Govecs has all the right moves!

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The German firm has become the leading European electric scooter manufacturer, with a range of products and dynamic marketing. Founded in 2009 and based in Munich, Govecs has earned three European e-Scooter of the Year awards over its young life.

It is also well funded, its last financing round in 2012 having raised 10 million euros. The scooters are being produced in a state-of-the-art factory in Wraclaw, Poland. They are being sold in 16 European countries and in Australia. There are three basic models:

–       the GO! S1.4, has a removable 1.5 kWh lithium battery (weighs only 33 lbs.). It is a 50cc-equivalent scooter with a top speed of 28 mph and a range of 19 to 31 miles. The torque is 54 nM, and the total weight of the scooter is only 220 lbs. Price: $4050

–       the Go! S2.4 has a 3 kWh lithium battery. It is also a 50cc-equivalent scooter with a top speed of 28 mph and a torque of 54 nM, but with a range of 37 to 62 miles. Total weight is 254 lbs. Price: $6,600

–       the Go! S3.4 is a 125cc-equivalent scooter, with a 3 kWh lithium battery rechargeable in 4 to 5 hours. The top speed is 53 mph, and the range is 31 to 43 miles. The motor produces a torque of 114 nM. Total weight is 265 lbs. Price: $7,800

The GO! S1.4 and GO! S2.4 also come in a “+”  version with a top speed of 39 mph, which put them in the 125cc-equivalent category. All three models feature an energy-recovering breaking system and a final belt drive.

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Govecs has recognized that the B2B market has a big potential for the electric scooter. It has thus developed cargo versions for all three models, named “GO! T”.  They come equipped with a 170 litres cargo box, with a max load of  400 lbs.

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The Govecs range will be expended in a few months with the release of GIGI, a foldable electric scooter. Tipping the scale at 66 lbs, GiGI has a top speed of 16 mph and a range of 19 miles.

Marketing is also an area  where Govecs seems to be in tune with the times. Its French importer has created a YouTube sensation, chronicling the Adventures of Jimmy Govecs and his electric scooter.

We can only wish that someday we will have an American manufacturer of electric scooters with Govecs’ drive and ambition. Or has the failure of Vectrix discouraged any potential newcomer?

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