In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, EV sales have only dropped 18%, as compared to the 23% drop in conventional car sales. As a result, people are moving farther away from fossil fuels. In fact, they’re trying to find more sustainable power sources as everything from pickup trucks to watercraft is being converted into EVs.
The personal mobility device will find an increasing amount of use in today’s world. People are encouraged to minimize the time they’re spending out and about and maximize their distance to other people. With that in mind, here are 5 personal mobility EVs that will help commuters dominate urban travel in this new age.
Carbon Fiber Electric Motorcycles
In the environmentally-conscious landscape of today, motorcycles have continued to develop. No longer will they be the smoke-belching gas guzzlers that pop culture knows and love. In their place, Carbon Fiber Electric Motorcycles are hitting the roads with remarkable success.
Carbon fiber e-motors have speeds of up to 95 kph and around the same functionality as your average fossil fuel motorcycle. On top of that, they’re lightweight as well as outstandingly durable thanks to the eco-friendly carbon fiber they’re made of.
Aside from being made with environmentally friendly materials, they’re also fully electric. This innovation is being spearheaded by such designs as the Carbon Fiber Electric Scrambler, Truvor. In fact, eco-friendly travel has gained yet another long-distance vehicle option.
The Smart-Assisted Stabilizing Hoverboard
Hoverboards have also been gaining improvements in the years since their humble beginnings. One of the latest was a large stride in its smart-assisted stabilizing systems. Hoverboards can now detect shifts in the center of gravity based on the movements of their rider.
This allows for fluid, rapid turning, as though using a surfboard. Used in an urban environment with a lot of twists and turns, and it’ll bring you overall faster travel time.
Short-sized models have proven to be ideal personal movement devices in city settings. In keeping with the steadily building the concept of the “internet of things,” hoverboards are also now more connected to mobile devices.
This allows the latest hoverboard models to connect to smartphones via Bluetooth. With brand apps, mobile phones can be used as a control panel, GPS tracking, along with monitoring systems and metrics.
The Self-Balancing Electric Vehicle
The self-balancing EV is a variation on the common electric scooter. Pioneered by Stator, this EV boasts large tires to help with traversal over virtually any landscape. Its self-balancing feature removes an enormous part of the learning curve, making it accessible to more people. It also adds a dimension of maneuverability. This gives it an edge over scooters with smaller wheels and manual balancing.
Essentially, the self-balancing EV is a less compact yet more maneuverable version of your average electric scooter. For example, Stator’s vehicle has a top speed of 40 km and a charge capacity good for 32 km.
While it’s less suited for winding its way around people on sidewalks, it’s fantastic for traversing rougher surfaces. This makes it a good personal EV solution for areas with less developed roads.
The Electric Unicycle
The electric unicycle is perhaps the epitome of compact personal transport. It is essentially just one wheel with a motor affixed to it, but it is no small player in the EV game. Top speeds play at around 40 kph, which puts it in the same category of most electric bicycles. A skillful enough rider can jump it atop obstacles and zoom off ramps.
The electric unicycle is essentially a hoverboard with a slimmer front. This makes it excellent for riding around obstacles, similar to e-scooters. Unlike those, however, you have no tail end to account for. That means more maneuverability for a steeper learning curve and a higher skill ceiling.
The Mini Electric Board
An electric board is essentially a cross between the electric unicycle and a skateboard. It’s a short platform with a single huge wheel in the middle.
A great example is an Onewheel Pint. It’s compact, lightweight, and can balance itself on its one wheel with its Simplestop technology. This makes it easier to ride even when you’re still in the early stages of learning.
The Onewheel also has a fold-out carrying handle to make it more portable once you’re on foot. At 25 kph, it has a decent speed for its size. However, the Onewheel has a shorter range of 12 km on a full charge. This gadget is intended for leisurely trips around the neighborhood and close destinations.
Today’s circumstances have pushed the transport tech to become smarter and harness electricity better. But as it always has, technology finds a way to turn restrictions into drivers for progress.