Shevelkin’s fellow California designer Karina Karol created her beautiful Sense scooter design to incorporates notions of community, branding, fashion and a range of highly styled accessories. The Sense concept features a fully integrated dashboard that displays just about anything you can imagine. The scooter is designed to link tools such as phone, email and social networking. Karol has also has included a navigation system designed just for the Sense. The system uses personal information to provide suggestions based on your needs, travel history, preferences.
At the other end of the market, automaker Z Electric Vehicle’s (ZEV) latest model of scooter, the ZEV 5000, is a response to economic hard times and the fact that disposable income is not what it was. Though the scooter comes in at a not exactly giveaway price of $4,545, this is still considerably less than many other electric scooter designs.
The 5000 can’t get up much beyond 60 mph and its non-exotic, lead-based battery gives the scooter a range of 50 miles, down to half that in heavy traffic.
The company said the 5000 is also tailored to the habits of many urban bike riders. In a statement ZEV said: “For the vast majority of the population, their needs and use patterns could best be served by a new approach, rather than a new technology. The vast majority of the public needs a vehicle to commute to work less than 20 miles.”
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