Fat elec­tric scooter

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

FROM China comes the MAD, an Ital­ian-styled scooter on fat wheels that of­fers five in­di­vid­ual mo­tor op­tions be­tween 500 and 1 600 watts, along with lead-acid and lithium-ion bat­tery op­tions.

The fat scoot­ers’ range is be­tween 30 and 40 km, with the 48 V/12 Ah lead-acid bat­tery. The lithium op­tion adds about 16 km to the lead bat­tery’s range, not a lot con­sid­er­ing the ex­tra out­lay.

Top speed is 45 km/h with the 1 300- and 1 600-watt mo­tors.

Its Ital­ian de­sign­ers say the MAD is a ver­sa­tile com­muter for the right type of rider. It in­cludes a re­mov­able seat and fold­ing han­dle­bars to meet var­i­ous rid­ing, trans­port and stor­age needs, and ac­ces­sories like the dou­ble head­light and han­dle­bar and sad­dle bags in­crease its ver­sa­til­ity.

The MAD hit the mar­ket in Italy in De­cem­ber 2015. Man­u­fac­tur­ing is han­dled by China’s Mai­way In­dus­try Co, Ltd, and prices start at €1 000 (about R17 000).

— Wheels Re­porter.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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