Oh, scooters... What would be a postcard from Italy be without the looks of a Vespa? And how practical a scooter is to get around the city to do errands, almost forgetting what it means to look for a parking space? However, 2-strokes are traditionally quite polluting engines (usually) and it would be good to have an alternative.
ZAP introduced recently a new electric scooter into their range of vehicles, called Zapino (the name surely sounds Italian). It's the electric equivalent of a 49cc scooter and the looks are quite impressive.

As the main innovation, the Zapino has a hub brushless motor in the rear wheels, thus allowing more space for batteries under the seat and the announced price, a tad less than 3 grand, is quite adequate for the product. You might also want to install solar panels to make it even a greener option (but I guess it might void the warranty).

Stats on the main features from the press release after the jump.

[Source: Zap]
  • Motor: 3000W Bbrushless hub motor
  • Max Torque: 120NM/900RPM
  • Max Speed: about 30 mph
  • Range: up to 30 miles each charge*
  • Brake: Rear and front disc
  • Weight Limit: 280 lbs.
  • Battery: 60V Green saver silicone batteries
  • Net Weight: 297 lbs. (including battery)
  • Optional Upgrade: Replace with 60v40AH Lithium battery for a range of up to 75 miles
  • Climbing ability: 25% slope with a 177 lb rider.*
* Factors such as weather, terrain, load may affect results.

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