I've spent some time researching the various electric scooters available in the US and the UK. I'm considering one for an UK, urban commute of 12 miles (plus detours/errands) each way in up to 45 mph traffic. This would be my first experience on 2 wheels. Ideally I'd like to get a 45 mph capable scooter, that I could buy restricted as the 50-cc classification, and then get derestricted once I had the necessary qualifications. It doesn't look like such a model exists though.
There seem to be a few OEM models that are resold under various names, In particular I'm thinking of the scooter badged by X-Treme Scooters as the XM3500Li: http://www.x-tremescooters.com/electric_mopeds/xm-3500li/xm-3500li.html
Visually, it appears to be the same model as the following scooters (and possibly others):
Elecscoot 4 http://www.elecscoot.co.uk/acatalog/index.html
Marin-EV ELI-4000 http://www.marin-ev.com/motorcycles/ELI-4000
Do these scooters come from the same source (Mountain Chen)? Are they likely the same base model?
If they are from the same source, how much do importers typically modify/upgrade the scooter? The Elecscoot is advertised as having a BMS, but I understand from reading the forum the XM-3500 does not.
Many thanks, Alex