At Eicma, Govecs presented a modern version of the “Schwalbe”, as an electric scooter of course.
In East-Germany, the Schwalbe (a swallow in German) was to two-wheelers what the Trabant was to cars. Produced in different versions by a firm named Simson between 1964 and 1986, over one million units were sold. It was a hybrid scooter/moped powered by a 50 cc two-stroke engine with a three- or four-speed transmission. It had a top speed of 60 km/h.
The Govecs concept is in line with the retro look favored lately by most European scooter manufacturers. The new Schwalbe keeps the look of the original but is clearly a scooter. It uses the same drive train as the other Govecs scooters, and will thus be available with a 50cc- or 125cc-equivalent electric motorization.
Fittingly, the Govecs stand celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall. The Schwalbe should become available sometime in 2015. It is not clear at this time if it will be distributed in the US along with the other models.