Young celebrity riding VAYA GO electric scooter through Hyde Park in London

VAYA Launches in the UK

Imagine riding along the beautiful River Thames late one spring afternoon. You watch the sunset over the iconic Tower Bridge and finish your ride by the riverside with a glass of wine in a quaint Italian restaurant.

Well, maybe we haven’t experienced this yet BUT our VAYA scooters have! We are very excited to announce that VAYA Star 8 has launched in the City of London in the United Kingdom!

Celebrities and radio presenters have already started cruising on their VAYA through these iconic landmarks.

Meet Jordan Banjo, a radio presenter and celebrity dancer for Diversity, who loves to ride his Raven VAYA Go around the UK. This man knows how to bring style and class into all areas of life.

Jordan’s not the only VAYA lover though. Malvin Odoom and Rickie Haywood-Williams, two of the UK’s most loved BBC radio presenters are riding their VAYA to and from the office.

London is opening up to electric scooters and our VAYA GO is attracting a lot of attention. One of the favourite features of the scooters is the headlights for nighttime riding. Londoners love to socialise and meet up with friends for a meal or drink after work. What better way to travel than on a VAYA GO scooter. It’s unique, stylish and streamlined design, makes it so easy to ride.

It is exciting to see the British welcome the Star 8 VAYA into their lives but even more importantly, it shows their passion for green transport and cleaner energy. A passion we all share.

We feel overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received from the UK since launching.

Give them your support and follow VAYA UK on Instagram @VAYA.UK and enjoy looking at beautiful scenic locations around picturesque London through the eyes of a VAYA.

VAYA GO Customer Review

We recently caught up with Joe to hear about his experience with his VAYA GO electric scooter.

“My wife won a VAYA scooter in a competition last year and we both loved riding it around our neighbourhood. After sharing the one scooter for a while, she decided to get me a matching one for Christmas which I was very excited to receive.

We live in a growing estate that has really good paths and infrastructure, perfect for zooming around on a VAYA scooter. We mostly use our scooters for cruising around to see family who live in the same estate as us or going to the local shops. Sometimes we just ride them for pleasure cruising. People have asked what my favourite part of the VAYA is but it’s hard for me to pick one. I love the different speed settings that make it easy to learn and it’s also just easy to ride in general which is great. It also folds up nicely which makes it so simple to transport. It is quite amusing riding around our estate on the VAYA as you get a lot of looks from people who are clearly a little jelly. It also sets off all the local kids on their regular scooters. We’ve even had a shady looking group of kids ask us to take them for a joy ride while we were at the shops. I politely declined that offer. 😉

Owning a VAYA has made our everyday commuting so much easier and shopping trips a very fun time… especially when you race there.”

We love the way Joe leaves his car in the garage and instead rides his VAYA. You know… if we all start to make these small changes, together we can make a real difference… and have fun in the process.

Our VAYA electric scooters come in three colours and battery sizes so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Click this link and design your dream scooter. We will even ship it to you the same day your order is received.

If you would like to stay updated with what VAYA or our partner Star 8 are doing, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

electric scooter competition winner receiving VAYA Go electric scooter in Brisbane

And the winner is…

October was competition month here at VAYA. And the prize? Our top of the range model 10.5ah VAYA GO electric scooter. 

Valued at $999, it was one of our biggest giveaways, and about to belong to one lucky person. There was excitement at Head Office in Brisbane when our VAYA Managing Director, Ian, drew out the winning ticket from 280 entries. The winner was Anna from Yarrabilba! The VAYA GO was delivered to her door personally by Ian. 

We caught up with her recently to see how she was enjoying her new scooter. 

Anna states: “It has been such a blast winning this scooter!” 

Anna and her husband live in a built-up estate, with their local shopping district down the road. “I have been able to leave my car in the garage and just scoot up to the shops when I need,” Anna explained. “In a few short, and fun, minutes, I’m there.” She has also been using the scooter to visit friends and family in the area. In this summer heat, she would normally take the car, but now her VAYA scooter gets her there and back. 

And what about the ride itself? 

