Electric scooter goes totally tubular for portability

There’s no shortage of folding electric scooters on retail and crowdfunding sites. Some fold in half for carrying on and off public transportation and in and out of buildings, while others fold and trolley along by their wheels. The GoTube provides an even cleaner, more portable solution, folding into a smooth cylinder for strapping over your shoulder or carrying under your arm.

Other compact folding scooters, electric and manual, can be folded and carried, shoulder-bagged or strapped directly over the shoulder easily enough. The GoTube simply has smoother packaging. Instead of leaving dirty tires spinning next to your clothing, or putting a big awkward carry case over your shoulder, the package folds up neatly into an easy-carry tube that measures 29.3 in (74 cm) long by 5.4 in (14 cm) in diameter.

The GoTube’s handlebars slide away into the front body, which in turn folds down flush on the foot platform. The wheels retract up into the smooth cylinder, which end up looking like it might contain architectural blueprints instead of electric scooter hardware.

With its 12.8-lb (5.8-kg) carbon fiber construction, the GoTube is light enough to carry under your arm, and it comes with a shoulder case to boot. Either way, all the components are tucked neatly into the housing, so there’s no worry about jabbing yourself with a handlebar or inadvertently getting unspeakable city debris all over your T-shirt from the tires.

Carry it on its own or drop it in the carry case and strap it over...

The GoTube’s small packaging does limit the size and potency of its electric powertrain when compared to many other e-scooters, but it still offers more than enough juice to complete the last mile – the last 7.5 last miles (12 km), in fact. According to its designers, the 120-W motor offers speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h) through its two-speed gearing and will push the stand-up two-wheeler up inclines of 10 degrees. The front and rear wheels look like they’d get eaten whole by any pothole, but they do have shock absorption for smoothing out smaller bumps and impacts.

The GoTube’s 4-Ah, 36-V battery charges in about two hours and also powers a basic central display on the handlebars and an LED headlight in the front end of the cylindrical lower body. The scooter also includes a USB port for charging gadgets.

Those small wheels and compact foot platform don’t look like they’ll add up to the most comfortable ride, but we guess that’s the payoff for the light, portable design. The GoTube can carry riders up to 330 lb (150 kg).

The China/Hong Kong-based team behind the GoTube is hosting a Kickstarter campaign now, offering the scooter at an early bird pledge level of US$299, which is an estimated $200 off retail. It’s already rounded the corner on double its $20,000 goal and has more than 40 days left to go.

Source: Kickstarter

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Launched, Can Fold With the Press of a Button in 3 Seconds

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Xiaomi launched its first two-wheeled self-balancing scooter named Ninebot mini in October last year, and, the Qicycle Electric Folding Bike in June this year. The company and its partners are no strangers to electric vehicles, and a teaser from last week had indicated the launch of a new electric vehicle on Monday. Now, the company has launched its Mi Electric Scooter on its MIJIA crowdfunding platform in China, with aircraft grade aluminium alloy body and a portable folding design. The new foldable electric scooter has been priced by the company at CNY 1999 (roughly Rs. 19,500) and will be available from December 15.

The Mi Electric Scooter has a top speed of 25kmph and comes with LG 1850 EV-lithium ion battery with a battery capacity of 280Wh. The scooter comes with instantaneous power of 500W. There is an E-ABS anti-lock braking system present at the front wheel while the double disc braking system ensures that the scooter comes to a halt quickly in a smooth manner.
Interestingly, the Mi Electric Scooter can be folded with just a button press and takes just three seconds to compress itself. The electric scooter comes with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System that converts kinetic energy to electrical energy and works towards increasing the battery life of the scooter. Users can adjust the value of this energy recovery system from the app itself.
The scooter can be connected with user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and allows users to track their speed, battery life, and battery health etc. The Mi Electric Scooter weighs just 12.5kg and can therefore be carried around with relative ease.

The Mi Electric Scooter will be made available in White and Black colour variants. Even though the company has not announced any release plans for other countries, like many other Xiaomi products, its availability is likely to be restricted to China.

Xiaomi may launch electric car or scooter on December 12

Xiaomi may soon launch an electric vehicle in China. MIJIA, Xiaomi’s arm for its smart home products, has shared a teaser on Weibo which hints that company may soon unveil an electric car or bike on December 12.

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The teaser shows a tyre mark which can be of a car or a bike also. The teaser also has texts like brake energy recovery, E-ABS anti-lock braking system, cruise control, one-piece die cast motors and perforated brake discs.

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This is not the first electric vehicle that the company is launching. Xiaomi earlier also unveiled its first foldable electric bike called as QiCycle. The bike is priced at $455 and runs on 250W-36V high-speed motor. Earlier, the company also flaunted its handle- less scooter called Ninebot Mini at the MWC. The scooter can run as fast as 16km/hour and company claims that it can cover a distance of up to 22KM on one-time charging. The vehicle weighs only 12.8kg and easy to balance.

Transboard: The New Generation of Electric Scooter

The Transboard electric scooter looks to give users the safest ride imaginable. It’s perfect for anyone looking for an environmentally friendly way to commute around town.

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Built by Mercane Wheels, Transboard uses a double wishbone suspension for safe riding regardless of road surface. Its easily-folded structure allows for low-hassle transport.

No balance? No problem! The scooter includes a unique three-wheeled system, allowing for anyone to use it. Mercane Wheels said the scooter has a polycarbonate trim, a material perfect for shock absorption.

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The scooter travels up to 20 mph for 20 miles on a single charge. It takes six hours to charge fully. Transboard boasts an aluminum alloy frame, making it lighter than most other scooters but sturdy enough to carry up to 220 pounds with ease. The scooter comes in at around 40 lbs.

 

The scooter’s LED screen shows speed and power measurements. It also measures your trip’s length and dozens of other factors. You can power up the Transboard easily and adjust the display to suit your needs. You can even put the scooter on cruise control. No need to worry with the LED screen while driving.

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The Mercane Wheels company just started its Kickstarter campaign for the project. It hopes to raise $50,000 for these scooters.

For a “super early bird” pledge of $399, you get one Transboard, battery and charger. Miss the super early bird? Starting at $449, you can preorder a scooter in white or black, and get a battery and charger. The retail price of the scooter is listed at $1,250, so the Kickstarter promos are definitely a steal! According to the company’s timeline, the scooters will start being delivered in March 2017.

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You can visit the Mercane Wheels Corporate Website for information about other upcoming projects. You can also like them on Facebook to follow along with the Transboard’s development.

Via Kickstarter