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Electric one-wheel unicycles and electric skateboards to use with mass transit trips
Submitted by Webmaster on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 22:42
What if your daily commute is a bus to the local train station, ride the train for an hour, then another bus to the office. Bus's are convenient because someone else is driving, but there are plenty of inefficiencies such as the frequent stops at each bus stop and the risk of missing a bus connection. The total commute might add up to two hours each way. The problem is the bus system, because there are other ways to handle the "last mile" between home or office and the train station. For example, a bicycle usually takes you to the train faster, but then you need to deal with carrying the bicycle on the train. Not all train systems allow bicycles.
What if there were vehicles small enough to be carried onto a train and stashed under the seat? The vehicle might be electric, letting you avoid getting sweaty from riding a bicycle.
Before we get into specific vehicles, let's first go over a few basics.
The key point is that electric vehicle technology makes whole new vehicle classes possible. Electric motors and batteries let vehicle designers do more than just taking the basic car shape and swapping an electric motor for the gas motor. We can arrange the parts in whole new ways. An electric unicycle is an example.
Most who try to ride the traditional sort of unicycle give up after falling on their face (sometimes literally), right? But with an electric unicycle you don't have to learn that strange skill of pedaling back and forth to stay upright. Likewise with an electric skateboard, you don't have to learn how to kick to gain motion while staying on top the vehicle.
This sort of vehicle could be used in other ways than just a "last mile" solution for mass transit. It's probably small enough to stash in the trunk of your car, and use it to zip around a shopping mall without having to move the car around from store to store. (Why oh why are modern malls so badly designed??) An apartment dweller could have one of these, instead of a bicycle, with the small size making it more compatible with apartment living, and making it easy to bring up to the apartment (or into the office) for charging.
One obvious question is - won't this just contribute to laziness and flabby muscles? A bicycle you pedal, and thereby get some exercise, but this doesn't involve pedaling. However, holding yourself upright on one of these things requires leg and pelvic muscle strength which should be good for the core muscles.
Airwheel: The unicycle above was made by Airwheel, along with a dozen other vehicles. Most of them are single wheel unicycles like the one shown above, some have dual wheels, and they even have a vehicle which looks like the Segway.
New X3 Upgrade Self Balance Electric Unicycle Scooter One wheel Black 9.8kg: 132 Watt-hours, 350 watts motor, top speed 18 km/hr, range 10+ km.
Carbon-fibre Pattern Airwheel X8 Self-balancing Electric Unicycle Scooter: 170 Watt-hours, top speed 18 km/hr, range 25 km.
Official Selling Airwheel Q3 Electric Scooter,enhanced Two-wheel Stability, Intelligent Self- Balancing, Revolutionary Commuting Aid,strengthened Protection Mechanism, Speed Control, Aviation Aluminum Pedal,265 Lbs Weight Limit (Black130Wh)
Airwheel Self Balancing Two Wheels Electric Scooter: Segway clone. 170 Watt-hours, top speed 18 km/hr, range 60 km.
- AIRWHEEL X3 INTRODUCTION | How to ride AirWheel
- Which AirWheel is Best for Me?
- Airwheel Q3 Review (electric unicycle like solowheel or IPS or Wheelgo)
- Learning to Ride the Airwheel X8
- Airwheel x3 Challenge a 90 degree Hill
- Airwheel Q5 Review: A transport that redefines Convenience
- Airwheel X8 cruising in Trondheim / Norway
With the 1500 Watt motor, these will be zippy. The 320 Watt-hour battery pack supports what they claim to be 22 mile range. A full recharge is about 2 1/2 hours.
- Ninebot One (UK) - First Ever Hands on and Ride!
- Off Road - Ninebot One (UK) - Real Life Video Test #3
- Ninebot ONE - Stunts and Friends - SpeedyFeet.uk
- Ninebot One - Romania
- Ninebot One E first steps
- Ninebot ONE - How To - APP run through
- Ninebot One-Personal Transportation Robot (台湾电动车独轮俱乐部)
Ninebot also has other products which look like Segway clones. In fact, in April 2015 Ninebot bought Segway for an undisclosed sum.
In addition to Airwheel and Ninebot, here are several other electric unicycles where each is the single product made by the respective company.
Electric two-wheel self balancing scooter thingies
Shareconn Two Wheel Self Balancing Scooter Electric Scooter Personal Transporter-outdoor Sports Kids Adult Transporter with LED Light (White): 500 Watts, 158 Watt-hours pack, 26 lbs
Muzeli Two-wheel Smart Self Balancing Electric Scooter Electric Unicycle Smart Wheels Personal Transporter Intelligent Balance Car- With Safe Speed 12 Km/h Riding +Remote+led Light, Black White Pink Gold Blue Green Color (Black): 158 Watt-hours pack, 2x 300 Watt motors, 22 lbs
MonoRover R2 Electric Unicycle Mini Scooter Two Wheels Self Balancing (Black): 158 Watt-hours, 1000 Watt motor, 22 lbs
Likary Smart Two Wheel Self Balancing Electric Scooter, Safer and Easier to Learn, Only 10Kg (Black): 160 Watt-hours, 26 lbs,
Here's something that looks normal - skateboards have been around a long time - but with an electric twist.
Boosted Dual+ 2000W Electric Skateboard: This is a top-of-the-line vehicle designed by Stanford students. It has dual motors totaling at 2000 Watts power, a top speed of 20 miles/hr, and a range of 7 miles. The 15 lb weight makes it very carryable.
Yuneec E-GO Electric Skateboard: This has a more sane power level - with a 13 miles/hr top speed, or 8 miles/hr in learning mode. The range is 18 miles, or so.
LUOOV Street Devil 1200 Watt 20 Mph Hill Grade Cruise Control Electric Skateboard: 1200 Watt motor, 20 miles/hr top speed, 18 miles range.