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Unagi electric kickscooter heads for the hills

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The Unagi Scooter comes with either a 250 W front wheel motor or a dual motor setup with 200 W at the front and 250 W to the rear
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The Unagi Scooter comes with either a 250 W front wheel motor or a dual motor setup with 200 W at the front and 250 W to the rear
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The Unagi electric kickscooter features a one-click folding mechanism for transport between rides
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The Unagi electric kickscooter features a one-click folding mechanism for transport between rides
When folded, the Unagi's handlebar stem locks into place for ease of transport between rides
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When folded, the Unagi's handlebar stem locks into place for ease of transport between rides
The Unagi has an integrated dashboard display and control panel
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The Unagi has an integrated dashboard display and control panel
The Unagi electric kickscooter  is fashioned from aluminum and carbon fiber
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The Unagi electric kickscooter  is fashioned from aluminum and carbon fiber
Exploded components view of the Unagi electric kickscooter
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Exploded components view of the Unagi electric kickscooter

Electric kickscooter rental and ride share schemes are popping up all over the place, but some last mile commuters prefer to buy their own rides. There are many e-scooters available, and newcomer Unagi is busy attracting Kickstarter backers to its design by dangling such features as puncture-proof tires, the choice of a single or twin motor power and enough torque to roll up 15 degree inclines.

There's no denying that the Unagi Scooter is something of a looker. Fashioned from aluminum and carbon fiber, the electric kickscooter comes in two flavors. The E250 model has a 250 W front wheel motor, which can reportedly manage a 6 degree incline, while the E450 variant can roll up a 15 degree hill thanks to a 200 W motor to the front and a 250 W motor at the rear.

The Unagi Scooter comes with either a 250 W front wheel motor or a dual motor setup with 200 W at the front and 250 W to the rear
The Unagi Scooter comes with either a 250 W front wheel motor or a dual motor setup with 200 W at the front and 250 W to the rear

Either way, the Unagi has a top speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) and a range of 15.5 miles (25 km) per 4-5 hour charge, together with electronic anti-lock braking, front and rear LED headlights and airless tires that promise a ride free from punctures.

Rather than plonking a chunky external trip computer somewhere up top, the Unagi features a dashboard display down the leg of the T-shaped magnesium alloy handlebars. And the e-scooter benefits from what looks like a painless one-click folding mechanism for transport between rides.

The Unagi project is currently raising production funds over on Kickstarter, where pledge start at US$623. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in February 2019. The video below has more.

Sources: Unagi, Kickstarter

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
Scooters are ubiquitous, but I prefer the feel of a good e skateboard, plus they are easier to carry...
mark41
Range is given as 25 km, on level ground. What is the range of the E450 variant while climbing at 15° with a 90 kg rider aboard?