A country was missing from the starting lines of the great race to micro-electric mobility, i.e., Japan. But now, the Land of Rising Sun arrives, with the startup Glafit Inc and its new LOM (Last One Mile) X-Scooter. Presented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in January, the LOM X-Scooter is now the subject of a funding campaign on the Kickstarter platform.
The LOM X-Scooter is an innovative electric scooter with a handle that can be folded and carried in the trunk of the car or on the subway. But at the same time, it has been designed to guarantee much higher levels of comfort, connectivity, performance, and safety than all the other scooters on the market. This very compact and secure e-scooter is designed for everyday travel over short distances.
According to the Japanese company, this scooter was developed entirely in Japan on the concept of the 3 C: Compact, Connected, and Comfortable. In addition, it offers a driving experience that has some aspects of driving a motorcycle, as well as skiing.
The 12-inch front and 10-inch back pneumatic tire design bring unparalleled stability and agility to the ride even on uneven terrain and in any road condition.
The performance of the LOM X-Scooter is superior to that of traditional scooters. Although with a maximum speed limited to 25 km/h (15 mph), it has an autonomy ranging from 40 to 60 km (25 to 37 miles), depending on the Panasonic battery pack installed and the chosen engine, which varies from 350 or 750 kW. LOM charges in just 3.5 hours and allows you to climb a hill with a slope of 12 degrees.
It can be adapted to the regulations of each country and to the travel different conditions thanks to three different power delivery modes: an eco-mode, mid-mode, and a high-mode. Besides, the bike comes with direction indicators, horn, and LED headlights to complete the safety equipment.
The Glafit LOM X-Scooter folds up in seconds, simply by pressing a button. Once folded, it can be carried with one hand. It weighs only 16.5 kg, including the battery (2.5 kg), and supports up to 100 kg of weight. However, the frame structure is very robust and rigid. The two parallel side footrests facing the front, on the sides of the battery pack located at the bottom in the center, add comfort to the driver and stability in driving both at maximum and low speed in the most crowded pedestrian areas.
The e-scooter is accompanied by a dedicated mobile application that shows data from each ride, also provides comprehensive vehicle operation, from vehicle connection and activation to key code sharing with family and friends.
The interested riders can visit LOM’s Kickstarter page, where they are available for a limited time at a huge discount. The final price to the public will be communicated at the end of the campaign, but it should be around $1000. LOM e-Scooters are expected to be shipped in June 2020.