Electric Mobility Innovation Round-up – Electric rollerblades and more

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.


Jack Skopinski’s Off-Road Electric Rollerblades

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.


e-Scooter from ETT Industries

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.


The Scootbike

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.


CycleBoard’s Electric Scooter (Available via Kickstarter)

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.


eFOLDi Electric Vehicle (Available on Kickstarter)

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.


NexEngineering’s e-Bike (Available on Kickstarter)

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