One of most idiosyncratic European scooter designs from the Cold War era is getting a new lease on life. The Čezeta Type 506 electric scooter goes into production for a limited run of hand-built, high-tech, and exclusive modern replicas that still look as unique as the original did 60 years ago.
The modern day Čezeta has very little to do with ČZ. Instead, Čezeta Motors was founded by an Englishman called Neil Eamonn Smith, who started designing a modern electric version of his beloved scooter since 2013. In the process, the new company set up shop in 2016 at Prostějov.
The new Čezeta is powered by an 11 kW (14.8 hp) rear-wheel-hub electric motor that can achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (74.6 mph), accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. The motor is equipped with an advanced electronic management system that was developed in-house with the assistance of the Electrical Engineering faculty at Prague’s Charles University.
The starting price for the low power 506/01 model is €7,640 with leased batteries – buying the power pack and throwing in some more equipment can easily double this bill.