• Apr 12th 2010 at 2:55PM
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A British company called Econogo has released the Yogo scooter, but don't confuse it with the Yugo car. This little scooter has a couple of unique aspects. For example, the Yogo scooter can be charged indoors. How? By removing the 25-pound (!) lithium-iron phosphate battery and taking it to your charging location of choice while your much-loved scooter sits curbside. The simple task of running a cord to the scooter is so last year.
The Yogo boasts the ability to carry a second battery on-board, doubling the range and giving you 50 pounds of battery to haul inside for charging. All of this convenience only costs a hair over $3,000, lower than we expected compared to other electric scooters. Add in that this is one capable scooter with a claimed top speed of up to 38 miles per hour and a 22-mile range per battery and the Yogo seems like a bargain.

Since moving a scooter to the nearest outlet is often times fairly easy, we're not sure what was wrong with the typical charging method, but we do see the usefulness of the removable batteries for apartment dwellers and others living above the first floor. Plus, taking the battery inside gives the added benefit of protecting it from extreme temps. Let's just hope this indoor charging method doesn't spill over into actual cars.

[Source: Times Online UK]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Most electric scooters in China have a removable battery because most folks in cities like Shanghai live in high-rise apartments and charge in their home by bringing their battery upstairs with them at the end of the day. It's also to deter would be thieves.

      I imagine this is a re-branded Chinese electric scooter (because of the removable battery and $3,000 price). "Seems like a bargain"...you get what you pay for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The downside is that for apartment dwellers if you are young and fit enough to carry a 25lb battery up a couple of flights of stairs, you are young and fit enough to ride a bike and do without the battery!
      The price is good though, and I don't really care what they do as long as they get rid of the smelly, noisy two-stroke scooters that runaround in cities.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are a lot of people who could carry a 25lb battery up a few flights of stairs without difficulty, but there are a lot who couldn't.
        There are not too many very hilly cities in the UK at least, and I see this as a city scooter, as in the countryside the range is pretty limited with destinations further apart - the version with the bigger battery would be far more suitable.
        However, with a 22 mile range, this is not going to want to go the 22 mile range up and down hill, regen braking or no, so the range would drop quite a bit I would think.
        For that sort of use if I were a cyclist and didn't like walking the bike up the hills I would look to a pedal bike with assist, so that range on the flat was not a problem but I still had an assist up the hills.
        The thing is the demographic in Europe and the US is aging, and lugging batteries around gets less attractive as you get older.

        Still, no one solution suits everyone, and this sort of thing is a good solution for many.

        In much of the US with it's harsh winters I would be looking to the Honda scooter with the Toshiba battery mentioned, as it is a SCiB and uses lithium titanate, and is not bothered by the cold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I carry my 30 lbs bike up three flights of stairs. But there are many places still out of reach for my bike... living in a valley like I do. I sometime must walk the bike up the incline. But this scooter would fill in nicely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sbry,
        Not every block of flats has an elevator.
        As for the comment about lifting weights, you are crass.
        Age and ill health happen, and one is tempted almost to wish that you should find out what they are about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Riding a bicycle is not always desirable [on account of perspiration, crinkled clothing, etc.] or an option. The ease with which some intolerant green meanies dictate what others should do/want never ceases to surprise me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Put the battery on a small cart - like a golf bag cart - and push it to the elevator. Now if you live in a 5 floor walk-up I suggest start lifting weights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well . . . it is harder to steal.

      Bringing in a battery to charge in the corner of your office is much easier than hunting around the parking lot for an outlet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed! I took a pass on the Vectrix scooter for this very reason--the garage at my workplace has no outlets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do not think this is the first electric scooter with a removable lithium battery. Check out the PGO e-BuBu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgdrans77co&feature=player_embedded This being said, I would love to have a Yogo scooter. It looks as if PGO is resisting bringing its e-BuBu to the West. The removable ["hot swappable"] battery feature is critically important as it allows one to extend range and perhaps eventually phone in to a towing company for a spare charged battery along the lines of the Better Place model in the even of running out of "gas." The electric scooter looks like it could be a friend to the struggling everyman working person. When will a similar scooter with a removable lithium battery be available in the USA?
      I would like a Yogo with these Toshiba batteries:

      http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/transportation/honda-release-emission-free-electric-motorbike-december/

      Honda To Release Emission-Free Electric Motorbike In December

      TOKYO (Nikkei)--Honda Motor Co. (HMC, 7267.TO) is developing an emission-free electric motorbike
      featuring a Toshiba Corp. (TOSYY, 6502.TO) lithium ion battery, with the release likely to come in December, it has been learned.

      ...The battery, to be supplied by Toshiba, has a long life--more than 6,000 charge-discharge cycles--and can be charged at high speed.
      harlanx6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Faster than walking. nuff said.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the spare battery idea. It eliminates the question of getting home when your battery gives up. You can always get home on the spare.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the name. It reminds me of one of the worst car ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great, eliminates range anxiety because I could take the battery and plug it in my office for 8 hours and get a whole lot more out of it. Top speed is the only disappointing factor. 60mph 50 mile range highway capable speed would have been great.
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