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.
UPGRADE TO NEW ATLAS PLUS
More than 1,500 New Atlas Plus subscribers directly support our journalism, and get access to our premium ad-free site and email newsletter. Join them for just US$19 a year.UPGRADE
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.