People are always trying to do more with less, and while the practicality of travel by scooter is well known around the world, there are lots of opportunities to ramp up the utility factor. The clever kids at Lit Motors think they’ve got just the ticket. They call it the Kobo, and it’s an electric hauler scooter with quite the unique shape. Lit is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter to help make the Kobo a realty, and as of this posting, they’ve got about a week to go.
Lit describes the Kobo as a blending of “the beautiful design of Apple & Vespa with the basic utility of a pickup truck.” The layout is rather interesting. The center section of the Kobo is entirely empty — creating a space to haul a significant amount of cargo. Tie-down hooks built into the chassis make securing that cargo easy. The rider takes up a sort of cafe racer-type seating position behind the cargo area and nearly over the rear wheel.
Powered entirely by electricity, Lit is claiming a 50 mile range and a 45 mph top speed. That’s a pretty good performance sweet spot for a vehicle on city duty. Here’s their full list of specs and features:
- 45 mph top speed
- Up to 50 miles per charge
- 300 lbs capacity, cargo + rider
- 22″ square cargo space with tie-down hooks, loops, and rails for a wide variety of ways to secure your stuff
- On-board charger—charge in a few hours from any wall outlet
- Adjustable-height seat to accomodate a wide range of riders, from 5’0″ to 6’5″
- Small lockable stow compartment, perfect for extra bungee cords, phone, etc
- Integrated digital speedometer, odometer, and voltmeter (battery indicator)
- LED headlight and tail light
- Adjustable rear suspension
- 3 kW high-torque rear hub motor with regen braking
- Front disc brake
- Designed & manufactured in San Francisco, California
This isn’t Lit’s first ambitious scooter design. Lit first made waves in the transportation world with its C1 concept — a gyro-stabilized cabin two-wheeler aimed at revolutionizing your daily commute. So far that concept hasn’t seen full production. That’s always the biggest challenge in bringing any concept to market. Ideas are relatively easy. Scaling up for manufacturing is really, really hard. Will the Kobo make it to market, or is this just another piece of two-wheeled vaporware? Here’s hoping for the former.
There’s still time to help make the Kobo happen. If you’ve got an extra few thousand dollars laying around, you could get your very own electric hauler and help a new concept find its way in the world.