'eGO' Tourism to Utilize Electric Scooter

Jenn Franks' eGO takes about one kilowatt-hour of electricity to travel 25 miles or the equivalent of 10 cents a gallon of gasoline.

Published: 27-Jun-2008

As the weather gets warmer and gas prices creep upward, the buzz of motor scooters sailing up and down Asheville’s streets is becoming more common. Far more fuel-efficient than cars and trucks, scooters, which are best suited for short trips, offer motorists some relief from the pain of $4-per-gallon fuel. But for some, it’s about cleaner air as well as cheaper travel.

Asheville resident Jenn Franks, for instance, is an ardently green scooter commuter. About a year ago, she decided to trade in her Subaru Outback for an electric cycle that emits zero global-warming pollution. The 130-pound eGO is made of brushed aircraft-grade aluminum.

“I don’t have a gas budget,” Franks explains. “I have a music budget.” Aside from riding to her part-time job at Treasured Pets, she uses the eGO to travel around town to hear live music. It’s quiet, sports bumper stickers bearing environmental slogans, and she estimates that it costs about a dime a day to operate. It will travel up to 25 miles before it needs recharging, and it has a top speed of about 24 mph. A low-end eGO costs about $1,500; Franks got hers from Asheville E-Scooter on Patton Avenue. The shop also carries three-wheeled, two-passenger electric vehicles for rent or purchase.

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