How many times do you smile on the way to work? Everyday would be the answer if you rode the just released GenZe 2.0 all electric scooter. It is zero emissions fun.
The GenZe 2.0 is designed to be a solution to urban pollution and grid lock. From Atlanta to Beijing, the world’s cities have hit the wall in terms of cramming more fossil fueled vehicles into a city. Sitting in traffic blowing out fumes is now a high and unnecessary urban cost measured by lost human productivity and health impacts. The growing numbers of electric vehicles like the GenZe 2.0 offer cost effective, and fun, solutions.
Made in America for Americans
I test drove the GenZe 2.0 at ScooterWest to gauge if Americans are really ready for electric scooters. One thing this vehicle has going for it is that it is manufactured in Michigan. The design is rock solid built around a cast aluminum frame. The GenZe 2.0 has really large suspension springs and substantial tires. It’s not a Harley or a full size pick up but there is nothing wimpy about this machine’s design and construction.
The GenZe 2.0 also addresses the American need to haul a lot of stuff. The GenZe 2.0’s best in class 75 pound payload storage bay was what drew me to test drive it. A backpack loaded with computer gear easy fits inside the storage area located behind the seat. Or you can load two carry bags of groceries. The GenZe 2.0 is the pick up truck of scooters.
Cool with a purpose
Cool with a purpose defines the millennial generation. It also defines what sells in terms of green products. The GenZe 2.0 is definitely cool with a purpose.
Just starting it is cool. The scooter is operated through a touch screen pad on the handle bar. You punch in a personal code to access the scooter just like you would your smartphone. The display provides a digital dashboard. It also provides a digital owners manual. Of course there is an app to access the scooter remotely. Everything you need to know about, or do, with this scooter is digitally accessed.
The GenZe 2.0’s obvious purpose is to provide low cost, zero emissions transportation. This scooter costs less than $3,000 or one tenth of the average retail price for a car. Because it is electric it has almost zero maintenance. It costs about 17 cents using California’s high electricity rates for a 30 mile trip. Insurance is only a couple of hundred dollars a year. The GenZe 2.0 is a zero emission, cost effective solution for urban trips.
Electric fueling is plug and play easy
Let’s face it, fueling an electric car can be a pain. Finding a recharging station often ranges from an inconvenient to a challenge. Recharging often takes more time than we Americans want to spend.
I love the GenZe 2.0’s solution. The battery pack can be easily unlocked from the frame. It is the size and weight of a heavy brief case. Recharging it is as simple as carrying it to a standard 110 volt outlet. It only takes about an hour and a half to fully recharge. I can image those who use the GenZe 2.0 for daily commuting will just walk their battery inside their work location and then plug it into an electrical outlet. When the work day is over they will carry the battery back to the scooter, insert the fully charged battery, and take off.
The GenZe 2.0′s obvious limitation is the idea of riding a scooter. We like our vehicles large and enclosed. We like them fast. And we like a driving range that is longer than our bladders can last after drinking a Big Gulp. So our inherent biases will be the biggest limitation to GenZe 2.0 sales.
That’s too bad because this is a really fun way to get around town. I had a blast riding it around San Diego. I felt safe. The GenZe 2.0 is a very stable platform. The ride is comfortable. Even riding it on San Diego’s infamous pot holed streets was not uncomfortable. There is no gear shifting. Just turn the throttle and smile. This clumsy old economist never felt like I was going to fall off. I am probably safer riding the GenZe 2.0 than my mountain bike.
The GenZe 2.0 does have significant negatives. It does not protect the driver from inclement weather. Plus it only has a 30 mile battery range. 30 miles per hour is the top speed. The GenZe 2.0 is perfect for short urban commutes on nice days. For a town like San Diego the GenZe 2.0 is a breakthrough in urban transportation. If you live in Detroit it will be a fun way to do urban trips for about half the year.
GenZe 2.0 and Smart Cities
Cities across the nation and around the world are “defaulting to green” to achieve cleaner air and gain competitive efficiencies. The push toward smart cities is based on integrating renewable energy, AI and IoT technologies to accelerate economic growth while reducing environmental impacts on human health.
The GenZe 2.0 is part of this smart city tech revolution. Its zero emissions obviously align with smart city goals. So does its ability to move people with a lower space footprint. It is an enabling technology that will fit inside community scale techno-systems that move people efficiently and cleanly. The fact that those who use the GenZe 2.0 will be smiling and having fun is the definition of cool with a purpose.
About the author
Bill Roth is the author of The Boomer Generation Diet, now on sale at Amazon! Here’s what Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief of Triple Pundit says about the book: ”Written in Bill Roth’s lovable, relatable tone. The Boomer Generation Diet is a must-read for any Boomer who is looking to jumpstart their health and have fun at the same time. I hope my parents read it!” Follow Bill on Twitter and Facebook.