• Sep 29th 2010 at 8:03AM
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With both Smart and Mini taking the wraps off their respective electric scooter concepts recently, Suzuki now screams out, "Hey, we've got one too." Okay, that's not exactly the way it went down, but the fact that the trio revealed electric scooter concepts within days of each other sort of seems like some follow-the-leader action went on. Anyways, let's move on to Suzuki's battery-powered two-wheeler. Suzuki's lithium-ion-powered e-Let's prototype began on-road trials in Japan last week. Suzuki hopes to glean info from the trials and create, at some later date, a production version of this battery-powered moped.

The e-Let's (yes, the name has an apostrophe, which boggles the mind) squeezes a in-wheel electric motor with regenerative braking capability, the aforementioned li-ion battery and an on-board charging system into its compact, lightweight chassis. The e-Let's can be charged from a typical (100V) household outlet in as little as four hours, but with a maximum range of only 18 miles – provided you speed stays below 18 miles per hour and hills are not a part of your journey – we'd definitely question the usefulness of such a product. Yeah, we're a bit skeptical about this one, but it's just a prototype and modifications may lie ahead. Hit the jump to check out the e-Let's' specs.

[Source: Ultimate Motorcycling]

e-Let's Prototype | Electric Scooter Specs

Dimensions - 1,665mm x 600mm x 983mm
Weight - 163 pounds (including battery)
Seating capacity - 1 person
Motor - AC synchronous
Rated output - Under 0.6 kW
Riding range - 18.6 miles (at 18.6 mph on level roads)
Charging time - Approx. 4 hours at 100V
Battery - Lithium-ion

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      This might suit a lot of city dwellers, if the battery is detachable easily.
      If you live in an apartment, then you want to be able to take the battery to the socket, and assuming it is lithium it should be light.
      The range is fine for shopping and running around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, there is someone else that does that with their bike. That also helps make the bike much harder to steal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Japan. What did you expect, English?

      • 5 Years Ago
      600 watts? 18 miles?
      600 watts is what propels many 50-70lb eBikes up to 20-25mph.
      The 18 mile range is quite limiting, considering what you pay for one of these bad boys.

      Sounds like a paperweight :/
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