Israel was at the forefront of the electric car revolution with the failed Better Place project. But some Israeli entrepreneurs are still working on new electric transportation concepts, and now their sights are on foldable electric scooters.
Roadix presented the Muv-e (My Urban Vehicle) a couple of years ago, and the foldable scooter should be available in the next few months. This three-wheeler is designed to automatically fold into a trolley suitcase. Its aluminum/fiber chassis has a self-centering tilting suspension, and the rider controls the scooter by turning the handlebars and by tilting it like a bike.
It comes with a choice of 36V 8Ah or 16Ah lithium-ion battery, allowing for a range of 19 miles (30 km) with the larger battery. Top speed is 16 mph (25 km/h), thanks to a 250W-500W brushless motor. And of course it has smartphone connectivity. The Muv-e weighs between 31lbs (14 kg) and 40lbs (18 kg), depending on the version. It will be priced around $2,000 (€1,855).
Roadix is also working on a rental system for the Muv-e, with a “vending machine” called the Muve-n-GO. It can store up to 20 scooters, which can be rented on an hourly or usage payment base. The idea is to have these stations located throughout a city, and users can pickup and drop off their scooters at these stations.
Haifa-based Green Ride’s Inu (Japanese for dog) should also hit markets in the next few months. This more conventional two-wheeled scooter also folds into a suitcase and weighs 55lbs (25kg). Top speed is 16 mph (25 km/h), and range is 12.5 miles (20 km) for the $3,230 (€2,999) version, 19 miles (30 km) for the $4,307 (€3,999) version and 25 miles (40 km) for the $5,384 (€4,999) version. The 500W-750W brushless hub motor is powered by a lithium battery.
One of the Inu’s particularity is that it folds up on voice command, or hand gesture via a smart phone. It is clearly a high-end scooter, and style has a price…
The foldable electric scooter is the “it” electric vehicle right now, and let’s hope that some of the multitude of concepts that have been shown will make it to market.