Sunday, March 3, 2024

The JackRabbit 2.0, an e-bike with no pedals or an e-scooter?

After the previous first successful JackRabbit 1.0 – a two-wheeled electric-powered mobility solution that was launched two years ago, the team at JackRabbit Mobility is back with version 2.0 of the newly rebranded JackRabbit. Is it an electric bike even if it doesn’t have pedals? Or is it an electric scooter?

The JackRabbit 2.0 model aims to find the missing link between electric bikes and e-scooters, with the agility of the former and the practicality of the latter. This lighter, more agile mini e-bike is intended for the last mile routes.

JackRabbit 2.0 takes a lot of its predecessor, but a number of improvements separate it from version 1.0 accordingly. The mini e-bike weighs 23 lbs (10 kg) with battery and gets 9 to 18+ miles (14 to almost 30 km) depending on rider weight and terrain (Avg. 12 miles or 19 km) from each swappable battery. Its 20-inch big soft wheels and no pedals make it a zippy, fun, easy, and safe ride.

Instead of pedals, there are folding footrests, on which the user will rest, enjoying the 336-watt engine, which, in combination with a removable 4.4 Ah battery, will accelerate it to 20 mph (32 km/h). A 2.5A fan-cool charger takes the battery from “empty” to 42V in 2.5 hours.

JackRabbit 2.0 is based on a 6061 aluminum frame, which boasts a folding steering wheel, a gel saddle, and a mechanical rear disc caliper brake. Its dimensions in ride mode are 48″ x 21″ x 39″ and when folded, it is 46″ x 7″ x 30″. Despite its inconspicuous size, it will be able to accommodate people with a height of 58″ to 75″ (147 to 191 cm) and weighing up to 109 kg on board.

The mini e-bike is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where it is available at the early-bird price of $499 ($999 planned retail price). Its light weight and compact size make it a practical solution for many living in high rises, boats, RVs, and more where a full-sized bicycle simply won’t fit.