Introducing Australia’s first 100% electric scooter. We take the Fonzarelli 125 for a ride through Sydney's city streets.
Introducing the Fonzarelli 125 Electric Scooter
We're excited to see a new player enter the traditional
scooter market. Introducing the all-new Fonzarelli "Electric" 125cc
equivalent scooter. With its funky retro styling and low seat height,
the Fonzarelli could just be what you're looking for, especially if
you've been researching petrol powered equivalents - which there are
very few real road registrable offerings on the market.
Our Pete Gailey was lucky enough to meet up with Sydney-based Michelle
Nazzari, the brain child behind developing the Fonzarelli. Fonzarelli's
clever super light removable battery system means you can charge it
anywhere. With no oil, this means you can enjoy emission free motoring.
See Pete's first impressions below. For more information check out Fonzarelli.co.
Pete Gailey - 1st time electric ride.
I got my first ride on an electric scooter last week, the
Fonzarelli Electric 125. Designed and developed by Australian Michelle
Nazzari, her small-wheeled, electric powered, retro styled scooter
proved to be quite an exciting ride.
In NSW and Victoria you will need a motorcycle licence to
ride the Fonzarelli, but in other states it will be possible to have the
top speed limited (to that of a 50cc scooter) so you can ride it with a
standard car licence.
The Fonzarelli is ADR (Australian Design Rule) compliant
and road registrable making it an exciting proposition for the urban
Australian commuter. Although it's priced slightly higher than a petrol
powered equivalent, the Fonzarelli costs less than a dollar to recharge
for its 70-100km range. This scooter will cut hundreds from your commuting budget whilst you feel good about cutting down your environmental footprint.
Looking at the Fonzarelli it’s hard to tell it apart from
the swarm of other small scoots on the city streets. Retro styling, 10”
wheels, normal lights, brakes, dashboard instruments, there all
familiar. The matt red finish looks cool, but it's not until you look
under the seat and see the twin lithium battery packs, fully integrated
in a professional way. Then there's the power boost button and the
ability to reverse when required. Now it starts to sink in that this is a
well thought out, clever design.
With no engine and transmission strapped to the swing arm,
no petrol tank, the scooters weight has been stripped down to a low
98kg. The Fonzarelli has two 72 volt power cells under the seat and a
2500watt brushless DC electric motor in the hub
of the 10” rear wheel. Regenerative braking returns kinetic energy to
the battery and when you brake and glide the Fonzarelli rolls
effortlessly, it's quick and smooth with no vibration what so ever. It's
also weirdly quiet, no one can hear you coming, totally stealth, all
you can hear is the wind, it’s sort of like flying through the city
Handling was what you’d expect from any small-wheeled
scooter, manoeuvrable and easy to weave in and out of slow moving
traffic, but you will feel irregularities over rougher road surfaces.
My ride was restricted to the CBD where the Fonzarelli
excels. It’s performance is lively and totally competitive. The engine
also has this 8sec power boost button for hills and overtakes. Battery
range is between 70-100 km's depending how you ride it, top speed is
between 70-80 km/h so that limits the Fonz to inner urban roads and
shorter trips. At one stage I had taken a shortcut along a footpath to
park and with the silent running motor it felt like you could get away
with it (please note Scooter is for road use only). I even used reverse a
couple of times when parking and I found it surprisingly useful.
The battery units are designed to be easily pulled out
from under the seat and recharged by plugging them straight into a 240V
wall socket. It takes around an hour to have them reach 80%. The engine
can also be tuned by a computer to suit individual riding styles. It’s
also nice to know that any major component (that includes battery, motor
and controller), comes with a 2-year parts warranty for total piece of
Michelle rides her Fonzarelli from Bondi to the City
daily, an 8 km run that includes some decent hills, it's perfect for
this type of work. Michelle is looking to the future, but isn't it
totally refreshing to have somebody so committed and dedicated to
electric. This is no pretend import out of China, Michelle has taken the
time to develop the Fonzarelli in a professional real-world way.
We could see the model benefit from a slightly larger front wheel for
better handling but that's about it. The Fonzarelli is the real deal for
early adopters who are wanting the latest and greatest in electric.
Describing words for the Fonzarelli would include innovative, clever,
chic, eco, zero emissions, uber-urban, torquey and lively…a taste of the
future. I love the fact it’s been Aussie developed.
We look forward to doing a long term review to see how the model continues to perform over time. Fonzarelli is one to watch.
First deliveries have already started at the purchase
price of $4,490 + ORC and this includes introductory free delivery if
you live in a capital city (metro only).
For more info visit fonzarelli.co