evolve launches three new electric scooters


October 11, 2011

New York's evolve motorcycles has launched three new electric scooters, featuring the latest electrical and charging technologies, and offering what it claims are the highest ranges in the industry

New York's evolve motorcycles has launched three new electric scooters, featuring the latest electrical and charging technologies, and offering what it claims are the highest ranges in the industry

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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.

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They might do well to \"hook up\" with a forward thinking, low cost volume solar charging \"canopy\" installer. Certain of the new west coast bikes are offering the solar charging canopy feature as a package deal. There is a manufacturer of medical solar PV tents in Texas. They would probably be able to design something foldable that could be carried in a saddlebag for \"on the road\" charging. Paying $0 for fuel for the lifetime of the vehicle and having a charging source anytime the sun is shining seems like a cool idea.


I put over 80,000 miles on motorcycles up to my last ride in 1987. After that last ride, I lived in a hospital for four months, and came out on crutches. But the Titanium model tempts even ME! It would serve for 99% of my car-trips for a fraction of the cost. EV\'s are finally GETTING THERE!

Michael Dixon

It would be great, at least in Europe and China where people are city and transportation planners in deed as well as in name, to have a model that collapses so it could easily fit on a public transit vehicle and in an elevator and in an office cubicle. Then it could be used end to end with mixed mode travel that would greatly extend the utility of this type of vehicle. In a 8\' x 8\' office cubicle one could spare 6 of the 64 square feet for storing a scooter during the day and having it recharge using a floor mounted receptacle.

Sad that engineers and product development and product marketing people so seldom can take a holistic view to create a complete solution. We need a Steve Jobs for the public transit sector who can visualize the entire environment and then fill in the gaps with great products.

In Shanghai as in Holland people on bicycles and scooters have their own roadway that is completely separate from the roads created for cars, buses, and trucks. Very intelligent approach that encourages the use of less environmentally and financially destructive personal transportation modes.


This is what I've been waiting for: decent price, decent range. Great runabout. Will they sell it in Europe?

Andreja Sinadinovic Vijatovic
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