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VOI electric scooter puts the passenger first – literally

VOI electric scooter puts the ...
The VOI is a prototype electric scooter, in which the passenger sits in an enclosed compartment in the front
The VOI is a prototype electric scooter, in which the passenger sits in an enclosed compartment in the front
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The VOI has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and a range of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge
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The VOI has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and a range of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge
The passenger compartment can be swapped out for a cargo box, or even for a compact mobile kitchen for use by street vendors
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The passenger compartment can be swapped out for a cargo box, or even for a compact mobile kitchen for use by street vendors
The VOI is a prototype electric scooter, in which the passenger sits in an enclosed compartment in the front
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The VOI is a prototype electric scooter, in which the passenger sits in an enclosed compartment in the front
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What do you do if you’re a businessman who needs to quickly get from one meeting to another, via the taxi-thwarting congested roads of a “megacity”? You could try a scooter, but what if it’s raining? That’s where the rickshaw-like VOI electric scooter prototype enters the picture. It protects the passenger in an enclosed front compartment, while the driver sits exposed to the elements in the back.

The VOI takes its name from the Vietnamese word for elephant, which is considered to be a safe and reliable means of transportation in that country. Built in Singapore, the vehicle was designed in a joint effort between final-year students from Germany’s Technische Universität Muenchen and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

It’s intended to blend the maneuverability and low cost of a scooter with the safety and comfort of a car – not unlike Lit Motors’ C-1 – although it would be interesting to know just how crash-worthy that front passenger compartment is. The compartment does reportedly add to the rigidity of the chassis, plus it can be swapped out for a cargo box, or even for a compact mobile kitchen for use by street vendors.

The VOI has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and a range of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge
The VOI has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and a range of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge

The vehicle has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and a range of approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge. Besides its use for beating the traffic in metropolises, it could also find use as a form of “last mile” transportation, ferrying passengers between their destinations and public transit systems such as trains.

Created as part of Technische Universität Muenchen’s TUM CREATE program, the VOI was recently unveiled at the 3rd Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show. There’s no word at this point on the possibility of commercial production.

It can be seen being put together and tried out in the video below.

Source: Technische Universität Muenchen

TUM CREATE - VOI electric scooter full footage

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14 comments
Ian Mitko
So the guy who is supposed to do the steering and leaning isn't near the center of gravity and the passenger will now be the first person to get hit and will also bake in the sun with this canopy and won't get any relief from the wind?
yrag
I understand that this vehicle is for emerging markets, and I'm very interested in enclosed, tandem vehicles, but I just think this concept has too narrow a niche.
Slowburn
Give it pneumatic propulsion and a high efficiency no crank ICE compressor and you will have a real nice power rickshaw.
Slowburn
re; Mitko Ian
When I ride a bike or motorcycle I don't lean to steer, I steer the bike and lean with it. Being behind or in front of the center of balance is not a problem.
Tony Morrill
What I see is a big sail with a moment arm that will make that thing a nightmare as soon as you see some gusty winds blowing against it. The added weight of a passenger will help it be somewhat stable, but can you imagine a lone driver/rider with an empty cab up front trying to manage that thing against a stiff crosswind? If it doesn't end up on its side it will be all over the road every time a gust of wind hits it.
No thanks...
jerryd
I do things like this and it looks like a good design for congested areas.
Ian you don't know what you are talking about.
Slowburn pneumatic power is so ineff and range limited to be a bad joke. Maybe read some more objective sites on it.
Captain Obvious
Well, won't be able to call them tuk-tuks.
Slowburn
re; jerryd
I suggested a pneumatic ICE hybrid with a phenomenally efficient engine and not dependent on heavy, expensive, dangerous, and short lived batteries.
You accuse me of lack of objectivity.
Jabboson
The naysayers, again, are alive and well.
Jay Lloyd
As it is, the design is fine. The real question is can it be produced cheaply enough to compete in the market it is designed for.