e-motive electric scooters launch scrappage scheme

The e-motive e1 electric scooter can be recharged from a domestic socket.

A COMPANY which sells electric scooters in the UK is to pilot ‘Ride Green’, its own version of the Government’s highly successful scrappage scheme for cars – but for motorbikes and scooters.
e-motive says anyone with a motorcycle or scooter with a current MOT – any age or condition – can part exchange it and receive a £500 allowance against the purchase price of a new e1 or e3 e-motive electric scooter.
The trial scheme is being piloted during February and March by one of e-motive’s dealers, BVM-Moto www.bvm-moto.co.uk and if successful, will be rolled-out across the country.
Virtually identical in appearance to their petrol powered equivalents, an e-motive scooter offers running costs of just 1 penny per mile.  Requiring little more than an electric charge every 70 miles* from a domestic electrical supply, it needs no fuel, oil or spark plugs, and apart from tyres, is virtually maintenance free.
Prices start from £1,399, but with the £500 scrappage allowance, you would pay £899 for the e1 Silicone 2000w. The most powerful 4000w e3 bike, retailing at £2,999, would cost you £2,499, plus a new registration fee of £55 which applies to all bikes.
All e-motive scooters come with a comprehensive two-year unlimited mileage warranty for the bike, while Silicon batteries carry a 12 month warranty, and 24 months for the Lithium Ion battery. All new e-motive electric scooters also come with two years free AA roadside assistance.
Paul Williams, managing director of e-motive’s importer, Koelliker UK, said: “At around 1 penny per mile, an e-motive scooter is cheaper than taking the bus!  It provides all the benefits of ‘go when you like’ personal transport without the hassle, while also doing your bit for the environment.
“With petrol prices now nudging £1.30p/litre, and the cost of public transport and car parking on the rise, an increasing number of people are beginning to explore how they can travel more economically. Whether for commuting to work, shopping or just getting around and socializing, an electric scooter gets you there more cheaply; and with zero emissions, you’re not creating CO2 pollution and smelly exhaust fumes.”
Unlike many companies selling electric scooters, e-motive is part of an established vehicle distribution company, Koelliker UK Ltd.  The company operates nationally with the backing of an established network of retailers.  This means you can test-ride scooters before purchase, get specific advice from knowledgeable technicians and also get full after-sales servicing and support including AA roadside assistance.
An e-motive scooter takes its power from a series of batteries that are charged-up from your standard 240volt mains supply at home. These drive a highly efficient, low-maintenance brushless electric motor.  Just turn the key to ‘on’, twist the throttle and the motor turns the wheels.
Acceleration is surprisingly swift, but all you hear is a faint ‘whirr’.  There’s no need for an exhaust pipe, because there is no exhaust, helping to keep the bike, your clothing and the air around you completely clean.
It is calculated to cost about 1p a mile to run an e-motive scooter, and you can recharge the batteries up to 2,000 times before they need recycling.  Under normal use, the battery should last up to three years.

The e-motive scooters don’t have an exhaust or create any emissions.