New Australian company Benzina Zero has launched an electric scooter brand, led by a robust looking adventure scooter crossover model.
Longtime motorcycle and scooter industry stalwarts Joe D’Ercole and Ben Silver have been working a “long four years” developing the product with a Chinese factory.
“We have worked extensively with the factory to produce a product that is very unique and robust for Australian and European conditions,” Joe says.
Their range of five scooters now has European Certification and Australian ADR (Australian Design Regulations) Compliance.
- The Duo crossover model resembles the New Zealand Ubco and has a top speed of 45km/h and 109km of range;
- Duo+ has a 65km/h top speed and 95km of range;
- The lightweight 65kg City has a top speed of 45km/h and 80km of range;
- Sport has an 80km/h top speed and 133km of range; and
- The leaning Cargo three-wheeler delivery vehicle has a roof, reverse gear, 80km of range and a top speed of 70km/h.
All models, expect the Duo+, can be ridden in Australia on learner licences, while the Duo and City can be ridden car licences in Queensland, NT, WA and SA.
Prices and availability are yet to be announced.
All models can be charged via any wall socket or the battery can be easily removed for direct recharging. Charging range from five hours for the Cargo to seven hours for the Duo models.
The two-wheeler scooters are powered by Bosch electric motor technology with LG lithium batteries, while the 206kg Cargo has a Thai Yuma motor and lithium battery.
Benzina Zero also has a range of accessories that include pizza boxes for those who want to use them as delivery vehicles.
“We will be importing and distributing our brand in Australia and Italy,” Joe says.
“Italy was always number two in Europe to Spain but in the last 12 months it has made it to number one in the two-wheel market segment.
“There are many European countries who are now waiting for our shipment to arrive in Italy, estimated January 2022.
“I can confirm that we have 14 countries interested in our brand, so the UK, Philippines and Singapore have now confirmed orders for evaluation samples.
“Our Philippines importer who has looked at our product now wants us to consult for him on other transport projects that he is currently working on as well.”