According to Anna: “It is such an easy scooter to use and get the hang of. It feels so effortless on hills and over bumpy ground, and it’s so easy to just fold up and pop in the car if I want to take it somewhere.” 

Anna’s whole family have been trying out the scooter, including in their house. 

We are so happy you are loving your scooter Anna! And, once again, congratulations on your win. 

The VAYA GO is everything you need in an electric scooter. 

If you would like to stay updated with what VAYA or our partner Star 8 are doing, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

young man riding environmentally friendly electric scooter in Brisbane

What is Australia doing for the environment?

From Governments, all the way down to our youth, Australians are getting on board the movement to care for our planet and the wonderful wildlife within it. Through incentives, alternative green energy solutions and an increasing awareness amongst the general public, people are taking active steps across the country to minimise their carbon footprint. Below are four major areas that are doing their bit for the environment.

Electricity Sources

Australia has always been heavily dependent on coal for its electricity supply. This has been an abundant resource, but the country is moving towards greener solutions. There are currently almost fifty wind farms operating across Australia and even more solar farms either operational or under construction. Along with that, incentives have been provided for roof solar panels in homes and businesses.

The federal government has also invested a huge amount of money and resources into researching and developing hydrogen energy sources.

Public Transport

Australia’s expansive landmass means travelling is a large part of people’s lives. Each day, people are commuting for work, travelling to visit friends and family, or simply taking an interstate holiday. Public transport is vital, but it puts a heavy toll on the environment.   

Earlier this year, the NSW government announced their intention to replace all current buses with zero-emission buses by 2050, and have been looking into both electric and hydrogen bus options. Other states have begun investigating green public transport options.

We are also seeing money put into bike lanes and better footpaths across the country.

Fashion

Disposable fashion has put a huge strain on the environment due to the materials, manufacturing and disposal stages for many decades. Local businesses such as Outland Denim, have been leading the way when it comes to greener production, minimum waste and the creation of a product that will last many seasons. Other Australia fashion labels such as Vege Threads and Good Studios are choosing eco-friendly materials such as hemp and organic cotton. The Sydney company Citizen Wolf not only uses hemp, organic cotton and zero waste production processes in order to reduce landfills but they offer free repairs for as long as you wish to keep wearing your Citizen t-shirt. These companies are revolutionising environmentally sustainable fashion within Australia.

Young Contributors

Schools around Australia are literally getting their hands dirty to help the environment. Planting trees, building worm farms and composts and bringing in rubbish free lunches are being encouraged by schools across the country. Many are even allowing students to get out and learn more about their beautiful environment and how to care about it.

Each of these four initiatives is contributing to a greener future for Australia. Here at VAYA Electric Scooters and Electric Motorbikes Australia, we believe in providing environmentally sustainable modes of transport to assist people in their everyday lives. Each person has the opportunity to say yes to a greener earth and do their part to protect our beautiful country. Let’s come together as a nation and do our bit for Australia.

And of course, we don’t forget the very real and valuable health dividend that arises from our widespread adoption of green energy solutions. Especially when they involved the replacement of polluting combustion engines.

young man travelling through Brisbane on an electric scooter

Sustainability is Everyone’s Responsibility

Have you ever wondered what this trending word ‘sustainability’ really means? It has been tossed around a lot in recent years, but why is it important and what should we do about it?

The word ‘sustainable’ basically means capable of enduring – lasting the test of time – but when we talk about sustainability, we refer to the enduring nature of humanity on earth. The depletion of the earth’s resources so that there is less available for future generations or living in a manner that is “sustainable” for those generations.

Humans have existed on earth for thousands of years, but ever-increasing populations, the industrial age and the push towards a more disposable society in the west have left people wondering if there will even be a world for the next generation, let alone many to come. It is up to us to make sure there is.

Various world governments are changing policy to protect the environment. Policies like subsidies for greener energy, replacing diesel busses with electric busses, and taxing pollution. It isn’t just the responsibility of our governments, though. We all need to do our bit.

Here are some of the many ways that each of us can help:

1. Leave the car at home. Take public transport, carpool, walk or use an electric bike or electric scooter. Consider electric transportation.

