InMotion unleashes powerful hill-climbing off-road electric unicycle
China's e-mobility specialist InMotion has unveiled a new electric unicycle that's been designed "to push the boundaries of exploration." The Adventure model boasts a frighteningly powerful motor, 120-km battery, and tunable suspension.
After a year of research and development, InMotion has opted to treat the Adventure Electric Unicycle to an insane 4,000-W off-road motor that can reportedly peak at 9,000 watts (or possibly even higher) and is designed to help riders climb 50-degree inclines with relative ease courtesy of 200 Nm (147.5 lb.ft) of torque and 850 N of traction force at the wheel.
When on the level, it can reportedly zip along at up to 110 km/h (68.35 mph), and sprint from standstill to 50 km/h in 2.5 seconds. That doesn't quite match the V13 Challenger's 140 km/h top speed though so there are more thrilling (and dangerous) electric unicycles in the company's catalog if you're brave enough.
Two ride modes are on offer: a stable, smoother Comfort Mode for extended battery life, and a high-power, more responsive Sport Mode – with settings tweaked through a companion app.
The four batteries surrounding the wheel can be released from the frame (without taking apart the controller) in around 10 minutes. Capacity is reported to be 2,400-mAh, with smart battery management able to monitor each cell in real-time. InMotion reckons that should give riders 120 km (~75 miles) of per-charge range, and fast-charging is available for top-ups to 80% capacity in an hour.
The Adventure off-roader rolls on a 16-inch wheel wearing 3-inch-wide chunky tires. The wheel assembly is waterproof to IPX6 standards, with the battery sealed to IPX7, so riders shouldn't need to worry about making waves where water is pooled along the way, or encountering a sudden downpour.
The electric unicycle features the company's "exclusive custom progressive spring" for the promise of a comfortable ride while offering eight levels of rebound damping and 17 levels of compression damping to cope with "intense off-road segments like jumps and steep slopes, protecting the rider's knees." The setup can be fine-tuned for rider weight and style.
Rounding out the key specs are wider and larger anti-slip foot plates, a 1,500-lumen headlight with adjustable intensity and "automotive-grade" tail-lights.
InMotion has announced an "early bird" retail price of US$3,299 for the Adventure model, though we've no word on availability at this time. The launch video below has more.
Product page: InMotion Adventure Electric Unicycle