Peugeot Returns to E-Scooter Market with E-Vivacity in 2011
Peugeot plans a return to the electric scooter market by 2011 with its E-Vivacity scooter. While green rides are all the rage the past few years, the latest planned foray into electric scooter production is actually the second for the French manufacturer, as it made the first mass-produced electric scoot with its very own Scoot’elec that launched way back in 1996.
As expected, the technology for an electric-based vehicle has improved over the past decade. Where Peugeot’s old design sourced nickel-cadmium batteries, the new E-Vivacity gets juice from lithium-ion cobalt units. Unlike some of the latest electric concepts, the motor is not mounted directly to the rear wheel hub. Instead the power is transmitted to the rear wheel via an enclosed belt drive. Like many electric designs, the E-Vivacity can recharge through regenerative braking. The new scooter also features a reverse mode at lower speeds.
The electric drive system promises power akin to a 50cc gas-powered scoot – with the three fellow Vivacity scooters in the current Peugeot lineup all 50cc ICE designs. Claimed range is between 80-100 km (50-60 miles), that’s more than double the 40 km limit (25 miles) on the original Scoot’elec, with a very modest 45 km/h top speed (28 mph).
The high-density batteries still allow for underseat storage, a full 35 liters of space. The battery pack stows under the storage space, just behind the rider’s feet. A standard European 230 V plug recharges the units via a four-hour cycle, the first two hours refilling 80% of the battery power while the final two hours work with the battery management system (BMS) to fine-tune the power levels in the system. The BMS control is promised to extend battery life and energy output, with the batteries expected to last at least 1000 complete charging cycles without ill effect.
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