A cheap, fast way of individual city transportation – many companies are currently working to achieve this goal. The newest one is GenZe, a small company in Silicon Valley, owned by Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra. GenZe is set to launch its new electric scooter in the coming months, and the minimalistic-looking electric scooter already has 300 bookings. The GenZe2.0 will retail for $2,999.
The GenZe 2.0 is a lightweight, small scooter built on an aluminium exoskeleton chassis. The scooter has as minimal body panels as possible, making it look futuristic. The key feature of the scooter is its quick-charge 1.6 KWh Li-ion SmartPack Integrated Power Module – that’s a portable battery that you can charge anywhere.
Power comes from a hub-mounted, brushless, permanent magnet motor with a maximum torque of 130 Nm. The Mahindra GenZe 2.0 weighs 105 kg, while payload capacity is 125 kg. Recharging the batteries takes 3.5 hours and there are three riding modes – Sport, Economy and Easy. Thanks to the large battery pack, the scooter has a range of 30 miles (48.3 km) with a full recharge.
A 7-inch Cruise-Connect touch-screen display announces range and speed, and there’s a sizeable storage bin at the back with a power socket. Other features include LED headlamps, and that’s about it. Since top speed never exceeds 30 miles per hour, riders don’t need a motorcycle license.
The GenZe2.0 will be retailed through four stores in San Francisco and Portland. Price tag: $2,999.