The Japanese company Silver Life has been providing on-call service to the elderly for the past twelve years. Most often, their trucks and scooters are seen delivering groceries and cooked meals. As gas prices rose, Silver Life started looking at electric vehicles – specifically scooters – to use for regular deliveries.
They soon ran into a minor problem – none of the products available on the market suited their specific need. Rather than give up or use something that wasn’t quite right, they took another approach: Silver Life took matters into their own hands and developed their own electric scooter!
The company claims their in-house scooter, called “E-Pick1”, runs on lead batteries which can be partially charged in just 5 minutes using a standard 100/110 outlet. That five-minute “quick-charge” will allow it to run for about 35 miles (claimed) at a constant cruising speed. The company claims a top speed of 28 mph, but because most cities in Japan have an average speed limit of 31mph, that’s plenty fast enough – and the company claims its torquey electric motors can climbs a 25% slope with no problem.
The company’s website, Dendo-Bike.Com, is currently renting out 200 E-Pick1s, and 800 more are expected shortly. “If we keep on like this, we might get up to 3000 by the end of the year,” one of its employees said proudly. The E-Pick1 is available for rent at ¥15750/month (a little over $200 USD) and on sale to own for ¥180,000 ($2350 USD) … a great price for a useful electric moped that works out to several hundred less than other electric scooter options.
With the current boom in US scooter sales and projected boom in electric scooter sales spurred by (currently) high gas prices, who knows? We might be able to shop for our own E-Pick1 in the US rather sooner than later!
Source | Pictures: Dendo-Bike.com, via Response.jp