Here is a roundup of the latest in electric personal transportation equipment covered by Gizmag or discovered on Kickstarter:
Electric rollerblades: I had seen off-road roller-skates and roller blades before but I had never come across electric rollerblades until I read about Polish inventor’s Jack Skopinsi new off-road electric rollerblades. He designed these in response to customer requests for portable personal transportation that could be carried in a bag. Cost is around $1,200.
Electric scooter and e-bikes: ETT industries designed one of each. As Gizmag reports, the firm won a design award for the bike’s unconventional industrial design. The range on these vehicles is 50 miles (impressive) after a 5-hour charge. The scooter can travel up to 45 km/h while the bike’s top speed is 25 km/h. Scooters are more expensive at $3.8K while bikes are $2.4K.
The Scootbike: on the lighter side of PTEs (Personal Transportation Equipment), we have the Scootbike, a cross between a bike and a scooter. Unlike Micro’s bike / scooter cross (The Pedalflow) that includes pedals with no seat, the Scootbike gives you a seat but no pedals. Kick to get speed while sitting down. At only 6 pounds, this is probably one of the lightest adult PTVs on the market. There is an option to add an electric motor which would increase the weight by a couple of pounds.
CycleBoard, a stand-up electric scooter: one of my favorite types of PTEs. Newport Beach, CA CycleBoard is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to develop a three-wheeled electric scooter that provides more stability to riders than conventional two-wheeled scooters. The steering mechanism is unique as passengers lean to steer. Max. speed is 20 mph with five power modes. Range on one charge = 15-20 mph. The scooter’s weight of 42 pounds makes it a bit challenging to move around but it can be wheeled around using its back two wheels. The project has more than exceeded its goal so it will definitely become reality.
e-FOLDi, a multi-functional sit-down electric vehicle: The eFOLDi electric vehicle wins the award for the most versatile and democratic electric vehicle. eFOLDi is a sit-down electric scooter that can be folded into a piece of luggage and converted into a chair. The scooter’s weight of 42lbs is lighter than most conventional sit-down electric scooters and seems to be a huge improvement over bulky and inflexible electric chairs designed for the elderly. One of the vehicles’ key features is its portability on airplanes. As a result, they make a point of specifying that their Lithium-ion batteries meet airline regulations. The UK-based company is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to brings its vehicle to the world.
NexEngineering’s e-bike: NY-based NexEngineering is fundraising to bring its e-bike to life. How will they differentiate in the crowded e-bike market? The battery pack is hidden inside the frame which makes the bike look much more elegant and trendy compared to other e-bikes. Range is 30 to 50 miles on a single charge after a 2.5 hours charging time (pretty fast). Weight is 42 lbs.