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Oxygen Orders Valence Li-ion Batteries to Power a Fleet of Electric Scooters

6 July 2006

Oxyscoot
An Oxygen cargo scooter.

Oxygen S.p.A., an Italian provider of electric transporters, has placed orders for Valence’s new U-Charge XP lithium-ion battery systems which will power a new line of electric scooters designed for delivery fleets across Europe.

Oxygen will use the U-Charge XP Power System in its cargo scooters, which are designed to address the need for low-cost, efficient transportation in congested urban areas where quiet, pollution-free, low-maintenance vehicles have gained preference.

Oxygen’s initial fleet deployment will start this summer with a major European Postal Service.

The Oxygen electric scooters feature advanced technologies, such as brushless motor, electronic engine control and regenerative braking to recharge the battery. The new scooters will offer a cargo box that can be custom designed to store a variety of commodities, such as parcels, and a range of up to 85 miles (137 km).

The U-Charge XP Power Systems are capable of peak power rates of 500 to 1,700 continuous watts, depending on the model, and are packaged in standard lead-acid sizes and operate at standard lead-acid voltage ranges.

The UEV model is a unique size that has a taller profile for tighter footprint compartments and an 18-volt nominal rating. Each model includes integrated battery monitoring electronics and a communications port to access battery data. As many as 30 of these battery systems can be connected in series for very high voltage applications such as pure electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, marine applications, and power back-up applications.

Current models of the Oxygen scooters use Ni-Zn battery technology and offer ranges of 47 - 62 miles (75 - 100 km).

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I hope they made sure the vehicle still produces a little bit of noise. Scooter drivers often weave through traffic, where pedestrians cannot always see them. They are used to noticing scooters by their two-stroke clatter, which (mercifully) will be absent here.

Some US Postal routes done via 4x4 in cities could also benefit, most of the time.

Rafael makes a good point, though my feeling is that an aftermarket noisemaker (or even a factory option) is probably the way to go. Why ruin a perfectly good design with inherent noise? Innovative uses for a small, quiet, ZEV vehicle could be lost. I could see these things doing niche work in large complexes such as factories, warehouses, airports, etc. (perhaps after being outfitted with a speed governor), and if they pass through noise sensitive locations, quite is of the essence. If, on the other hand, you want to drive one through a crowded city like a weaving maniac, then should you consider getting a cow bell or something.

My main gripe about motorcycles and scooters are that in time when telematics, sensors, and the vehicle network all tie in to create "intelligent" vehicles able to relieve much of the accidents which happen you won't be able to do the same with two wheeled vehicles. They can tell other vehicles where they are but I would not want any type of accident mitigation system slamming the brakes on my motorcycle while I'm cruising around...I'd be just as likely to get hurt in that case. Then again, the VAST majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the driver in the cage not paying attention to their surroundings and hitting the motorcyclist (and a few reckless folks who like to perform stunts on their motorcycles).

I fail to see how the noise issue is any different than for guys with fast bicycles. A good cyclist can do 25+ miles an hour almost entirely silently. I don't hear about them putting noisemakers on their bikes to warn pedestrians, so perhaps it's a non-issue.

Will valence ever be profitable? And why don't they tell us how many or how much oxygen is paying. A fleet could be 10 or 10,000 scooters.

Perhaps Rafael and the others can use cloths pins and playing cards in the spokes to get the "noise" of an engine so they'll feel safe.

For the most part, cyclists don't go 25 mph down busy city streets. They also don't weigh as much as a fully loaded delivery scooter. They also don't wear helmets as cumbersome and view-restricting as those worn by motor scooter riders. I say this because I sometimes ride my bike to work, and I don't go very fast, and neither to most of the other cyclists I see out there. And we definitely don't weigh the 500+ lbs. that a fully loaded scooter would weigh (200 lbs. for the rider, 200 lbs. for the scooter, 100 lbs. for the cargo).

Moreoever, most city cyclists actually do have some form of noisemaker -- usually a small bell, operated by a little thumb lever, which they are incessantly ringing in order to catch the attention of pedestrians. Some people have little mechanical horns. In cities with a large number of bikes, one would find plenty outfitted with such noisemakers. In the USA, where most bikes are used recreationally on sparsely populated roads or separate trails, someone on a bike is as likely to want to enjoy the silence as listen to an endless tinkling bell, and will have very little use for a noisemaker.

Delivery scooters are faster and heavier, and therefore more dangerous to pedestrians. Their riders have a more limited view of the road and ability to respond to a sudden obstacle. This safety point may be a small detail in the grand scheme, but it's important to think through all the angles when moving forward with new technologies. The last thing we want are needless injuries, or negative publicity along the lines of "EVs are bad because they killed my husband/wife/mother/daughter. He never even saw it coming!"

I like the idea of clothspins and playing cards in the spokes. It reminds me of childhood. But I don't know if the wheel hubs of the scooter will accomodate them.

I Ride a sooter to work 4 days a week. I have a noise make and am very liberal with it. It's a horn. I would be very interested in somthing like this. Up to this point the major draw back in electric scooters for me has been there top speed. I have 2 sections I drive that the average speed is 50 Mph.

Jim-

You forget the pop can wedged behind the front forks.

Do you think we could convice people this is the way to go if these scooters made an appearance on Orange County Choppers?

JRod.

i believe the Oxygens ( or Lepton as in US i think ) have electronically limited speed in EU under 55kph i think, to keep it in the same regulation class as 49cc mopeds. By some reports on visforvoltage.com forums some people have managed to "derestrict" it for about 70kph. Valence version could probably be quicker.
BTW, you can probably get them pretty soon in US from texaserider.com, previous generation is on sale there.

Just the thing for the carfree cities of the future. I wish.

If everybody could just obey the laws of the road (heck, if they even knew the laws) then there would be little to worry about with how quiet an electric scooter is.

Yes - let's add more noise to our lives. Brilliant idea.

I myself am terribly concerned over menacing electric scooters. They are the biggest threat to human life.

The only reason you can't hear bicycles and electric scooters is because of the background noise of regular scooters, cars, buses, etc.

I'm sure a not-too-loud horn could be developed to politely attract attention from non-attentive (is that a word?) pedestrians, perhaps using their Ipods too loud.

All irony aside, it is a relevant issue, but one that's very easy to solve IMHO.

I would like a noise maker that sounds like a cat purring. That would be a purely positive addition to the bike.

Noise making is NOT the most important...
Fuel Savings & the Distance they go...
This is the CLEAN FUTURE.
Valence Tecnology makes the Lithium Batters
Ticker Symbol: VLNC
Good to look into...

I own 6 oxygen scooters and rent them out to site see the island and they really are great.

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