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Kumpan Electric 1954 combines serious retro cool with lots of eco loveliness


If there’s one thing we love it’s when manufacturers combine bang up to date technology with a sense of classic style. The Germans seem particularly adept at this sort of stuff – take the Leica X2 as an example – but there are also other examples we can think of which are just as good. What is it about old style design that is so cool?

Anyway back in Germany, we have completely fallen in love with this Kumpan Electric 1954 scooter which delivers top class electric transportation, but with a dash of style that would look good on any city street in the world. The scooter comes in either 25 km/h or 45 km/h speed versions to cope with German legislation, and offers a range of up to 60 kms per charge. You can top up the charge in 4 hours, with 7 hours for a full boost.


The vehicle copes with two passengers and uses lead silicone batteries, which are an improvement on conventional lead acid batteries, while being much cheaper, although less efficient than Lithium Ion units. The basic scooter minus the fancy trimmings retails at €2,799, and costs around €0.70 per 100 km to run. All we need now is some classic chrome polish and we’re set.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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