Scooters aren’t exactly the sexiest or techiest machines around but the electric AppScooter is trying to solve that with a sleek aesthetic and a decent dollop of tech.
Under development by Dutch firm Bolt Mobility, the AppScooter has been available for pre-order for a few years, but now the company has started working on bringing the electric scooter to the market with gusto, with the first AppScooters set to roll onto roads in 2018.
Powered by an electric motor available in 2kW, 4kW, and 7kW configurations, the AppScooter uses Lithium-ion batteries which give it a 37-mile range, enough for most city commutes. But the AppScooter can hold a whole load of the batteries more commonly found in smartphones, with its maximum range set at around 248 miles.
It’s not exactly a speed machine, with it being able to sprint to 28 mph in 3.3 seconds, but it should be nippy enough to weave its way through clogged London streets at rush hour.
While its electric credentials are decent, the AppScooter offers a bit of Tesla-like tech by sporting a 7-inch display fitted in between the scooter’s handlebars. Looking positively futuristic and something you’d expect to see in a BMW i8, the display allows riders to control their smartphone safely while steering the bike.
Safety features like face-detection prevent mobiles from being used dangerously while scootering around, and built-in GPS helps take care of navigation. Bluetooth connectivity is present and correct, while built-in cameras help with traffic detection and allow photos to be snapped and shared on social media sites.
Aimed at people who want to zip through the urban jungle without adding to C02 emissions, the AppScooter will cost around £2,700. Pre-orders for the AppScooter are already massively over-subscribed, so there’s likely to be a rather long waiting list before you can get your hands on the techy scooter.
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