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Electric Energy Unicycle

The Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) V3 is total precision, crafted by hand with 6061 alloy. SBU is ultra-portable and is capable of 325-lb loads.

This unicycle is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery pack that offers a city ride time of up to two hours, or one can go at what’s described as a nonstop sprint for up to an hour. Its 1000-watt BLDC electric motor can propel one from 0 to 10 MPH in about three seconds, and the SBU V3 has a top speed of around 15 MPH.

The SBU’s portability and weight of 27lbs makes it the perfect in-between commuter as it fits on the bus, the subway, the train, and underneath your desk at work.

The SBU is inherently efficient with its use of electric energy.

The SBU takes a measly 1/3 Kilowatt-Hour (under 10 cents) to do the same amount of work as the average combustion-engine automobile does on 1 gallon of gas. Replacing your normal 15-mile commute with an SBU and public transportation for just one day a week can save you $275 in gas and can save the earth from almost 1 metric ton of CO2 emissions in one year.

If that is not a reason to convert nothing would be.

The SBU incorporates regenerative braking strategies to more-efficiently utilize energy. As you lean backwards to slow down, the SBU turns the motor into a generator, capturing your kinetic energy and putting it back into the battery for later use. This increases overall efficiency.

The SBU takes about 20 to 30 minutes learning time and works with your natural leaning motions. There is no handle bars or brakes.

The cost of the unicycle runs about $1,800 but with the money you would save in gas it definitely pays for itself. It comes with an AC charging adapter. A fully depleted battery pack will take just over 1 hour to charge.

The SBU was designed in Camas, Washington.

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Image: Focus Designs

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