Innovation That Matters

Electric scooter's battery lifts out for easy charging anywhere

Mobility & Transport

Electric scooters may be increasingly popular as an emissions-free transportation option, but charging them can be a hassle. With that in mind, UK-based Econogo has come up with the Yogo, a scooter whose battery is designed to be removed for easier charging. Most electric scooters are powered by built-in batteries. One result of that fact is that recharging them typically involves running a cable from a building to wherever the vehicle is parked and then waiting several hours for a full charge. That may work fine for those with easy access to a garage; for urbanites and apartment-dwellers, not so much. Econogo’s newly launched solution: a scooter with a Lithium battery that can be simply lifted out, brought inside and charged within an hour. With a top speed of 30 miles per hour and a battery life of 22 miles, the Yogo is priced at GBP 1,999. Econogo currently sells its scooters though its London showroom; one to partner with for scooter fans in other parts of the world? (Related: Lightweight electric bike targets urban commutersFolding electric two-wheeler offers new take on urban cyclingEmissions-free motorcycle taxis.) Spotted by: Gemma Massey



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