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Electric Scooter Made Out Of Linen

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Electrical Scooters Ecology
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Manufacturers are looking more and more for innovative ways of making electric motorcycles and scooters lighter and better. French research group, Citi-Technologies Open link in a new window, had presented at the last Paris motorcycle exhibition their electric scooter concept, the ek'O.

Citi Ek o

The big difference with other manufacturers is that the scooter is made out of linen fiber. So instead of making a nice linen shirt, they actually made a scooter. Obviously, the linen is not that used for shirts, but the resin of linen, tougher than the best shirt you can buy, and a lot lighter than other materials.

The body frame itself is made out of two bio-composite shells, incorporating the required batteries. The innovative structure reduces parts; only 15 parts compared to the average 50 used in traditional scooters. The use of the bio-material, linen, reduced weight by some 20%.

Another change with traditional scooters is the plastic injected single swing arm.

The electric engine has an output of 11kW and 85Nm of torque and a 7.4 kWh lithium battery. The ek'O scooter offers a maximum speed of 110 kph with a 100 km range. The batteries are recharged to 80% capacity within 2 hours, and to reach 100%, you'll need to wait 6 1/2 hours.

Citi estimate a street price of €5000 for this 125cc equivalent scooter, and hope to start selling it in 2013.

Follow the "via:" link below for many more photos and drawings.

Via: Technologic Vehicles

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