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Qugo urban transporter is “like skiing on the road”

Qugo urban transporter is “lik...
The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
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Qugo is a three-wheeled transporter with a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
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Qugo is a three-wheeled transporter with a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
Qugo features a patented construction that offers a flexible and smooth ride, which according to the makers is “like skiing on the road”
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Qugo features a patented construction that offers a flexible and smooth ride, which according to the makers is “like skiing on the road”
The lightweight aluminum-framed Qugo features front wheel drive, a three-disc braking system, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack
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The lightweight aluminum-framed Qugo features front wheel drive, a three-disc braking system, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack
The handle bar can fold down in order to save space for storage or easy transportability
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The handle bar can fold down in order to save space for storage or easy transportability
The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
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The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
The Qugo's headlight
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The Qugo's headlight
The Qugo's rear light
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The Qugo's rear light
Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms
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Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms
Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
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Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
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Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
The Qugo's engine
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The Qugo's engine
Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
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Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe
Qugo offers stability, flexibility and above all lots of fun
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Qugo offers stability, flexibility and above all lots of fun
Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe comes in a series of colors
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Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe comes in a series of colors
Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe comes in a series of colors
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Qugo by Urban Mobility Europe comes in a series of colors
The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
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The Qugo, by Urban Mobility Europe
Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms
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Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms

Dutch company Urban Mobility Europe has created a personal electric transporter that offers a silent and eco-friendly mode for getting around the city or parklands. Named Qugo, the three-wheeled transporter has a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and features a patented construction that offers a flexible and smooth ride, which according to the makers is “like skiing on the road."

The lightweight aluminum-framed Qugo features front wheel drive, a three-disc braking system, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The two smaller rear wheels are connected to the larger front balance wheel by swing arms, offering the rider a secure central position to confidently travel and maneuver the vehicle. This system also allows the rider to travel in a zig-zag ski-like pattern at faster speeds, as opposed to traveling in a simple straight line (which is also an option). Furthermore, the handlebar can fold down in order to save space for storage or easy transport.

Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms
Two smaller rear wheels are connected to the front balance wheel by swing arms

While the idea behind the Qugo is not that dissimilar to the Segway, it does look like it could offer more in terms of stability, flexibility and above all fun. Here's a quick look at its specifications.

  • Weight (excluding battery): 25 kg (55 lbs)
  • Top speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
  • Single charge range: 25 km (15.5 miles)
  • Dimensions operational: 1150 x 580 x 1350 mm (45 x 23 x 53 inches)
  • Dimensions folded: 1150 x 580 x 780 mm (45 x 23 x 31 inches)
  • Drive line: 1 kW BLDC hub-motor
  • Power pack: li-ion 36V or 48V, 9-12Ah
  • Charging time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Braking system: three disc brakes

The Qugo is currently available for purchase from limited outlets around the world, with prices to be confirmed. You can have a look at it in action in the promo video below from Urban Mobility Europe.
Source: Qugo via Designboom

Qugo promo video

13 comments
mooseman
VERY cool! If the price is reasonable, I reckon this company has NAILED the "sweet spot" for cost, performance, ease-of-use and range. I will **definitely** be buying one!
digi_owl
Dunno, kinda reminds me of a mobility aid device for the elderly (tho that could be related to the design of the handles and the front basket). Still, if they could come up with a variant that could handle gravel and such i may take a second look.
Gadgeteer
Wagging on a zigzag path on an electric vehicle is inefficient. You're forcing the vehicle to travel a longer distance between point A and point B, reducing the already limited range. Not to mention adding wear to the tires.
VoiceofReason
WITHOUT the battery it weighs 55 pounds? How is that lightweight? Compared to my 3000 pound Toyota maybe.
Kathy Munro
I think that this is a potential new individual transport innovation - but where is the seat ? Not everyone wants to stand up for 10 miles......
Edgar Castelo
Makes flippin' sense, quite unlike the Segway... Niiiice!
Catweazle
Can we get one thing straight? Anything that has a battery on it isn't eco-friendly. In fact, it is difficult to imagine any object less eco-friendly than a battery,.
Warhead
Stretch the wheelbase, lower the handlebars, add a seat and foot pegs.... Viola'! It's an electric "Big Wheel". But seriously... what Catweazle says... battery-powered does not necessarily make it eco-friendly... they are usually charged using coal-generated electrical power, and there is a lot of inefficiency in the energy conversion between coal, to AC, to DC. Also, Lithium-Polymer/Lithiom-Ion (which contain poisonous Lithium Cobalt Dioxide) are not as eco-friendly as Lithiom Iron batteries.
ihavenoidea
Let's see. Ad shows people traveling over hard surfaces at 15 mph (faster than most people can run). No helmets; check. No warning lights; check. No horn: check. Five designer colors; check. Well thought out. Likely sell millions.
jerryd
This unit is needlessly complicated. Why do the rear wheels tilt? Only the front needs tilting to make faster corners vs a normal trike. Next no reason for the front wheel to be so large. If smaller in dia the motor can be that much lighter, lower cost for the same speed. Most places are legal to 20mph and it should go that speed. The above would cut it's weight, cost and space needed to store improving it in every way needed. One could by getting a use Wheelchair transaxle/motor for the rear wheels and drive and use a 12-16' bike front, frame parts with a side to side pivot and springs to keep it upright when not needing to lean into a turn. If the front doesn't tilt it'll have to really, really slow down to make a turn. Add some large lead batteries at 24-48vdc depending on needed top speed and have a 20mph one that has 25-40 mile range and even tow a bike trailer for kid or food. etc making it very practical transport especially for carless city people or just to save gas when a car is too much.