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Rugged B14 scooter gets adventurous upgrade for tearing up the dirt

Rugged B14 scooter gets advent...
The B14 Adventure is designed to rip through the dirt and hit speeds up to 37 mph
The B14 Adventure is designed to rip through the dirt and hit speeds up to 37 mph
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Works calls the folding front-end the Z-Stack 3
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Works calls the folding front-end the Z-Stack 3
The B14 Adventure has a 4,400-watt electric motor
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The B14 Adventure has a 4,400-watt electric motor
Works Electric launches the B14 Adventure
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Works Electric launches the B14 Adventure
The B14 Adventure supports riders up to 280 lb (127 kg)
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The B14 Adventure supports riders up to 280 lb (127 kg)
Buyers can choose between chain and belt drive options
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Buyers can choose between chain and belt drive options
The B14 Adventure folds to 50 x 20 in (120 x 51 cm, L x H), and the deck measures 15.25 in (39 cm) across
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The B14 Adventure folds to 50 x 20 in (120 x 51 cm, L x H), and the deck measures 15.25 in (39 cm) across
The Adventure has regenerative brakes at the rear
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The Adventure has regenerative brakes at the rear
Ready to ride
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Ready to ride
Works Electric is a Portland, Oregon-based shop
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Works Electric is a Portland, Oregon-based shop
The B14 Adventure is now available
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The B14 Adventure is now available
The B14 Adventure includes LED headlights and taillights with stealth mode
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The B14 Adventure includes LED headlights and taillights with stealth mode
The B14 Adventure is designed to rip through the dirt and hit speeds up to 37 mph
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The B14 Adventure is designed to rip through the dirt and hit speeds up to 37 mph

The Rover B14 scooter from Portland's Works Electric is a tough, standup electric scooter built for kicking up dust and chewing through dirt. Like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon or Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium, the all-new B14 Adventure scooter debuts as a high-performance, off-road-tweaked upgrade on an already rugged vehicle. The latest Rover has been fortified for rough ground and tuned for increased speed and fun.

The B14 Adventure gets some of the same types of modifications you might expect from a high-performance, off-road-spec SUV. Additions include aluminum underbody skid plates, a boost up to 4,400 watts and 45 lb-ft (61 Nm), from the B14's 4,000 watts and 41 lb-ft (56 Nm), and upgraded front brakes with larger 180-mm rotors. There's also a manual switch for the front and rear LED lights so that the rider can go into "stealth mode."

The B14 Adventure adds that new equipment and upgrading while only gaining a pound (2.2 kg) over the standard B14, flicking the scale needle to 82 lb (37 kg). Its extra power and torque more than overcome that weight increase, cutting the listed 0-30 mph (48 km/h) time down to 3.9 seconds (from 4.2 seconds) and increasing top speed from 35 mph (56 km/h) to 37 mph (60 km/h).

The B14 Adventure is now available
The B14 Adventure is now available

Works Electric fancies the B14 Adventure the "the only standing electric vehicle in the world to firmly occupy the powersports segment," and its power and performance stand above other standing and sit-atop electric off-road scooters we've covered recently, including the Beast and Velocifero MAD. In short, the Adventure appears to be a pretty bad-ass way to have fun in the dirt.

Beyond its improved specs, the Rover B14 Adventure shares many features with the standard B14, including the Magna-Shell ST chassis, regenerative rear braking and 4.5-in (11.4-cm) ground clearance. The same Z-Stack 3 folding front end allows it to pack down to 20 in (51-cm) high, for storing in a trunk or closet without a problem. The scooter rides on 14-in tires.

The B14 Adventure folds to 50 x 20 in (120 x 51 cm, L x H), and the deck measures 15.25 in (39 cm) across
The B14 Adventure folds to 50 x 20 in (120 x 51 cm, L x H), and the deck measures 15.25 in (39 cm) across

The B14 Adventure's 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery offers up to 25 miles (40 km) of range and is protected by a fire-retardant Phase Change Material (PCM). It charges in five hours with the standard smart charger or 1.5 hours with the available fast charger. Works Electric estimates a 50,000-mile (80,500-km) lifespan.

One thing you'll notice that the B14 Adventure doesn't have is suspension. Works Electric president Brad Baker explains that this would have resulted in an increased folded height or added length, and Works didn't believe it necessary.

"The vehicle already performs exceedingly well off-road due to the combination of the massive tires and the standing riding position (legs = shocks)," Baker says. "You'd be very surprised what this thing can do once you get accustomed to this new kind of riding style. We've taken it out on technical singletrack and rocky mountain roads and had an absolute blast."

The B14 is available for order through Works Electric's website starting at US$6,300. Buyers can choose from belt and chain drives.

Source: Works Electric

5 comments
zr2s10
Looks like a good thing for people with nothing to haul an ATV with.
unklmurray
While cute, and looks like fun it is way too expensive for me,$7,000.00 to go 25miles every 2hours,you would need 4-6 batteries just to ride all day like I said already ''I'll pass....'............LoL :-))
Leonard Foster Jr
$6,300 are they Mad !!!
Neelock
FINALLY a sexy scooter. hot hot hot.
ljaques
Nice offroader. The 14" tires should give it some good ground clearance (what, only 4.5"?) , and the fat tires give it plenty of traction and a much softer ride. Hey, it sounds like a kickarse little scooter for a grand. Huh? You say they cost SEVEN grand? Um, OK. I guess I'll make my own for $600 or less. Who in the h*ll sets pricing for these things, anyway?