Here at New Atlas, we come across a lot of out of the box ideas aiming to revolutionize the way we move. The BOXX scooter from 2012 fits the bill in more ways than one. Back then the team behind the wacky e-bike design was chasing preorders in the hope of making it to mass production. In 2016, it's moved from a pie-in-the-sky idea to a production reality.
Measuring up at just 1 meter long, the BOXX looks cute, but it also possesses a 97 km (60 mi) of all-electric range and an impressive turn of speed. The three-phase brushless motor churns out 111 Nm of torque, and it's shuffled to both wheels by a patented all-wheel drive system for grip in all conditions. The range-topping model's top speed is 54 mph (87 km/h), although that can be limited to meet state requirements for riders without a motorbike license.
There's also 6 inches of ground clearance, which should help it handle the odd curb.
Range depends on the specification level of your scooter. The base BOXX e will cover 32 km (20 mi) at a maximum of 45 km/h (28 mph), while the BOXX can manage 64 km (40 mi) at up to 56 km/h (35 mph). High-performance rollers will really want the BOXX M, with its 86 km (60 mi) of range and 87 km/h (54 mph) top speed.
Pricing starts at US$2,997 for the BOXX e, jumping to $3,797 for the BOXX and $4,987 for the BOXX M. If that seems like a reasonable price for an all-electric oddball, it can be purchased through the company's website.
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