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February 6, 2013

The MOVEO folding electric scooter

The MOVEO folding electric scooter

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When you hear the term “folding electric scooter,” you likely think of a stand-up scooter along the lines of the Zümaround or the MyWay Compact. At best, you might picture something with a bicycle-style saddle and seatpost, such as the Voltitude. MOVEO, however, features a full traditional seat that’s mounted directly on the chassis. Although the scooter isn’t in production yet, it hopefully will be by next year.

The vehicle was created by the Antro Group, a Hungarian non-profit organization dedicated to developing environmentally-friendly forms of transportation. Antro previously brought us the eye-catching SOLO human-electric hybrid car.

Work began on the MOVEO project in 2008. Five years later, a functioning prototype is on the road, and the group is seeking business partners to help fund commercial development of the scooter.

MOVEO weighs in at 25 kilograms (55 lbs)

In its present form, MOVEO weighs in at 25 kilograms (55 lbs), has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), and a battery range of 35 kilometers (21.75 miles) per charge – which takes one hour from empty. It’s propelled by in-wheel motors in both of its wheels.

When users reach their destination, instead of having to look for a parking space, they take about two minutes to fold the scooter’s carbon-composite body in two. It can then be pulled along via an integrated handle, and taken indoors like a suitcase. Because it has a “closed design” when folded, users are reportedly protected against coming into contact with its grubby bits.

MOVEO takes about two minutes to fold

There are two scenarios for initial production of the scooter, which is hoped to begin at the start of next year at a plant in West Hungary. If sufficient funds are available, mass production will ensue, with 15,000 MOVEOs being produced annually. Should less money be forthcoming, a medium-scale production run of 4,000 scooters a year will be more likely.

“In the first case, the end user net price of Moveo would be US$3,100, in the second case this net price would be $4,600,” said Tamás Slezák, CEO of the MOVEO company, which was established to develop the scooter. “Most probably we will begin with medium scale production and after about a year ramp up for the bigger scale production.”

He added that sales will initially take place via the internet. If you’re interested in getting on the waiting list to buy one of the first MOVEOs, you can email Antro at info@antro.hu You might also want to check out another “full-seated” folding electric scooter, the XO2 Urban Transformer.

Source: Antro

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
12 Comments

25kg is still bloody heavy when you are trying to lug around a rolling suitcase.

If they can get the total weight down to 15kg (or better 10kg) then this thing will have a much better chance of succeeding. That is a very big "if however...

The other improvement needed is that the handle needs to be more extendable like those of the best carry on luggage cases.

Having the grubby bits enclosed is a major win.

Jimjam
6th February, 2013 @ 05:54 pm PST

Will compete with the other hundred or two of small electric commuter vehicles around? In the main, though, at least it looks better than a bicycle with hidden batteries. The range and charge time looks fair, after all this is not a 'freeway' machine.

The Skud
6th February, 2013 @ 06:06 pm PST

Good!

Germano Pecoraro
7th February, 2013 @ 01:20 am PST

Photos or video of it being folded would be nice.

Slowburn
7th February, 2013 @ 03:44 am PST

I think it has a very futuristic and clean design. The price seems very reasonable. I think it would be a great 'around town' transport. Perhaps even be used to get around camp sites or small villages.

BigGoofyGuy
7th February, 2013 @ 06:54 am PST

Heres the vid link Slowburn

Wesley Jordan Anthony Baker
8th February, 2013 @ 02:56 am PST

re; Wesley Jordan Anthony Baker

Thanks.

I think he didn't do that in the right order.

Slowburn
8th February, 2013 @ 05:16 am PST

Although creative, it looks like a 70's concept. It matches the car in the background in that video. Can you really imagine riding around on that thing... kinda dorky.

Christian Howe
8th February, 2013 @ 09:32 pm PST

not interested myself, but it looks like a good concept.

billybob1851
9th February, 2013 @ 11:48 am PST

Watching the video and seeing the specs, it looks like it is doomed before it gets out the door. The gentleman putting the scooter together was obviously struggling to get it assembled; I assume he has done this before. Also, with a range of about 20 miles, I think most folks will not consider this a viable vehicle. The looks and fold down ability are really not strong enough to cover the weak travel distance, the high price tag and the clumsy assembly. For less than half that price, you can get an electric bicycle that can cover twice the distance AND you have a vehicle that you could pedal as well.

Michael Duffey
10th February, 2013 @ 11:57 am PST

The MOVEO folding electric scooter . i want one in egypt . i can or no ??

Mido Breakaa
17th February, 2013 @ 06:23 am PST

so nice and easy to drive

Kazi Hossain
5th March, 2013 @ 07:16 am PST
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