EMOVE Cruiser vs Zero 8X

EMOVE Cruiser vs. Zero 8X

We compare the EMOVE Cruiser versus the Zero 8X — two well known electric scooters that we have reviewed and extensively tested.

The EMOVE Cruiser is the best, affordable long-ranged electric scooter we’ve reviewed recently. Its energy-conserving controller and 600 W electric motor, combined with a large 1560 watt hour battery allow it to attain an incredible 50 miles during our recent real world range test.

In addition to its outstanding range, the Cruiser is also loaded with numerous premium features including: tubeless pneumatic tires, dual suspension, a loud horn, and turn signals. It is one of the few scooters with an official water resistance rating of IP67 — meaning that it can be ridden in rain as long as it is not submerged in water and its seals are intact.

The Zero 8X is a scooter that we’ve dubbed the 30 mph streetfighter.

It has some of the best low-end acceleration on any electric scooter. According to our performance data, it can get to 15 mph in 2.1 seconds — faster than nearly ever scooter out there. It’s one of the few powerful scooters that comes with solid tires. Though you do take a hit on performance in wet conditions, the solid tires ensure flat-free operation and reduced maintenance over the life of the scooter. Additionally, despite being solid, they still offer really excellent braking performance, allowing the scooter to come to a halt from 15 mph in just 11.1 feet (3.4 meters).

Both scooters share high-quality construction and include dual disc brakes and a keyed power switch.

EMOVE Cruiser Pros

EMOVE Cruiser electric scooter
  • Slightly less expensive. The EMOVE Cruiser is around $1299 after our VORO Motors discount code while the 8X is around $1485 after our Zero 8X coupon code.
  • Rock-solid stem folding mechanism. The EMOVE Cruiser has an excellent folding mechanism that uses a single pin — easy to take down and rock-solid when secured in place. The Zero 8X uses a double latching mechanism and can be a bit creaky and finicky.
  • More portable due to 54 lb (24 kg) weight and locking stem. The Zero 8X weighs in at 73 lbs and the stem does not lock when folded for carrying.
  • Front and rear semi-hydraulic Xtech-branded disc brakes. Semi-hydraulic brakes give more linear braking and amplified effort. The Zero 8X has mechanical disc brakes. However, both scooters performed very well in our braking tests — going from from 15 mph to 0 mph in about 11 feet (3.4 meters).
  • An official water resistance rating of IP67. The EMOVE Cruiser can be operated in the rain and the snow as long as it is not submerged in water or too cold. The 8X does not have an official water resistance rating. However, there are some aftermarket accessories you can buy to seal the components for improved water resistance.
  • Tubeless 10 x 2.75″ pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires provide better traction performance in wet conditions and better vibration damping.
  • A 352 lb (160 kg) weight limit. This is a bit higher than the Zero 10X which is limited to 264 lb (120 kg).
  • Large 1560 watt hour LG-branded battery pack that gives >50 miles of real world range (according to our tests).  The Zero 8X base model has a smaller 936 watt hour battery pack made of Chinese SyncPower cells.
  • Extra safety features: turn signals and a very loud horn. The Zero 8X has neither of these features.

Zero 8X Pros

Zero 8X electric scooter on a pedestrian bridge
  • Incredible acceleration — the Zero 8X hits 15 mph in 2.1 seconds. The more sluggish EMOVE requires 5.1 seconds.
  • Higher top speed of 30 mph for 8X compared to 26 mph for Cruiser.
  • Superior suspension provides better on-road and off-road performance.
  • Rear deck fin/ sloped platform for more aggressive riding stance.
  • Solid tires which eliminate flats as a maintenance worry. Solid tires may or may not be an advantage depending on your use case. If you frequently ride in wet conditions, the EMOVE’s pneumatic tires should perform better.

EMOVE Cruiser vs. Zero 8X Comparison

**Based on Electric Scooter Guide’s real-world performance testing and not manufacturer’s specs.

EMOVE CruiserZero 8X
MSRP (USD)$1259$1600
Top Speed**26.2 mph31 mph
Range**50.3 mi21.3 mi
Weight55 lb73 lb
0 to 15 mph**3.4 s2.1 s
0 to 20 mph**5.8 s3.6 s
0 to 25 mph**11.0 s5.5 s
0 to 30 mph**7.8 s
0 to 35 mph**
15 to 0 mph**
Hill climb time**12.19.4
Battery1560 Wh936 Wh
Motor600 W800 W (2X)
Max rider weight352 lb264 lb
SuspensionFront + RearFront + Rear
BrakesHydraulic disc + RegenDisc + Regen
IP ratingIP67None


EMOVE Cruiser

The EMOVE Cruiser and Zero 8X share a close price-point but are otherwise two very different scooters. That said, each is designed for a specific use case.

The EMOVE Cruiser has many advantages compared to the Zero 8X. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it a better scooter. The advantages mostly make it a more civilized, practical commuter.

The EMOVE is a long-distance Cruiser with a motor and controller that are swift but tuned for extending range rather than thrilling performance. The Cruiser is packed with extra features (turn signals, horn) that make it apt for commuting long distances. Few scooters at its price come even close to being as complete as the EMOVE Cruiser. The large tubeless tires are incredibly puncture resistant. Additionally, they can be repaired with slime if you end up with one. The plush ride quality and high capacity LG battery will encourage you to go long distances on this scooter.

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Zero 8X

The Zero 8X also has advantages compared to the EMOVE Cruiser. These are mostly related to performance.

The Zero 8X is a dual-motor, solid-tire savage with some of the best low-end acceleration seen on any scooter. The solid tires still give excellent braking performance but eliminate tire-related maintenance worries. Like the 10X, it has a best-in-class suspension that will soak up bumps and drops better than most scooters out there, including the Cruiser. Finally, compared to the EMOVE Cruiser, the Zero 8X is a bit less refined — it’s creakier and rougher around the edges. However, that is what most who want a high-performance scooter are looking for.




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Justin is a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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