Monday, June 1, 2015

Three Electric Scooters: From Functional to Fast and Fancy

Scooters are by far the most popular vehicles in the world and the next generation of scooters includes a vast selection of electric options. Electric scooters run the gamut from the functional city vehicles to those capable of reaching highway speeds.

Israeli-native Amir Ziad has invented an inexpensive and innovative personal transportation vehicle called muvE. This highly portable ultra lightweight scooter can be folded into a trolley, making it an optimal vehicle for urban transport.

Ziad says the MuvE weighs between 12-15 kg and cost about $2,000- $3,000 once it hits the market. The original prototype can travel up to10 kilometers on a single charge, but an updated vehicle, with a cellular controlled mechanism will improve the range. There is even an off-road version of the vehicle.

A well known scooter company from India will soon be moving into Michigan. Mahindra is a $16.7 billion firm that has recently announced that it will produce the lightweight GenZe electric two-wheeler at a 37,000 square foot facility in Ann Arbor. The removable battery allows riders to recharge at any standard outlet. Fully charged it has a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 30 miles per hour. One of the practical features of the vehicle is its large luggage carrier. It also has a screen display that has much of the functionality a smartphone. The new factory is expected to produce about 20,000 vehicles annually.

The widely respected German car company BMW is making a new electric scooter called the C evolution. The C evolution can attain an electronically limited top speed of 75 mph and has a range of 62 miles. The electric motor draws its energy from an 8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The battery can be recharged at any standard outlet. It is also recharged while coasting and breaking. The display gives the rider access to a host of data including average energy consumption and average speed.

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