Why stand when you can sit? That’s probably the question UK-based EV company EKOO wanted to answer to, and so, it has launched a foldable e-scooter. Called EKOO EKOOTER, the foldable e-scooter aims to offer a more comfortable last-mile mobility solution compared to foldable e-kickscooters like the SEAT MO eKickScooter 25 (previously known as SEAT EXS KickScooter).
The EKOO EKOOTER features an S-Frame manufactured from 6061 aluminium alloy. The e-scooter can be folded entirely to stow it somewhere conveniently. It need not be lifted; the rider can leave its front-end unfolded and drag it along on the front wheel. On reaching the place where it has to be stowed, say a car’s trunk, for instance, the stem and handlebar can also be folded so that its size further reduces.
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EKOO offers the EKOOTER with 7 Ah and 10.5 Ah battery options, and it sources both the batteries from Samsung. The 7 Ah battery, available in a ‘Light’ variant, gives a range of 30-40 miles (48-64 km), while the 10.5 Ah can the rider go further till 52-62 miles (84-100 km). The EKOO EKOOTER features front, rear and brake lights, dual-brake system and 14-inch tyres. It has a screen as well, to display the speed and battery life.
EKOO is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for the EKOOTER on Indegogo. There, it offers the EKOOTER Light at a discounted GBP 549 (INR 53,480) instead of GBP 999 (INR 97,315) and the EKOOTER at a discounted GBP 609 (INR 59,324) instead of GBP 1,170 (INR 1,13,973). The standard variant is also available via the company’s official website, where the regular price reads GBP 999 instead of Indegogo’s GBP 1,170.
A helmet worth GBP 39.99 (INR 3,896) is free on purchasing the EKOO EKOOTER, but only at Indegogo, not the company’s website. Yellow, Pink, Blue and Black are the available colour options. There’s no word on when the deliveries are scheduled to commence.
Bike sharing platforms like Yulu (with the Yulu Miracle) and Bounce (with the Bounce N3310) are developing unique low-cost solutions to take on the last-mile mobility segment, so a solution designed in the UK may need plenty of modifications before it can suit Indian usage.
Display image from Ekooter.com.