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Xkuty e-scooter docks in a solar pod, puts Bluetooth in your helmet

Xkuty e-scooter docks in a sol...
The Xkuty One electric scooter
The Xkuty One electric scooter
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The Xkuty helmet comes in several colors and with available Bluetooth
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The Xkuty helmet comes in several colors and with available Bluetooth
The Xkuty One has a clean, colorful look
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The Xkuty One has a clean, colorful look
The under-seat storage is built to accommodate a fast charger, which can fill the 25-mile scooter's battery in 2.5 hours
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The under-seat storage is built to accommodate a fast charger, which can fill the 25-mile scooter's battery in 2.5 hours
The Xkuty One scooter has hydraulic disc brakes and front and rear suspension
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The Xkuty One scooter has hydraulic disc brakes and front and rear suspension
The Xkuty One electric scooter is available on Indiegogo for pledge levels of $2,550+
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The Xkuty One electric scooter is available on Indiegogo for pledge levels of $2,550+
The iPhone dock makes it easy to use your phone as a controller and digital display
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The iPhone dock makes it easy to use your phone as a controller and digital display
The Xkuty One scooter has front and rear hydraulic disc brakes
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The Xkuty One scooter has front and rear hydraulic disc brakes
Xkuty One electric scooter
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Xkuty One electric scooter
The 100-mm multi-adjustable rear shock
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The 100-mm multi-adjustable rear shock
EMC tells us that the 25-mile Xkuty One will take about 12 hours to charge directly from the solar panels
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EMC tells us that the 25-mile Xkuty One will take about 12 hours to charge directly from the solar panels
EMC hopes to use Indiegogo funding toward completing the Spark solar dock
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EMC hopes to use Indiegogo funding toward completing the Spark solar dock
The Xkuty docked away in the Spark charging stand
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The Xkuty docked away in the Spark charging stand
The Spark solar charging stand
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The Spark solar charging stand
EMC plans to make both "day" (no battery) and "night" (with battery) Spark stands
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EMC plans to make both "day" (no battery) and "night" (with battery) Spark stands
The Xkuty docked away in the Spark solar charging stand
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The Xkuty docked away in the Spark solar charging stand
Designed specifically for the Xkuty One, the Spark has a built-in charging cable for fast connection
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Designed specifically for the Xkuty One, the Spark has a built-in charging cable for fast connection
The Xkuty One electric scooter
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The Xkuty One electric scooter
The Xkuty One electric scooter has 16 x 2.5-in tires
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The Xkuty One electric scooter has 16 x 2.5-in tires
The accompanying app provides control, information and other features
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The accompanying app provides control, information and other features
Xkuty app
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Xkuty app
The Xkuty app is only available on iOS
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The Xkuty app is only available on iOS
Xkuty app
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Xkuty app
Xkuty app
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Xkuty app
The Xkuty seat and handlebars come in several color options
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The Xkuty seat and handlebars come in several color options
The Xkuty seat and handlebars come in several color options
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The Xkuty seat and handlebars come in several color options

Back in 2013, we took a look at a sleek, Apple-esque electric scooter called the Xkuty. While still a clean, simple design, the white and lime green e-scooter is now a bit more high-tech. It's up for crowdfunding, and it packs a few improvements, including a more robust range, an available solar charging dock and a matching Bluetooth helmet.

Designed by Electric Mobility Company (EMC) and now called the Xkuty One, the scooter is still powered by a 1,500-watt rear hub motor. That motor is now able to stretch its legs a bit more, as EMC offers several range options between 25 and 60 miles (40 and 97 km) range options. That last figure is close to double the 31-mile (50 km) range we reported in 2013, so a significant upgrade for anyone that might need to travel extra distance between charges. Top speed remains at 45 km/h (28 mph).

EMC plans to make both "day" (no battery) and "night" (with battery) Spark stands
EMC plans to make both "day" (no battery) and "night" (with battery) Spark stands

Part of the reason EMC has reached out to the crowdfunding community is to fund the further development of the 320-Wp Spark solar parking dock. Available with or without the storage capacity of a 30-Ah lithium battery, the Spark sets up under the beating sun and charges the Xkuty battery through a built-in cable. Simply roll the scooter onto the dock, connect the cable and let the sun (and optional battery) do the work.

The Spark measures 6.2 x 3.9 x 4.9 feet (1.9 x 1.2 x 1.5 m) and weighs around 110 lb (50 kg). EMC tells us that the non-battery version charges the 25-mile Xkuty One in about 12 hours, empty to full. The batteries-included version is designed for overnight charging.

The iPhone dock makes it easy to use your phone as a controller and digital display
The iPhone dock makes it easy to use your phone as a controller and digital display

The Xkuty scooter includes an iPhone dock on the stem and an accompanying iOS app that turns your phone into the control center and digital display. You use the app to turn the scooter on and off, display system and navigation information, and set a speed limit. It even uses the phone's gyroscope to detect a crash and auto-call a preset emergency contact.

EMC is also working on an accompanying Bluetooth helmet. The carbon fiber helmet features the same clean styling as the scooter, and the optional integrated Bluetooth headset lets the rider make hands-free calls or listen to music through the docked iPhone.

The Xkuty helmet comes in several colors and with available Bluetooth
The Xkuty helmet comes in several colors and with available Bluetooth

The Xkuty One is made from composites and aluminum, keeping its weight down between 42 and 46 kg (92.6 and 101.4 lb). EMC is offering the 25-mile-range Xkuty on Indiegogo for pledge levels of US$2,550 and up and the 60-mile version at $3,400+, with deliveries slated to commence in May 2016 if all goes according to plan. It also offers options to put $500 or $1,000 down on the 25-mile scooter and pay the rest later. The Xkuty One (45-mile) plus the non-battery Spark solar dock slot in at the $6,700 pledge mark when packaged together. Those numbers do not include shipping from Spain, which can add another several hundred dollars.

Source: Xkuty One, Indiegogo

4 comments
equator180
Looks good, sounds great but who needs a $3K iPhone...at least if you see one (odds on that are mighty slim) you know you are looking at a person of Apple intelligence, Steve would be proud..
Nik
$6,700 seems an awful lot of money for two wheels, an electric motor, a battery, and some metalwork to join it all together, even if it is an attractive looking result. One would have to be a little XKnuty to pay that much, I think.
dhz
Not a good deal at all. The competitor is the ZEV Electric 2700. The ZEV has seating for 2, cargo carrying capacity on the front and fold out side racks for bulky items, 3 times the power (4000 peak, 2700 continuous), and has the same price.
Calson
Electric scooters outnumber gas powered ones in large cities in China and the advantage is that they can be plugged in to a wall outlet at home and again at the office. Longer range means either a much more expensive and potentially dangerous lithium-ion battery or a much heavier lead acid battery. Better to have different battery pack options for buyers and let them decide which works best for their situation. Lead acid have worked very well for many years to power electric wheel chairs so no need to reinvent the wheel so to speak.