Suzuki Tests Electric Scooter Prototype

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story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Sep. 29, 2010
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Suzuki has begun on-road testing of a new electric scooter prototype.

The e-Let electric scooter prototype is taking to the streets of Suzukiís home city, Hamamatsu, Japan, to produce data for development of a production model. The e-Let is Suzukiís contribution to the Hamamatsu Social Experiment Project on Next-Generation Eco-Cars, which also involves other companies as well as educational institutions and the local government.

The Suzuki e-Let is based on the Letís4 Basket, a 49cc gasoline-powered scooter marketed as an ideal vehicle for short trips to the grocery store. The e-Let is uses an AC synchronous hub motor powered by a lithium-ion battery produced by electronics company Sanyo. According to Suzuki, e-Let has a range of about 18.6 miles, assuming a speed of 18.6 mph on a level surface, while the battery can be charged in four hours through a 100V outlet.

The Suzuki e-Let prototype is currently undergoing real-world testing in Hamamatsu.

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