Oxygen Selects Valence Batteries to Power Electric Scooters

September 28, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Valence Technology Inc. (Austin, TX) announced that Oxygen SpA, a provider of advanced light electric and hybrid vehicles, has chosen its Saphion® lithium-ion rechargeable battery systems to power two models of electric scooters. Oxygen will use the U-Charge U1 Power System in its Oxygen E, which is designed to address the need for low-cost transportation in congested urban areas, recreational areas such as beaches or resorts, and restricted communities where gas-powered vehicles are prohibited.

The Oxygen scooters feature advanced technologies, such as brush-less motor, electronic engine control, and regenerative braking to recharge the battery. The Oxygen Cargo Scooter will use either the U-Charge U1 or U24 Power System, depending on customer's needs. The larger scooter offers a comfortable ride and excellent handling, has a cargo box that can be custom designed to store a variety of commodities, and has a range of up to 86 miles. Oxygen vehicles powered by Saphion batteries will be available starting late this year, with volume production beginning in first quarter 2006.

"We selected Valence's U-Charge Power Systems because they offer the range, reliability, and longevity needed for our electric scooters. We also like the fact that they require no maintenance and are environmentally friendly," said Oxygen Co-Founder and Director Raffaello Locatelli. "With these batteries, we can offer our customers clean-running, cost-effective transportation solutions for personal and commercial use."