New electric scooter for UK roads
Zapp, a new scooter manufacturer headquartered in the UK, has just unveiled the i300, a fully electric scooter. The i300 is powered by a pair of lightweight lithium-ion batteries and a maintenance-free air-cooled interior permanent magnet electric motor. The i300’s 14kW motor produces 587Nm of torque at the rear wheel, which combined with a lightweight construction of 90kg, means a 0-30mph (48 km/h) time of less than 2.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 60 mph (100 km/h).
The easy-to-transport batteries enable owners to charge by simply removing the battery and plugging it into any household socket. To give users extra range on the go, the new Zapp i300 includes rider-selectable ‘regenerative braking’, which returns energy when the rider shuts the throttle. Using the regenerative braking system as the primary means to slow down in heavy traffic not only increases the longevity of the scooter’s brakes, but also reduces another pollution element – particulates.