DEALER EXPO, Indianapolis, Ind. - Tharo EV (Booth 2607) will start importing E-max electric scooters in March.
The new company is a subsidiary of Tharo Systems, a tech firm founded 30 years ago in Brunswick, Ohio.
E-max was started about a decade ago in Germany. Then another vehicle maker, Vmoto, bought the brand in 2010. Today Vmoto makes the scooters in its Chinese factory while continuing to promote the German technology.
Tharo EV will be distributing three E-max scooter models:
- The 120S powered by a silicone lead-acid battery: dealer price $3,100 plus freight, MSRP $4,250.
- The 120L powered by a lithium battery: dealer price $4,500 plus freight, MSRP $5,750.
- The likewise lithium-powered 120L+: dealer price $6,150 plus freight, MSRP $7,650.
The differences between the two lithium models are the charging time — three to four hours for the 120L versus six to eight hours for the 120L+ — and the range: 25 to 55 miles for the 120L versus 50 to 100 miles for the 120L+, depending on rider weight, road conditions and riding style. The 120L weighs 276 lbs. and can support a maximum load of 465 lbs. The 120L+ weighs 320 lbs. and can support up to 428 lbs.
The 120S has a charging time of three to five hours and a maximum range of 25 to 55 miles.
All the scooters have top speeds of 42 mph, according to the company. All the scooters are available in white, silver, blue, red, yellow, black, and matte black with orange.
To get started, dealers must order at least two scooters. “One must be on their floor, and they must have maintenance capabilities,” says Tom Thatcher, president of Tharo Systems. “We don’t have a specific number of dealers in mind but certainly no more than one per city.
“Currently there are no states in which we are a registered distributor,” Thatcher continues. “Some states have no requirements, but others have a significant number of forms as well as background checks, fingerprints and financial statements. If someone is interested in our products and is willing to meet our requirements, we will see if it is financially viable to do business in that state.”