Suzuki Motor Corporation has completed a prototype of an electric scooter named the e-Let's and has begun studying its operation on public roads in Japan.
Suzuki was able to begin the on-road trials after registering the e-Let's as a moped with the local authorities on Sept 21 and obtaining a number plate for it.
Suzuki plans to use the resulting data in development efforts aimed at creating a production scooter model. The e-Let's is based on a petrol-engine scooter called the Let's4 basket.
It has a high-performance in-wheel motor with regenerative braking capability; a lithium-ion battery; and a charging system within a compact, lightweight chassis.
It weighs almost the same as the petrol-engine model. Also, it offers the smooth acceleration, nimble performance, low noise, low vibration, and zero-emission environmental performance that characterize electric scooters.
The battery is charged from a 100V household outlet. A single charge takes about four hours and gives a range of about 30km (assuming the e-Let's is ridden at 30km/h on level roads).
Trials of the e-Let's will also be conducted as part of the Hamamatsu Social Experiment Project on Next-Generation Eco-Cars, which brings together companies, educational institutions, and local-government bodies under the leadership of Suzuki's home city, Hamamatsu.
e-Let's Prototype | Electric Scooter Specs
Dimensions - 1,665mm x 600mm x 983mm
Weight - 74kg (including battery)
Seating capacity - 1 person
Motor - AC synchronous
Rated output - Under 0.6kW
Riding range - 30km (at 30km/h on level roads)
Charging time - Approx. 4 hours at 100V
Battery - Lithium-ion