A Scooter That Can Really Scoot

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.

6 replies
  1. 97sporty
    97sporty says:

    A couple of things I notice about this motor scooter that should be noted.The page states "Free Shipping to Terminal". That means that the motor scooter will not be shipped to your door so you will still have to go pick it up from the terminal (wherever that might be). There's no mention of assembly so you may have to assemble some parts of this motor scooter yourself before you can ride it. That means, when you get to the terminal, you'll either have unpack it to assemble it, or pack it onto the back of your buddy's pickup. At 396 lbs gross weight, bring your most burly friends and make sure your hernia insurance is paid up!There are lots of things to be aware of when buying a motor scooter. You can learn more at Best Scooters Mileage – Know Before You Buy.Linda

  2. Katie
    Katie says:

    Heads up to anyone who may have found this view a search engine while looking for a reliable electric vehicle – the R Martin EVD is NOT for you.I purchased the EVD from Randall Martin (via his website) last year after reading the sparse reviews out there that seemed mostly positive. From the minute it arrived things went poorly.First, the company he uses (SAIA shipping) to deliver the bikes fails utterly. They could not deliver the bike to our door because they only use semi trucks and our residential street had wires too low. That means they left the bike, wrapped in a box wrapped in a banged up, rusted metal cage, 1 block from our house, in the middle of the street, with only my husband (I was at work) to unpack and move the bike down to the house (which I might mention is at the bottom of a large hill). Oh, and it was mid summer in Florida, so 95+ degrees and humid. The driver happily left him alone to do what is clearly (as stated in the manual, conveniently located INSIDE the giant contraption) a two person job. After several trips up and down the hill to get various tools, my husband was finally able to free the bike from its packaging, but in the process ended up with it falling on him once and almost another time (and they are heavy – almost 400 lb).We charged it that day and come evening tried it out – only to find out it was not capable of even driving up our hill (it literally stopped midway up, on a full battery, and made a dragging sound near the rear brakes.To make a long, aggravating story short, after contacting the dealer on a near daily basis (and then him contracting the manufacturer, in Japan), performing hours of labor ourselves on it (trying to replace the brakes several times, etc. – he wouldn't pay for labor, would only provide replacement parts based on our amateur description of what seemed to be wrong and some videos we emailed) and even eventually taking it to a shop for brake replacement, the thing still does not work as intended (sometimes can make it up the hill, sometimes can not – even on a full charge and on the same day) and Randall Martin eventually ignored my emails until we were forced to contact a lawyer (never had a reason to do that before). He now states it is too far past the time frame for return, but it was he who refused to return my email and never offered to return the bike.Mind you, I was somewhat skeptical of making such a large purchase online, but there were no dealers of fast, fully electric bikes like the EVD in our area. Also, I emailed him twice before making the purchase to ask questions and even specifically asked about shipping and whether he would take the bike back should it have any problems. He assured us that he would try to fix it via parts but if that didn't work, would have it returned (and also stated he had never had a shipping problem). Summary: I truly hope no one has to fall for this money trap like my husband and I did. Find a local dealer if you want an electric vehicle, test drive it well and know the return policy backwards and forwards. And whatever you do, I implore you not to purchase from Randall Martin (at least for his larger vehicles such as the EVD).

  3. Yulicof05
    Yulicof05 says:

    Renewable natural resources are those that, with proper care can be maintained or even increase. The main renewable resources are plants and animals. In turn the plants and animals depend for their livelihood on other renewable resources are the water and soil. Although water is abundant, it is not permanent resource since it is easily contaminated. Once contaminated it is very difficult to restore water purity

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