Tokyo gets ‘sawn-off skate­board’

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC - AL­WYN VILJOEN — Wheels Re­porter.

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.)

PHOTO: WALKCAR

Top: The word’s small­est elec­tric ve­hi­cle is strong enough to move a trol­ley loaded with boxes up an in­cline (be­low).

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