Fastest electric scooter yet

2010-04-20 08:49

American scooter manufacturer Zev has issued a “challenge” to established electric bike brands like Zero Motorcycles, Brammo and Vectrix to trump the performance of its Zev7000 scooter.

“We tell them to bring their street legal production bike and to bring their betting money. There can be only one ‘fastest’ street legal production electric motor scooter or bike in the world,” the company says.

Designed to be a commuter bike, the ZEV7000 allegedly runs at speeds in excess of 113km/h which should make it plenty capable for the odd bit of highway riding. At these sort of speeds the ZEV7000 has a range of 112km to 88km.

The company claims the ZEV7000 is “at least 16km/h faster than the Vectrix VX-1E and faster with more range than the more expensive Vectrix VX-1.”

ZEV continues with its boasting saying their scooter is faster with 17% more range than the more expensive Zero S and just as fast as the Brammo Enertia Bike, but the ZEV has 41% more range.

One area where the ZEV7000 does trump the Vectrix’s offering is on the scale. The Vectrix measures in at a sizeable 234kg whereas the ZEV7000 only pushes the scale to 134kg, which is sure to make a difference to its performance.

The ZEV7000 is retailing at $8 000 (R60 000) in the States.

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  • Battlegoose - 2010-04-20 09:14

    At that kind of price for a SCOOTER, the environment is just going to have to keep on sucking down on my carbon, thank you very much! It's like eating healthy- it's always more difficult and more expensive than grabbing an unhealthy burger and chips...

  • Devin - 2010-04-20 10:13

    It's great to see manufacturers having a good bit of competition between them. Should mean better products and better prices in the future.

  • niels - 2010-04-20 10:37

    I am completely with Battlegoose on this one. Way too much money to even begin to take this one seriously. Pity, though.

  • NCL - 2010-04-20 13:09

    For that kind of money, I can buy 6 Chinese scooters with 60 000km warrenty. I bet this electric scooter will not last 60 000km. The price is too high.

  • Philip Gibbs - 2010-04-24 14:51

    I will want want one of these when they are on sale in the uk and have been reviewed here.

  • Michael S - 2010-05-13 09:58

    Hmm...priced too high? Don't know about that: for starters, the upper-range 250/300cc Vespas go for R60-70K these days. Rather spend this R60K and USE IT EVERY DAY....then the expense is justified. A worse mistake is to buy a bike that you ONLY use for b'fast runs on weekends, or a quad that maybe once a month sees a gravel track. Or people with Jetski's who hardly even get close to a dam. If this is OK, then surely this R60K for this scoot is OK...so long it gets USED DAILY. Just the cut in time spending in Gauteng-traffic is worth $$$. However, for R60K rather get a frugal & practical Suzuki Burgman 400 scoot...3 full bags of grocies fits under seat + add atop-box, and you can dump your regular car...

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