Urban Transport

Lightweight composite Floatility electric scooter eats up that last mile

Lightweight composite Floatili...
Floatility hopes to develop an urban sharing network of e-floater scooters
Floatility hopes to develop an urban sharing network of e-floater scooters
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Floatility tells us that the range is around 15 km
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Floatility tells us that the range is around 15 km
The e-floater is a three-wheeled scooter platform
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The e-floater is a three-wheeled scooter platform
Floatility hopes to develop an urban sharing network of e-floater scooters
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Floatility hopes to develop an urban sharing network of e-floater scooters
Floatility e-floater scooter
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Floatility e-floater scooter

Aiming to keep urban commuters light off their feet, Hamburg/Singapore-based Floatility is developing an electric scooter made from a series of light, sturdy composites supplied by the material masters at BASF. The startup aims to offer urban networks of e-floaters as a "last mile" solution and will soon begin testing the idea out in its two base cities.

Rarely a week goes by in which we don't see some new electric scooter, bike or personal mobility device. Floatility's e-floater stands out from the pack not simply because it's the flavor of this week, but because of its light composite construction and a business plan that focuses on sharing, not retail distribution.

The e-floater is powered by a 250-watt motor that gives it a range of about 9.3 mi (15 km). It has front and rear lights and dual independent brakes. The onboard battery takes about two hours to charge.

In place of the tubular metal, bike-style frame often seen on scooters, more than 80 percent of the e-floater's build relies on plastics and composites, including several grades of BASF glass-reinforced Ultramid polyamide in the structural construction and Ultracom composite reinforcements. Those fancy-sounding materials help Floatility save weight, giving the scooter its namesake "float."

Floatility tells us that the range is around 15 km
Floatility tells us that the range is around 15 km

In a press release from earlier this year, BASF cited the e-floater's weight at less than 26.5 lb (12 kg), which doesn't make it the lightest electric scooter we've covered (the two-wheel folding ElectricMood, for one, weighs 22 lb/10 kg), but it does make it lighter than many e-scooters and mobility tools, including the INU (55 lb/25 kg), InMotion SCV (35 lb/16 kg) and BMW MiniSurfer concept (40 lb/18 kg). All of those designs also offer more range, though: ElectricMood (12 mi/19 km), INU (25 mi/40 km), InMotion SCV (19 mi/30 km), BMW MiniSurfer (up to 15 mi/25 km).

Floatility has designed the e-floater as a last mile solution that it sees fitting in to a pay-per-use sharing model connecting public transportation hubs with end user destinations. It plans to launch its first test networks in Hamburg and Singapore later this year.

Source: Floatility, BASF

3 comments
Bob Flint
It didn't achieve to be the lightest electric scooter, and with 80% molded high-tech plastic parts, the tooling will be very costly. Since vehicle coats were not disclosed, it's no use trying to sell something like this for $5000 or even $1000 dollars. Sharing it means a secure smart link to enterprises that are interested in renting, maintaining securing rental/lease whatever... The rented city bikes are plagued with vandalism, theft, rental maintenance/retrieval and in our city a short summer cycle makes for a weak product/enterprise business appeal.
Don Duncan
I parked a long way from my work so I could get exercise twice a day. I regretted it some days, but I got the only exercise I was going to get, and now I am glad I did. Last mile? A mile is not much exercise, but it's better than nothing.
Stephen N Russell
Better than Segway? Mass produce. Dble the range alone Must for college, esp UC Riverside campus ( 1,200 acres).