The latest e-bike to enter the folding bike fold is the SitGo, which, like other models, can be packed down into a more compact package for storage or carrying on public transport or in a car. But in addition to regular household outlets, the SitGo can also be recharged through a car cigarette lighter socket.
At a glance, there's nothing particularly special about the 20-kg (44-lb) SitGo folding e-bike, other than perhaps appearing more peculiar than other folding bikes. Its 102-cm (40-in) tall, 98-cm (39-in) long frame can be squashed down into a 75 x 64 cm (30 x 25 in) package to be placed in car trunks or on crowded trains.
Arguably, it resembles more an electric scooter than bike, by way of a pair of fold-out pegs in place of conventional pedals and a chain. This means the vehicle is propelled entirely by a 180 W brushless hub motor and a 36 V lithium battery, with a claimed top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) and range of 35 to 40 km (21.7 to 25 mi).
When it comes time to recharge, users can plug the SitGo directly into a regular wall socket at their home or office, or from the 12 V cigarette lighter socket of their car if they're out and about, with charging time rated at three to five hours. Other thoughtful features include a 360-degree rotating smartphone holder mounted on the handlebars, a USB port for charging mobile devices, and LED headlights and taillights.
SitGo is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where its creators are looking to raise funds for commercial production. Early pledges of AU$908 (around US$650) will have one headed your way in December if all goes to plan.
You can check out the pitch video below.