Urban Transport

Moto Pogo enters the one-wheeled electric scooter marketplace

If two wheels are good, is one wheel even better?
If two wheels are good, is one wheel even better?
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Gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers within the Moto Pogo ensure that the rider stays centered above the wheel, by subtly adjusting the speed to compensate for their shifting center of mass
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Gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers within the Moto Pogo ensure that the rider stays centered above the wheel, by subtly adjusting the speed to compensate for their shifting center of mass
A 60-volt 10-amp lithium battery powers the Moto Pogo's 500-watt brushless hub motor, which manages a top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph)
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A 60-volt 10-amp lithium battery powers the Moto Pogo's 500-watt brushless hub motor, which manages a top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph)
The Moto Pogo features front and rear LED lights
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The Moto Pogo features front and rear LED lights
If two wheels are good, is one wheel even better?
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If two wheels are good, is one wheel even better?
Charging the Moto Pogo's battery takes three to five hours, with one charge being good for about 30 km (19 miles) of use
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Charging the Moto Pogo's battery takes three to five hours, with one charge being good for about 30 km (19 miles) of use
As with a Segway, users get the Moto Pogo to move forward by leaning their body forward, and slow it down by leaning back
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As with a Segway, users get the Moto Pogo to move forward by leaning their body forward, and slow it down by leaning back
The Moto Pogo weighs 29 kg (64 lb) and can carry a maximum payload of 330 lb (150 kg)
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The Moto Pogo weighs 29 kg (64 lb) and can carry a maximum payload of 330 lb (150 kg)

It wasn't too long ago that we were all amazed by the introduction of the Segway – How can a vehicle with just two side-by-side wheels stay upright? we wondered. Since then, however, contraptions such as the Solowheel and OneWheel have shown that even a single wheel will work. The SBU and U3-X added a seat but took away the handlebars from the concept, while the Ryno has both a seat and bars. Now, another one-wheeled-scooter is joining the fray, the Moto Pogo.

Like the Ryno, the Moto Pogo really does look like a single-wheeled motorcycle. The Uno also looks like one, although it actually has two wheels.

As with a Segway, users get the Moto Pogo to move forward by leaning their body forward, and slow it down by leaning back. Gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers within the vehicle ensure that the rider stays centered above the wheel, by subtly adjusting the speed to compensate for their shifting center of mass.

A 60-volt 10-amp lithium battery powers the scooter's 500-watt brushless hub motor, which manages a top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). Charging that battery takes three to five hours, with one charge being good for about 30 km (19 miles) of use.

The Moto Pogo weighs 29 kg (64 lb) and can carry a maximum payload of 330 lb (150 kg)
The Moto Pogo weighs 29 kg (64 lb) and can carry a maximum payload of 330 lb (150 kg)

Other features include a full aluminum frame, front and rear LED lighting, regenerative braking, and a built-in rear mud flap. The Moto Pogo weighs 29 kg (64 lb) and can carry a maximum payload of 330 lb (150 kg).

If you're interested in getting one, the Moto Pogo is seeking production funds on Kickstarter. A pledge of CAD$2,200 (about US$1,790) will get you one, assuming all goes according to plans. The planned retail price is CAD$2,500 (around US$2,035).

At an estimated price of about $3,500, the likewise not-yet-in-production Ryno will be considerably more expensive, although it has a higher top speed (40 km/h or 25 mph) and a longer range (48 km/30 miles). The $1,595 EcoBoomer iGo's performance specs are much closer to those of the Moto Pogo, although it doesn't look nearly as ... motorcycle-ish.

The Moto Pogo can be seen in action, in the following video.

Source: Kickstarter

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4 comments
Djayawarman Alamprabu
More simple design and have more similarities with the dragonball one wheeled motorbike than the Rhyno.
iperov
this device already selling in taobao.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really cool. It reminds - somewhat - of the one whee (sphere?) scooter in the longer version of the movie The Lorax. I hope they get the funding for it. I think it would be great for getting around the city. It looks like one could take it on a train / subway and use it as a 'last miler' to get to ones destination once you are there.
Noel K Frothingham
How so, DA? Single wheel, seat and handlebar, relatively slow top speed, self-balancing, can tilt and recover to upright position up to 30 degrees depending upon the skill of its rider, etc. and both use electric motors powered by lithium variant batteries.
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