by Cristina Foung
My favorite green product of the week: the RMartin EVD Electric Scooter
What is it?
The RMartin EVD is an all-electric scooter. Its 3000-watt motor gives you a top speed of 50 MPH and it boasts a range of 40 to 50 miles per charge (although I’m told the manual actually says you can get 75 miles if you go 19 miles per hour). It accelerates from 0 to 50 in 8 seconds. It also recharges in 6 to 10 hours.
Why is it better?
Okay, okay, you caught me. Yet again, I find myself writing about something cool and electric – yes, I know I did that here, here, here, and sort of here too. Forgive me. But they’re just plain neat! I can’t help myself.
On to the EVD – Well, the EVD is indeed all-electric which means its well-to-wheel fuel efficiency and overall emissions are significantly lower than any traditional gasoline hog. It also means you don’t contribute to the noise pollution of the world since it’s so quiet (while I love a good motorcycle, I’m not very keen on the roar of the engine). Also, when it comes to electric scooters, it goes pretty fast, unlike some which top out at about 25 MPH.
The reviews I’ve read have been highly favorable overall – the only drawbacks noted were with a bit of difficulty putting on the windshield, removing it from the shipping frame, the throttle is a bit sensitive, and it’s a heavy machine so it takes a little more effort to maneuver.
Where can you find it?
You can order the EVD (or the higher torque model, the EVD+ which has better climbing ability but a lower top speed of 40 MPH) directly from the RMartin Bikes website for a very reasonable price of $3,599. And you can get it in black, red, black/red, white/red, or blue (because clearly the paint job is the most important decision).
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.