Scoot is a ride sharing service in San Francisco that has been in business since 2012. The heart of its operation is a fleet of electric scooters. Parking in major cities is always a problem, but it is especially bad in The City By The Bay. With Scoot, you simply pick up a scooter wherever you are, ride to where you are going, and leave it. Simple, convenient, and it is all done using a smartphone app. Scoot also has a limited number of Renault Twizy electric cars available.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city. It’s also a traffic nightmare and therefore full of particulate emissions, and not happy about any of that. Part of the plan to reduce its emissions is the introduction of Hopper electric scooters.
The Hopper program is meant to be very flexible public transportation. In practice, it’s a network of electric taxis, except that the taxis are all scooters instead of cars (this is actually a good call for Amsterdam’s narrow, twisty roads).
Electric race cars are making progress steady progress towards the eventual formation of an all-electric racing series. But let’s be brutally honest here; all-electric racing on two wheels or four is still years, if not decades away from entering the mainstream the way NASCAR or Formula One has. For now though, electric vehicles can help make racing greener in a more supportive role. Yamaha has just announced that it will be supplying a fleet of electric scooters to Toyota Racing’s efforts in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Yamaha’s EC-03 electric scooters were launched in Europe last year with a 50 volt lithiuim-ion battery which gives it a driving range of about 26 miles/43 kilomters per charge. Each charge takes around six hours from a common household outlet, and the Toyota Racing crew will have 16 of them for use around the racing paddock. I’m not sure what the Toyota team was using before, but Yamaha is obviously looking to cash in on the Toyota Racing team’s resurgence.
Electric cars are seeing more and more use as support vehicles on race tracks, and for good reason. Though limited in range, electric vehicles require less maintenance and fuel costs in pure dollar amounts, despite their high upfront cost. The Yamaha EC-03 is actually pretty cheap at just $2,800, and Yamaha no doubt wants the exposure coming from Toyota’s suddenly-popular TS030 hybrid Le Mans racer. The Yamaha electric scooter and Toyota racing hybrid are a dynamic duo on opposite ends of the clean vehicle spectrum, and I love the contrast.
Now Yamaha just has to start selling such scooters over in the U.S.
One of the mental stumbling blocks most people have with EVs has been the long charge time that interrupts long trips. Granted, even with a 2-hour quick charge system in place, that’s a real issue (and if you don’t believe that, spend 2 hours at a Flying J truckstop getting ultra-murdered). That’s what makes battery-swap systems so exciting: the promise of clean power, instant-on electric torque, the ability to charge up from nuthin’ to full capacity and GO in about the time it takes to go potty.
Called the Bat’Lib system, Matra’s system is a rolling 10-slot cabinet that holds and charges nine “standardized” battery packs (the 10th slot accepts your spent battery, obviously). Each battery, roughly the size of a breadbox (20 questions reference!) and weighing about 15 pounds, can be swapped out in second, offering the same sort of “limitless” range that ICE drivers tend to associate with a fresh tank of gas.
You know we love electric scoots here at Gas 2, so you can only imagine how jazzed we are about this guy. Well, I am excited.
Full press release, below.
European e-mobility leaders DBT and Matra Showcase Battery Swapping Station for Electric Bikes and Scooters
DBT CEV, one of the largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure firms in Europe, and Matra, a leading manufacturer of Light Electric Vehicles will introduce today at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) press conference a unique solution in e-mobility : the Bat’Lib system, an innovative battery swapping station for e-bikes and e-scooters.
The Bat’Lib station allows a user to exchange an empty battery for a full one in less than 10 seconds rather than waiting a few hours for the empty battery to recharge. This intuitive and simple-to-use system eliminates one of the major barriers to electric vehicle use-recharging time-and is ideally suited for electric bike and scooter commercial fleet owners, tour companies, and vehicle sharing programs. Bat’Lib also enables the development of a variety of new business models for renting or leasing batteries and charging services separately from the vehicle purchase.
