The curious case of the all-terrain electric scooter
IF you wanted an automobile to drive over sand, dirt and rock, as well as pavement, you’d probably start and end your search at models with 4WD. So why shouldn’t the same apply to your scooter selection?
The eGroov scooter uses an all-wheel electric drive to keep you rolling forward and a modular hardware set to keep you comfortable.
If we were writing a list of “top vehicles we’d like to take off road”, we think we’d run out of ink long before making it to “modestly powered electric scooter”.
But the minds behind Paris-based startup eGroov Mobility Systems think there’s a place for a scooter that can go anywhere, over any type of terrain, with the quiet, peaceful operation that only an electric drive brings.
The eGroov reminds us a bit of the Daymak Beast without the suspension and solar power and with an extra electric motor over the standard model (Daymak does have a dual-motor model in the Beast D).
The eGroov has a 250-watt motor in each wheel, providing all-wheel drive that helps it tackle pavement, dirt and even sand and mud. Those massive tyres are sure to help in those mixed environments.
The eGroov can be equipped with one or two 12 Ah, 36 V lithium-ion batteries for about 15 to 20 km of range with a single battery and about double that with two.
Its top speed is 25 km/h in either case. With a payload capacity of more than 120 kg, it can carry an average-sized person and all the cargo that rider could possibly expect to take on a scooter ride.
The single- or dual-battery pack is integrated under the floorboard, helping to keep a low centre of gravity. The batteries can be removed for charging by lifting the floorboard or charged directly on the scooter. Charging takes five hours per battery.
The basic eGroov comes as a 55-kg stand-up scooter with the aforementioned power and performance specs, adjustable handlebars and dual disc brakes. The modular eGroov+ is more of a versatile workhorse, packaging the same mechanicals with a seat and cargo box. That box can be swapped out for other sold-separately accessories, including a child seat and a surfboard car- The eGroov+ has a listed weight of 65 kg.
EGroov Mobility Systems is trying to raise money on Kickstarter, offering the standard eGroov at pledge levels starting at €1 690 (R25 048) and the eGroov+ (with seat and cargo box) starting at €2 190. The start-up estirier. mates retail pricing at €2 190 and €2 590, respectively. Both Kickstarter pledge levels include a single battery, while a second battery can be added for €290. If all goes according to plan, eGroov will begin deliveries next year.
The eGroov looks handy for very specific uses, like carrying a surfboard over a few kilometres of beach to your favourite break, but it looks too huge and heavy to be a versatile urban commuter and way too underpowered, rigid and slow to be a fun off-roader.
Does this 2WD electric scooter make your list of useful off-road/on-road mobility solutions, or does it leave you scratching your head?
“The single- or dual-battery pack is integrated under the floorboard, helping to keep a low centre of gravity.”
The eGroov scooter uses an all-wheel electric drive to keep you rolling forward.