Peugeot’s incredibly frugal electric E-Vivacity scooter
By Gizmag Team
January 25, 2010
Peugeot mass produced the first electric scooter 15 years ago and it’s just about to launch another. Way back in 1996, the 40 km range of the Peugeot Scoot'Elec produced a chorus of yawns but when the new E-Vivacity hits showrooms late this year, it will be greeted by a much wiser and ecologically-aware public. Emissions aside, the biggest motivating factor behind the E-Vivacity’s likely sales success will be its remarkably low cost of use. Though its 4kW engine is the equal of a frugal 50cc scooter, its running costs will be one tenth as it recharges from a domestic powerpoint at regular tarrifs. In Paris where its 100 km range will be more than adequate, that will equate to EUR 0.4 (about US$0.56) per 100 km. So if you cover the yearly average scooter distance of 4,000 kms, total running costs will be EUR 16 (US$22.67)!
Way back in 1996, the 40 km range of the Peugeot Scoot'Elec produced a chorus of yawns with its 40 km range but when the new E-Vivacity hits showrooms late this year, it will be entering into a far more ecologically-aware marketplace.
Though it was marketed for a decade, being finally withdrawn from sale in 2006, it only ever sold 3500 units. Our guess is it will sell many more E-Vivacitys each year than that with such outstanding cost effectiveness available. Already Peugeot is receiving enormous interest from local authorities and public services interested in establishing urban fleets of clean vehicles.
Unlike the Scoot'Elec of 1996 which used nickel cadmium batteries for its 40 km operating range, the E-Vivacity uses a Lithium Ion Cobalt battery, for an operating range of 80 km to 100 km on the road, depending on the type of use.
located underneath the storage space, leaving the storage space completely free to store a scooter lock and a helmet! The Lithium Ion Cobalt battery has many advantages: it allows a minimum of 1,000 intensive charging/discharging cycles without any harm and without a memory effect, meaning it can cover over 40,000 km under normal usage.
The Battery Management System monitors the charge and the temperature of the different elements, ensures the safety of the system, manages battery life and a full charge takes around four hours at a 230 V - 16 A domestic socket using the bike’s on-board charger and charging cable which reside beneath the seat.
While a complete charge from empty takes four hours, the first two hours recover 80% of total battery capacity, while the last two hours are used to level out the monoblocs. The sophistication of the electronic management helps to optimise the energy output and life of the batteries.
Engine : "brushless" synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets, air-cooled Fuel : Lithium ion Cobalt battery (approx. 25kg) Modes : economical - 45km/h – reverse Charging time : rechargeable in 4 hours On-board capacity : 2.9 kWh Max. power : 4kW Clutch : direct drive electric motor Transmission : notched belt Frame : steel double cradle Front suspension : ø 32 mm telescopic fork Rear suspension : adjustable single shock absorber Front brake: ø 200 mm disk Rear brake: ø 190 mm disk Front/rear tyres: 120/70 - 12 Dimension Lxwxh: 1910 x 680 x 1168 mm Seat height: 786 mm Dry weight: 115 kg