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Texas eRider Is First Large Electric Scooter Dealer In US

The new business will be the exclusive North American distributor for German electric scooter manufacturer e-max, and the exclusive Texas dealer for Oxygen S.p.A. of Italy, the largest European manufacturer of electric two-wheel scooters.

Published: 12-Mar-2005

AUSTIN, Texas -- March 10, 2005 -- Austin's efforts to reduce air pollution and be at the forefront of clean energy will get a boost starting this week. The first exclusive dealership outside Europe for street legal, electric, motor-driven cycles opens in Austin.

 The state-of-the-art vehicles that go up to 30 mph are designed for inner-city travel, law enforcement, fleets and short delivery companies such as couriers and pizza delivery. TEXAS eRIDER, L.P. will open a showroom and full service center at 1211 W. Sixth Street in Austin on March 10th. The new business will be the exclusive North American distributor for German electric scooter manufacturer e-max, and the exclusive Texas dealer for Oxygen S.p.A. of Italy, the largest European manufacturer of electric two-wheel scooters.

Electric scooters and motorcycles are popular in Europe and are commonly used by law enforcement officers to help them get through traffic jams or to places not accessible by car and more quickly than by bicycle. Several police departments have successfully tested the e-scooters in Pennsylvania and New York.  The eco-friendly vehicles run on clean and quiet motors and are powered by state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries.

 "We have a winning solution for commuters, corporations and even our law enforcement community," says Larry Maltz, Founder of TEXAS eRIDER, L.P.  "We can take an example from our European friends who have discovered the value of low cost, non-polluting, electric two-wheel vehicle transportation that actually works."

TEXAS eRIDER's electric vehicles fit well with efforts by government agencies and community leaders to encourage cleaner transportation
alternatives in Central Texas.

"The availability of this zero-emission technology in Austin is a positive step for cleaner air in Central Texas," says Deanna Altenhoff, Executive Director of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas. "Providing both citizens and fleets with cleaner alternatives to gas-powered vehicles is crucial to our efforts to reduce air pollution in the region."

The e-scooters come with a plug that connects to a normal outlet. Typically, they take about four hours to recharge, although some can be topped up in just over an hour. They go between 40 and 70 miles between charges, depending on the model. The batteries and the sealed, brushless motors are maintenance free.

Retail prices for the e-max and Oxygen scooters range from $1,950-$5,800. "These e-scooters are legitimate alternative transportation vehicles," says Maltz. "They are street legal vehicles that are certified by the Department of Transportation. When you buy one, it is similar to purchasing a car. They must be registered and require a driver license, but not a motorcycle license."

For more information on TEXAS eRIDER and pictures of the different e-scooter models  visit www.texaserider.com.

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