Italian Company Benelli Unveiled New Electric Scooter Dong
Benelli recently unveiled a new electric scooter called the Dong in Indonesia. As per the reports the Benelli Dong, a lightweight electric scooter, is likely to make its way to European and US markets as well. The Dong will have a top speed of 45 kmph and a range of 60 km.
Benelli is an Italian company that has been building motorcycles for about a hundred years now. It was bought over by the Chinese Qianjiang Group in 2005. We believe that the research and development on the Dong is likely to have been done by QJ Motorcycle. The company’s new Dong electric scooter has almost certainly been developed using know-how from the Chinese side of the operation and it has been developed for Asian markets.
Benelli Dong – Design
It is true that the little scooter Dong has a cute and unique design but a funny name. This scooter is small and compact but has a decent footboard space. The rear-end connects to the floorboard via a central shaft that appears to be made out of aluminium. Almost all of the under-seat stowage area is taken up by the battery, hardly leaving any space for storing other items. The real wheel and hub-mounted motor are connected to the main body via a slim swingarm that further contributes to the minimal, floating effect.
A headlamp is a full-LED unit flanked by two large LED indicators. There is a circular LCD display mounted on the LED headlight casing, like in many scooters. The electric scooter gets a circular LCD unit mounted on the handlebar.
Dong – Performance
The scooter is propelled by a 1.2kW electric motor that can take it to a top speed of 45kph. There is also a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is removable. On a full charge, the Dong can travel a claimed 60km thanks to a 1.56kWh removable battery pack. The other appealing feature is that the Dong packs an artificial exhaust sound system, something we have seen on Revolt electric motorcycles as well. The scooter will use a speaker/speakers to produce the sound of various internal combustion-engined motorcycles.
Benelli Dong Electric Scooter – Price
The Benelli Dong has been launched in Indonesia for a price of 36.8 million Rupiah, which is the equivalent of Rs 1.89 lakh. In the year 2019, the company quoted that it was evaluating plans to bring electric vehicles to India by 2020. Although those plans have been postponed by the pandemic.