2. Choose renewable energy. Electricity companies often have a renewable energy option when you sign up. At home you can also install solar panels, solar hot water, and solar lighting.

3. Turn things off. Lights, appliances and other unnecessary electronics.

4. Reuse and recycle. Remember your reusable bags, wash out containers and refill them, and send things off to be recycled. Some places will even give you money for cans. Avoid plastic.

5. Ask yourself if you really need the latest model. If your phone is still working well, resist the temptation to throw it out and purchase the latest model. If your TV is fine, fight the desire to replace it with one that has a larger screen size. Let’s resist the “throw-away” mentality. This will conserve our finite resources.

6. Find out about the companies you are buying from. Support the companies that are doing their bit for sustainability.

At VAYA Electric Scooters and Electric Motorbikes, we believe in the importance of sustainability and are working hard with innovative technology to reduce fossil emissions. This is an area we are very passionate about and we’d love you to join us on this journey to create a cleaner earth for future generations to enjoy.

young couple drinking coffee at Brisbane cafe after riding VAYA Go Electric Scooters

VAYA Electric Scooters – The Quest for Freedom

At VAYA we understand that freedom is something human beings have craved for a long time and it has pushed man to create bigger and better modes of transport. Cars, trains, boats, aeroplanes… the list goes on.

The environment is now paying for our quest for freedom, but that doesn’t mean we have to give it up. We just need to be smarter. Ditch the car. Go clean. Go electric.

The VAYA GO Electric Scooter is powered by an electric motor to minimise its impact on the environment. It’s also a comfortable and easy ride. The VAYA Go’s streamlined design makes it super portable while still carrying up to 150 kg. It’s been designed with that age-old quest for freedom in mind. Freedom to go to the café or shops. Freedom to get to work or the train. Freedom to zip around campus.

One of our customers uses his VAYA Go to run errands around Queensland’s Gold Coast. He loves the way it folds up and fits nicely into his boot, and it means he doesn’t have to fight for parking in the CBD. He can park further out and zip around town on his scooter. “It’s just too easy,” he said.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Vaya Go Electric Scooter here. Order online and your scooter will immediately be on its way to you. If you would like a test ride, pop into our showroom at 127 Redland Bay Rd, Capalaba QLD 4157 in Brisbane and say hi.

VAYA e-scooter “First-mile last mile solution on trial at Engineers Conference”

If you want your product evaluated take it to a conference with 500 engineers and engineering suppliers. That’s what we did with our VAYA e-scooter which we made the prize in a lucky business card draw, Congratulations to Gary Murphy from The Isaac Regional Council who won the VAYA valued at $1000. No issues with the VAHA with feedback from a very large cross-section of male, female young and not so young engineers who wanted to learn more.

With so many Councils Strategic Transport Plans recognising the importance of emerging personal transport devices for that first mile last mile journey it wasn’t surprising that so many wanted to experience one for themselves. Not only is the VAYA e-scooter fun for recreation, but it is also a serious way to transport people in crowded cities where it makes more sense to use a scooter than an UBER or Taxi or BUS. Traffic congestion and limited and expensive parking in cities make the use of portable and collapsible e-scooters a serious consideration. This is evidenced worldwide with the rollout of Lime scooters and others and that is being embraced by Local Governments for not just tourism but environmental, convenience and common sense. 

VAYA e-scooters a big hit at Local Government Association of Queensland Annual Conference in Cairns

November 2019

Even before the first shipment arrived Star 8 took its VAHA Scooter to showcase it to Queensland Mayors, CEOs Councillors and suppliers at the Annual LGAQ Conference at the Cairns Convention Centre. What a hit it was. Hundreds of persons stopped to get up close and personal to these machines taking private transport to a new level. Over 50 enthusiastic Executives, Exhibitors and Council Managers took the VAYA for a test ride in our indoor circuit and the smile on their faces said it all. They found it to be easier than they thought and loads of fun. Of Course Star 8 was also there to showcase its Integrated solar lighting and electric vehicle technology as well. The Conference was a great success and most were impressed with the comfort and ergonomics of the VAHA and because with its strip lighting and handlebar brake lights at looks very impressive.