Posted by Richard at 3 February, at 10 : 13 AM
If sales trends in Holland are anything to go by it could well be. According to trade sources in the region sales of electric scooters increased by almost 14% on 2010, with Ebretti is fairing particularly well. The company has reported record sales and is gaining market share on its more traditional competitors such as Piaggio and Honda.
The benefits of the electric scooter are more than apparent but with current supply chains and problems with recharging traditional manufacturers have been slow with the uptake of electric scooters. It is believed a number of new models are on the way from manufacturers such as as Piaggio. But, if like us, you want to get your hands on something now what are the best options?
Well, the team was out in force last month testing various mopeds. The first we tested was one of Zippe’s models. These are again fairly new and not easy to come buy. You can buy these direct however you won’t find many second hand models. As you would expect these look like any other scooter. They require a 6 to 8 hour charge, which at times can be frustrating and feel a little less powerful than your average petrol scooter. They are however quiet and offer a comfortable ride.
We also tested the Viva City 3 from Peugeot. Again, fairly straight forward and simple styling. Not exactly a great looker but it is practical and sturdy. It, like the Zippe offers a smooth and quiet riding experience and has some reasonable acceleration. It’s never going to turn heads but the fact that its developed by an established manufacture will provide peace and mind for many buyers.
There are, as with the car equivalent, still many problems to be ironed out. The perception of recharge times and awareness has not helped matter. There is also a lack of marketing around the advantages of electric engines in general. Dispelling the myths could play a large part in the success of electric scooters. So far manufacturers seem a little reluctant but at Mopeds 50cc we hope to see more electric scooters released this year.