A 2,000-watt electric scooter for under 2,000-euros
Electric scooters have been pretty popular at EICMA 2017 as manufacturers attempt to attract younger, more environmentally conscious riders. While Piaggio stole their part of the show by unveiling the a new electric Vespa, the storied Italian scooter maker wasn't the only one with new high-tech machines. Other, smaller companies rolled out their own electric vehicles, among them was Austria's KSR MOTO.
KSR announced its new 2,000-watt, two-passenger E-scooter that boasts a surprising amount of noteworthy features for such an affordable ride. Cheap two-wheelers typically mean weak engines, but KSR MOTO’s VIONIS has managed to deliver a machine that delivers good around town performance at a very reasonable cost. Powered by a Bosch motor and fully-removable LG lithium ion batteries, the VIONIS is capable of speeds of around 30mph and a range of 35 miles per charge.
KSR Moto Vionis
The VIONIS's 2,000-watts of continuous power results in 34ft-pound feet of torque on tap, which KSR MOTO claims is comparable to your average 500cc motorcycle. The removable LG lithium-ion cells are ideal for urban dwellers who might not have a garage, as the batteries can be easily schlepped inside walkup apartments and charged. Obviously, none of the VIONIS’s specs are particularly striking, but KSR MOTO has nonetheless created a pretty impressive package when you consider its roughly $2,300 price-tag.
There are other Chinese scooters on the market that are comprably cheap – some of them are electric too – but most offerings in the VIONIS’s price-range are much more primitive. They often containing lead-acid batteries that not only can’t be removed, but have a much shorter lifespan and weigh much more.
KSR MOTO clearly stuck to what mattered with this e-scooter and, aside from the decent brand name motor and battery, the VIONIS is a no-frills twist-and-go model.