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- [Reacher] Hello to everyone old and new,

it's Reacher here and I'm ringing in 2018

with 15 electric scooters and smart mopeds.

Number 15,

this first entry comes from a collaboration

between Ford Motor Company and OjO Electric

to produce scooters visually inspired by Ford vehicles

while incorporating OjO's innovative technology and design.

An aluminum frame integrated with

automotive grade plastic fairings,

provide the strength and beauty to this wing-shaped ride.

The treaded, non-slip deck and removable seat

allow for either sitting or standing while riding

and can hold a maximum weight of 300 pounds.

The OjO is driven by a 500 watt,

rear wheel hub electric motor

that has a top speed of 20 miles per hour

and a range of about 25 miles per charge.

The projected cost is less than $2,000 dollars

with a release data of January 2018.

Number 14,

the design team's goal with the Nito NES

was to break through the daily grind

and give freedom to those caught up

in the chaos of city life.

The body is reminiscent of day's gone by

in every aspect of its design.

The angled deck is crafted from marine plywood

that integrates seamlessly into the molded framework.

The seat is mounted on a tubular steel structure

and can support two people comfortably.

The NES runs on a four kilowatt engine

and can reach a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour.

The battery will last for about 50 miles

before needing a recharge

which only requires about three to four hours.

This eco-friendly scooter came on the market

in December of 2017 with a starting price of $5,700 dollars.

Number 13,

the Xkuty One is a simple, yet modern, scooter

designed and produced in Spain.

The creators are keen to stress its ease of use.

So much so, that it ships without an instruction manual.

The 1.5 kilowatt motor produces

a top speed of 28 miles per hour

with power coming from a 48 volt battery array

providing up to 62 miles per charge.

Recharging can be done in two to three hours

from a standard plugin

with the option of solar charging as well.

The docking station in the center of the handlebars

lets your smartphone double as a dashboard display

by using the phone app as a control hub

which gives you speed and charge information.

This one is currently on the market

with a base price of around $3,600 dollars.

Number 12,

Taiwanese company Gogoro created this

dual-tone, minimalist design as a testament

to how cool and efficient a scooter can be.

The smartphone app keeps track of maintenance and security

using biometrics to make the scooter virtually unstealable.

Also, the company offers hundred of accessories

to customize your number two.

And yes, there's a joke to be made there.

The 6.4 kilowatt motor creates 8.58 horsepower

for a maximum speed of 56 miles per hour.

The 68 mile range is not a problem

as the batteries can be swapped out in just a few seconds

at any of the 24-hour Go stations.

The Gogoro 2 came to market in the summer of 2017

and currently starts at a little over $1,300 dollars.

Number 11,

this entry from Michigan-based startup GenZe

is what the company hopes will change the perception

Americans have on how useful and efficient scooters can be.

The ignition system is switch-based

and starts up when the driver enters a four-digit pin

on the dash's touchscreen.

The battery gives a top speed of 30 miles per hour

and a range of 30 miles.

Recharging the battery takes about 3.5 hours

using a standard 110 volt wall outlet.

Like most others on the list,

the GenZe has a phone app that monitors

the diagnostics, location, and security of the scooter.

It can also remotely disable it if it's stolen

and call for service if needed.

The company began delivering the first scooters

in October 2017 with a starting price of $3,000 dollars.

Number 10,

the ultralight composite frame of this one

folds up small enough to fit in your car's trunk.

And the battery pack is removable

and rollaway like a piece of luggage.

The 48 volt battery puts out four kilowatts of power

to the 5.4 horsepower motor

providing a top speed of 45 miles per hour.

The range can vary from 70 to 93 miles

depending on the battery array.

Recharge time is a short two hours

when plugged into a wall socket using the fast charger.

An onboard computer located in the dash

offers full connectivity to your phone and the Cloud

for the most intuitive ride and advanced safety monitoring.

The Ujet is currently available

with a base model price of $10,500 dollars.

Number nine,

how about an electric scooter that gets delivered

to your doorstep in a single, all-in-one box?

How about the unu?

This two-seater has a Bosch motor integrated

into the rear wheel hub.

Depending on how much power you want,

you can choose between three engines

that differ in power from one to three kilowatts.

The battery array can fit a second battery

to double the driving range from 31 to 62 miles.

The top speed is 28 miles per hour

regardless of motor power or battery level.

Like most on this list,

the batteries are portable

and can be charged at any regular outlet

in about five hours with the included charger.

And the prices on this one start at $2,200 dollars.

Number eight,

there are four different models in the M1 line.

Their body is lightweight due to the meshing

of plastic components with the curved trust framework.

