Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Review

Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Scooter Review
Works Electric Hollyburn P5
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Belt Drive
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Deck
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Front Lights Off
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Rear
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Profile Left
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Bright As Day Lights
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Throttle
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Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Headset Assembly
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Scooter Review
Works Electric Hollyburn P5
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Belt Drive
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Deck
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Front Lights Off
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Rear
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Profile Left
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Bright As Day Lights
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Throttle
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Headset Assembly Side
Works Electric Hollyburn P5 Headset Assembly

Summary

  • A powerful hand-build electric scooter with standing or seating option, integrated front and rear LED lights, wide deck and plush tires provide stability and comfort on varied terrain
  • Aluminum frame with integrated Steel inlays offers a relatively lightweight yet incredibly durable chassis that can withstand some serious punishment, folding design saves space
  • Gearless 4,400 watt hub motor drives the Hollyburn P5 up to 37 MPH and offers regenerative braking, the massive battery pack provides up to 28 miles per charge
  • Priced at $6,300 this is an expensive machine but provides incredible utility and is built to last, limited display readouts, only one size and motor/battery spec but two color choices

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Introduction

Make:

Works Electric

Model:

Hollyburn P5

Price:

$6,300

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 4), Moped or Motorcycle (Class 4)
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Warranty:

2 Year Battery and Drive Unit, 1 Year Material and Workmanship

Availability:

United States, Canada, Worldwide

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

86 lbs (39 kg)

Battery Weight:

16 lbs (7.25 kg)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Folding

Frame Material:

Aluminum and Cold Rolled Steel

Frame Colors:

Matte Black, Burnt Orange

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded: 15" Deck Width, 53" Length, 46" Height, Folded: 15" Deck Width, 53" Length, 20" Height

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Phone Clip

Gearing Details:

1 Single Speed

Headset:

Z-Stack 3 Front End

Handlebar:

Flat, Aluminum Alloy

Brake Details:

Tektro Dorado Dual Piston Hydraulic with 180 mm Rotor and Regenerative Interlock, ABS

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Half Twist on Right

Saddle:

Respiro, Extra Wide

Seat Post:

Optional Two-Piece, Bolt-On, Adjustable Height

Rims:

Solid, 6" x 4.5"

Tire Brand:

Kenda Scorpion, 15" x 6" for Street, 14" x 6" for Knobby

Wheel Sizes:

14 in (35.56cm)15 in (38.1cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Optional Seat Attachment with Saddle V2 ($350), Optional Pannier Rack V2 ($125), Optional Ortlieb Panniers - Pair ($160), Optional Fast Charger ($295), Optional Rain Fender ($39), Choose Street Tires or Knobby Tires at Time of Purchase (Replacements $39 Each)

Other:

Replaceable Deck Mounted Battery Pack, Max Load 280 lbs

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

2400 watts

Motor Peak Output:

4590 watts (Controller Limited to 4,400)

Motor Brand:

ZM2-R

Battery Voltage:

48.1 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

25.1 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

1351.61 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-Ion

Charge Time:

7 hours (~2 Hours with Fast Charger)

Estimated Min Range:

18 miles (29 km)

Estimated Max Range:

28 miles (45 km)

Display Type:

Fixed LED Battery Level Console

Readouts:

Charge Level (Green, Yellow, Red)

Display Accessories:

Lights On/Off Toggle Switch

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

37 mph (60 kph) (Lower Speed Option at Time of Order)

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Written Review

Works Electric is an American company based in Portland, Oregon, that focuses on high-end, powersport electric scooters. The owner, Brad Baker, hand makes each vehicle with American-made parts, putting his skills as a mechanical engineer, machinist and master TIG welder to good use. There are three different versions of Works Electric’s scooters, which are called Rovers: The BR2, Hollyburn P3 and Hollyburn P5, which boasts a ridiculously powerful 4,400 watt ZM2-R electric hub motor that drives the machine to a top speed of 37 mph and a Lithium-ion battery pack that offers a max range of 28 miles. But, perhaps even more impressive is the Hollyburn P5’s overall design. The Crusher Five-Point chassis armor gives the Hollyburn P5 full protection from rocks and debris, meaning this electric vehicle can power through off-road trails just as well as it can carve up the pavement. And, when you’re ordering the bike, they offer slicks or knobby tires and can customize the top speed if you prefer to go a little slower. With IP66 weatherproofing, neither rain nor snow will keep you from riding.

