ZeUS: Zero Emission Urban Scooter by Springtime

We've been quite taken with power-assisted bikes lately, with this electric version and this fuel-cell assisted one; now we bring you ZeUS, which is like a bicycle you don't have to pedal. ZeUS is a scooter powered by a rechargeable electric motor with a brain. The electric motor can be operated in a conventional way (100 percent of the available power available until the battery runs down), but ZeUS encourages a much smarter use of its resources. You can set a desired journey distance on the controls, and ZeUS decides how much power to supply to the motor according to the selected range. That way you can be certain of getting where you want to go, with a maximum range of about 30 miles (50 km) with the smart-drive feature enabled. In conventional mode, with full power available, ZeUS has a range of about 12 miles (20 km) and a top speed of approximately 28 mph (45 kmh) and uses regenerative braking to help keep the batteries juiced along the way. ZeUS also features direct drive to the rear wheel, saving enough power that it only takes a 13 pound (6 kg) NiMH battery to make it go. ::Springtime Industrial Design

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