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Sevcon has been chosen to supply technology for a new zero-emission electric scooter.

The UK-based company is providing compact, high-power controllers for Peugeot’s e-Vivacity scooter, which is 100 per cent electric and designed for urban use.

Peugeot’s scooter, which will launch in spring 2011, is powered by two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and has a range of 60km at a constant speed of 45kmh.

The scooter will incorporate Sevcon’s Gen 4 size 2 motor controllers, which will be used to channel energy from the 2 kWh battery system.

The recently launched Gen 4 series controllers are designed to control both AC Asynchronous and Permanent Magnet Synchronous motors.

Ultra compact, the Gen 4 controllers being used by Peugeot feature the latest in electronic motor control technology and are the smallest in the industry relative to power delivery, according to the company.

They are designed for off and on-road use – making them suitable for city-centre bikes such as the e-Vivacity – and can be integrated into very tight engine compartments and body spaces without sacrificing performance.

Peugeot’s new scooter is said to be simple to use and recharge with an extendable cable that plugs into a standard 220V socket and takes five hours to fully recharge.

The bike’s digital dashboard enables users to manage the charge level with precision.

Size 2 Gen4 controllers are available in the form of three individual new products with ratings of 275A at 36-48V; 300A at 24V and 180A at 72-96V.

The new controllers are fully CANopen compliant, enabling simple and flexible software integration with vehicle-drive and control-system components through a series of input and output connections.

This ability also allows full integration with vehicle diagnostics and dashboard displays of speed, battery status and other scooter controls.

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