Electrical scooters are seemingly omnipresent nowadays, largely because of scooter-sharing corporations like Bird and Lime. However simply because the ever present type of the fashionable electrical scooter is in every single place doesn’t imply that’s how they need to actually look.
Because it seems, there’s a greater method.
Not less than that’s what a workforce from consulting agency Teague claims, and their mock up seems fairly darn convincing.
As you possibly can see from the picture beneath, the very first thing they’ve performed is change from a standing scooter to a seated scooter format.
Not solely does that make the car extra secure by reducing the middle of gravity, nevertheless it additionally lowers the rider’s line of sight nearer to that of different pedestrians. That helps take away the psychological imbalance much like that of SUV drivers towering over different vehicles.
As an alternative of getting scooter riders flying a head taller than pedestrians (a difficulty made much more extreme by large and powerful electric scooters with more ground clearance), seated electrical scooters assist put everybody on a extra degree subject – actually.
Subsequent, the scooter’s wheel measurement has been considerably elevated.
Many electrical scooters have wheels in the 7-8.5″ range. Whereas some electrical scooters are starting to embrace larger diameter wheels, they’re nonetheless a rarity. Bigger wheels assist enhance trip security and luxury by extra simply overcoming obstacles of their path.
Along with improved security, different options have been added to enhance utility.
A bag hook is supplied underneath the seat, which helps fill the detrimental house and reap the benefits of the open body design. It additionally takes the burden of a bag off of the rider’s shoulders and reduces the middle of gravity of the car. New riders on standing electrical scooters can typically be thrown off by the additional weight of a heavy bag on their again, and eradicating the bag-balancing-act totally can assist forestall such single-rider accidents.
The bag hook is designed to lock when the kickstand is up, which each secures the bag and encourages riders to park the scooter appropriately (i.e. not on its aspect). If you need your bag again, you’ll should park the scooter on its kickstand.
That kickstand, by the best way, seems to be a double kickstand. That would cut back the possibility of the scooter tipping over, and is a design that has recently been embraced by some other popular shared electric scooters.
A rear rack has additionally been added to hold varied formed objects and for circumstances the place the rider doesn’t come together with his or her personal bag.
Whereas I get pleasure from a sure thrill that standing electrical scooters provide, I positively choose seated electric scooters for longer journeys.
Not solely are they extra snug, however they less complicated really feel extra secure and fewer anxious to trip. I get pleasure from standing scooters for a similar purpose I get pleasure from using horses – they are often thrilling and typically unpredictable. However I additionally don’t commute on a horse for the exact same purpose.
The seated electrical scooter with bigger wheels and built-in storage options appears to me just like the pure evolution of the electrical scooter. Chook has already gone a part of the best way there with its electric mopeds, however I feel I like Teague’s model even higher as a extra utilitarian possibility.
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