An American manufacturer has unveiled an electric scooter, which it says can be recharged cheaply and produces zero emissions. Is this the future of transport in the world?

An American manufacturer has unveiled an electric scooter, which it says can be recharged cheaply and produces zero emissions. Is this the future of transport in the world?

According to , Electric Vehicle Technologies (EVT) has launched the 2004 Equinox, an electric scooter designed for public roads.

The company says the 48-volt electric motor easily maintains a speed of about 50 km/h. A single charge of six hours allows about 80 km of motoring. EVT says the scooter is quiet, smooth and safe.

The bike's patented D2 direct drive electric motor features a linear torque band and a combination spring/hydraulic shock absorber suspension. The all-chrome instrumentation control includes readings for speed, odometer, battery level and light.

Its styling is retro. "Equinox has the timeless appearance of the great European motor scooters," says Thomas Varga, director of sales and marketing for EVT. "Chrome, off-white upholstery, and two-tone metallic body paint work together to create a look that's as smart as the technology underneath."

The company believes consumers will be moving towards electric options. "The Equinox electric scooter is a balance of classic design and contemporary innovation, of clean, responsible travel," says David Haskell, vice-president and general manager of EVT.

It sells for about R22 000 in the United States.

Original article from Car