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Fat-tired Scrooser e-scooter boosts its rider's kicks

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The Scrooser is an electric scooter that amplifies leg kicks delivered to the ground by its rider
The Scrooser is an electric scooter that amplifies leg kicks delivered to the ground by its rider
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The aluminum-framed Scrooser tips the scales at 28 kg (61 lb), making it a little awkward but certainly not impossible to pick up and move around
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The aluminum-framed Scrooser tips the scales at 28 kg (61 lb), making it a little awkward but certainly not impossible to pick up and move around
The makers of the Scrooser claim that up to 55 km (34 miles) should be possible on one charge
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The makers of the Scrooser claim that up to 55 km (34 miles) should be possible on one charge
The Scrooser is an electric scooter that amplifies leg kicks delivered to the ground by its rider
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The Scrooser is an electric scooter that amplifies leg kicks delivered to the ground by its rider
Its fat tires reportedly give the Scrooser a “snowboard-like” ride
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Its fat tires reportedly give the Scrooser a “snowboard-like” ride

When you hear the term “electric scooter,” you probably picture something that’s essentially just a little electric motorcycle – you twist the throttle, and it goes. The Scrooser, however, is considerably closer in spirit to a child’s non-powered scooter. You stand up on it and kick at the ground with one leg to move it along, its motor amplifying the power of your kick ... oh yeah, and it’s also got cool fat tires.

The German-designed Scrooser works by something known as “impulse drive.” This consists of a direct-drive 1,000-watt electric motor built into the rear hub, that augments the rider’s kick-power. Whenever a burst of speed of at least 2 mph (3 km/h) is delivered by the rider, the motor throws in its own quick boost of four times as much power – the top speed is limited to 25 km/h (15 mph). The scooter and rider then coast until the next kick. A seat is included for riders who wish to sit down during a particularly good run.

Should the rider need to stop immediately after kicking, the motor will automatically shut off when the brakes are applied.

The aluminum-framed Scrooser tips the scales at 28 kg (61 lb), making it a little awkward but certainly not impossible to pick up and move around
The aluminum-framed Scrooser tips the scales at 28 kg (61 lb), making it a little awkward but certainly not impossible to pick up and move around

The aluminum-framed vehicle tips the scales at 28 kg (61 lb), making it a little awkward but certainly not impossible to pick up and move around. Power is provided by a removable 48-volt/20-Ah lithium-ion battery pack, located beneath the foot board. Range will vary according to the strength/energy level of the rider, although the makers of the scooter claim that up to 55 km (34 miles) should be possible on one charge. A full charge takes three hours using a standard charger.

Additional features include integrated LED daytime running lights, a steel cable lock built into the frame, and an ignition lock. As for those fat tires ... they doubtless add some weight and rolling resistance, although they also reportedly give the scooter a “snowboard-like” ride. What’s more, they make it look sort of like the Batpod.

The designers of the Scrooser recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, to raise production funds. A pledge of US$3,950 will get you one, when and if they're ready to be kicked along the street.

The scooter can be seen in use in the pitch video below.

Sources: Scrooser, Kickstarter

17 comments
Slowburn
Did I miss a memo about a contest for the stupidest EV contest?
Craig Jennings
Very cool. Nothing like keeping rider input in the loop :) Having your exertions amplified is a neat feeling. I wonder if the wheels followed the inhub motor? 1000 watts is generous :)
The Skud
A fat-tired vehicle for fat, tired riders! Noticed no helmet worn in the first pic, either!
Michael Crumpton
I think that the range is going to be very limited with such fat tires. The price and pitch seem to be aimed at trust fund hipsters who can afford $4k toys.
Bahnstormer
$4,000? 61 lb? What the heck is wrong with a bicycle? A bike is probably the most efficient and elegant soultion to transportation ever.
Mac McDougal
Sorry to say that once again, cool design/development concepts seem to ignore pricing concerns. Michaelc's comment on $4k toys is apposite, but as I read the description on Kstarter, the post-launch price will be even higher. Nice try, no cigar.
Bassmandan
Interesting idea for those who want a little exercise in their commute, but far too pricey. For the same money you could buy a near-new Ninja 250 which can get you 70 mpg and will easily exceed any legal speed limits. OK, it's not electric, but it's much more versatile.
Le Ducktor
any propulsion with a kicking motion will lead too foot ankle and knee damage in time...
b2p
It must be a very short time between face plant and hitting a pot hole. Not sure how these will mix with 3 mph pedestrians.
Arf
It certainly doesn't seem practical, but it *is* a cool design.