The Bat’Lib swapping station features ten battery charging ports and its small footprint minimizes space requirements. One port is always kept open to accept a new empty battery while the remaining ports can simultaneously charge nine batteries. The system can be limited to registered users through an RFID system. Upon arrival, the driver removes the empty battery from the vehicle, swipes the RFID card, and inserts the empty battery into the open port. Upon receiving the empty battery, the Bat’Lib immediately opens the door for one of the fully-charged batteries which is ready for immediate use.
The Matra-designed battery pack is built by Chicago-based AllCell Technologies and utilizes AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology, which increases energy density, enhances safety, and dramatically extends battery cycle life.
The two-wheeler swapping station will support the proliferation of new urban mobility solutions in parallel to the current growing selection of electric and plug-in electric cars in the US. By tailoring new charging infrastructure to urban transportation needs, DBT and Matra have created a practical solution for users looking for an affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative for their transportation needs.
Hervé Borgoltz, President of DBT CEV, states: “After several successful collaborations within the field of innovative EV charging with Matra, we believe that we needed to address all electric mobility needs, not only focusing on charging solutions for the electric car driver but also for users willing to make a difference at the local level with smaller vehicles. Thanks to this joint project with Matra, DBT CEV is able to offer a truly comprehensive portfolio of innovative charging solutions.”
Jacques Bonneville, President of Matra MS, states: “The Light Electric Vehicle Market today is leading the global EV market. Two wheelers will continue to play a major role in solving city congestion in US and European markets for years to come. DBT’s expertise in EV charging and Matra’s advanced batteries and vehicles will allow efficient and affordable mobility solutions for fleets and resorts.”
Scooters are a pretty awesome mode of transportation any way you look at it. They’re fuel efficient yet still quick and maneuverable, not too many parts to keep track of and – best of all – they just look fabulous. Electric vehicles are also pretty awesome, what with the zero emissions and general cleanliness of the drive. Put the two together, and there’s potential for some pretty great stuff.
Enter Vectrix Japan, known for its electric scooters. Their flagship model is titled the Vectrix, and it works fairly well. Yet they’re improving it as of March 21st, with two new models powered by lithium ion batteries.
Electric Current For Two Wheels
The Vectrix has about the same amount of power as a 250cc scooter, and requires a motorcycle license (automatic transmission), at least in Japan. The new scooters with lithium ion batteries are the 3.7kWh VX-1 Li and the 5.4 kWh VX-1 Li+.
The earlier scooter, the VX-1, was equipped with a nickel-hydride battery. It’s still available and weighing in at 515 lbs., has a range of somewhere between 35 and 55 miles, depending on how it’s driven. The newer models are substantially improved – the VX-1 Li weighs at a super-light 425 lbs. and has a range of up to 60 miles, whereas the VX-1 Li + weighs in at 460 lbs. and has a range of up to 85 miles.
Both scooters are currently only available in Japan, where they’ll make a great addition to the crowded and somewhat smoggy streets of Tokyo.
Questions or comments? Let us know below.
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Suzuki announced their new electric scooter this week. It’s called the e-Let’s, it’s under-50-cc-equivalent, and it goes on sale on January 9th.
Scooters in general are pretty neat – they’re fuel efficient, small, and it’s hard not to look cute riding one. Add in an electric motor to reduce noise, vibration, and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ve got something that makes a whole lot of sense (above 60 degrees ambient temperature, that is).
Specs and Technicalities
The Suzuki scooter is no exception to the rule; it uses Suzuki’s previous Let’s 4 Basket body as its base, equipping it with lithium ion batteries and hub motors. The lack of a combustion engine makes the ride nice and smooth, and the vehicle’s low overall weight lets it maintain acceleration and maneuverability. Without the dedicated charger, the e-Let’s actually weighs nearly 5 lbs. less than the gas-powered Let’s 4!
The lithium ion batteries take about 4 hours to charge (from a 100V plug), and a full charge takes the rider around 18.5 miles (as tested by Suzuki, under test conditions traveling at an average 18mph). The batteries also include a management unit to monitor battery condition and charge level. They can even be removed from the scooter to charge.
