If you work in the city but live on its outskirts, traveling to the office by train or bus can be much less stressful than taking the car. But the distance from the train station or bus depot to your desk might still be quite a trek by foot, leading many commuters to invest in portable transport solutions – ranging from rollerskates to Solowheels and pedal assist e-bikes to kickscooters. After being well received in Asia, Pim Bicycles is adding another option for that last North American mile ... the Mylo folding e-scooter.
The Mylo electric scooter takes less than a second to fold up to 15 x 20 x 41 in (38 x 51 x 104 cm) for transit on the train or bus, or the trunk of a car, and weighs around 46 lb (21 kg) all in. The folding mechanism looks very neat, where the rear wheel folds inbetween the two front wheels and the seat comes to rest in the middle of the horn handlebars. Pim Bicycles says that it's just as quick to fold out to an x-frame e-scooter that's ready to tackle the commute to and from work.
The Mylo is not a pedal-assist reverse e-trike – like the EV4 semi-recumbent, for example – the rider's feet rest firmly on pegs below the frame while in motion, so users will have to ensure the e-scooter's batteries have sufficient charge before setting off, or they may have to fold up the e-scooter and roll it home mid journey. The quick-folding ride comes with a 36 V battery located behind the seat and is reported good for 15 miles (24 km) per charge, but an optional second battery can be had for double that.
A top speed of 18 mph (29 km/h) is reported possible from the 250 W hub motor at the top level of three available drive modes. A tilting mechanism for the two wheels at the front offers improved stability in the turns, there's front and rear lighting for after hours commutes or to make riders more visible to other road users during daytime travels, and stopping power is provided by hydraulic disc braking.
The Mylo is expected to sell for US$1,499, though folks who pre-order now are being rewarded with a significant discount. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is due to start on June 19 where limited discount perks will be available. The teaser video below takes a brief tour around the e-scooter.
Update June 21: The Mylo Indiegogo campaign is now live.
Source: Pim Bicycles
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