Tokyo gets ‘sawn-off skateboard’
JAPAN’s Cocoa Motors will take pre-orders for what it claims to be the world’s smallest electric vehicle, on Kickstarter from October.
During July, the Tokyo-based company invited test rides on what it described as an A4-sized electric car, but what we call a sawn-off electric skateboard.
Officially, this tray on wheels is called the WalkCar.
A company video demonstrates how this laptop-sized board fits into a carry bag.
To ride it, the driver slips the WalkCar out of the bag, places it on the ground, steps onto it and leans forward. Weight sensors activate the motor. To slow down, the rider leans back.
To turn, the rider has to lean into the turn to put more weight on the inside wheels.
The WalkCar’s top speed is 10 km/h and Cocoa Motors claims 12 kilometres, with a three-hour charging time.
To stop, the rider just steps off the board and it stops. To avoid a collision, a rider can jump off, and the WalkCar will stop immediately.
Details of the motor and battery are still to be confirmed, but as a screen grab from the company video shows, it is powerful enough to carry a man who is pushing a trolley loaded with boxes, up an incline. (Presumably, the boxes are not too heavy.)
Top: The word’s smallest electric vehicle is strong enough to move a trolley loaded with boxes up an incline (below).