mario Hommen)

Until then you can keep up with the machines. But other road users are generally faster and occasionally react irritated when they have to follow. It would be nice if eco-friendly mopeds like the Inoa could drive a little faster, but the legislator has put an end to this electronic problem, much to the chagrin of many road users.

A moderate speed is obviously good for the range. According to Nova Motors, the basic version with a single 1.4 kWh battery and a weight of around 10 kilograms can travel 60 kilometers. A second battery, which doubles the autonomy, costs another 600 euros. In the test, in the summer, the Inoa traveled just over 50 kilometers on a single battery charge. With the second battery it should therefore be possible to travel more than 100 kilometers purely arithmetic. Energy costs per 100 kilometers are – 36 cents per kilowatt hour and recharging at home – at one euro. Charging the removable batteries takes approximately five hours with the supplied charger.

Low battery limitation

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With two batteries, the Inoa Sli5 50 can cover a distance of over 100 kilometers.

(Photo: Mario Hommen)

A fully charged battery can travel more than 50 kilometers, but as the battery level decreases, it becomes more and more difficult to reach the maximum speed of 45 km / h. If the level is very low, it is further adjusted downwards. If the digital display shows 0 percent, you can still drive a few 100 meters at a good speed of 10 km / h. Normally, however, you switch to the second battery much earlier. To do this you need to stop briefly, fold the seat down and pull the power cable from the dead battery to connect it to the second battery. It would be cheaper if both batteries were wired in parallel, as with the new Yamaha Neo’s, which costs a whopping 1000 euros more than the Sli5 50 with two batteries.

In terms of ergonomics, the Sli5 is more recommended for little ones than for big drivers. Though handy, Inoa is not a virtuoso curve artist. Driving through left-right combinations is exhilarating, but not ambitious. The frame with its small 12-inch wheels sometimes reacts harshly to shocks. Disc brakes on the front and rear wheels do their job satisfactorily. The generously sized display isn’t always easy to read in direct sunlight. Although the scooter makes a decent impression overall, the quality leaves room for improvements in detail. In the first few days we found that the vapors from the plastic and rubber parts were even annoying.

Good equipment, moderate processing

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A large digital speedometer informs the driver of the Inoa Sli5 50 about all relevant driving data.

(Photo: Mario Hommen)

While not everything on the Sli5 is of high quality, the equipment is impressive. The basic version includes an immobilizer with an alarm function, which can be activated with a remote control integrated in the ignition key. In the leg shield there is a small compartment for a smartphone, which can be powered with power from the traction battery via a USB cable. LED lights all around, fold-down passenger footrests, a luggage hook and a main and side stand complete the equipment package.

The driver can also connect their mobile phone to a Bluetooth speaker built into the scooter and listen to music stored or streamed via the sound module. However, this simple connectivity solution no longer offers options. In particular, the scooter should arouse the interest of young users, for whom the Sli5 50 should also be interesting in terms of price.

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