Oddball electric scooter makes it to production
Here at New Atlas, we come across a lot of out of the box ideas aiming to revolutionize the way we move. The BOXX scooter from 2012 fits the bill in more ways than one. Back then the team behind the wacky e-bike design was chasing preorders in the hope of making it to mass production. In 2016, it's moved from a pie-in-the-sky idea to a production reality.
Measuring up at just 1 meter long, the BOXX looks cute, but it also possesses a 97 km (60 mi) of all-electric range and an impressive turn of speed. The three-phase brushless motor churns out 111 Nm of torque, and it's shuffled to both wheels by a patented all-wheel drive system for grip in all conditions. The range-topping model's top speed is 54 mph (87 km/h), although that can be limited to meet state requirements for riders without a motorbike license.
There's also 6 inches of ground clearance, which should help it handle the odd curb.
Range depends on the specification level of your scooter. The base BOXX e will cover 32 km (20 mi) at a maximum of 45 km/h (28 mph), while the BOXX can manage 64 km (40 mi) at up to 56 km/h (35 mph). High-performance rollers will really want the BOXX M, with its 86 km (60 mi) of range and 87 km/h (54 mph) top speed.
Pricing starts at US$2,997 for the BOXX e, jumping to $3,797 for the BOXX and $4,987 for the BOXX M. If that seems like a reasonable price for an all-electric oddball, it can be purchased through the company's website.
Source: BOXX Corp
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The front and rear panels could be a tad more interesting, turn signals maybe larger.
Nice that you could scoot it in the front door and park it in the entrance hallway and plug it in.
So how is the basket worked out for Grocery shopping and how can you chain it up and lock it?
Would be nice if the side panels met at the bottom as well. Continuity.
This company is going to have a fun time defending its design in court, one day soon.
Of course I'd like to see a through review by a reputable journal, or take one out for a test drive. $5000 is just too much for me to buy without doing some kind of homework first. I'd like to be assured that if I need to register the M series as a motorcycle, that it can come with the required rear view mirrors, has a VIN registration, and insurance companies will register it without a problem.
Just hoping it's not a rip-off, because I really want this to be a thing!