Gallery: Transportation Tuesday: ZiPee Electric Scooter


Meet the ZiPee, a cute and functional electric scooter and one solution the UK’s pollution problem (ZiPee stands for Zero Input of Pollution from Emissions into the Environment). The ZiPee is a scooter marketed for London commuters, enticing them to trade in their gas guzzling vehicles for their everyday journeys. Hoping to change the outlook of passengers and urging them to make a choice in their commuting habits, the ZiPee is ideal for travel within London and other cities.

Retailing at £799, the electric scooter is capable of 30 miles on a single charge, takes only two hours to charge up and if you run out of power the incorporated pedals can get you home safely. You only have to be 14 to ride one and there are no requirements for road tax, insurance, licence or registration. Even the London Congestion Charge can’t get you!

It’s not just about the scooter though. The ZiPee is also used in local school projects to educate students on the benefits of travelling by electricity, inspiring the next generation of travellers. Changing consumers’ habits is hard, and will take time, but with the help of social entrepreneurs like ZiPee bikes, the next generation of commuters can start with good habits.

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  1. vende March 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

    The battery is charged quickly and easily by plugging it in to a normal 3 pin electric socket. You can take out the battery and charge it wherever you go with a charger supplied – it costs only a few pence for a full recharge and Zipee recommends the use of sustainable energy supplier Good-Energy.

  2. akshaydeep007 November 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I love zipee bikes and suggest them to everyone. You can bike it online too from here

  3. JohnBruce June 25, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Zippe scooters are cleaner and definitely a lot more fun! A Zippe scooter comes with its own style and design. A quick charge will take approx 8 hours. With the cost of petrol what could possibly make more sense than a non polluting, joyful way to get around..!

  4. Will August 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I read a great article about this topic called “Scooter Polluter” found here:

    It laid out a number of the issues like smog pollution vs. gas consumption and that there are non-EPA certified scooters in the US, so watch out!

    In Shanghai, when I was there in January, I was told they had outlawed new scooters and folks could only buy electric bicycles. Too bad they forgot that they have to burn coal to generate that electricity.

  5. Drew January 10, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    In the USA you can buy scooters with similar or better range and a top speed of 30MPH from EVT and Green E Motors.

  6. Pete January 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    In China there are already incredible numbers of these on the roads in some cities, such as Chengdu, where I think they’ve banned mopeds from the city centres. Didn’t get to try one when I was there though, so I don’t know about top speed or other useful details, but judging by the number of shops selling them, they’re pretty popular over there already!

  7. Jennie January 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    These would be great to provide to developing countries, where bicycles have been mostly replaced by scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles.

  8. Richie January 9, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Interesting. Distance travelled per charge, top speed, and will it be available in the USA… are questions that aren’t addressed on the website. If available in the USA and elsewhere… it might be a winner. It’s priced very favorably and only requires a standard 3 prong electric outlet to charge. Battery reliability and Lifecycle info would also be a good things to know ? Side baskets for groceries, etc. would also be a nice option. Zippee !

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