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Be.e bio-based e-scooter finally ready to roll

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Van.Eko is now taking pre-orders for its colorful Be.e electric scooter
Van.Eko is now taking pre-orders for its colorful Be.e electric scooter
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The Be.e electric scooter is being made available in seven colors
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The Be.e electric scooter is being made available in seven colors
The Be.e's 4 kW electric hub motor produces 110 Nm of torque and offers a top speed of 55 km/h, though Van.Eko has limited the latter to two lower options
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The Be.e's 4 kW electric hub motor produces 110 Nm of torque and offers a top speed of 55 km/h, though Van.Eko has limited the latter to two lower options
The headlight of the Be.e can be optioned in different colors
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The headlight of the Be.e can be optioned in different colors
The Be.e's monocoque body is made from a bio-based composite
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The Be.e's monocoque body is made from a bio-based composite
All-electric range is reported to be over 100 km for the 25 km/h version of the Be.e, and up to 80 km for the 45 km/h flavor
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All-electric range is reported to be over 100 km for the 25 km/h version of the Be.e, and up to 80 km for the 45 km/h flavor
The Be.e's monocoque body is molded using a bio-composite made mostly from hemp
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The Be.e's monocoque body is molded using a bio-composite made mostly from hemp
The first 50 Be.e electric scooters are expected to be delivered to early adopter by the end of 2018
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The first 50 Be.e electric scooters are expected to be delivered to early adopter by the end of 2018
The bio-based body and headlight of the Be.e can be optioned in different colors
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The bio-based body and headlight of the Be.e can be optioned in different colors
The Be.e's 4 kW electric hub motor produces 110 Nm of torque and offers a top speed of 55 km/h, though Van.Eko has limited the latter to two lower options
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The Be.e's 4 kW electric hub motor produces 110 Nm of torque and offers a top speed of 55 km/h, though Van.Eko has limited the latter to two lower options
The Be.e electric scooter is being made available in seven colors
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The Be.e electric scooter is being made available in seven colors
The Be.e's saddle can be had in lots of color options to mix up the overall aesthetic
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The Be.e's saddle can be had in lots of color options to mix up the overall aesthetic
Van.Eko is now taking pre-orders for its colorful Be.e electric scooter
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Van.Eko is now taking pre-orders for its colorful Be.e electric scooter
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Amsterdam-based startup Van.Eko has been developing its funky electric scooter for what seems like an age, last registering on our radar in 2014. Now the Be.e is going up for pre-order, with deliveries to a limited number of buyers scheduled to take place before the end of 2018.

Arguably the most interesting feature of Van.Eko's e-scooter is the monocoque body that serves as both the outer skin of the Be.e and its supporting structure. It's molded using a bio-based composite made mostly from hemp, clocking up plus points for sustainable design.

The 4 kW electric hub motor on the rear 13-inch wheel (the front wheel is slightly smaller at 12 inches) produces 110 Nm of torque and offers a top speed of 55 km/h (34 mph), but Van.Eko has limited this to two lower options.

The Be.e's monocoque body is molded using a bio-composite made mostly from hemp
The Be.e's monocoque body is molded using a bio-composite made mostly from hemp

The scooter's 2.5 kWh Li-ion battery is reckoned to be good for over 100 km (62 miles) per charge for the 25 km/h top speed version, or up 80 km for the 45 km/h flavor. A built-in charger will get the rider to full capacity in under 4 hours.

The Be.e is reported to tip the scales at just 100 kg (220 lb), including the battery, and is being offered in a choice of seven colors, with even more opportunity for mixing up colors for the saddle and headlight.

Van.Eko is currently taking pre-orders until May 1. Both the 25 km/h model and the 45 km/h version come in at €6,900 each (about US$8,500), with the first 50 e-scooters heading out for delivery to early adopters by the end of 2018. You can see a prototype being taken for a spin around Amsterdam in the video below.

Source: Van.Eko

Copy of Be e Town trip

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With a maximum of 34mph the windscreen is superfluous
over_there
That's terrible. Budget ebike performance for the price of a small car.
bwana4swahili
Cute but expensive! But that is pretty standard for anything even bordering on "green".