With growing cities increasingly dense, scooters and bicycles (and other forms of electric transport) compete more and more intensely to conquer the streets. Some may find it a bit, uh, old-fashioned to be against any vehicle that replaces a commuter car. But I have a confession to make: I still have hated scooter parts.
Electric scooters are dangerous if the rider is inexperienced, which many of them are. They are also prone to theft and vandalism, which makes them incredibly useless. Industry executives report rental scooters like the ones used by Bird and Lime last one to two months before needing to be replaced. I have leftovers in my fridge that are older than this. Scooter shares are also mostly unregulated, so the cities where they operate sometimes have little control over how vehicles are distributed or used. Oh and women don’t ride them, probably for all of the reasons listed above.
The problem may be sharing, not scooters. According to Boosted, the company that makes these popular orange wheeled electric skateboards, you can fix everything people hate about electric scooters by switching from a share model to a owned model. âThe vast, vast majority of vehicles are owned and not shared. It always has been, and probably always will be, âsaid Jeff Russakow, CEO of Boosted.
The math is simple, he says. Most people need a rugged, reliable vehicle that can travel the same three miles to the station every day and back, for years to come. If you’re a commuter, you’re much more likely to own a vehicle for your daily commute and pay pennies per mile, rather than paying a few dollars for each ride on a rented scooter.
The benefits go beyond dollars and cents. If you ride your own scooter, you’ll gain experience and confidence faster, and you’ll be more likely to own and wear a helmet. You are also much more likely to store this scooter in your home or workplace, rather than on the sidewalk (or in the river). If it is a beautiful scooter, you will take good care of it, and the vehicle will last for years, not just weeks.
The reason for Russakow’s scooter boosterism: His company is branching out into high-end skateboards and making an electric scooter. The Boosted Rev is now available for pre-order on the company’s website for $ 1,599.
Many other scooter companies assemble their vehicles by ordering different components from different manufacturers. The Boosted team, which includes engineers from Tesla, Apple and GoPro, designed the Rev from scratch. Russakow says this decision was necessary to create a safer and more reliable “vehicle-grade vehicle”.
The team focused on the battery and the brakes in particular. The Rev’s battery is inspired by vehicle-grade electric batteries, like those from Tesla, rather than the type commonly used in household products or toys that are known to catch fire. The Rev’s powerful battery is made up of individual cells. If a single cell fails, the damage is contained and the flammable electrolytes inside will not spread to the rest of the battery. The pack is housed in an extruded aluminum housing that is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, to prevent cells from being punctured or damaged.
The battery drives Boosted’s exclusive powertrain. It consists of two dual-drive hub motors, one inside each of the Rev.’s nine-inch wheels. Each motor provides significantly more torque than a rental scooter, which increases throttle power and improves traction and braking, the company claims.
âWhen you have two engines, the torque is distributed to the wheels,â says Boosted CTO John Ulmen. âYou’re much less likely to slip a wheel when accelerating or stopping. “