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New British electric maxi scooter revealed

Published: 31 October 2018

After teasing us earlier this month, new British electric scooter manufacturer, Zapp, have today unveiled the i300 electric scooter.

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Aimed at commuters, Zapp’s new scoot is powered by lightweight lithium-ion batteries and a maintenance-free air-cooled interior permanent electric motor. The batteries are made easy-to-use and can be removed and plugged into any household socket.

i300 electric scooter highlights:

  • 14kW motor powers i300 from 0-30mph in under 2.4 seconds
  • Weight: 90kg
  • Brakes: A 220mm drilled and vented fully floating front disc is mated to a four-piston brake calliper as the power brake, balanced with a 190mm drilled and vented fully floating disc with a one-piston calliper at the rear
  • Removable laptop-sized battery packs weigh less than 5kg each for practical charging
  • Rider-selectable regenerative braking charges battery on the go

To enable riders to get the best out of this new electric scooter, the i300 also includes the option to select ‘regenerative braking’, which returns energy when the rider shuts the throttle. Zapp hope this braking system will allow the rider to gain extra range for their journeys and increase the longevity of the brakes.

Other features include a 140/60 ultra low-profile nitrogen-filled rear tyre, front brakes feature a cross-drilled vented full-floating disc, four-piston caliper and ABS. There are also progressive-rate gas-filled upside-down front forks with a rear coilover pushrod and mono rear swing arm suspension inspired by superbikes.

Swin Chatsuwan, Zapp Chief Executive said: "With air quality in cities worsening and our roads becoming increasingly congested, the world needs new alternatives to urban transport. With its revolutionary design, thrilling performance, and clean power source, we believe the i300 is the urban mobility solution people have been looking for.

"There are already electric scooters out there, so we only ever intended to bring something highly innovative and hugely desirable to the market. There is nothing like the Zapp i300, either from a design or functionality and practicality perspective. We are very proud of what we have created and think commuters will like it as well."

Based in Hethel, Norfolk, Zapp designed their new 300cc maxi scooter-rival in the UK, before outsourcing the production to plants overseas. The Zapp i300 is now available to pre-order at www.zappscooter.com.

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