Is this tiny electric scooter the ultimate 'last mile' vehicle for commuters?
There are tons of options on the market for bicycles and electric bikes for commuters, but most of them can't pack down to the size of a carry-on bag and go with you on the bus or train.
This little e-vehicle could be the missing link for traveling that 'last mile' between transit station and destination.
The URB-E is essentially a foldable electric scooter, although one that you can sit on, and it packs a lot of features into a small package. Weighing in at just 27 pounds, and folding up to about the size of a small wheeled carry-on bag (16″x16″x 36″), this portable electric vehicle is capable of going up to 15 mph and traveling up to 20 miles on a single charge.
URB-E is available in two different versions, a three-wheeled Commuter model and a two-wheeled GP model (which offers more agility due to its shorter wheelbase):
"URB-E Commuter is the perfect vehicle for the highly congested urban environment. Its three-wheel trike design allows for added stability and greater lower speed maneuverability, perfect for navigating pedestrian traffic. The two rear wheels also serve as a very stable way to carry around URB-E while in its folded position, similar to pulling a piece of luggage." - URB-E
These little electric vehicles use a 36 volt li-ion battery, which is rated for 5000 charge cycles and has a charge time of about 3 hours, and a 250W brushless front hub motor provides the power.
The URB-E, which met with much acclaim when revealed at the 2014 CES, is now the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and backers at the $799 level will receive one of the units produced overseas. Backers at the $1599 will receive a limited edition and serialized Made in the USA model built by Foes Racing.