A company looking to narrow the price gap between gas scooters and electric ones is Newton, Iowa-based X-Treme Scooters, which debuted its latest electric scooter at the show. The XM-5000Li will retail for around $6,000, the company said.
The scooter (which the company prefers to call a "moped/motorcycle") reportedly has a maximum speed of 60 mph and a range of up to 90 miles on a single charge. Twenty-one lithium batteries have a claimed life cycle of seven to 10 years. They are located in a low position underneath the driver's seat, lowering the bike's center of gravity. A factory warranty covers the scooter for one year, the batteries for two. X-Treme says the scooter is street-legal in all 50 states, and advises dealers to ask their state or local authorities about energy rebates for customers.
According to its Web site (www.x-tremescooters.com), X-Treme Scooters started selling electric- and gas-powered powersports vehicles in summer 2004. Its parent company, API Inc., has been around since 1998 and also sells American flags, lapel pins and remote controls. X-Treme Scooters now offers several models of scooters, mopeds, ATVs and pocket bikes. It even distributes an electric UTV.
X-Treme requires dealers to order at least 10 vehicles for initial inventory. The company is also willing to drop-ship vehicles to your customers. Dealers who want to pick up units at the company's 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Newton can save from $20 to $100 per vehicle, depending on the unit. X-Treme claimed to stock parts for every vehicle it has ever sold.
X-Treme vehicles are made in southern China. The company claims to employ a quality-control staff of engineers in a Chinese office to ensure that units are made to its specifications, and that each unit is in working order before being shipped. X-Treme tells Dealernews that it does not have product liability insurance, so be sure to carry your own. — Arlo Redwine