Unfortunately, the article is really just a Press Release. So it doesn't go into any detail about what you get for all that money and whether it is worth it.
Where I live (not the US) there are a growing number of electric scooters. I'd guesstimate maybe 20-30% of vehicles on the road now are electric scooters.
It is amazing how much quieter it makes...everything. Internal combustion engines are so noisy yet we've become so accustomed to them.
Perhaps, but there are also cars that cost $10000 and cars that cost $500000.
I think the better question is, who will buy a $14k scooter if and when $24k electric cars become available? Given the affect of mass production, will this scooter eventually get to $700?
Personally, I think that thing is ugly as sin and I still prefer crotch rockets.
Answer: People who want them.
I finally tossed my old 50cc scooter just yesterday. Too noisy and while it got about 25km/l it only had a 5l tank which is less range than this electric.
$700 gets you something that you can drive on the city streets & highways with a range of 100km and can carry 2 people.
I'm not surprised that things are cheaper in Vietnam given the lower wages and very different culture when it comes to motorized two wheeled vehicles.
Which lists scooters for up to 15,700,000 Vietnamese dong = 675 USD.
I don't speak any Vietnamese, but looking at the specs listed at the bottom of https://www.pega.com.vn/pega-trans.html I'm guessing top speed 50 km/h range 100km.
Even most scooters and motorcycles in the US are sold through dealers, and they will simply be making no money on a vehicle that costs <$500. It's probably only feasible to store them in a warehouse and ship via freight, which is expensive. I don't know why you don't see them in Walmart, but maybe there's some sort of law or maybe even Walmart can't move them.
In many areas, the words are used as synonyms. A scooter could be anything from an unpowered skateboard with a stick to a some powered wheelchairs to a moped with decent speeds, electric or gasoline. A moped is always something one sits on and has wheels, though it can include both the small and large wheels.
Even the legal definitions don't reflect that. The difference is often more dependent on the size of engine, the speeds the vehicle can go, and things like that. These distinctions can make a difference in plates and insurance.
"a vehicle typically ridden as a recreation, consisting of a footboard mounted on two wheels and a long steering handle, propelled by resting one foot on the footboard and pushing the other against the ground."
This also comes in electric versions (some of which even incorporate seats!):
Every moderately recent Chinese electric moped works that way. One has to check if it is not just a white label Chinese moped in custom bodywork.
The Schwalbe scooter was built in Easter Germany from the the 60s to the 80s and has achieved a sort of cult status. One still sees them today, even in the west. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simson_Schwalbe
There is now a new electric scooter that looks just like the original:
I see the new electric Schwalbe quite often in city traffic and the acceleration of the thing seems insane.
Genze has been shipping inexpensive e-scooters for a while: https://www.genze.com/e-scooters.
That's a very bold statement.
Comparing one entire class of vehicle to another so offhandedly is both brash and peculiar. It'd be like saying SUVs are much classier than sports cars. Which SUV and which sports car? Sure, that statement will absolutely be true in some cases, but it's a wicked generalisation. Particularly when the subject matter is inherently so obviously subjective.
I'm all for e-scooters replacing ICE scooters though, for the noise and air pollution benefits. I bought an ICE scooter to putter around in the city mainly because the cheapest e-scooter was almost 3x the price and could only be serviced by the manufacturer. I hope the next scooter I buy will be electric and have a good range.
Not true, motorcycles have the same parking rules as cars. It's just easier to park a bike so that it doesn't get in the way, making it more likely it's ignored.
Germans are surprisingly relaxed about rules, despite the reputation. If nobody will get hurt, then it's usually not a big deal in my experience. This is the country of the autobahn and Oktoberfest. Compare that to Switzerland (where I have spent more time); there the police will give you stern warnings even if you haven't broken the law. They are very "just-so".
Say what you want about those modern city scooters but the design is nimble and relatively small. The Čezeta seems like a tractor version of a scooter.
That's the whole point. It is marketed as being chic. People will pay the premium in to look cool.
And non-Czech people who want chic will probably just wait for Vespa to make one.
as novel and non-obvious as they come...
Look like it started from 2014...