evolve launches three new electric scooters
By Paul Ridden
October 11, 2011
Three new electric scooters have just been launched by New York's evolve motorcycles. All models use lithium-ion batteries which are said to offer the highest ranges in the industry, feature the latest electrical and charging technologies, and come with one year's roadside assistance. The top-of-the-range titanium model has a range of 60 miles (96.5 km) and a top speed of 70 mph (112.6 km/h), but even the featherweight of the bunch can manage a respectable 40 mph (64.3 km/h). There's also a smartphone app in development, that will allow riders to connect and share on the road.
Founded by Benjamin Plum, Mazdack Rassi and Lex Kendall, evolve motorcycles aims to offer riders more than just zero emission transport - they will also be able to share riding experiences via the evolve app, which will initially be aimed at iOS device compatibility, followed shortly thereafter by smartphones running on Android and other mobile operating systems. The app allows riders to record the journey, upload photos and videos, locate other evolve riders, as well as locating the closest charging stations and offering information on the bike's performance. Riders also benefit from optional Garmin GPS integration.
The leader of the current pack is the titanium model, which starts at US$5,400. It features a tubular steel frame, 5,000 watt brushless electric motor with Kelly Systems controller, a LiFePO4 battery rated at 60Ah (it can take just 2.5 hours to reach full charge using the supplied power cord), and a weatherproof universal charging plug. There's 3,600 cubic inches of under-seat storage and a steel luggage rack, anodized aluminum kick plates, aluminum alloy wheels and hydraulic shocks and disc brakes.
The neon model is priced at US$3,900 and features a 3,000 watt electric motor that offers a top speed of 50 mph (80.4 km/h) and a 60Ah LiFePO4 battery with a 50 mile (80.4 km) range. The helium is available from US$2,900, its 40Ah LiFePO4 battery offers a 40 mile (64.3 km) range and the 1,500 watt electric motor gives a top speed of 40 mph. Both feature an included smartphone charging point.
All models are manufactured at the company's New York facility and are currently showing as available for pre-order, with shipping expected to commence in early December. Upgrade options are available on all models, which substantially increase the range of the vehicles.