Fancy owning an electric scooter on the cheap? e-motive has started a bike scrappage scheme that gives bikers a cheap means of swapping their rubbish, petrol-slurping two-wheelers for spangly new electric ones.
The scheme -- reminiscent of the government's-- entitles anyone with a motorcycle or scooter with a current MOT, regardless of its age or condition, to a £500 allowance against the purchase price of a new e-motive e1 or e3 electric scooter.
Those wishing to take part in the scheme could get an e1 Silicone 2000w electric scooter for as little as £899 (usual price £1,399), though the e1 Lithium 2000w, which has a greater range and shorter recharge time, might be a better bet at £1,499 (usually £1,999).
Those with a little more cash to splash might also consider the e1+, which has a larger 3,000W motor for £1,749 (down from £2,249) or the top of the range e3 4,000W for £2,499 (usually £2,999).
Owning an electric scooter definitely has its advantages. They're cheaper to run than petrol scooters (e-motive claims 1p per mile) and emit zero CO2 tailpipe emissions.
They do have drawbacks though. Many are incredibly slow and, since most of the UK's electricity comes from dirty sources (coal, natural gas), they're not as green as some would have you believe. In addition, the batteries powering these scooters can only be recharged up to 2,000 times before they need recycling, so many customers will find they they need replacing after as little as three years.
Most significantly, perhaps, is the fact they run near silently. While testing electric scooters, we find we have to make regular use of the horn to alert other motorists to our presence.
The e-motive scrappage scheme is being piloted during February and March this year by e-motive's BVM-Moto dealer in Stroud, Gloucestershire. If successful, it will be rolled out across the rest of the UK.