Volkswagen has unveiled a battery-powered two-wheeler called the E-Scooter at the Shanghai Motor Show. Powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery the lightweight E-Scooter features a 350-watt electric motor and has a range of 25 miles. The light weight battery can be easily removed and charged indoors.
Weighing around 44 pounds excluding the nickel-metal hydride battery, it features a top speed of 30 miles per hour. Regenerative braking will be introduced shortly in order to boost the range further.
The E-scooter also features provisions for enhancing the performance and range. The bike’s performance can be upgraded by the use of a 700-Watt electric motor while a lithium ion battery will do the same with the range.
However, the market conditions prevailing in China is not at all favorable for Volkswagen to sell their E-scooters. Approximately 20 million electric scooters hit the roads in China every year which are of reasonable costs, say about $500. Despite these factors, VW plans to incorporate premium features like LED lights, glossy plastics, a leather seat and a sophisticated trip computer to the variant and charge less than $1000.