Mahindra GenZe Electric Scooter Makes Debut In U.S.

OCT 9 2015 BY TDILLARD 11

OK, kids.  We have to admit, we had to take a little rest on the Silly Scooters, considering the veritable deluge of electric scooter silliness hitting the headlines practically daily.  But this is kind of cute.  Right? It’s the GenZe 2.0, and the site is here.

What do we have here?  To start, it’s hub motor with a pretty slick frame design that looks incredibly light and strong and allows for this huge cargo bin behind the seat.  Want some fun?  Wander over to the Facebook page and take a guess on their regularly scheduled “Count Challenge” (the Halloween version is candy corn) shown here:

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GenZe grape Count Challenge

Who doesn’t love a scooter-pickup truck?  (Where’s the “Beer” Count Challenge, we wonder?)

Here are the complete specs for you:

PerformanceTop Speed30 mph (48.3 kph)
RangeMinimum of 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) per charge
Driving modeSport mode (High performance)
Economy mode (Range maximizing)
Easy mode (New rider orientation)
Custom mode (User defined)
Acceleration0 mph to 30 mph < 8 seconds (170 lb rider and 20 lbs cargo)
BatteryBattery typeRemovable Li-Ion battery pack
Battery capacity1.6 kWh nominal
Voltage58.8 VDC at max charge and 42 VDC at min charge – 52V nominal
Charge TimeFully charged in 4 hours
Charger Input power110V AC, 5 amps
Charger outputUp to 60 VDC and 500W
Battery life cycle800 cycles to 80% of initial capacity
MotorPeak Torque (Nm)100 Nm
Motor TypeBrushless permanent magnet hubmotor
Climbing PerformanceUp to 20% grade (Assuming 15mph for 1.5 mile)Up to 8% grade (Assuming 30mph for .5 miles)
StructuralFrameCast, welded, and powder-coated aluminum exoskeleton
SuspensionTelescopic oil damped front fork with internal coil springs, twin oil damped coil over shock rear swing arm suspension
BrakesSingle piston hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
Regenerative brakingYes
Tire- Front100/80-R16
Tire- Rear130/70-R12
Curb Weight232 lbs. (105.5 kg.)
Seat Height29.5 inches (749 mm)
Ground clearance at max load5.5 inches (139 mm)
Carrying capacity275 lbs. rider plus cargo (125kg)
Wheelbase50 inches (1267 mm)
User InterfaceInstrumentation7″ inch LED touchscreen monitor connects to the GenZe Cruise-Connect System™ and provides the ability to monitor 100 different data points through a cloud-based system and govern settings from a mobile phone.
Pin code security lock
On-board owners manual
LightingAllAll LED lights with 85% lower energy consumption
Auxiliary PowerConnections in front and rear for 12v charging
Emissions Zero
The Beer Count Challenge, InsideEV's style

The Beer Count Challenge, InsideEV’s style

One of the sweetest features to catch our eye was the ~28lb “Smart Pack” battery that is removable, thus swappable.  You know how we love that idea.

Much was made of the fact that GenZe is the product of Mahindram an India-based “SUV company” looking to break into the US market in stories like this, on the Salt Lake Tribune, but the fact is, Mahindra USA is already hitting the tractor market hard, and has also hit the e-bike market a while ago with the very slick looking GenZe e-Bike.

GenZe e-Bike

GenZe e-Bike

Click-baity headline, mashing up India, SUVs and Silly Scooters much?  From the GenZe site’s About Us:

GenZe is a part of the Mahindra Group, which has been part of the American landscape for over 25 years. It’s a worldwide leader in aerospace, automotive, utility vehicles, tractors, motorcycles, energy, and more—and at Mahindra, we are not just about excellent products, but we’re about people. We give people all over the world a chance to make their lives better and “the opportunity to rise”.

You can read more on the Salt Lake story about the company, along with some comments from the management, and there’s a nice little intro video here…  enjoy!

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11 Comments on "Mahindra GenZe Electric Scooter Makes Debut In U.S."

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Thanks for posting this. Looks like a pretty decent scooter, if you live in town.

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I’ve seen it up close, it is a great little scooter.

Cost? MW

$3k. Buried in the website.

Cost is $2999, “introductory price”. Available only in California, Oregon, and Michigan. I like the design a whole lot, but the top speed of only 30 mph kills it for me, even if I lived somewhere it’s available. I’d never feel safe going so much slower than traffic.

But they also have an interesting take on an electric bicycle for $1499 on their web site that I’m seriously considering. The top speed of that is even less at 20 mph, but bicycles don’t get a second look around here when ridden on suburban sidewalks. That way I wouldn’t be stuck in traffic going far slower than the flow when I needed to ride along some of the faster local roads…

Debut? as in what exactly, they are still not available and have been putting out the same dubious headlines for years, as if they were starting to sell them.

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I looked into this scoot out of curiosity and it’s not available in Washington State. I’d like to have dealers around for service/parts, etc.. Mahindra is a huge company so that part is attractive in that they aren’t going away any time soon. Lots of times these eBike companies go out of business and leave you hanging, or they’re in China and they just don’t give a darn that you exist. 30mph and 30miles range are a bit on the lean side for me. Why? Because my electric Go-Ped is very fun to ride, and I have the seat and basket option if I want to go down to the market for a sack of groceries. Fun thing about the Go-Ped is that most store managers let you ride it right inside the store! – No park and lock fears and hassles! If I want, it’s legal for me to hit the sidewalk and not have to battle cars. I really wanted a Vectrix, far more expensive and to me – more substantial machine to fight car wars with. A tiny scoot kind of gets me thinking how limited of areas I’d be willing to commute on one. The Vectrix,… Read more »