Eccity Motorcycles has just started to commercialize the Artelec 670, a 125cc-equivalent electric scooter, in its home country of France.
Eccity is a new brand created by City Motion, which until now was selling electric scooters that where mostly rebadged Asian scooters. According to Eccity, the Artelec 670 is 30% French, 45% European (outside of France), and 25% Asian. For example, the chassis of the scooter comes from Greece, the lithium battery is German, the Battery Management System was developed in France and the motor is Asian. If this makes you smile, remember how the Airbus is being produced… The Artelec 670 is being manufactured in Grasse, in the south of France.
The first testers came back rather impressed by this new electric scooter. With a top speed of 62 mph, it comes close to having the same characteristics as a gas-powered 125cc scooter. According to Eccity, it has a range of 75 miles at 28 mph, and 57 miles at 62 mph. The motor develops a continuous power of 6 kW, with a peak power of 10kW. The lithium battery has a capacity of 4 kWh, and can be recharged in 6 to 8 hours. The price starts at 7,500 euros ($10,260), which is a little high.
City Motion has a distribution channel of 30 dealers in France, and claims to lead the electric scooter market with a share of 33%. Alas, that market is still very small, and the manufacturer plans to have a full European distribution network by 2015. Its ambition is to control 10% of a European market for electric scooters that it hopes will soon grow to 10 000 units a year. Let’s hope this total market size will be reality very soon!