I’ve put nearly a 1,000 miles on my Hollyburn P5 and have tortured the machine to the point of absurdity — I’ve torn through backwoods trails, jumped over berms, rammed into rocks and even wrecked a handful of times — with no ill effect other than a few “racing stripes.” But even when tackling the most technical terrain, the Hollyburn P5 offers a surprisingly comfortable ride thanks to its extra-wide 15-inch deck and massive 14-inch pneumatic tires. Kicking up dirt is a blast, but taking to the streets is just as exhilarating — I absolutely love cruising next to cars at nearly 40 mph and seeing baffled faces staring back at me. Hill climbs are a breeze too. I weigh 200 pounds and always carry about 20 pounds of camera gear with me, but even with all that weight the Hollyburn P5 effortlessly flies up hills and only bogs down at the steepest of inclines. I’ve been using the knobby tires, which are great for off-road but are a little noisy on the streets (I haven’t used the street tires, but I suspect they’re much quieter), and after almost 1,000 miles the rear tire is close to needing replacement (which will cost ~$39). However, aside from normal tire wear everything is still in perfect working order.

The Hollyburn P5 comes in two colors — black and burnt orange — and is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless-steel structural inlays in high-load locations, giving the machine a curb weight of 86 pounds and a carrying capacity of 280 pounds. I’ve been rocking the belt drive, but a chain drive option exists as well for riders who really want to push this machine to its limits. The belt drive is pretty much hassle-free and made with Kevlar reinforcement for strenght, it’s clean and quiet compared to the chain. On the right grip is a twist throttle that unleashes 4,400 watts of power on command and a brake lever that activates the regenerative braking upon light press; heavy depression activates the front 180 mm disc brake. The regenerative braking is unexpectedly strong and can be used as the primary braking mechanism in all but the most extreme braking situations. But the trade-off here is, it can sometimes feel like gentle braking isn’t as much of an option, braking is not as progressive at the low end. On the stem, which is crafted from cold-rolled steel for maximum durability, is the key ignition and knob to toggle the front and rear LED running lights. These light lights are really cool, and look sturdy, but I didn’t feel that they offered enough brightness to fully illuminate my rides… so I mounted some additional lights on the handlebar. At the bottom of the stem is the chunky headset assembly, where two pairs of screws and pins keep the downtube locked in place during even the most aggressive off-road adventures. Towards the rear of the deck rests the fastening point for a seat post and at the very back there’s a spot to attach a pannier rack for those particularly long rides where you need extra storage.

Driving the Hollyburn P5 these past couple of months has been nothing short of a blast. I’ve been using this machine as my primary mode of transportation for any trip within a 15-mile radius of me, and have made it a point to search out any and every trail that connects to the main streets. After all, if you’re not having fun, what’s the point of owning one of these? You’re certainly paying for it. The riding style for the Hollyburn P5 reminds me a lot of dirt bikes, except with far less handlebar movement. It’s much more of a whole-body experience as opposed to just torquing on the handlebars to change direction – you really have to lean into turns, like on a snowboard or skateboard. Even after nearly 1,000 miles, the acceleration still sometimes shocks me when I twist the throttle. Note, full acceleration from stop will probably drain the battery faster and since the throttle is hot once the scooter is turned on, you want to be careful not to bump it accidentally because it will take off and at ~86 lbs, it’s a substantial scooter. The machine picks up speed with a quickness and hits 37 mph much faster than I expected. One of my favorite things about the Hollyburn P5 though isn’t the speed (though that is a pretty epic feature) but how powerfully it brakes. The massive front disc brake gives me the confidence to actually utilize all of the Hollyburn P5’s power, whereas I’m far more cautious with some other electric vehicles that only have regenerative braking.

All in all I’m still impressed with this vehicle every time I hop on it, honestly I love this thing! It’s fun, quick and practical and I ride it pretty much at least once a day. There’s not much I’d change about the Hollyburn P5, though I would like to see a few additional features in the next model – a powerful, integrated headlight that actually illuminates your path; a brake signal; turn signals and a heads-up display that shows current speed, an odometer and a tripomoter. I feel like this is a great vehicle for anyone who is looking for a serious alternative to driving, or just wants to have fun tearing up some trails… but it is technically an “off road vehicle” depending on where you live. That may put some restrictions on where restrictions on where you can ride. Another consideration here is that if you do get some racing stripe scratches, the steel portions of the scooter may rust a bit over time. I think the Hollyburn P5 is really the only electric scooter of its kind, and if you’re looking for the fastest, most powerful, standup electric vehicle to get you around, this is definitely it. This thing would be a blast at Burning Man! Last thing I’ll say is if you have can, grab the fast charger – Works Electric says it takes about two and a half hours to charge, but it actually charges close to full capacity in one and a half hours. I’d like to thank Works Electric for partnering with me on this review and providing a demo unit.

