If you live in Asia and Europe and hear the term ‘electric scooter’, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is cheap, low-cost electric runabouts that lack a soul. and character. While ten years ago this would have been the case, today electric scooters have greatly improved. In fact, some of them even present themselves as lifestyle pieces with charming looks, high-end features and impressive performance.
LVNENG, pronounced “Lu-Neng”, is a brand you may not have heard of before. Unlike some other Chinese manufacturers, LVNENG actually puts strong R&D into its products and partners with well-known companies in the industry. As such, it’s no surprise that the company is expanding its footprint outside of China, particularly into other parts of Asia, as well as Europe. In France, the company offers a total of six models, the latest of which is a retro-styled scooter with some pretty impressive specs.
First of all, its styling surely resembles that of another popular scooter manufacturer, Vespa, however, there is one noticeable difference. That said, it’s clear that the LVNENG S6 wants to capture some of the market that Vespa has occupied, especially those who find the price of the Elettrica a little too high. The S6, on the other hand, is still a premium scooter and isn’t cheap, but it does undercut the price of the electric Vespa by a decent margin at 5,649 euros, or $6,383. What’s even better is that the French can even get bonuses and discounts, which lowers the cost of ownership even further.
The retro styling of the LVNENG S6 is complemented by a host of fancy features that are sure to please the market. For example, it has an all-LED lighting system, a crisp digital instrument module, a USB charging port, and even an immobilizer and keyless start. The finer details, such as the whitewall tires and the stitched brown leatherette saddle, also give it a touch of class.
Beneath the bodywork, the LVNENG S6 packs quite an impressive punch. There is an electric motor mounted on the rear wheel. Coming from Bosch, one of the leading companies in the world of rugged electronics, the S6 produces a peak power of 4kW, meaning it can pretty much handle all sorts of terrain. LVNENG claims that the S6 can confidently climb hills with up to 30% gradient, even with a passenger. Its top speed is pegged at 47 miles per hour, making it ideal for commuting around town. The electric motor is powered by a set of two LG batteries, promising a total range of up to 120 kilometres.