British brand Zapp unveils fully electric i300 scooter

Zapp, a new scooter manufacturer headquartered in the UK, has unveiled the i300 – a fully electric, high-performance scooter.

The Zapp i300 is powered by a pair of lightweight lithium-ion batteries and a maintenance-free, air-cooled interior permanent magnet electric motor. The i300’s 14kW motor produces 587Nm of torque at the rear wheel which, the company says, is combined with a lightweight construction of 90kg, meaning a 0-30mph (48km/h) time of less than 2.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 60mph (97km/h) and range tops out at 60km.

The easy-to-transport batteries enable owners to charge by simply removingthe battery and plugging it into any household socket.

To give users extra range onthe go, the Zapp i300 includes rider-selectable ‘regenerative braking’, which returns energy when the rider shuts the throttle. Using the regenerative braking system as the primary means to slow down in heavy traffic increases the longevity of the scooter’s brakes and reduces another issue – particulates pollution.

The Zapp is fitted with a 140/60 ultra low-profile nitrogen-filled rear tyre that the company says ensures an effective deployment of the available torque from standstill. Front brakes feature a cross-drilled vented full-floating disc, four-piston calliper and ABS to provide stopping power.

The scooter is fitted with progressive-rate gas-filled upside-down front forks with a rear coilover pushrod and mono rear swing arm suspension inspired by superbikes.

Zapp says the i300 can be configured to match any taste or style. Individuality is encouraged during the build process of every scooter, with a choice of colours, comprehensive suite of carbon fibre components, different seating options and other useful storage and sporting accessories.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (November 2018)

12 Nov 2018