If you have ever wanted an electric car, but don’t have the space to park one or the ability to plug it in, then the Zapp i300 could be for you. This postmodern electric scooter offers a quick and easy means of transportation for those who reside in dense urban environments. However, the i300 isn’t like the Vespas of yesteryear. In fact, it’s much more.
The Zapp i300 has the convenience of a scooter and the performance of a motorcycle
Electric-powered cars are slowly becoming the norm, however, the scooter market is beating them to the punch. Zapp, an electric scooter company that’s based in the UK, is looking to get into the electric space by releasing the i300. At first glance, this futuristic-looking two-wheeler kind of looks like your run-of-the-mill scooter, but don’t let its looks fool you.
The Zapp i300 is powered by two ultra-slim battery packs that feed power to an air-cooled, permanent magnet electric motor that produces 20 hp. That might not sound like much, and honestly, it’s actually on par with other scooters in the current market, but the horsepower figure isn’t the main highlight. Instead, just like any electric-powered vehicle, the i300 is able to produce a lot of torque from the get-go.
According to Motor Trend, the i300’s torque peaks at 63 lb-ft, which tops three superbikes in the current market: the Honda CBR 650F (45 lb-ft), the Kawasaki Ninja 650 (47 lb-ft), and the Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2 (59 lb-ft). That’s impressive, especially considering the i300 can get from 0 to 30 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Its top speed is governed at 60 mph.
It has a lightweight architecture that’s fully recyclable
While the Zapp i300’s performance is its main highlight, that large amount of zip is backed by the scooter’s load-bearing aluminum exoskeletal seat structure and body that rides on a Chromoly steel frame, reports Motor Trend. That fancy architecture equates to a light curb weight of just 200 pounds and gives the i300 the ability to accommodate a rider up to 350 pounds.
Not only is the i300’s frame lightweight and tough, it’s also recyclable. According to Yahoo News, the i300’s use of an alloy exoskeleton and composite body negate the need for plastic components, thus making it highly recyclable and delivering on the company’s dedication to full-cycle sustainability.
However, the onboard batteries play an important role, too. The i300 carries two 1.4-kWh battery packs that are shaped like slim laptops and located low in the chassis, underneath the rider’s feet. This lower center of gravity improves the scooter’s overall stability and the batteries’ light 12-pound weight doesn’t hamper things down either. As far as charging goes, the i300 can be charged using a standard 120-volt plug or a 240-volt charger. Yahoo reports that that charging those batteries to 80 percent only takes about an hour. Fully charged, the i300 should be able to get up to 40 miles of range.
When will the Zapp i300 be for sale in the U.S.?
The Zapp i300 is set to make its debut in Paris later this month and will show up in the Asia and U.S. markets sometime next year. The i300 will be produced in Thailand and has a starting price of $7,495. However, a limited Carbon Launch Edition can also be had for $8,995, before any incentives.
Considering the Zapp i300 is an electric scooter made for urban areas packed with traffic, there is no doubt that it will be a great substitute for anyone looking for an electrified means of transportation. At least now, you won’t have to worry about parking a car somewhere and plugging it in. The i300 could easily fit in a carport or even in your living room if needed.