Extra Space and Other Details
The e-Let’s has two storage areas – the front basket and under the seat. The storage space under the seat is designed to hold the dedicated charger and a spare (charged) battery, both of which can considerably expand the range. The basket holds anything you can cram into it and has a lid to keep it secure.
The standard scooter package includes one battery and the dedicated charger, and is about $4,000 USD. The extra-battery variety is called the “e-Let’s W” (why the W, I have no idea), and will go on sale at the same time as the standard e-Let’s.
No word on North American or European availability, but Suzuki has stated their sales goal as 1000 vehicles. Let us know what you think of it, in the comments below the gallery.
Source | Gallery: Response.jp.
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises is dipping its toe in the EV pool down under, ordering seven Vmoto electric scooters for its home delivery fleet. This is a consistent move on Domino’s part, as well as a bit of fun. Doesn’t the model in the photograph look thrilled to be on that electric scooter? Domino’s is set to start field trials after having evaluated the EVs for six moths. Domino’s has implied that it will need 3000 electric delivery scooters by 2014 if it’s going to phase out its gas-powered vehicles.
Andrew Rennie, Domino’s Chief Operations Officer, said: “Domino’s is committed to sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. The trial of Vmoto electric scooters is a significant step forward for Domino’s given delivery is a huge part of our business.”
Domino’s is Australia’s largest pizza company, with over 550 stores scattered around the continent. The impact of 550 stores’ worth of gas-powered vehicles off the streets would be huge, especially if the electricity used to power the new EV fleet were renewable. Luckily, wind-powered EV charging stations have been in the works in certain cities in Australia, thanks to a partnership between Better Place, AGL, and Macquarie. One wonders whether part of Domino’s plan is to take advantage of several public and private charging spots already in place around Australia.
The partnership between Vmotors, an Australian electric scooter manufacturer that has already supplied scooters to Europe, and Dominos could bring about positive change for both companies and the environment. This first “business to business” sale concluded in Australia could set an example for other companies in the country and around the world.
Unfortunately Vmotors is, by many reports, a troubled company, having lost quite a bit of money in the past year. The boardroom has seen some drama as well, with one of its shareholders attempting to remove certain directors from the board. The company also has a large contract for 30,000 scooter engines in Vietnam that has been delayed due to problems with a third party-engineered electronic fuel injection system.
Source and Image: PerthNow.com
Japan is extraordinarily determined to ensure acceptance of electric vehicles. Its most recent push came in the form of a team-up between Terra Motors and the JACLA (JApan Car Life Assist) aimed at driver’s ed students nationwide. 300 driving schools throughout the country received large plasma displays solely for the purpose of running ads for electric scooters.
These aren’t the first electric vehicles – or even electric scooters – to hit the Japanese market this year, and they probably won’t be the last. This past summer has seen a number of new EVs and accessories as the Japanese start to look at energy production/conservation and consequently alternatively powered vehicles with new eyes. Terra Motors, looking for its own corner of the market, is the first to specifically target super-new drivers.
Driving classrooms aren’t the only places students (and others) will see electric scooters – service and sales are also starting at major electronics stores, home centers, and gas stations. In addition, the joint venture also has a major internet portal and shopping site planned, to ensure distribution channels and advertising through the internet.
Terra and JACLA hope to increase sales dramatically with their new marketing tactic – familiarity breeds affinity, and hopefully the impulse to buy.
Source | Picture: Response.jp.
Fun driving and environmental responsibility on two wheels? Maybe – GOVECS, a German company specializing in light electric vehicles, has presented what it calls its first motorcycle-class electric scooter. The GO! S3.4, developed and produced all in Europe, is the equivalent of a 125cc scooter with a top speed of 50mph.
A lot of thought went into designing the GO! S3.4. It sports hydraulic disc brakes in front and rear, and is fully equipped to take advantage of regenerative braking. The energy recovered while slowing down increases its range to 45 miles. 84 ft. lbs. of torque let it accelerate quickly on any road. The steel tube frame was developed specifically for the electric scooter and has an extremely low center of gravity. Finally, the highly efficient brushless engine in combination with the low-maintenance belt drive both ensure that it not only sits lightly on the scales but has guaranteed maneuverability.
