Electric scooters at Intermot 2014

 

Kumpan 1954 with concept trailer

Kumpan 1954 with concept trailer

Electric scooters out-numbered the gas-powered models, giving us a good idea of where this industry is heading in Europe.

The European scooter market has been in decline over the past few years, and about 500,000 units were sold in 2013. Piaggio (Vespa), the biggest European manufacturer, still has no electric model. The number 2, Peugeot Scooters, offers one 50cc-equivalent, the e-Vivacity, which has not been selling very well. Mahindra recently took a 51% stake in Peugeot Scooters. Will the Indian firm take advantage of the French firm’s distribution network to soon market its electric GenZe in Europe?

Of course, the king of the electric scooters, the C Evolution, was on the BMW stand. But it is unlikely to see it in the US anytime soon. It seems that BMW will have no problem selling on the European market all of the 1,000 units that will be produced in 2014.

BMW C Evolution

BMW C Evolution

A host of new firms are showing electric scooters, especially from Germany. The best known, Govecs, was curiously not present at Intermot. Govecs recently won a 40-unit order for its 125cc-equivalent S 3.4 scooter from the city of Nice in Southern France. Here is a small sample of the electric scooters at Intermot:

UNU

UNU

UNU, a Munich-based newcomer, adopted a very urban style for its stand. The scooters can be configured and ordered online in a variety of colors and motors. Prices start at €1,699 ($2,162) for the 1 kW model, €2,199 ($2,799) for the 2 kW model and €2,799 ($3,563) for the 3 kW model. They all come with a removable 51V/29Ah  Panasonic lithium-ion battery. The range is 50 km (31 miles), which can be doubled with an optional second battery (€700). It weighs only 60 kg (132lb). Top speed is 45 km/h (28 mph). The firm is actively working to bring it to the US.

Kumpan 1953

Kumpan 1953

Kumpan is based in Remagen and offers the retro-styled 1953 and 1954 models. They have both a 2 kW motor (with peak power of 2.8 kW for the 1954, and 2.5 kW for the 1953). They are available with up to 3 removable 48V/18Ah lithium iron phosphate batteries, providing each a range of 40 km (25 miles). Prices start at €2,999 ($3,817) for the 1954 with one battery (extra battery is €599, or $762), and €3,249 ($4,135) for the 1953. Both models have a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). Kumpan has 200 dealers and service partners in Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Sweden.

Emco Novum S 5000

Emco Novum S 5000

Emco offers a range of 6 e-scooters, with its Classic, Sport and Retro lines. Power range goes from 1.5 kW to 5 kW for the top of the Sport line, the Novum S 5000. It has a 60V/60Ah lithium battery good for a 80 km (50 miles) range and weighs 130 kg (287lb). Top speed is 82 km/h (51 mph), and prices start at €5,999 ($7,636). Emco claims to have 350 dealers.

vRone

vRone

VR Bikes, from Switzerland, showed its vRone electric scooter. With its 8.5 kW motor (30 Nm torque) it can reach a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). The 74V/42Ah lithium battery provides a 60 km (37 miles) range at 50 km/h (31 mph). The vRone is available for €3,595 ($4,576) and €50 ($64) per month for the battery rental, or €6,495 ($8,268) battery included.

dbX2

dbX2

There were several Chinese and Taiwanese electric scooter brands. Just for fun, here is the dbX2, a concept electric scooter with sidecar on the stand of the Taiwanese firm DKcity.

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8 comments for this post
  1. Delalaing Vincent wrote the 10/10/2014

    Have you seen French scooter http://www.eccity-motocycles.com

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  2. Slawomir Kortas wrote the 10/10/2014

    Two big shows in one year can get quite expensive. But you’ll surely see GOVECS at EICMA in just a few weeks with a few surprise announcements to boot. See you at the GOVECS booth!

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  3. Roel Ridderhof wrote the 11/10/2014

    Pity the DBX2 briefly described in comparison with the other electric scooters as “just for fun, concept scooter with sidecar.”

    A French reporter saw on the same vehicle more than “just for fun”.
    Here’s the French article

    http://www.scooter-station.com/article.php?id_article=2085&id_document=588

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    • JP, the author of the post, wrote the 11/10/2014

      I did not mean to disparage your product. I do find it cute and fun. The only thing I question is how a 50cc-equivalent can propulse a scooter, a sidecar and 3 people.

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  4. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 13/10/2014

    A local company in Israel called Blitz Motors is quite successful in marketing a Chinese collection-of-components which comes out an electric scooter. http://www.blitzmotors.co.il/ Essentially its a generic scooter with an electric rear wheel, controller and Li-Ion batteries. For a motorcycle guy its ridiculously underpowered, but for local urban delivery work, and parking enforcement wardens its quite sufficient. The scooter format should be great for electric two wheelers because the body-work should reduce drag tremendously – see the Hershner long ride. Maybe one can induce Zero to make a useable sporty scooter with 100 mile range

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    • JP, the author of the post, wrote the 17/10/2014

      Interesting scooters from Blitz, but I don’t agree with their classification.
      The Blitz3000 is in the 50cc-equivalent category, and the Blitz6000 in the 125cc-equivalent category

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  5. Albert wrote the 16/10/2014

    I agree with Yuval that the scooter format is the best for an urban electric bike. I wonder why they have not been successful so far.

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