The electric kick scooter category seems to be heating up, with several new products (almost) ready to be introduced.
We already presented the Scrooser (http://cleanrider.com/scrooser-best-looking-electric-scooter/), developed in Germany and manufactured by GOVECS in its Polish factory. It should be reaching dealers anytime soon now, and will be available to American consumers. But the Scrooser will be facing some competition.
The Scooterson Rolley , developed by a team of four Romanian entrepreneurs, is supposed to be coming in April of next year and looks a lot like the Scrooser. It features one or two 250W hub motors and a 11Ah / 400Wh lithium battery. Top speed is limited to 16 mph (25 km/h), and the range comes in at 31 miles (50 km). The Rolley connects to smartphones or smart-watches to display speed, battery status, ride statistics and other traffic-relevant data.
FlyKly, from New York City, recently introduced the Smart Ped, a foldable electric kick scooter. It only weighs 24 lb. (11kg), and has the same performances as the Scooterson: 250W motor, top speed of 16 mph (25 km/h), and range of 31 miles (50 km). It is at the Kickstarter stage and is priced at $790, with retail price of $1,250. If all goes well (which means it is unlikely), the Smart Ped should be available in the spring of next year.
From the Chinese firm SEEV comes the Citycoco, a perfect copy of the Scrooser… Equipped with a 800W, 95 nM motor, it reaches a speed of 13 mph (20 km/h) and has a range of 50 miles (80 km). According to the Chinese web site, the Citycoco costs only ¥ 4499.00, or $780! If the Citycoco ever reaches Europe and the USA, it will compete against the $4,000 Scrooser…
Of course, it remains to be seen if there is a demand for electric kick scooter. Will it be a toy for kids, or can it become a real urban transportation vehicle?