A sit-atop electric scooter with traveling compactness comparable to a stand-up folder, Coswheel's A-One looks like an intriguing last-mile solution for those that want to cut down on big, heavy lugging. Its scissor frame folds into an easy-carry/trolley package in seconds, helping you get around the city with ease.
Built from a combination of steel, aluminum alloy and ABS, the A-One is powered by a 350-watt hub motor. The 36 V battery integrated into the front tube provides up to 28 miles (45 km) of range, and the A-One is capable of speeds up to 22 mph (35 km/h).
The small A-One doesn't look like the comfiest scooter to ride – at least not beyond that single last mile – but the small frame makes it highly portable. With a single fold the seat and front tube collapse inside the central tube. The handlebars fold, and you're left with a slim, 36-lb (16.5 kg) package that you can easily carry up the stairs or onto public transportation and roll down the street via the two small wheels on the sides of the rear 8-in scooter wheel.
The A-One includes an accompanying iOS/Android app that lets the rider keep track of things like speed, route and tracks. The battery takes 4 to 5 hours to charge, and Coswheel estimates 500 charge cycles/5 years of life.
Coswheel, which is based in Shenzhen, China according to its Facebook page, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for further development, testing and production. It is offering the A-One at pledge levels as low as US$729 and plans to begin shipping in August if it meets its goals, including the $100,000 Kickstarter target.
See the A-One ride and fold in the video clip below.