Suzuki begins on-road testing of electric scooter

Suzuki Motor Corp. has provided the public a first look at an electric scooter prototype.

The company has begun on-road tests of the scooter, named the e-Let’s, in Japan, Suzuki said in a press release. Suzuki said it plans to use the resulting data in development efforts aimed at creating a production model.

The e-Let’s is based on a petrol-engine scooter. It has a high-performance, in-wheel motor with regenerative braking capability, a lithium-ion battery and a charging system within a compact, lightweight chassis.

Suzuki said it weighs almost the same as the petrol-engine model. The battery is charged from a 100V household outlet. A single charge takes about four hours and provides a range of about 19 miles.

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