This single seater offers two motor choices

to compliment its 48 volt battery.

The estimated range is up to 62 miles

depending on whether you're in eco or performance mode.

Recharging the batteries take six hours

and can be done in home if needed.

The Niu app allows realtime data monitoring.

This information is stored in the Cloud

enabling riders to check diagnostics

and daily use statistics straight from their mobile phone.

Prices on the M1s range from $1,600 to $2,100 dollars.

Number seven,

like all of Askoll's vehicles,

the ES1 was developed in-house.

It was designed to be 100% electric

instead of converting an existing combustion vehicle

to accommodate an electric motor.

This durable, lightweight single seater

gets its momentum from a 1.5 kilowatt motor

providing 74 pound-feet of torque

for a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour.

The 54 volt, 20 amp hour batteries

can be plugged into any household socket

and have a recharge time of about six hours.

The ES1 has three travel modes

and a maximum estimated range of 62 miles.

Current prices for the ES1 start at about $2,800 dollars.

Number six,

don't let it's friendly scooter appearance fool you.

The small size and lightweight chassis

on this two seater can be a bit misleading.

Under the metaphorical hood,

there is a 48 volt battery and a three kilowatt motor

putting out 25.9 pound-feet of torque.

The travel mode can be configured to fit your power needs

allowing for a maximum speed of up to 46 miles per hour.

Three different display configurations on the LCD dashboard

show information such as the state of the batteries,

temperature, and the amount of power left.

In addition, it operates the keyless ignition system.

The base model for the Torrot Muvi

starts at around $3,800 dollars.

Number five,

Germany's Emo-Bike company is responsible

for this streamlined innovation that

saw the removal of the gas tank and drivetrain

being replaced with a lower rear-mounted battery pack.

This opened up a centrally mounted storage space

that offers just enough room for most common items.

The 48 volt battery comes in two options,

a 1.6 kilowatt hour that offers 43.5 miles of range,

or a 2.1 kilowatt hour that offers 68 miles of range.

Recharging takes 5.5 hours on the smaller one

and seven hours on the bigger one.

The battery can be easily removed

allowing riders the ability to charge it at home.

The Feddz is available for $7,900 dollars.

Number four,

the worldwide term for eco-friendliness is the word green.

But the Bee redefines the color spectrum in this case,

and how do I know?

Well, other than being fully electric,

it's made from plants.

And you heard me, I said plants.

In 2012, the Amsterdam-based company

was challenged to make a frameless scooter

using only biocomposite materials.

The result was a single structure, monocoat body

made from hemp, flax, and bioresin.

So how does it perform?

It's got a 48 volt, 50 amp hour battery

along with a 2.5 kilowatt hour motor.

A top speed of 34 miles per hour can be attained

with a maximum range of 62 miles.

All it takes to be part of this coolness is $8,300 dollars.

Number three,

when you hear the name Fonz,

I'm sure your first thought isn't an electric scooter

but I think this entry may change that.

And like the original Arthur Fonzarelli,

we're sure it defines cool.

There are three different models in the Fonzarelli family.

This allows for the powertrains to be mixed and matched

to adjust for performance and need.

And depending on the battery array,

you can get a range of up to 62 miles

with a regenerative braking helping to extend this.

Again, depending on the battery array,

it can take anywhere from one to 2.5 hours for a recharge.

So grab your leather jacket

and you can start hanging out with the Fonz

for $4,300 dollars.

Number two,

the advantages of changing to

electric mobility are unquestionable.

So it's no surprise that this entry

is made from a patented compound

used to create a chassis that requires

no component welding, plate mounting, or strut assembly.

This resulted in a lightweight vehicle

with a very distinctive design named ME.

The 2.5 kilowatt motor can transport up to two people

at a reasonable 28 miles per hour

for roughly 50 miles.

Regenerative braking can increase this range up to 10%

depending on the overall load.

Recharging the battery is simple

and can be done in about six hours

by either direct connection or removing it

and using any standard 220 volt electrical outlet.

So if you want to hangout with ME,

the starting price is about $5,800 dollars.

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Number one,

if any name epitomizes the scooter industry,

it is Vespa.

Parent company Piaggio has named this venture

the Elettrica and though it maintains the iconic look,

it is nothing like it's gas-powered predecessors.

It's driven by a motor generating four kilowatts

of peak power while remaining completely silent.

The company guarantees a range of 62 miles

on the base model before recharging.

The dash has an embedded touchscreen

between the handlebars with smartphone connectivity

that shows diagnostic information about the scooter.

The included app will allow users to control messaging

and take incoming phone calls as well.

Pre-orders will start in Spring 2018,

but there's still no word on the pricing.

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