Now, an electric scooter that costs a penny a mile

| Updated on: May 15, 2011

German engineers have created a new electric scooter which they say can run for over 32km in a single charge and may cost you just a penny a mile.

Costing just £1,840, the TP Scoot has a 1,000W zero-emissions electric engine and is one of the most portable vehicles - folding down to just 139cm long, 35cm wide and 62cm high that can easily fit on a train.

It comes with a removable battery and standard plug that allows the rider to top up the power while at work or in a coffee shop, the Daily Mail reported.

The scooter, which clocks in at just a penny (Rs 0.7) a mile (1.6km), is available with its own designer carry bag to make sneaking it under your desk that bit easier, according to its developers.

“Throughout the process we kept in mind that we were designing something to slot into people’s lives, helping them to be greener and more economical without looking like an extra from Star Trek,” TP Scoot makers said on their website.

A tried and tested brand in Germany, TP is short for Tante Paula, or “Aunt Paula”. The scooter is available in two models - Maximilian II, a rugged matt-black beast with a 1,000W zero-emissions electric engine and the 500W Ferdinand II, which costs about £1,330. Both move along at a pleasant 20 mph for over an hour before needing a charge.

Similar in classification to 50cc scooters, they can be driven by anyone with a pre-2001 driver’s licence or who’s taken the compulsory basic training (CBT) course.

The Scoot is very cheap to insure and exempt from road tax and the congestion charge, making it ideal for dodging commuting hell, the report added.

Published on May 15, 2011

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