Great idea may be grounded

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

NOT look­ing like they will make their fund­ing goal of $100 000 (R1 323 950), a group of young en­gi­neers and de­sign­ers ‘who be­lieve pas­sion­ately in sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion’, may have to shelve their Steam board, the ‘small­est and longestrun­ning elec­tric skate­board with an in-wheel mo­tor’. De­scribed as ‘ex­tremely portable, the board can do 18 km on a charge, with a top speed of 35 km/h — faster than rid­ing a bi­cy­cle. When you do need to recharge the bat­tery, it takes only 90 min­utes. A hand-held re­mote con­trols the throt­tle and brak­ing of the board with thumb slider. The far­ther you push the slider for­wards, the faster the board will go. Pulling the slider back sets the mo­tor in brak­ing mode. The slider can move the board for­wards or back­wards. THE NUM­BERS: Size: 78,5×21×12 cm Weight: 4,8 kg Top speed: around 35,5 km Max rider ca­pac­ity: Tested to 99 kilo­grammes Drive sys­tem: in-wheel Di­rect drive tech­nol­ogy range: up to 18 km (de­pend­ing on the load and sta­bil­ity) Brake type: elec­tronic Re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing Charge time: 90 min­utes Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth lowen­ergy Deck ma­te­rial: Cana­dian maple Wheel: 89 mm 80a Bat­tery cy­cle life: over 1 000 full-charge cy­cles One-year war­ranty (drive sys­tem and re­mote). PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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