Lightweight eScooter rolls and folds last mile commute
Folding electric scooter are certainly not in short supply these days, but many – like the Transboard and GoTube – make users stand for that last mile journey from train station to work. The eScooter from Allocacoc (the folks behind 2014's PowerCube) is claimed to have riders rolling along from folded up to travel-ready in 3 seconds, and features a chunky bike seat and integrated shock absorber to get users to work in comfort.
Tipping the scales at 11 kg (24 lb), the eScooter should be light enough to carry onto trains or up the steps leading to the office. It can also be dragged along the flat tarmac using a combination of a D-shaped grip on the handlebar stem and a trolley wheeled kickstand at the tail end of the rear wheel's splash guard, which also serves to keep the eScooter upright when standing on its own. Allocacoc has included a side kickstand too for park-it-when-unfolded convenience.
When folded up, the eScooter is 107 cm (42 in) high and just 34 cm (13 in) wide, which changes to 86 x 105 cm when it's readied for the trundle to the office. It has small wheels front and back with 8-inch non-inflatable tires, with hidden mechanical brakes at the back and a rear wheel hub motor that should get riders rolling up to 20 km/h (just short of 12.5 mph). An onboard trip computer features buttons to increase/decrease speed, as well as displaying speed and remaining battery life.
The eScooter's 36 V/7.2 Ah battery is housed in the front pipe, and charged using a connection to the top left. It's reported to be good for 25 km (15.5 mi) or 3 hours of use between top-ups.
The project is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter, where pledges start at US$449. If all goes to plan, shipping is expected to start in February 2018. The pitch video below shows the electric scooter in action.
Sources: Allocacoc, Kickstarter
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Take this one, for example. For a change, it is not outrageously priced. But let's look at the design.
1) For last-mile transport (or even 10-mile transport sometimes), many people PREFER to stand. I know I do.
2) I was going to say wheels too small but your article says 8-inch. That is the minimum for practical urban transportation. Anything smaller, and you will end up on your face in a hurry. And it is insufficient size for anything but city riding.