Motorcycle Manufacturers Unveils Low-Cost Electric Scooter for Urban Use

Not many people think of scooters and motorcycles when the subject of electric vehicles (“EVs”) comes up, but these two-wheeled mobility tools have witnessed a transformation as manufacturers venture into the EV space. Yamaha (OTC: YAMHF) is one of those manufacturers that now offers electric motorcycles as well as electric scooters.

The Japanese manufacturer’s newest offering is a scooter that looks similar to the Vesper. Named e-Vino, the scooter is intended for urban use because of its small size as well as its limited range.

The pint-sized scooter weighs only 149.9 pounds. This weight bumps up to 163 pounds when one battery back is installed. The battery pack is itself of a low capacity, standing at 500 Wh. It is expected that most owners of the e-Vino will likely exercise the option of installing a second battery since the scooter can only cover a total of 18 miles on a single battery charge. A second battery would double that range to 36 miles.

It is interesting to note that the range above was calculated based on a rider moving at a rather modest speed of 18 mph; the rider envisaged during the range test weighed in at just 121 pounds. Real-life scenarios regarding both the weight of riders and the speed at which they’d likely move around urban centers would likely differ greatly from those test parameters, so many scooter owners may be disappointed by the performance of the e-Vino.

To be fair to the scooter, you don’t need a lot of range if you only move around the city. Additionally, the e-Vino’s small battery pack can be recharged in only three hours, so that gives a rider plenty of time to juice up while at work or attending classes. Another plus of these small battery packs is that a rider can remove the battery from the scooter to charge them, perhaps in an office or visiting friends, etc.

In addition, the e-Vino has a less-than-impressive motor, coming in at a modest 580w or a peak power of 1,200w when the Boost button is pressed. This button briefly bumps up the power of the scooter, a feature that could come in handy when climbing a hill, for example.

Speed is certainly not going to be a deciding factor should another e-Vino rider challenge you to a race. Rather, the winner is likely to be the rider who weighs less since such a rider may squeeze as close to the scooter’s top speed of 27 mph as possible.

Nevertheless, for anyone who wants to move from point A to B within city limits, Yamaha’s e-Vino can be counted on to do just that. And the bonus? The scooter costs just $2,280.

Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) is one you should watch in the electric vehicle space. This financial services company announced months ago that it was merging with Mullen Technologies Inc., a California-based manufacturer of lightweight commercial electric vehicles.

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