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GMI Runner Electric Scooter: Poor Man's Better Place

Translation of article on Israeli start-up assembling its first basic electric scooter in Nazareth from Chinese and French parts.

Published: 18-Aug-2012

"We're Better Place to the poor," says Uri Dwek, one of two Israeli entrepreneurs behind GMI - an acronym for Green Motors International, a young Israeli company developing and manufacturing electric scooters.

GMI's first product came to market called RUNNER: electric scooter a vehicle assembled in Nazareth. Yes, right next to the legendary Jeep store. Runner's parts come from China and France, mostly from China. It costs NIS 9,000, and its driving range is about 40 km. Charging takes four - five hours of perfectly normal household outlet. Cost of each load is only about 1.2 shekels.

On paper this is a great transportation solution: no parking problems, no traffic and no problems (almost) expenditure on fuel. And on the road? We took a test ride Runner boiling streets of the city. And that's what we learned.

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