Pros:

  • The 4400 watt motor is ridiculously powerful and will rocket you up even the steepest of hills without even breaking a sweat
  • The options of belt drive vs. chain drive and knobby tires vs. street tires means there’s a version for everyone
  • The durability is incredible and after 1,000 miles of abuse there’s still nothing broken
  • A max speed of 37 m.p.h. means you can fly down trails and streets alike
  • A max distance of 28 miles means there’s few places you can’t drive the Hollyburn P5 to
  • The hydraulic front disc brake has some serious stopping power
  • It looks awesome
  • Works Electric customer service is personable and efficient

Cons:

  • No speedometer, odometer or tripometer
  • Running lights aren’t powerful enough to really see at night
  • Only one option when it comes to motor and battery size
  • Expensive

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Arthur Romero
2 weeks ago

Great detailed review. Now if only they can increase the full charge range on this to achieve at least 100 miles.

mistercapnjoe
3 weeks ago

I agree with you, Brent, the P5 is the most fun I've had on wheels. It charges in less than three hours and it puts the biggest, cheesiest grin on my face when I ride it. Jellied legs are worth it.
Your suggestions were right on the money. More light for night riding is a good idea. Personally, I'd like to see a rack over the rear wheel for a small cooler or tackle box. I have the rain guard back there now. I could see it being modified with a couple of struts attached to the rear axle. Brad could laser cut the whole piece then bend the struts down like tabs. (You listening, Brad?)
It's an American Billy Goat to be sure, man. This powerful beast of a machine goes anywhere, and it does it with style and speed. The Ultimate Carving Machine.
Nice to see it get a worthy review.  
Ride safely, meow. Don't crack your coconut!

paco torres
4 weeks ago

Bla, bla, blaaaaa!

Dumb Shit
4 weeks ago

Go check out the mush smaller dualtron ultra that 5300w + 50mph TOP speed+120Km range

DaniEsTuPadre
1 month ago

Dualtron ultra. Fastter, cheaper, better.. and offroad too.

Rasel TechRader
2 months ago

nice

tomble womble
2 months ago

Is it road legal anywhere?

Ed James
2 months ago

How much does the scooter cost

logan cooner
2 months ago

Electric skateboard is minimalist and can be easily carried on a back pack into stores or apartments. This scooter is lame. Looks like it came straight out of the 1980s. Will have to leave it outside your work or the store too. Big, expensive, bulky, and much less versatile. Give me a more useful and more stylish electric skate board any day. Now if your 60 years old or older and if your already use to a rascal power chair then you may prefer the scooter over the board? Not sure. Lol

Uģis Hoņavko
2 months ago

Any closeup shots from inside of scooter, how controller looks like, what motor is this 4.4kW monster, any pictures?

ElectricRideReview.com
2 months ago

Hi Ugis! Photos of the motor can be seen on the Hollyburn website here: http://www.works-electric.com/hollyburn-p5. It's the ZM2-R.

wjf213
2 months ago

Really a very well done review, in fact I watched it twice. Really held my attention. I hope you do more of this type of video with scooters and things like that. I'll check the link and read more about this, but maybe next time you could share more about the battery size as well as how hard it is to remove and replace, and charge times. Just a couple suggestions on an otherwise, very well done video. Keep up the great work.

ElectricRideReview.com
2 months ago

Thanks for the kind words and feedback! I'll be sure to include charge times and battery replacement options in the upcoming video reviews. :)

paulpsych
2 months ago

Court has been working out

Silly Wabbits
2 months ago

Yeah where's the old guy😉 just kidn, great vid....

Hennessey Stellar Productions
2 months ago

Hi so I live in a hilly are and I have two 30 percent grades and the rest under 10 percent. I need a scooter that can make it up the hills and is under $800 USD. It needs to last me 3 years at least. And needs to hold at least 200lbs. Also can't be too big and it would be nice if it could fold but doesn't have to. Any recommendations?

RW H
2 months ago

Get lights for that thing here. https://ledlightride.com/shop?olsPage=products/3-strip-simple-led-bike-kits-with-power-supply&olsFocus=false

William Aung Leyraud
2 months ago

Amazon link for the headlamps?

ElectricRideReview.com
2 months ago

The headlights I use are the Bright as Day 5000 http://www.moonlightmountaingear.com/products/lamps/bright-as-day-5000.html. They're SUPER bright and have an incredible beam pattern. The only downside is they don't have a very good battery readout.

William Aung Leyraud
2 months ago

RW H thanks

RW H
2 months ago

William Aung Leyraud https://ledlightride.com

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2 months ago

I'll take it! Do you take monopoly 💰?

undertoes
2 months ago

at 6.3k, you could just buy 3 scooters at 2k and run each of them to the ground

Danny Murphy
2 months ago

12 psi? I bet if you quadrupled that you would get twice as much range.

Danny Murphy
2 months ago

Idk why this thing exists at 6.3k but I'm glad it does.. 5,000 lumen headlights jesus this thing is badass