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British-based Zapp electric scooter launched

Zapp, a new scooter manufacturer headquartered in the UK, has unveiled the i300. A fully electric, “high-performance scooter designed to lead the urban transport revolution, the i300 aims to make commuting more fun, stylish and sustainable”.

The new 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 combined with a lightweight construction of 90kg, means a 0-30mph time of less than 2.4 seconds

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

To give users extra range on the go, the new 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 not only increases the longevity of the scooter’s brakes, but also reduce another pollution element – particulates.

Zapp chief executive Swin Chatsuwan said: “With air quality in cities worsening and our roads becoming increasingly congested, the world needs new alternatives to urban transport. With its revolutionary design, thrilling performance, and clean power source, we believe the i300 is the urban mobility solution people have been looking for.

“There are already electric scooters out there, so we only ever intended to bring something highly innovative and hugely desirable to the market. There is nothing like the Zapp i300, either from a design or functionality and practicality perspective. We are very proud of what we have created and think commuters will like it as well.”

The Zapp i300 is available now to pre-order.

Zapp is run by a team of professionals whose key players are motorcycle enthusiasts. Chatsuwan says he is a passionate motorcyclist and serial owner of some the world’s greatest performance bikes.

He has a background in investment banking and has “extensive experience of enabling automotive and other industrial manufacturing solutions”.

Zapp’s commercial priorities will focus on the UK and the EU, with the rest-of-the-world to follow. The company raised funds earlier this year through the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Zapp has an expectation for first year sales of 2000 units across Europe, increasing to around 40,000 units in five years, taking into account the growing market for electric scooters, a diversified product range and entering new markets.


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