e-motive Launches ‘Ride Green’ Scrappage Scheme For Electric Scooters

e-motive e3 electric scooter

e-motive is to pilot ‘Ride Green’ program for motor bikes and scooters, its own version of the Government’s highly successful scrappage scheme for cars.

If you own a motor cycle or scooter with a current MOT you can part exchange it and receive a £500 allowance against the purchase price of a new e-motive electric scooter. Any age and condition is eligible as long as your scooter has a current MOT.

Not a bad deal at all, considering that the price of electric scooters has really come down and the running cost is around 1 penny a mile and you can charge the batteries up to 2,000 times before they need recycling. Under normal use, the battery should last up to three years.

Prices for the e-motive scooters start from £899 for the e1 Silicone 2000W after the £500 allowance. The base model has a top speed of 28mph, so it’s a bit slow, but the e1+ and e3 with top speeds of 43mph and 55mph respectively should be plenty for most people. The e1+ can be yours after the “scrappage scheme” for £1,749 and the e3 for £2,499.

The trial scheme is being piloted during February and March by BVM-Moto www.bvm-moto.co.uk and if successful will be rolled-out across the country.

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e-motive, one of the most established companies selling 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 motor bikes and scooters.

Anyone with a motor cycle 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. (Subject to availability and Terms & Conditions – see below).

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.

* – subject to speed, weather and battery condition.

Example prices:

Model Retail price Less scrappage allowance You pay*1
e1 Silicone 2000w £1,399 (£500) £899
e1 Lithium 2000w £1,999 (£500) £1,499
e1+ 3000w £2,249 (£500) £1,749
e3 4000w £2,999 (£500) £2,499
*1 plus new registration fee of £55

Peace of mind

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.

For added peace of mind, all new e-motive electric scooters also come with two years free AA roadside assistance.

Commented Paul Williams, managing director of e-motive’s importer, Koelliker UK, “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.”

Who is e-motive?

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.

Living with an e-motive scooter

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. So you can hear birds singing, breathe more easily and savour the smell of the countryside.

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.

Technical information

e1 e1+ e3
Motor 2000W 3000W 4000W
Battery Lithium Ion DC 60V, 40AH Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Charger 110V-250V/50Hz-60Hz 110V-250V/50Hz-60Hz 110V-250V/50Hz-60Hz
Charge-up time 4hrs*2 4hrs 4hrs
Max torque 110Nm 110Nm 160Nm
Max speed 28mph 43mph 55mph
Range (Miles) 50*1 50*1 based on 38AH battery 40*1 at top speed / 70*1 at 35mph
Climbing ability 1:4 gradient (70kg rider) 1:4 gradient (70kg rider) 1:3 gradient (70kg rider)
Maximum load capacity 128kg 128kg 200kg
Dimensions LxWxH 1790x700x1130mm 1790x700x1130mm 2020x670x1210mm
Brakes Discs front/rear Discs front/rear Discs front/rear
Seat height 900mm 900mm 910mm
*1 maximum range subject to speed, weather conditions and condition of battery

*2 charge-up time 6-10hrs with silicon battery

Terms & Conditions

The offer applies to one part exchange per new e-motive scooter, and must have a current MOT. Subject to stock availability, the offer finishes on 31 March, 2011.


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