Charging time is one of the low points – it takes 4-5 hours to completely charge the scooter via the built-in charger, although it can be charged at any normal outlet, and two hours does bring the battery up to 85% capacity. The batteries themselves have an expected life of just over 31,000 miles – extraordinarily long-lived.
The scooter is available in Germany for just under $10,000 USD (including taxes and transportation), and comes with a kick-stand in addition to the main stand to further the illusion of motorcycle.
Source | Picture: Oekonews.at.
The first production electric scooter from Honda to arrive in the prefecture of Saitama, the EV-NEO, has been introduced by Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service – for leasing only. The electric scooter introduced into Saitama City are currently in use as official vehicles. Their performance – as well as the level of noise they don’t make – will be evaluated as they are put into practical use in the “Regional EV Motorcycle Trial Program.”
The majority of the electric scooters are on loan to three newspaper shops located in Saitama City’s Minuma district, where their use includes the early morning paper deliveries. How noisy they are and whether or not the residents’ living environment has been successfully improved will be evaluated during the performance survey.
Sumitomo Mitsui has provided five electric scooters outfitted with front baskets specifically for use by newspaper delivery crews. Charging equipment has also been installed in order to assist Saitama City in performing its evaluation.
Saitama City is continuing its effort to promote electric cars as well as bicycles, with the campaign called the “E-KIZUNA Project.” In addition to the motorcycles, electric taxis and shared electric cars have also been introduced to the city in order to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
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Speaking about the launch, e-Motive Managing Director, Paul Williams, gushed, “The reliability, rideability and all-round consumer package that comes with these scooters finally makes owning and running a zero-emissions vehicle affordable, supremely practical and desirable.”
The OjO electric scooter is one of the many possible solutions being presented to commuters these days. Intended to ride with commuters on trains and buses, the point of these vehicles is to get people across that “last mile” that separates their destination from public transit. At this year’s CES show, the OjO got a bit of a marketing boost. From Ford.
That’s right, kids- Ford surprised us all by introducing an all-new electric vehicle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Even if it is “just” a scooter with a 25 mile range and 20 MPH top speed, it is the first (and, thus far, only) new electrified vehicle to wear Ford’s iconic blue oval in more than five years.
Not an insignificant achievement, I think.
Ford OjO Electric Scooter
As far as EVs go, the new Ford OjO features an all-aluminum frame that can support up to 300 pounds of rider meat. In addition, its 500-watt electric motor provides enough power to handle grades up to 18 percent and can be recharged using a standard 110 outlet- which is great news for apartment-dwellers who usually have difficulty in finding an EV charging port.
Ford’s new OjO- which, it should be said, is the same as the old, non Ford-branded OjO- is available for order now for $2199 on the company’s website. A special edition of the bike will also be available, soon, at select Ford dealerships in the US and Europe. Which, I dunno- could be cool.
This story about electric cars at the 2017 LA Auto Show was first published by CleanTechnica
The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is kicking off and our man Nicholas was there to give you a glimpse behind the curtain before revealing what’s new with electric cars this year at the show.
New Electric Cars At The 2017 LA Auto Show
How things can change in the space of 10 years. The LA Auto Show a decade ago was a mix of the same old facelifted and increasingly heavy cars sporting all sorts of wonderful creature comforts. Simply put, the offering was repetitive and innovations were just slugging along. Electric cars weren’t making a dent yet despite this whacky startup called Tesla Motors and its electrified Lotus sports car.
The following year, and a majestic global financial crash later, macho V8 cars and trucks took a bow and opened the door for new and exciting cars we had never heard nor seen before. Center stages were strange. Unusual electric vehicles (EV) created a seriously confused public, with visitor after visitor asking where the engine was. As the years went by and the economy improved for auto companies, “regular cars” came back and EVs were dismissed, eventually to backstage.
