Electricmood: Urban E-Scooter
Thanks to a new 500w direct driver brushless engine and lightweight aluminium frame, this electric scooter weighs a mere 10 kg, making it easily one of the lightest on our list. You can seamlessly switch between the motor, which takes you about 12 miles per charge and the power of your foot, ensuring you're not limited by the battery. A full recharge takes around an hour and it ditches the need for a pesky add-on by plugging directly into a regular power outlet. LED headlamps flank both the front and back, while a digital display keeps you updated of your speed, charge level and range. And when you've reached your destination, the whole thing folds down with the flick of a button. Now, that's thinking of everything. The project is live on IndieGoGo now.
BMW C evolution
The issue with most electric scooters is range; their batteries just aren't large or powerful enough to offer the juice to last a typical commute. But borrowed battery technology from its i3 and i8 cars to confront this issue and the resulting C evolution is extremely exciting. The powerful electric motors can propel the futuristic offering to speeds of up to 75mph, while range is an impressive 62 miles on a single charge. Energy regeneration occurs automatically when the rider eases off the throttle and is said to extend the battery by up to 20 per cent, while ABS brakes offer peace of mind in the safety department. The pièce de résistance (apart from the miniscule running costs) is that you can ride one on an A1 restricted bike licence, which is usually reserved for much lower powered scooters and is far cheaper and easier to obtain that a full motorcycle licence.
Peugeot has been hammering away at the scooter game for many years now but it has only recently taken the plunge into battery-powered, two-wheel transport. The stylish e-VIVACITY boasts the latest generation of lithium ion batteries, meaning it can scoot for around 40 miles on a single charge at speeds of around 30mph. Plug it into any standard plug socket or urban charging station and it's ready to roll again in just three hours. The neat LCD display takes care of everything from remaining charge to the temperature of the batteries and it can carry 35-litres of kit around on its fancy frame.
£3799 Peugeot Scooters
Make a monkey out of the morning commute with this bizarre solution to overcrowding on our city streets. The Suzuki Extrigger is a tiny monkey bike fashioned in the form of an off-road scrambler. It features a 580W AC synchronous electric motor that is powered by a small battery pack. It produces around 2.3bhp, which doesn't sound like much but it only weighs around 60kg, meaning it should be good for 40 miles of electric zipping in and out of city traffic. Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology, which has been specially developed by Casio, is employed at the front, too. This can transmit a series of flashing lights, which is then translated into data via a smartphone. The idea is that Extrigger riders can spot each other and communicate, even when fully decked out in helmet and goggles.
First revealed a few years ago at the Paris motor show, the Smart escooter promised to deliver zero-emissions motoring for up to 62 miles thanks to the 48-volt lithium ion battery pack located in the footwell. Plugging it into a typical wall socket will charge the bike but it can also harness energy from the sun's rays thanks to built-in solar panels. There's an airbag mounted just underneath the handlebars for safety, plus handy Blind Spot Assist that warns the rider when something is overtaking. The escooter was supposed to go on sale this year alongside the German marque's electric bicycle but technical developments have pushed that date back.
Renowned for rolling out ridiculously quick streetfighter motorcycles, hardy off-road monsters and the insane X-Bow track car from its production lines, Austrian manufacturer KTM stunned crowds when it announced a rapid electric scooter last year. The E-SPEED will feature the same powerful 7.5kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery set-up as the its Freeride E (the readily available all-electric off-road racer) when it is released next year. Expect it to be very fast and very stylish.
Ok, we admit you will look slightly ridiculous zipping around town on Yamaha's affordable electric scooter but the benefits just might outweigh the embarrassment experienced. It can charge from common wall sockets in just a few hours, it's light and clean enough to wheel directly into the office and can manage a city-friendly 30mph when 'Power' mode is selected. It is available now but beware the limited range, as this little fella has been known to drain its batteries after just 15 miles if pushed too hard.