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27 Sep 2010 12:09:03

UK electric scooter market 'has potential'

UK electric scooter market 'has potential'
A "good potential market" exists for electric scooters in the UK, according to the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).

Neil Wallis, head of communications at the LowCVP, said that electric scooters could particularly take off in urban areas, adding that "city cars" offer an alternative to scooters.

"Range extenders in the form of internal combustion engines in the new generation of plug-in hybrids, such as the Vauxhall Ampera, will provide the operational flexibility of conventional vehicles," Mr Wallis added.

He said that those who purchase electric scooters should find it "increasingly easy to charge" in urban locations, but he added many people are unlikely to use the charging infrastructure, choosing simply to refuel at home.

The BMW group recently unveiled the Mini Scooter E Concept, which produces zero emissions and can be recharged using an on-board retractable cable.

It will use an iPhone as the key, which, once placed on the dock on the dashboard, can be used as both a route finder and a music player.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800083645-ADNFCR

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