If you're thinking "hang on, this looks familiar," you'd be right – kind of. The Phat Scooters fat-tired roller looks very similar to the Scrooser from 2013. But, where the latter amplifies a rider's kick action to get the eye-catching mover to go faster, the Phatty scooters both use a twist grip to kick in the hub motor, meaning the rider can sit or stand and zip along without breaking a sweat. The Phat models are cheaper, too.
Like the Scrooser, the Phatty Original and Phatty Sport ride on chunky 18 x 9.5 inch tires riding under wide fenders, rock a steel frame with a rider seat and have a hub motor at the rear. The electric motor in the Phat models, though, is rated at 1,200 W for 95 Nm (70 lb.ft) of torque and a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). They also have hydraulic rather than mechanical disc brakes, a low profile battery that gives the scooter's deck 6 inches of ground clearance, and an LED headlamp.
The rider can choose between three modes of travel: Beach mode for a top speed of 8 mph, Golf mode for up to 13 mph and Bike mode for zooming down the bike lane at 20 mph. The Phatty scooters are reported capable of tackling 30 percent hill climbs, too.
Charge time for the 72 V/12 Ah Lithium battery is said to take between 4 and 6 hours from a 110 W wall outlet for a 30 - 50 mile (48 - 80 km) range. All the electronics are tucked away for all weather scooting, the front forks include hydraulic shocks for a smoother ride, and there's a spring-loaded kickstand for parking up with ease.
The Phatty will be available in two versions from next month. The Original is aimed at adults – it's 70 inches (177.8 cm) long, 46.5 inches (118 cm) high, has a 28-inch (71 cm) seat height and tips the scales at 128 lb (58 kg). The Sport has been designed for smaller riders and is 8 inches shorter and nearly 20 lb lighter. Both models are priced at US$1,999. Optional accessories include a surfboard rack and a cup holder.
Have a look at the promo video below to see the kind of fun on offer.
Source: Phat Scooters
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