Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Volkswagen follows MINI into the EScooter market

The new trend in the auto industry seems to be entering the EV motorized industry. Pretty cool for anyone like MRP that is pushing accessories for these bikes.

Volkswagen is only the latest of the car makers to jump in and they look pretty cool.

About the VW EScooter.

Weighing around 44 pounds excluding the nickel-metal hydride battery, it features a top speed of 30 miles per hour. Regenerative braking will be introduced shortly in order to boost the range further. E-Scooter features a 350-watt electric motor and has a range of 25 miles.

The E-scooter also features provisions for enhancing the performance and range. The bike’s performance can be upgraded by the use of a 700-Watt electric motor while a lithium ion battery will do the same with the range.

However, the market conditions prevailing in China is not at all favorable for Volkswagen to sell their E-scooters. Approximately 20 million electric scooters hit the roads in China every year which are of reasonable costs, say about $500. Despite these factors, VW plans to incorporate premium features like LED lights, glossy plastics, a leather seat and a sophisticated trip computer to the variant and charge less than $1000.

In case you forgot what the MINI COOPER - BMW MADE ESCOOTER looks like.


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