From oceanside town of Encinitas, California comes not only a fleet of electric scooters (including the Venice, above), but what is promised to be among the first production hybrid scooters to hit the streets.
First, the electrics. Green Transporter has a line of six electric scooters that have a range of about 30-40 miles at a maximum of 20 mph, and have a charging time of 2-6 hours. Cost ranges between $691 and $1,199 (the Venice above is the priciest one), which means that at today’s gas prices, it should pay for itself in like… I don’t know, about a week or so depending on where you live. One of the models is an electric moped, the E-Bike ($799), that has a range of 45 miles if you also use the pedals to move yourself along.
The hybrid “PI” (plug in) models
The Milan PI, shown here on the left, has a top speed when running under electric power is 22 mph, and over that, it runs on gas power up to 45 mph on its 50cc 4-stroke gas motor. Effectively, when running under electric power, it gets 300 miles per gallon. Using gas, 80 mpg. The electric motor is rated as a 500 watt 36v. It has a retail cost of $2,295.
The Expresso PI makes the same claims, but has that sporty scooter look rather than the Milan’s retroish influence.
Call the company if you’re interested in a product, because ordering through its site doesn’t work. It’s all through Google Checkout, but if you try to put one in your cart, it says the company no longer accepts payments through Google.