Science & Innovation
the "schwalbe" conquers the scooter market
The "Schwalbe" returns to the roads of Germany. It used to be THE cult motorcycle of the former German Democratic Republic, and is now back to take on the German scooter market. The newly established efw-Suhl GmbH awarded XTRONIC GmbH, in Magstadt near Stuttgart, the contract to develop the e-Schwalbe. The company can look back on many years of experience and expertise in the automobile sector for this project. The project was initiated by the utility company ENTEGA. Since 2009, it has conducted expensive tests with respect to the everyday use of electric scooters. The results from these tests have been used for the design of the e-Schwalbe. This completely new vehicle is produced in Suhl, the historic production site of the "Schwalbe" in Thuringia. Its production in Germany guarantees high quality as the e-Schwalbe is being produced in compliance with the strict standards of the automobile industry.The e-Schwalbe combines the classic "Schwalbe" design and a powerful electric drive concept. There will be three versions available: 25 km/h, 45 km/h and 80 km/h. Depending on the vehicle class and required range, different battery configuration options are available, reaching distances of up to 200 kilometres.Strict environmental compatibility and sustainability are not only priorities in production processes, but also with regard to green energy.