One US-based company wants to change that, and has developed an electric scooter that you really must see to believe.
Stator electric scooter
The Stator electric scooter is truly one-of-a-kind.
Between the giant wide-wheel tires and the single one-sided cantilever 4130 chromoly handlebar, the Stator is as innovative as it is striking.
Those wide wheels aren’t just for show either. Not only do they house and protect a 1,000 W motor, but they are also part of the “self-balancing” nature of the scooter. With the battery weight solidly below the wheel axles and a wide contact patch, the scooter is essentially self-righting and doesn’t require a kickstand.
Push it sideways and it functions like a Weeble – it wobbles but it won’t fall down.
Those batteries acting as a counterweight come in either a 500 Wh pack sufficient for 10 miles (16 km) of range or a 1,000 Wh pack that can provide 20 miles (32 km) of range.
Charging takes 4 hours on a standard charger or 1.2 hours on a fast charger.
The Stator has a top speed of 25 mph (43 km/h), which is definitely faster than most other electric scooters.
Braking is accomplished via a disc brake in the front and regenerative braking in the rear.
The Stator electric scooter weighs 90 lbs (41 kg) and can support up to 250 lbs (113 kg). It is also fairly maneuverable for such a massive looking scooter, with a turning radius of 94 inches (238 cm).
The 58 inch (147 cm) high and 20 inch (51 cm) wide scooter stands 43 inches (109 cm) tall, but the handlebar folds down to just 17 inches (43 cm) high.
The handlebar houses a twist throttle, brake lever, horn button, LED battery indicator, on/off button and a key lock.
All of the wiring is routed inside of the handlebar tube, resulting in the clean outward appearance.
The scooter doesn’t include suspension, but between the plush tires and long wheelbase providing a small amount of natural deck flex, the ride should still be plenty smooth.
Designing a new type of scooter
Designer Nathan Allen created the Stator electric scooter to capture the free feeling of skateboards and bicycles in an entirely new package.
He has spent years developing and thoroughly testing the design. His goal is to produce the scooter in the United States, which has led to slower than expected preparations for production.
Despite the Stator not even being available for purchase yet, it is already an award winning design.
The slower than anticipated production timeline and novel design has also already led to copycats popping up on international sales websites.
Stator even includes a warning on their website that such knock-offs are cheap imitations that are not designed to the same high degree of quality standards as the Stator electric scooter.
Lime and Bird should take note: this is how you build a scooter. Make them like this and you won’t have to worry about people breaking them in half anymore.
Admittedly, the Stator electric scooter looks pretty impressive, but don’t get too excited yet. They still have to figure out how to produce this thing in the US.
But I do hope that the Stator succeeds because it looks like a heck of a fun ride.
I really want to try it out – that the steering looks really interesting. Plus, I bet that the tire roar will be a big part of the experience.
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