Bigger, Quicker, Quieter: Electric Scooters in the Motorcycle Class

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.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.