A decade later, EVs have matured.
EVs offered 40–60 miles of range way back then. Now, the Tesla Model S and X reach the 300. There is much more to come as well, as we all now know.
VW Electric Hippie Van & Company
Let’s get that one out of the way. We bumped into a photo shoot three days ago and here they are at the show — the electric VW ID Buzz, VW Crozz, and VW ID.
We loved the idea of an electric VW bus. The battery pack specs were optimistic and we had reservations about the technicalities of charging it that quickly. But it’s here … well, sort of. VW is delivering, albeit if only a working prototype.
Arcimoto, Generation 8 — Ready to Roll
We hadn’t seen the Arcimoto since the last test drive we took in 2013, and what a different world this is. The 8th generation has matured to the point where the company feels confident enough that it is actually ready for prime time.
One thing Arcimoto Vice President Jesse Fittipaldi and I talked about is the freedom the EV platform offers, well represented here at the LA Auto Show from the three-wheeled Arcimoto to the gigantic 4×4 Bollinger EV!
Our initial test drive proved the switch to a handlebar makes the Arcimoto a fun electric three-wheeler to ride around town. We effortlessly hit 50 mph and negotiated turns vivaciously. Jesse told us the newer generation 8 they will be showing will have slightly tweaked suspensions that will negate any of the weight transfers we felt today. We’re game — bring it on! We’ll have more on the new Arcimoto in a later story.
Bollinger, 4-Wheel Electric Behemoth
A behemoth, it really isn’t — but more impressive, it is. The Bollinger 4-wheel EV is somewhat reminiscent of the Lamborghini LM002 sans the V12 in it. As you can see from the pictures, you can easily accommodate skis or any building material in the middle of the vehicle.
The suspension uses Citroen’s famed pneumatic spherical system which means velvety smooth ride.
URB-E Here & Everywhere
Funny story about URB-E — as we stepped into the Blue Metro line to come to the media day of the LA Auto Show, we noticed this young lady with a folded URB-E inside. She said that the URB-E brought an hour commute to 20 minutes. She was a tall person and said it was the only electric scooter that could handle her demand.
And the new URB-E looks like just as much fun.
Stay tuned for more as we continue with interviews and test drives from the LA Auto Show. Next: the new Nissan LEAF…
This story about a second DHL electric truck factory in Germany was first published by CleanTechnica
Following our earlier report about Ford possibly mass producing Deutsche Post DHL’s internally developed StreetScooterhttps://gas2.org/2017/04/13/dhl-plans-double-production-electric-delivery-van/ electric truck, the company has revealed that it will be doubling its own production capacity and building a new factory in Dueren near Cologne.
This new facility will reportedly employ 250 people, and will possess an annual production capacity of 10,000 units. Further expansion beyond that figure will be possible with the introduction of a second and/or third shift. These units will be sold primarily to third parties. Production at the new facility is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2018, a company spokesperson has revealed.
“We are now beginning the next phase of development at StreetScooter,” commented Juergen Gerdes, the head of Deutsche Post’s post, e-commerce, and parcel delivery businesses. “Our goal is and remains market leadership in green logistics.”
Reuters provides more: “Deutsche Post said it was now producing a high-performance version of its current model, with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) instead of 80 kilometers, and top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, up from 85. It is also testing StreetScooters with fuel-cell drives, which could travel over 500 kilometers, it said.
“Screetscooter has begun developing vehicles for specific industries, starting with the Bakery Vehicle One (BV1), an electric 3.5 tonne van developed together with bakers. Deutsche Post said it had received more than 100 advance orders for the BV1, with prices from €42,950 ($50,430). It is also talking to energy providers, waste disposal companies, municipalities, airports, facility-management companies, and caterers about customizing e-vans for their industries.”
It’s not clear yet what this announcement means as regards a possible collaboration with Ford. Presumably if collaboration with Ford continues, then it will involve the international market more so than the German one, but who can say for sure at this point?
For further background information, see: DHL (Deutsche Post) Electric Delivery Vans To Go On Sale In 2017.