A new French electric scooter: the Artelec 670

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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.

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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!

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5 comments for this post
  1. darus zehrbach wrote the 14/09/2015

    Very stiff price for what you get. The power and battery size is the same as a ZEV Electric 6100 which is $8190 compared to the Eccity $10,300. Yet the battery and the Quanshun motor and all fittings are clearly Chinese origin. Nothing is gained over the ZEV for the extra 26% more money. The difference can be nothing but profit.

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  2. Albert wrote the 14/09/2015

    Did you even read the article? “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.”
    At today’s exchange rate, the price of the Artelec is $8,500, and it includes the 20% VAT. So if you want to compare the price of the ZEV and the Artelec, add 20% VAT to the price of the ZEV.

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  3. bikemite wrote the 15/09/2015

    We are both driving and selling the Artelec 670 in Austria.
    We and also our customers really like this scooter. It offers high quality, a fancy design, very good acceleration and a quite huge battery – 4,8 kWh!

    And as a nearly unique selling point – made in Europe!

    Eccity, we wish you (and us!) the best!

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  4. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 14/02/2016

    The main point is the Government, which is responsible for the Quality of Life in the country, is making a point: Clean air is worth the investment. Now that we absolutely know that nano-particles emitted from motor vehicles of all types are able to permeate the brains of the unborn and the newborn causing Autism and ATtention deficit Disorder, its time Governmenr steps in to facilitate the eventual abolition of the hydrocarbon combustion engine.

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    • Albert wrote the 14/02/2016

      And that is where lobbying comes in. In countries like France and Germany, car manufacturers are slowing any Clean air progress so they can keep on selling their diesel-powered cars…

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