These two often-delayed and very original products have now Chinese competitors.
It might be a lesson for all new entrepreneurs: if you wait long enough to deliver your product, a Chinese company will beat you to the market with a duplicate of your product.
Lit Motors has presented his C-1 concept several years ago, and there is still no date for an official release. This auto-balancing enclosed electric two-wheeler is rather revolutionary, and San Francisco-based Lit Motors is struggling to bring it to market.
Which gives ample time to China–based Beijing Lingyun Intelligent Technology to produce the concept it showed at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Using the same system of gyroscopes to balance the vehicle, Lingyun’s concept looks a lot like the C-! except for its scissor-doors. According to carnewschina.com, the two-wheeler weighs 220 kg, is propelled by a 30 kW motor with a 3 kWh lithium battery. Range is announced at 100 km, with a top speed of 100 km/h.
Lingyun showed another concept, also a self-balancing two-wheeler, but with two seats side-by-side. Mass production is announced for 2019-2020. Curiously, Lingyun is financed in part by Sequoia Capital!
The Scrooser is another example of a great product that has people waiting. This electric kick-scooter was originally supposed to be manufactured by GOVECS in its Polish factory. There was a fallout between GOVECS and Scrooser, and production was moved to Germany. It is now in a pre-production stage, and test ride sessions have been available in a couple of German cities.
Meanwhile, Shenzhen Jiachebao Technology Co. (JCB) is now selling a vehicle which looks a lot like the Scrooser and is powered by a 800W motor. The lithium battery is good for an 80 km range. Price: $600 (the Scrooser is priced at $5,100).
Is it fair? The same is going on with cars, where Chinese manufacturers are copying European models. Just a couple of weeks ago, Range Rover announced that it was suing a Chinese manufacturer which copied its Evoque model. This is a rare move by a European firm, and it will be interesting to see what will happen.
On the other hand, if we can have cheaper electric two-wheelers… It might also put some pressure on innovative firms to speed up the manufacturing process for their new products.