No, it’s not a Tesla (not even close), but its touchscreen dashboard takes a cue from the iconic electric car, by replacing physical knobs and buttons with the user’s smartphone.
Terra Motors A4000i is being billed as “the world’s first wireless, smartphone-connected e-scooter”, as it uses the rider’s iPhone to display and transmit data from the vehicle. The company’s app will connect using Bluetooth and show the user data about the state of the battery charge, trip information, and soon, navigation information.
With a 65 kilometer range, and a top speed of about 65 km/h, the A4000i promises to be a quick and powerful ride. The scooter weighs in at 118kg and can carry two people, even up slopes of 15°.
The 48V 40Ah lithium battery can be removed for charging (it takes about 4.5 hours to fully charge), and its 50,000 km life is said to be about 5 times the length of other electric scooter batteries. Powered by an in-wheel electric motor, and equipped with disc brakes on both front and rear wheels, the scooter is claimed by the company to “promise a fantastic and unique user experience.”
“Top tier engineers have invested many years in the design and development of the EV. The e-scooter will be manufactured to the highest Japanese standards of quality. We promise you an exciting, unique and comfortable driving experience on the highest quality e-scooter available.” – Terra Motors
The scooter comes with an estimated $4500 price tag, which effectively puts the electric vehicle firmly in the “luxury” scooter category, which is currently wide open. The company expects to produce and sell about 10,000 of these e-scooters by the end of the year.
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