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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