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Benzina Zero’s classic European-style sit-down moped scooters are designed for work and play and have already attracted international interest with 20 countries set to sell the high-quality, road-registered scooters.
The robust scooters charge via a normal electric socket right next to your phone.
There are four models in the Benzina Zero – which means “zero fuel” in Italian – range. They include the slick City model which can go up to 80km on a single charge and has a top speed of 45km/h and the Sport which can go up to 90km on a single charge and up to speeds of 75km/h.
The ultra-versatile Duo range can reach speeds up to 65km/h with a range of up to 105km. The Duo has more than 20 different attachments that can be easily fitted to carry all sorts of goods: a surfboard, beach umbrella, music equipment or a large grocery shop.
A performance-orientated Duo model, an off-road scooter and an Instagram-worthy European-commemorative moped were also unveiled at September’s official Benzina Zero launch.
Each Benzina Zero scooter costs less than $1 to travel 100km.
Some large national and international fleet businesses have already started to trial Benzina Zero scooters because they are so energy efficient.
Business partners and scooter enthusiasts Joe D’Ercole and Ben Silver have 40 years of combined scooter selling experience and are passionate about making real environmental change by getting cars off the road.
“Our time as retailers saw us fundamentally change the way people in South-East Queensland moved around,” Joe said. “In that time, we sold 18,000 scooters.”
The pair have been building the Benzina Zero business for four years and for every scooter sold pledge to regenerate one square metre of Australian land to build a Benzina Zero forest.
“We are ready to go,” Ben said. “We have the Duo, City and Sport models in our warehouses and in dealerships right now and our new models will start production in 2023.”
“Everyone is talking about electric,” Ben said. “People are starting to make the switch because they can see the social, lifestyle and environmental benefits.”
“We were the first electric vehicle manufacturer in the country to sign up to the B-cycle battery recharging program ahead of all the major players including four and two-wheel vehicles.”
Benzina Zero’s impressive fleet were unveiled at the group’s EV Moto Brisbane launch on Thursday 15th September, supported by guest speakers Stuart Strickland OAM (former MD of Honda MPE), Mark Beitz (MD of EV Moto – Bartons Motor Group) and Member for Bonner, Hon. Ross Vasta MP.
Joe said the stylish range, now available at Australian dealerships, has been designed with a European flavour and an Italian vibe.
“The Italians love the way they look,” Joe said. “I was on a Duo in Italy in August and locals were literally flagging me down from the sidewalks and shouting out from balconies to ask me what it was and where they could buy one.”
“People are telling us they love how practical they are, they are impressed with the quality of the scooters and how good they look.”
“Our scooters are perfect for commuting and great for deliveries. They are the perfect vehicle between a push bike and a ute.”
“They fulfil this really important space where you can do quick, localised deliveries, you can carry a decent amount of goods, and you can do that quicker than you can on a pushbike, and you can carry more and get into places that you can’t in bigger vehicles.”
“Our prices mean that our Benzina Zero scooters are available to stacks of people. It’s a fantastic second vehicle for a family who want more mobility but not a big expense and of course, don’t have the space for a second car.”
Australian customers can buy Benzina Zero scooters at 10 Australian dealerships. Prices range from $4,250 for the City and up to $7,250 for the Sport.
All Benzina Zero scooters are powered by quiet Bosch motors and have four anti-theft elements that work together including an immobiliser, portable alarm, motor and steering lock.