Scooters, some people love them, some people hate them, but one thing you can’t deny is their ever-growing popularity. Some reports expect that in the next decade, electric scooter and motorcycle sales could reach 55 million units worldwide.
But the problem with electric scooters is finding a place to plug in. That’s where Munich-based UNU Motors comes in with an innovative and lightweight portable battery pack. This simple solution means that the UNU can be charged at home, work, or anywhere else there’s a standard outlet to plug in the 3,000 watt lithium (3 kWh) ltihium-ion battery pack, which weighs in at about 8 kilograms, or 16.4-lbs.
In fact, the entire scooter weighs a scant 58 kilos (about 128 pounds), which corresponds with its low cost of just $2,200. You wouldn’t expect something this light and this cheap to go all that far, but UNU claims its scooter can travel 100 kilometers, or about 62 miles between charges. That could be because the UNU can only achieve a top speed of 45 KPH, or about 30 MPH, and there’s no mention of charging time either. Even from a standard wall outlet though, the small battery should only take a few hours to recharge. And when it does need to plug in, you just bring the battery pack with you. There’s even a kinetic-energy recovery system (KERS) on the rear wheel, which can add extra range.
Cheap, long range, highly portable, and it looks pretty good too if you ask me. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for scooter fans, the UNU packs some good ideas into a lightweight and affordable package.