(Hi. I've been reading these forums on and off for some time, but finally registered so I could post.)
I find the idea of a hybrid scooter very appealing as it gives the opportunity for all-electric operation for short rides, while having the ICE for longer trips and so as not to get stranded with a dead battery. THe Veken seemed like it might be a good choice, but I'd been having little luck finding much info on it. So... I decided to call them an see what I could learn about their new 2009 models, and here is what I have learned.
The current 50cc model will be upgraded (from 36v 500w) to a 48-volt 800-watt motor capable of up to 30MPH on electric power alone. Top speed (gas or hybrid mode) will be 40MPH
They will also be introducing a 150cc model with 60-volt electrics capable of 65MPH speeds, "suitable for highway use" (their words).
Both models will have regenerative braking.
I was told the website should be updated with the new info soon, possibly this week. The 2009 50CC/48V bikes should be shipping next month. The 150cc/60v bikes are still in testing phase and they hope to have them ready in three months.
I'm debating if I should get one of the new 50cc models or wait for the bigger one to come out. The prospect of a reasonably priced hybrid that can do over 40 is pretty enticing, but OTOH, the fuel economy is likely to be less than the smaller bike's 200+MPG. Plus, I dunno about the bigger one (details still a bit sketchy) but the small one has an on-board AC mains charger, so if you have where to plug it in and only take short trips, it has the advantage of being able to be used exclusively in electric mode, with the ICE there just for "emergency" use if you run the battery down or the occasional long ride.