French manufacturer Peugeot is looking to re-enter the electric scooter market in 2011 with its new E-Vivacity. Peugeot's first foray into the market took place way back in 1996 with the Scoot'elec. Unlike that model, though, the E-Vivacity will sport modern lithium cobalt batteries that can offer a range of up to 60 miles with a city-rational top speed of 28 miles per hour – about on par with conventional 50cc four-stroke models.
A full 35 liters of storage space sits below the seat with the battery pack occupying the space behind the rider's feet. A charge using the standard European 230V plug is said to take four hours with the first two offering up 80-percent capacity. Peugeot estimates the power unit can take 1,000 complete charging cycles with no degradation in performance. No price is yet available, but there's talks of possible battery leasing.