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We want to thank all of the family, friends and clients that make Electric Scooter City possible. Without each and every one of you there would be no store, no drive towards a sustainable Raleigh and no electric vehicles whipping around Hillsborough Street and beyond!

Thanks for all your continued support and we hope to see you in the store soon. In the meantime, a little Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for your viewing pleasure :)

NC PEV Taskforce_EScooter City

As anyone that reads the Electric Scooter City blog knows – we love to support local events that focus around green living in the Triangle, and specifically Raleigh, area.

With that being said, next Thursday, October 27 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh from 10AM – 4PM you should be a part of North Carolina’s transportation revolution! The NC PEV (plug in electric vehicle) Taskforce is inviting those interested to an official kickoff meeting for our NC’s initiative to plan and prepare for the success of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in North Carolina.

Attendees will:
· Learn all about PEVs
· Explore the Future of PEVs in NC
· Help create North Carolina’s Roadmap for state-wide adoption of PEVs
· Discuss barriers and opportunities for success with PEVs

Obviously we are extremely excited about this! :)

The symposium is free, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

What is the PEV Taskforce?

Were glad you asked. As more and more communities across the United States make the move toward electrified transportation, there is an increasing need for business, government and community leaders to get involved and serve as champions for this movement. The NC PEV Taskforce was established to:

· Identify and address barriers to plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption
· Involve existing & potential industry partners
· Recruit new industry
· Prepare N.C. to take advantage of future funding opportunities related to PEVs; and
· Create a PEV roadmap for N.C. to document Taskforce progress and recommend policy options

The primary goals of this N.C. PEV Taskforce are to increase the adoption of PEVs and create green jobs as plug in vechicles become more available in North Carolina.

So come out, support the event, and support your PEV distributors like EScooter City!

We always make sure to read the great NC State student newspaper – the Technician – in order to keep up with what is going on all around us on the campus. The issue that came out on October 4, 2010 had an article we personally found interesting and applicable specifically to what we do here at Electric Scooter City.

The article, Bus commuters near Centennial dissatisfied, informed us that “Engineering students residing in apartments around Centennial have limited transportation options.”

Obviously this came as somewhat of a surprise to us since we see the Wolfline cruising around campus every day.

The main point the article makes is this:

A majority of the graduate students in the area study engineering, and almost all of the engineering departments are in the Centennial Campus engineering buildings. Those who live in Champions Court, Avery Close, Ivy Commons, Parkwood, Colonial Arms, or Gorman crossings must walk to get to their classes.

Students usually take Wolfline No.1 or Wolfline No. 9 to get off at Varsity drive stop, wait for the connecting buses like Wolfline Number 8, 3 or 3A, and walk to Centennial. The average travel time is about 25 minutes by foot, and more often than not, the wait-time for connecting buses makes the travel time increase.

Bottom line is that these students need more convenient options to get to class on time and they simply don’t have them at this time. (Read the full article HERE)

Consider Taking an Electric Scooter to Class

While we understand that students are low on funds and take the Wolfline or walk because of that fact, there are options at E. Scooter City you may not have known about.

A scooter can be purchased, sure. They can even be had at prices as low as $299 for models that can reach 15 miles per hour and be charge in no time at all.

What is also available to NC State students that is less known however, are scooters for rent.

Scooters can be rented for $25 per day and sometimes at discounted rates for longer periods of time. Come in and talk with Rich – he’ll sort you out. :)

Bottom line is this – while the Wolfline figures out it’s troubles – come see us and we’ll help you find a cheap ride that also is environmentally friendly.

Interbike 2011 International Bicycle Expo_EScooter City

We’re sorry the E.Scooter City store is closed this week, but it’s only because Rich is out in beautiful Las Vegas attending the 2011 Interbike International Bicycle Expo!

The show runs Wednesday-Friday and features some of the greatest companies and brands from around the globe.

According to www.interbike.com the show will “Bring 1,000+ brands and 12,000+ buyers from around the world to Las Vegas and you have Interbike – the ultimate blend of industry leaders and innovative products in the bicycle industry. The annual gathering kicks off each September with two days of the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV – a world renowned outdoor cycling venue – and continues for three packed days of exhibits, product launches, insightful seminars, meetings and celebrations at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas.”

Rich hopes to bring home a ton of new knowledge, products and more!

See you all on Hillsborough Street!

 

After our Perfect Scooter Market Research, the majority of surveyors were found to be students around NC State campus in Raleigh. What were their main priorities in finding a green vehicle? Speed and Price. Let’s see how we can meet their needs.

Students

We Recommend: $349 eZip500

Can you say “Go Green” with this snack-size scooter? It’s electric green exterior and compact style make it both gentle on the eyes and convenient for the crowded bike lanes on campus. Its 500 watt DC motor lasts for 6-8 miles, which is plenty of charge for the quick commutes between classes and the trek to and from home. And best of all, your eZip quietly buzzes along at 15 mph; that’s faster than riding your bike and leaves out the dreaded sweaty mess you’re inevitable to become on your tiresome ride.

Commuters

We Recommend: $1299 Trekking Enlightened

Our second largest sample group were the working professionals around downtown Raleigh. 100% of this tested demographic owns a Car, SUV, or Truck. Yet, half of the sample group said Gas Savings was most important to them in their mode of vehicle. Let’s see if we can’t convert them to Electric Transportation with our well-equipped Bikes.

We understand why the Working Professional demographic utilizes high-powered vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs. Often, commuters have a long morning drive to the office and need to take the highway at high speeds. Or maybe it’s the need for storage space for a briefcase or gym bag.

Whichever it is, we get it. We also get that there are days when you wake up early and have a beautiful day ahead of you that you’d like to enjoy. Maybe that’s the day you pack your briefcase to the rear rack of your new Electric Bicycle, and enjoy a refreshing cruise to work; relishing the breeze on your face, and allowing the NiMh high powered battery to do all the work as you speed past traffic jams at 18mph and grumpy commuters into the office.

When your day is done, and perhaps you’ve exhausted your 30 mile battery charge, roll up your sleeves, and get your workout in for the day by biking home on this Hybrid model. When you finally end your day in the comfort of your favorite chair and think back on your experience, you can smile because you enjoyed fresh air, released no harmful emissions into the atmosphere, and treated yourself to a strong workout. Now’s the time to congratulate yourself. We sure do!