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Electric Scooters Arrive in New Zealand

The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.

Published: 05-Feb-2008

Kiwis looking for a smarter mode of transport that is easy on the pocket, easy to ride and easy on the environment, will welcome the arrival of New Zealand’s first range of electric scooters.

The battery operated scooters are being imported from China where literally millions of electric scooters are ridden every day. Auckland-based ElectroScoot NZ Limited is bringing in the scooters which can travel around 60–80 kilometres before needing to be recharged.

The cost of running an electric scooter is miniscule when compared with the cost of running a petrol car. For example, its costs about $150 to run a scooter for 60 kilometres every day of the year – or 40 cents a day - well below the average monthly bill for a common 1300cc petrol car. And your typical inner city 15 kilometres trip would cost just 10 cents* – even less if the distance is shorter.

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