An electric scooter or electric bike is common in this era of technology but the most prevalent problem is transportation. They can be difficult to store or carry when you are not using them. Fortunately, the makers of a new minimalist electric scooter “hoverboard” called Urmo have come up with a solution in the form of a clever folding design.
It started with the scooter two-and-half years ago in a garage in Germany. Later, four generations of the prototype have been built, and the team has included 10 people from renowned brands like Tesla, BMW, and Rimac, makers of the world’s first all-electric hypercar.
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The Urmo self-balancing electric scooter can deliver a top speed of 9 miles per hour, with a range of 12 miles.
While designing the UrmO, a team has emphasized mostly on convenience. Apart from using premium materials, they also have designed the large 14-inch wheels incapable of getting flat tires, the innovative folding mechanism, its impressively low weight of 14 pounds. Steering is achieved either by leaning or using an optional handlebar.
How does it work?
The folding mechanism is the most highlighted feature of the Urmo. Merely by lifting the handle it folds up automatically. This patent-pending mechanism is both simple and functional at the same time.
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The ingenuity is that the kinematics of the joints are designed in a way that there is no need of a locking mechanism when the vehicle is unfolded. To eliminate tolerances, a team has reduced the number of joints to a minimum and use premium materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Two linkages underneath the vehicle assure the wheels are fixed upright when driving.
- Stylish product
- It is made of premium materials
- An impressively low weight of 14 pounds.
- Innovative folding mechanism
- It can fold in just two seconds
- A good top speed of 9 mph, with a range of 12 miles.