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.
As a scooter enthusiast, I was very excited to learn about La Galoche, a new French company building an innovative kick scooter, or trotinette, for daily commuting. The founders spent hours brainstorming product ideas with the aim of tackling some of the earth’s most difficult challenges: global warming, unhappiness, and obesity. They all agreed on the kick scooter as the logical answer. As a daily kick scooter rider myself, I couldn’t agree more. Their ambition is to create a scooter that is more elegant, high-tech and functional than the typical adult scooter. Some of the scooter’s unique features include: a built in light, hand and foot breaks, a carrying handle, and a mobile app that gives navigation instructions, tracks calories and distance.
The company is part of an incubator (Transalley) based in Valenciennes (northern part of France) focused on transportation / mobility start-ups. In March 2016, they won first place in a mobility start-up competition with their prototype. They are now looking for manufacturers in Northern France. Best of luck to the La Galoche team during the production stage. I can’t wait to test drive their scooter next time I am in France.
If I can, I opt to commute by kick scooter. It might seem dorky or childish to some, but kick scooters truly are perfect urban transport solutions for Boston, a relatively flat city. Now I do like my electric scooter too for long (>2 mile commutes). But, let’s be honest, you don’t get much exercise on an electric vehicle. Kick scooting gives you a bit more huff and puff than walking without causing much sweat, particularly if your commute is peppered with slight downslopes. So, kick scooters rocks and here are seven reasons why:
They are easy to fold and carry to an office, into a store, on a bus etc.
Combine them with other types of transportation: walking, public transportation, driving…
You can do it with young and old (I have seen many grandmothers pick up the sport to keep up with their grand kids)
You don’t need a lot of balance to get started
Get on and off them easily
The risk of serious injuries is not as high as with bicycles (unless of course you are doing ramps and jumps).
And, according to my 9 year old daughter: “It’s really really fun to ride”
If you commute two miles or less and have access to walking paths, consider a kick scooter.
If you live in the Boston-area, make an appointment to demo a full range of Micro kick scooters. Contact me here to make an appointment.
My sincere apologies. In my last post, I discussed an eScooter that I claimed was the lightest in the market, at 16.5 pounds. A Kickstarter search for scooters turned up one that is only 8.8 lbs.
A new , Chinese firm, by the name of crazy fire tech raised $175K to develop an 8.8 lbs eScooter that fits in your backpack. For their Kickstarter campaign they priced the scooters at $299, a crazy low price given the specs – light weight, battery lasts 5 years, mobile app that monitors routes, power and connects to other fellow scooter riders.
I am sorry I missed this Kickstarter campaign. Hope to get my hands on one of these some day soon. So tell us, would you ride this?
Finding the perfect Personal Urban Mobility Product (PUMP) can be hard, especially if you want to step out of the standard single passenger bike format. Those who don’t like sitting on a bike saddle but want to get around more quickly than by foot, don’t typically have a lot of options to try out different equipment for more enjoyable commutes. We can read about them aplenty on Gizmag but test driving them is often impossible. With this site I hope to make it possible for Boston residents to try out some of these innovative PTVs that promise happier commutes. Families should be able to test drive a cargo bike and those in the market for an escooter should be able to get their hands on the throttle without having to fork over the grand+ that they cost.
So, if any of the equipment I post about appeals to you, let me know you would be interested in a trial through the poll below. If I get enough yes votes, Happy Commutes will attempt to acquire one for local market trials in exchange for a small fee.
To start us off, one of the items I would like to get my hands on is eMicro’s newest scooter: an electric scooter that weighs only 16.5 pounds. Based on my research, this seems to be the lightest electric scooter to hit the market and the charging time is wicked fast.