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GenZe's high-tech electric scooter (pictures)

The GenZe 2.0 not only uses an electric driveline, it also incorporates LED lights all around and a touchscreen instrument cluster.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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Indian automaker Mahindra created its GenZe division in the US to make the GenZe 2.0 electric scooter, addressing personal mobility in the new millennium.

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The basic design of the GenZe 2.0 uses a flat floor and conventional handlebars.

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An aluminum frame helps keep total weight down to 215 pounds.

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An electric driveline gives the GenZe 2.0 a range of 30 miles at a top speed of 30 mph, putting it into a lesser classification for licensing purposes than a motorcycle.

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The GenZe 2.0 has space for one passenger and a bin for cargo.

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A 16-inch front wheel makes for a comfortable ride and good turning stability.

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Headlight, brake light and turn signals are all LEDs, lessening the power draw on the battery.

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The 14-inch rear wheel incorporates a hub motor, meaning there's no drivechain or belt.

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The swing-arm rear suspension contributes to good ride quality.

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The 1.6 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack sits under the seat.

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Removable, the battery pack can be charged from any 100-volt AC outlet.

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In production versions, GenZe will offer a locking hard lid and a soft top for the cargo bin.

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Handlebars include typical motorcycle controls, such as a twist throttle and brake levers, but the touchscreen instrument cluster is anything but typical.

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The driving screen shows speed, charge level, drive mode and blinker status.

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A subscreen shows your eco score, so you can practice riding efficiently.

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During what GenZe refers to as Phase 2, the scooter will get GPS and a data connection, and be able to communicate with an associated smartphone app.

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The GenZe 2.0, seen here as a preproduction example, becomes available later this year for just $2,999.

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