Smart electric scooter projects are being developed all over the world, and the latest one comes from the Netherlands.
The Bolt Mobility concept is a lot like the Gogoro project in Taiwan, minus the battery charging stations. The Bolt electric scooter is a 50cc-equivalent scooter that you will be able to buy for €2,990. The price however does not include the battery, which will cost you €29 per month. The rental fee also covers the 3G/4G/wifi connection, which allows for downloading apps directly to the large touchscreen on the dashboard. The onboard operating system and integrated sensors make it possible to have a complete vehicle diagnostics and to send over-the-air updates.
The Bolt features an aerospace-grade composite frame, for a claimed 40% weight saving. The 4 kW motor (7 kW peak) powers the scooter to a top speed of 45 km/h (27 mph) in 3.9 seconds. The removable 3 kWh lithium battery is good for a range of 150 km at 25 km/h (93 miles at 16 mph), or 100 km at 45 km/h (62 miles at 27 mph).
Engineered and produced in Rotterdam by a young team of entrepreneurs, the first Bolt scooters should be available in the Spring of 2016.