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  1. Swifty Releases First and Only UK Road-Legal E-Scooter

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    Swifty Scooters, a leading British scooter manufacturer, is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking product that marks a significant milestone in British transportation history. Introducing the Swifty GO GT500, a revolutionary e-scooter that has received official approval for road use in the UK, setting a new standard in urban mobility.

    Unlike traditional e-scooters, the Swifty GO GT500 has achieved certification as a Stand-On Moped within the L1e category by the DVSA, underscoring its compliance with stringent safety and regulatory standards. This distinction positions the Swifty GO GT500 as a pioneering force in the e-scooter industry, demonstrating a commitment to both innovation and safety.

    With transport being the largest contributor to harmful emissions, and two-thirds of car journeys being less than 5 miles long, Swifty’s vehicles offer a clean, accessible and fun solution for urban and suburban travel.

    “If we’re going to convince people to swap car journeys for micromobility, vehicles need to be safe to ride, have cargo capacity, safe battery technology and be able to be easily serviced and repaired. The GT500 is easy to ride and extremely low-cost to run. It delivers on all points.” Co-founder Camilla Iftakhar

    Leading the way in battery safety

    The Swifty GO is the only e-scooter to be powered by Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) a technology that recently won the company ‘Best Start-Up 2023’ at the influential Micromobility Industries Summit in the USA. LFP, the battery chemistry also used by Tesla, not only contains no harmful heavy metals like Nickel and Cobalt, but importantly, LFP is not prone to thermal runaway, making the Swifty GO battery one of the safest on the market.

    The 15Ah LFP battery powers a 500W motor, can be fast-charged, and provides 25 miles of range. This makes the Swifty GO GT500 probably the cheapest mode of transport at only £0.006 per mile.

    “The introduction of the SwiftyGO GT500 signifies a pivotal moment in British transportation history. We take great pride in being the first company to manufacture a road-legal e-scooter in the UK. We are confident that this milestone of innovation will influence the future of sustainable transportation, both in the UK and beyond.” Co-founder Jason Iftakhar

    What’s the current legal status of e-scooters in the UK?

    Privately owned e-scooters are not legal to ride on UK roads. The GT500 is the first and only Stand-On Moped available in the UK (L1e category) and is available to pre-order now for summer delivery.

    Swifty GO GT500, price and key features 

    ●      RRP £3499

    ●      Max Speed: 24 mph / 38kph

    ●      Range: 25 miles / 40 km per charge

    ●      Motor: 500W rear hub motor

    ●      Battery: 36V LFP battery, 15Ah, 540Wh

    ●      Throttle: Grip twist

    ●      Fast charge

    ●      Weight including battery: 34kg

    ●      Max Load: 120kgs

    ●      Pannier racks included

    ●      Adjustable and foldable handlebars

    ●      Dual suspension

    ●      Wheel size: 16” (305mm) x 2.125” pneumatic tyres

    ●      Running costs: £0.006 per mile (16p per charge)

    Customers will need a CBT or motorcycle licence, motor insurance and a motorcycle helmet to ride the Swifty GO GT500 legally on UK roads.

    About Swifty Scooters

    Swifty is a leading British scooter manufacturer and has built a legacy of innovation in the adult scooter market since 2010. Swifty is on a mission to provide clean, inclusive and joyful vehicles which have an immediate impact on reducing road transport emissions. Founded by design entrepreneurs Camilla and Jason Iftakhar, Swifty Scooters export their products to 56 countries. The Swifty GO series is manufactured in the UK. 

    The Swifty GO project received grant funding from the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), via the Advanced Propulsion Centre, supported by Innovate UK, facilitated by the Niche Vehicle Network.

    Motor Insurance  

    Details of the insurance offering with our chosen partner, eavi.uk are being finalised. They are a specialist provider of electric vehicle and micro mobility insurance. We’re told to expect premiums that will be in a similar pricing bracket to an annual e-moped policy.

    Voltse Mobility Limited

    Swifty Scooters worked in collaboration with micro mobility engineering consultancy Voltse Mobility Limited (VML) to bring the GO GT500 to market as UK’s first road-legal privately owned e-scooter. Through intensive research VML developed detailed knowledge of the build specifications required for e-scooters to achieve DVSA certification.

    Swifty Live Keynote will be broadcast on Thursday 28th March 7pm GMT via Youtube, for a a live Q and A. SwiftyScooters YouTube Link

  2. Swifty co-founder reflects on the status of UK law for electric scooters

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    Camilla Iftakhar, the co-founder of LEVA-EU member Swifty Scooters, examines the road-legal status of electric scooters under UK law

    In short, there are paradoxes around the status of privately-owned electric scooters in the UK. Camilla Iftakhar points out that it is “legal to buy an electric scooter, it’s legal to sell an electric scooter, but it’s not yet legal to ride an electric scooter on the road (unless it is a rented one covered by e-scooter trials).”  The law also allows the use of electric scooters on privately-owned land.

    Camilla points out that electric scooters are currently classed as a ‘motor vehicle’ but are commonly designed to align with cycles. Motor vehicles require a number plate, tax, MOT, insurance and a driving license, under UK law.

    With numerous changes to personnel at the top level of UK politics in the last few years, it seems that a promising Future Transport Bill which was announced in the 2022 Queen’s Speech has fallen by the wayside. This bill had been set to create a new vehicle class for electric scooters. However in the King’s Speech the following year, the Future Transport Bill was replaced by the Automated Vehicle Bill, leaving electric scooters falling into the gap.

    Camilla points out that light electric vehicles, including electric scooters, have great potential in the fight for emissions reduction. Research results published in the 2022 LEV Climate Study reveal that a shift to LEVs for short trips, from ICE cars and EVs, results in a substantial potential emissions reduction of 44%.

    Camilla has noticed other items which may result in changes to the way electric scooters are legally viewed. These include a proposal that they are viewed as “cycles” in the Road Traffic Offenses (Cycling) Bill, and a consultation, Smarter regulation: proposed changes to legislation for electrically assisted pedal cycles, which proposes that EAPCs (e-bikes) could have an increased motor power limit, from 250W to 500W. As most electric scooters have a 350W or 500W motor, Camilla speculates that this could be in preparation for e-scooter rules, however it is not clear whether that is part of the consideration behind the consultation.

    Camilla concludes on an optimistic note: “Let’s hope that the new government have the foresight to include these clean, inclusive, equitable and joyful vehicles in their manifesto!”

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