Electric scooters: what’s new for 2017?

2017 could finally be the year when people, especially in Europe, start embracing electric scooters.

Let’s face it, so far the market for electric scooters has mostly been B to B (business to business), except for China. Electric scooter sharing networks have developed in several European and Asian cities, as well as in San Francisco. Electric scooters have found some success with their cargo models, from pizza home-deliveries to postal services across Europe. The only real success in the European consumer market has been the high-end BMW C-Evolution.

At best a few thousand electric scooters were sold in Europe and the USA in 2016. The market is dominated by the German firm GOVECS, which was one of the first manufacturer in this market. The competition is however becoming intense, with new manufacturers appearing across the world.

Other German manufacturers, like Unu, Kumpan, Emco and Scrooser are also trying to find a market. So are manufacturers from Switzerland (VR bikes), from France (Artelec), from the Netherlands (Bolt), from Italy (Askoll, ME), from Spain (Scutum, Quazzar, Rieju, Xkuty), from Australia (Vmoto /E-Max), from India (Ather), from Taiwan (Gogoro), from China (Niu), from Japan (Terra), from Canada (Daymak) and from the USA (GenZe, ZEV).

The big news for 2017 is the first electric scooter from the iconic scooter brand Vespa. Presented at the last EICMA show, the Vespa Elettrica should be marketed in the second half of 2017. Parent company Piaggio hasn’t released any more information, but in terms of public awareness, it is like Harley Davidson showing its first electric motorcycle.

Vespa Elettrica

Vespa Elettrica

Among other new models for 2017 is the Muvi, from Spanish manufacturer Torrot. Powered by a 3 kW and 35 Nm brushless motor, this smart scooter has a removable lithium battery and will be available across Europe. Price: €4,495.

Torrot Muvi

Torrot Muvi

KRC Motors, from Italy, presented a trio of models based on a steel frame with an 11 kW motor and a 72 V – 50 ah battery. The maxi-scooter version is the Easy, which starts at €8,530. The city version is the Fox, which starts at €7,450, and the sport version is the Faster, at €7,450. All three have a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).

KRC Easy

KRC Easy

 

Another Italian firm, Nito, presented its NES model, which comes with a 4 kW hub motor. Available next summer, it is priced at €4,750.

Nito NES

Nito NES

GOVECS finally released the production version of the Schwalbe, which should be available in the spring. It will come with a 4 kW motor, and have a 100 km (62 miles) range. Schwalbe will be an independent division of the the GOVECS Group.

Schwalbe

Schwalbe

Finally, the GenZe 2.0 is coming to Europe via Peugeot Scooters. The French firm was bought by Mahindra last year, and it thus makes sense that Peugeot Scooters becomes the European distributor for Mahindra’s US produced GenZe.

Peugeot GenZe

Peugeot GenZe

With the two largest European manufacturers of scooters, Piaggio and Peugeot, launching electric scooters, with the arrival of affordable Asian smart scooters like Niu, and with the multiplication of models from different countries, the electric scooter market seems to be ready to take off.

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2 comments for this post
  1. darus zehrbach wrote the 25/12/2016

    ZEV Electric waits until the start of the new year to put out new model information and press releases. Dealers receive the information earlier. The ZEV LRC-T15, the 3 wheel trike that tilts and leans all 3 wheels was increased in power and speed for 2017 with a 17% increase in battery capacity and volts. The bike was created in response to the requests of the dealers in Europe wit the first group of them shipping to the new dealership being opened by owner Tony Rose in Lisbon in January 2017. The first USA bike is going to California in April. http://zelectricvehicle.com/32.html
    The ZEV LRC maxi scooter was turned into a 185 mile range super scooter by increasing the battery capacity another 28%. The new model, the LRC-X gets a change in controller that allows for a high performance mode selection. The first of these is going to the new Lisbon dealership to be entered in the Spanish Police bike competition. With 80% more range than the BMW C Evo, and being far faster than the BMW with speed to 95 mph in the Police version, and costing less than the BMW, the ZEV LRC-X will give the Police another option. http://zelectricvehicle.com/22.html
    Samples of the two new bikes are also shipping to ZEV Southampton in the UK in February and March of 2017.

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    • Zero Lover wrote the 25/12/2016

      I just found one of your ZEV’s for sale… 550 on the odometer and just two weeks old.
      2016 ZEV 8500LR Electric Moped
      The highly praising ad
      http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/mcy/5914304605.html
      includes a key phrase.
      “The reason I am selling it is that I since purchased a Zero Motorcycle since I bought it.”
      The guy is taking a $3k hit to dump your toy for a real motorcycle.

      Was just reading your DNF results from the 2016 Vetter Challenge. Two ZEV’s LRC’s entered, both DNF’ed… 2011 & 2016 beaten by home brews, and of course a 2012 & 2014 Zero Motorcycle.
      Kinda sad after 10 years in the industry you haven’t risen to the top.
      You’ve lost old man, improve your product, and don’t tell us you are better… let us find that out when you are.

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