ElectricMood folding e-scooter could be just the ticket for commuters
We've covered our fair share of last-mile electric vehicles here at Gizmag, but this latest to come to our attention may just hit the sweet spot between weight, top speed, and range. The folding e-scooter, dubbed ElectricMood, is currently in the prototype stage, and its designers hope to raise funds via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to bring it to production.
ElectricMood has a top speed of 15.5 mph (25. km/h), which is limited by on-board software, and a range of up to 12 miles (19 km). It weighs in at 9.9 kg (22 lb), which is pretty light as far as EV's go, and only around a third of the weight of the E.T electric scooter we covered, for example – though it's also only around a third as fast as the E.T, too.
When folded, ElectricMood measures 92.5 x 57 x 20.5 cm (37 x 22 x 8 in). The e-scooter features two 30-cm (12-in) inflatable tires, disc brakes, front and rear headlights, and mudguards. An LCD display also provides information including current speed and remaining battery.
ElectricMood is driven by a 500 W direct drive brushless electric motor that's integrated into the back wheel, and is reportedly easy to push along with your feet when the motor is not in use. The motor is powered by an 8-cell 33.6 V lithium battery, which the designers state will take a maximum of an hour to charge from any wall plug with its integrated charger.
This latter point could prove useful, and we'll be interested to see that it does indeed perform as promised if and when the scooter reaches production. Should you wish to take a punt on this happening, the cheapest current pledge point that will hopefully snag you a unit is US$995, with an estimated delivery time of October 2015.
The pitch video below shows some more detail on the e-scooter.