Kyoto University’s Venture Business Laboratory is developing a super-cute electric scooter, which sets itself apart from other upcoming scooters by placing an additional wheel at the rear – making it more trike than bike. The university’s new company, Green Lord Motors, is in charge of the development project, which is slated to go on sale in April of 2012.
The little scooter will be available in a variety of vivid colors, the prototype exhibited at the Osaka Dojima River Forum last week (shown) was molded (rather than painted) in an eye-popping candy orange (I assure you, however, that mine will be bright, screaming RED). The prototype zipped around the forum’s guests courtesy of an electric motor developed with NEC, with a rated output of 600W and a maximum output of 2.4kW. It weighs 90kg (just under 200lbs) and is rated to climb a 12 degree slope. It won’t go any faster than 27mph, but the 1 kWh battery will last over 2000 charging cycles.
The most attention was given to the special feature – the independent suspension system allows each of the rear wheels to react to road conditions like potholes and concrete seams, ensuring additional stability while cornering and a smoother ride around town.
Buying the little electric scooter will cost around 300,000 yen (about $3905 USD, but who knows what the exchange rate will be in eight months) and will be sold in electronics stores (a la Brammo) rather than at traditional powersports dealers.
Source: Response.jp; Photo: Green Lord Motors.