The Simson Schwalbe (German for Swallow – the bird you smutty minded lot) was, for those that don’t know, a classic East German scooter/moped. It followed the ‘enclosed motorcycle’ model with larger 16″ wheels than classic Italian scooter. Extremely popular in the DDR back in the day, it’s now the latest classic scooter to be re-invented as an electric ‘e-scooter’ – joining the likes of Cezeta and Lohner.
It’s been hard to come across hard and fast info about the new electric version of the Simson Schwalbe… but here’s what I’ve gleaned from various sources. Any errors are mine, due to my inability to read any language other than english, and the limitations of Google Translate. So, here’s what I know.
- It’s been in development since 2011.
- The guys behind it are Govecs – a German electric powered scooter manufacturer.
- There will be two models, roughly corresponding in power to 50 and 125cc 2-stroke engines.
- The expected cost is in the €4,000 range.
We should know more when the promised production model is revealed at the end of the month.
As yet, there’s no further information on a electric Lambretta, the electric Scomadi that was showcased at EICMA a few years ago, or an electric version of the forthcoming Lambretta Vendetta. But who knows what the future will bring.
If you’re interested in electric scooters, check out these posts on the Fido and the DonGo Bare Bones too.
UPDATE: Reader Fabian has done some reading for me, and there’s a little more history of the e-Schwalbe in the comments… Worth a read! (It’s the last yellow tag at the bottom of the post with “replies” in it if you can’t find the comments).
If you tell me your sources, I can check your facts. Smile from germany, Fabian PS: btw, great site!
Thanks Fabian, nice offer. I cobbled it together from a number of articles, one German, one French and one Polish! Thanks for the kind words about the site too.
So, I read a little bit and here’s what I found: There was an attempt by original manufacturer to build a e-Schwalbe in 2011 and to sell ist for about 4000 to 5000 Euros. But that failed due to reasons I didn’t find out.
Then, in 2016, three guys from Poland tried it again and instead of building a lookalike, they use mostly original Schwalbe-Parts and combine them with a new engine, they all it the Retro Electro. Their basic version also costs about 4000 Euros. Apparently, they talked with the original manufacturer and they seem kind of interested. Govec seems to be involved or at least interested to work with the polish guys, but they didn’t want to talk to the journalists.
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