Vehicles | July 24, 2017 9:00 am

Germany’s Iconic Schwalbe Scooter Is Back From the Dead

Is the electric scooter the vehicle of the future?

The Italians have done it. The Czechs have done it. And now the Germans are doing it: rolling out an electric version of an iconic motorized scooter.

More than five decades after the first German-built Schwalbe motorized scooter was introduced on the east side of the Berlin Wall, the one-time Vespa competitor is back with an electric model boasting a top-of-the-line Bosch electric drive system with a 40-mile range and a top speed of 28 MPH.

Relying on a four-kilowatt electric motor and and a pair of lithium ion battery packs for power, the rebooted e-scooter resembles its predecessor at first glance. But a closer look reveals modern flourishes like a 4.4-inch LCD display, LED lights and 1,200-watt on-board-charger.

E-scooter (7 images)

Dubbed “a bridge between the past, present and future of transportation” and available in — count ’em — 120 different colors, the electrified Schwalbe is silent to the ears and easy on the eyes. With deliveries starting this summer, the base model scooter is priced around $6,300.

To book ein probefahrt (a test drive), send an email here.