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PHOTO CAPTION: Peugeot E-Vivacity electric scooter has an operating cost of 56¢ for every 100 km.

Peugeot's E-Vivacity Electric Scooter Offers Economical Mobility

Lithium Ion Cobalt battery promises a minimum of 1,000 intensive charging/discharging cycles, equivalent to some 40,000 km.

Published: 26-Jan-2010

Peugeot mass produced the first electric scooter 15 years ago and it’s just about to launch another. Way back in 1996, the 40 km range of the Peugeot Scoot'Elec produced a chorus of yawns but when the new E-Vivacity hits showrooms late this year, it will be greeted by a much wiser and ecologically-aware public. Emissions aside, the biggest motivating factor behind the E-Vivacity’s likely sales success will be its remarkably low cost of use. Though its 4kW engine is the equal of a frugal 50cc scooter, its running costs will be one tenth as it recharges from a domestic powerpoint at regular tarrifs. In Paris where its 100 km range will be more than adequate, that will equate to EUR 0.4 (about US$0.56) per 100 km. So if you cover the yearly average scooter distance of 4,000 kms, total running costs will be EUR 16 (US$22.67)!

Way back in 1996, the 40 km range of the Peugeot Scoot'Elec produced a chorus of yawns with its 40 km range but when the new E-Vivacity hits showrooms late this year, it will be entering into a far more ecologically-aware marketplace.

Though it was marketed for a decade, being finally withdrawn from sale in 2006, it only ever sold 3500 units. Our guess is it will sell many more E-Vivacitys each year than that with such outstanding cost effectiveness available. Already Peugeot is receiving enormous interest from local authorities and public services interested in establishing urban fleets of clean vehicles.

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