Please use the following link to re-watch the program online : The Gadget Show 29th November
This video is approx 40 minutes long. If you want to go straight to the i-Scoot piece, go to part 4 approximately 32 minutes into the video.
First broadcast on Channel 5 at 20:00, 29th Nov 2010 - available until 20:58 29th Nov 2011.
The 16th Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place this week and next in Cancun, Mexico. On Tuesday 30th Nov Ian Redmond OBE, the chairman of the Ape Alliance, a coalition of 80 organisations concerned with apes and their habitat, will present a letter to the government at 10 Downing Street highlighting the interdependence between diverse forest ecosystems, which provide livelihoods for millions of people and sustainable biodiversity.
Ian and some volunteers wearing Gorilla and Orang-utan outfits will be travelling to Downing Street and later that morning to the House of Lords on i-Scoot Maxx demonstrating that environmentally friendly, sustainable personal transportation solutions are suitable for primates and humans alike. Have fun and get more smileage with i-Scoot!
The i-Scoot Maxx is currently recording for the Gadget show – ‘Urban Challenge - Monopoly’.
The European Future Energy Forum takes place from the 19th-21st October at the ExCeL Exhibiting Centre in London. Come and visit us; i-Scoot will feature ‘Maxx’ and ‘Minii’ in the Eco Transport Showcase during the event.
Since the beginning of October i-Scoot ‘Maxx’ and ‘Minii’ including the full range of accessories and spares are available at ViTA / Electric Zero Ltd, 6 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 6TE.
Alan and his team will also offer service and maintenance as well as advice and tips on how to get the best out of your scooter.
From hybrids to hydrogen, from fuel cells to 100% electric vehicles all was there to see on The Mall on a sunny day in September. The future of motoring is going to be cleaner and green(er). ‘Clean’ vehicles ranging from super cars to super scooters and bikes, from ‘clean’ research concept racer to electric production vehicles were on display at the eco-car spectacular.
The Eco Car Spectacular was part of ‘START’, a Prince of Wales initiative which aims to make green issues and sustainability fun and inspirational. For the public there were plenty of options to choose from. The event certainly dispelled some of the outdated images of EV’s: they can be sexy, they can be very fast and they all have one thing in common: they are fun to ride or drive!
Our electric scooters are specifically designed for inner-city cursing. In central London, car traffic speed is 7-10mph, the i-Scoot ‘Maxx’ can comfortably travel twice as fast. Although designed for inner-city cruising, we wanted to demonstrate that if you really wanted, you could move between cities as well, for example we took ‘Maxx’ to Brighton.
Two weeks ago we took part in the Eco-Rally from Brighton to London (see news item below). To start with, we scooted from Finchley to Victoria the night before, took the train to Brighton and rode to our final destination in Hove, where we had a good night sleep and recharged our battery. On the day of the Eco-Rally we cruised from Hove to the start line at the Brighton seafront, from there up the hill to the station in Brighton (no pedals – no sweat), took the train to Victoria, cruised from Victoria to the pit stop at Westminster Plaza Hotel and after lunch to the finishing line at Hyde Park. We were first to arrive at the pit stop, some 40 minutes before the eco convoy. So in terms of speed our scooters can save you time in inner-city traffic as well as on hybrid journeys like our scoot–train–scoot from Brighton to London.
This cost us £7.50 for a single train ticket and less than 7 pence for all the door-to-door inner-city scooting. The cost of our journey was still more than Roger Saul or Kevin McCloud spent in their electric TH!NK cars (estimated at £1.19). But then you can’t buy a TH!NK car in the UK until at least March 2011, and when you do, rumours are, that the price will be approximately £22,000 (including a £5,000 UK government subsidy announced on 28th July 2010). Compare that to our scooters which retail at £1,795 (on the road price) and are available now. We’re happy to deliver just one or two, or one or two-hundred by next week.
The BBC’s flagship technology programme ‘Click’ produced a nice little video summary of the Bridgestone Eco-Rally ..
Telegraph.co.uk had a write up of the ralley in an article here
The UK launch of i-Scoot's Maxx Scooter saw it take part in the Brighton to London Bridgestone Eco-Rally.
At the Eco-Rally 2010 i-Scoot launched two electric scooters, together with a full range of spares and accessories, which are manufactured by Tante Paula in Hamburg, Germany.
i-Scoot challenged the Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe to a race - who can make it to the Bridgestone Eco-Rally pit-stop first? The CR-Z will lead the green convoy of eco-friendly vehicles - which also included a Ginetta G50 EV supercar driven by racing driver Rick Parfitt Jr and the Tesla - on the motorways and A roads from Brighton to London.
The i-Scoot rider made a different kind of hybrid journey: scoot-train-scoot, aiming to reach the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel and sit down to his lunch before the convoy arrives. A second scooter, the Minii joined the mods v rockers electric bike ride from the legendary Ace Café in North London.
Eddie Irvine, the ex-Formula 1 driver, was drafted in to wave the chequered flag at the START in Brighton. Before he did, Eddie had a quick test drive on Maxx and once he found the ‘Turbo’ switch he was happy with the performance. Even he didn’t think that he was test driving the winner of the rally.
Remember the tortoise and hare? ... and the winner of the ralley was ... the Maxx electric scooter which arrived first at the finish – some 40 minutes ahead of the eco-friendly convoy of vehicles.
Visit the Eco-Ralley website to get more information and pictures.