X-oto Takes The Electrical Scooter Struggle to Vespa

In the event you’re an American scooter fan of the Piaggio/Vespa/Lambretta selection, there was treasured little to be enthusiastic about on the house entrance for the reason that days of the outdated Sears Allstate or Harley Topper scoots — however that’s about to vary, due to Tim Huntzinger’s new, all-electric, three-wheeled X-OTO scooter. Simply have a look at it!

X-OTO | A Lengthy Time Coming

X-oto leaning electric three-wheeled scooter; courtesy X-oto.

X-OTO leaning electrical three-wheeled scooter. Picture courtesy of X-OTO.

I first met X-OTO inventor and designer Tim Huntzinger eventually 12 months’s Electrify Expo in Lengthy Seashore, California. We’d scheduled a while for him to seem on the podcast, however Tim appeared anxious. The X-OTO wasn’t in manufacturing but. It wasn’t but excellent.

“How can I show you how to?” I requested him. “You’ve bought me for an hour, and I do know everybody right here — when you don’t assume you’re prepared for the podcast, how can I show you how to?”

Tim mentioned he’d like to satisfy a distributor, so I linked him with an outdated pal, Trey, and requested him to take the leaning electrical three-wheeler for a journey. Trey took to the bike instantly, echoing my sentiment that — even when it wasn’t as much as Tim’s ultra-high requirements — right here, lastly, was a three-wheeler that felt like a correct scooter. “I’ve been ready for a motorcycle like this for years,” he instructed me.

So have I. And now, some eighteen months later, the X-OTO is prepared.

Packing a patented self-stabilizing mechanism on the two rear wheels for an exhilarating 45-degree lean angle, the X-OTO guarantees “astonishing management, maneuverability, stability, and security whereas preserving all of the enjoyable of leaning into the curves of the highway.”

And that journey can be thrilling, due to a 3000-watt brushless motor labored into the X-OTO’s entrance wheel hub that’s good for an electronically restricted prime velocity of 45 MPH in its quickest drive mode, together with a 2.15-kWh swappable battery pack good for over 40 miles of vary. Greater than sufficient, in different phrases, to deal with most morning commutes and simple sufficient to cost in your condo or at your desk when you’re pushing that distance a method.

What’s extra, it does so with a well-recognized, scooter-y really feel that’s in some way eluded bikes just like the Piaggio MP3 or Can-Am Spyder, with their “reverse trike” designs.

“It’s a completely completely different driving expertise,” promised Huntzinger within the launch press launch. “The mechanism offers stability in a flip even at decrease velocity. This implies you possibly can lean on the full vary it doesn’t matter what your talent degree.”

You’ll be able to watch X-OTO’s launch video, beneath, then tell us what you consider Tim Huntzinger’s novel electrical three-wheeler within the feedback part on the backside of the web page.

Supply | Photographs: X-OTO Inc.


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