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E-retro scooters: these beautiful scooters are electric

Vehicles with battery-electric drives often come across as very spacey. This applies to cars as well as to electric two-wheelers, see BMW CE 04. But lovers of classic shapes need not despair. Manufacturers such as Piaggio and Yamaha have scooters in their range that wrap modern technology in beautiful retro clothes.
AUTO BILD MOTORRAD has selected six retro scooters with electric drives that combine locally emission-free mobility with lots of dolce vita. The list starts with the Emco Nova and ends with the brand new Yamaha Neo. There is an overview of the most important data.

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Emco Nova R 3000

The Emco Nova inspires with removable batteries. This makes charging in the city wonderfully easy.


Emco Nova

Emco is a fixture in the scooter segment. This also applies to classically designed scooters like the Nova. Its ten inch small wheels are not always ideal for driving stability. But the removable batteries make charging around town super convenient
Prices start at 3599 euros for the version with 2.3 hp and 28 Ah battery. With the 4.1 hp motor and the optional second battery, the Nova costs 4,999 euros, not including additional costs. The top speed is 45 km/h, and the manufacturer specifies a range of 50 to 130 kilometers, depending on the version. The charging time is two to four hours.
Kumpan 54 Inspire

Kumpan comes from Remagen near Bonn. 80 percent of the scooters are made in Germany.


Kumpan 54 Inspire

The Kumpan brand scooters play with the chic of the 50s and early 60s. The machines are built south of Bonn. According to the information, 80 percent of the parts come from Germany, including the battery construction!
The Kumpan 54 Inspire has 4.1 hp and is said to have a range of 62 kilometers with one battery. Battery two and three cost extra. The payload is given for a battery with 188 kilograms. For the 2022 model year there were both software updates and optimizations such as a new LED headlight and revised ergonomics.
Govec's Swallow

Govecs has succeeded in reviving a legend with the E-Schwalbe. Unfortunately not very cheap.


Govec’s E Swallow

The Schwalbe drives in the electric scooter league to the upper end of the price scale. The Govecs company from Munich has successfully revived the cult scooter: as the 45 version, the E-Schwalbe has an output of four kW and sees itself as an alternative to 50-series combustion engines.
The Bosch drive train drives the Elektro-Schwalbe forward with vigour. ABS is available as an option. The battery and the charger with coiled cable are built into the E-Schwalbe. 135 kilos can be loaded, an optional top case offers the necessary storage space. Price: from 5590 euros.
Trinity Romex

The Trinity Romex looks chic and exudes a lot of flair. However, it quickly becomes slow when the energy is low.


Trinity Romex

The chic retro cruiser Trinity Romex is available from 3299 euros. At this price, the little one tries the balancing act between a beautiful shell and modern technology and is – without advance praise – a real eye-catcher. The chrome attachments in particular take the viewer back to the golden years of scooter construction. This was the result of a BILD test in 2019.
Here, too, the battery can be removed for charging. This is important for anyone who does not have their own garage with electricity. If necessary, the range can be extended with a second battery. Fast isn’t Romex’s way. What you should know: From about 30 percent charge, the top speed drops. Then sensitive natures in the city feel like a traffic obstacle.

Vespa Elettrica

For enthusiasts, there is no scooter that stands for relaxed cruising and dolce vita more than the Piaggio Vespa. The Wasp is already prepared for a possible future without combustion engines. They are available with 5.4 electric horsepower and a range of 70 to 100 kilometers.
But the E-Vespa has not yet been able to build on the success of the combustion engine versions. A possible reason for this could be that there is a bit of a lack of modern technology on board. There is no ABS, for example, and the version for 70 km/h only has a combination brake. Battery and charger are permanently installed. So you have to get to the socket. And that from 6390 euros. This is no bargain!
Yamaha NEO's electric scooter

Yamaha brings the Neo in the middle of the year. It can be paired with a smartphone using an app.


Yamaha Neo

The electric Yamaha Neo will be launched in June 2022. It will cost 3324 euros and will be available in two colors. Yamaha has experience with both 50s and electric drives. The cuddly Neo now wants to combine both.
A stepless and brushless wheel hub motor on the rear wheel provides propulsion. Its power output is highest in standard driving mode at 2.06 kWh at 40 km/h. Yamaha recommends this mode for normal driving. There is also an optional eco mode. With the free Yamaha MyRide app, scooters and smartphones can be connected. Numerous holders and a helmet compartment under the seat should ensure practicality in everyday life.

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