Ford OjO Commuter Scooters Priced From $1,999.99 – Video

SEP 26 2017 BY DOMENICK YONEY 23

This ain’t your Dad’s Ford. Probably not your Mom’s, either.

The Blue Oval’s plan to go “all-in” on electrification extends beyond the typical four-wheeled boxes usually found on its dealer’s showroom floors, apparently. The Detroit automaker has joined forces with OjO Electric to launch a co-branded battery-powered scooter with six different design schemes inspired, they say, by Ford vehicles, both contemporary and historic.

OjO digital dashboard

The Ford OjO Commuter Scooter could be just the thing for “the old man,” if he’s the kind of guy that lives in a dense urban environment with bike lanes open to low-power two-wheeled devices, and who doesn’t mind riding to work on something with all the dorky charm of one of his typical jokes. Probably not, though.

Or, it might be your Mom’s. If, that is, she lives in that same type of city, and has no need for a vehicle with any appreciable amount of storage. Also, probably not.

To answer the question of who it’s for more definitively, let’s take a quick look at some specs and features. The big number here is 20 miles per hour. That’s the top speed, and it appears to have been selected to make the scooter bike-lane legal, although laws may vary in your state or city. It’s range is given as 25 miles, which seems fine. If you’re driving further than this at 20 mph, you’re probably on the wrong vehicle.

The scooter uses a 500-watt hub motor and keeps its weight to 65 pounds, thanks to an aluminum chassis. Limited to riders under 300 pounds, it is said to be able to tackle a 15 percent incline. It features an onboard charger with a retractable cord and plugs into a typical 110-volt outlet, charging the removable lithium battery from empty to full in, well, they don’t actually say. Hmm.

If you’re put off by the slowish top speed or dorky looks, the Ford OjO Commuter Scooter certainly has some features to recommend it. For one, the seat comes off, immediately reducing the dork factor by 500 percent. It has Bluetooth-enabled waterproof speakers so you cruise to blues (or rap, or rock, or reggaeton, or Rachmaninov). To turn it on and power up the digital display on the handlebars, it comes with a key fob. This can be used to activate the motion-activated alarm system as well.

It’s got disc brakes all around and is fully suspended to keep your ride smooth. It also lights up the night with LEDs both fore and aft. There is an optional basket-type storage box available, though it’s not exactly huge.

The price tag reads $1,999 at present, and hopefully the Ford versions will be no more expensive than that. (Pro-tip: besides its website, the OjO is also distributed by several outlets and a black example is now being offered at Best Buy for $1,453.99 with free shipping) The Ford OjO scooter launches officially in January.

Source: Wards Auto

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DJ
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Just don’t ride next to a parked Model X and you should be ok 😀

This seems to be more like a bike without a pedal than a scooter if you ask me. There are plenty of e-bikes that can go 20mph for a similar range and less than $2k. Oh, they also ride a lot more comfortably seeing as they have larger wheels but to each their own.

Seems like a hard market to get in to if you ask me.

James
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Noted Tesla jab, but that’s expected. E-bikes are amazing and there are a few folding ones. My preference is a lighter stand up folding scooter that easily fits in the hatch or trunk swiftly. The “last mile” EV solutiom makes more sense than some might think. Where you plug in to refuel may be further away from your final destination than you want. Say you don’t like the coffee or meal choices near your Supercharger, you grab your Lithium Go-Ped out of the back and head over to a better spot. Or to your appointment. I have gone through 2 sets of lead acid batteries on my Go-Ped, and will buy a lithium version on the future. 60lbs. Is more than most women want to or can lift up into the car. This one looks complex to fold, too. I can attest that standing on a scooter with your cargo in a messenger bag over your shoulder works great. Sitting not only looks dorky and doesn’t give you tbe same glee in the ride, but standing gives you better control and safety of visibility also. It’s so easier on the one buttisimo. Definitely consider suspension also. Tradeoffs abound as in… Read more »
(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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Baby steps for Ford I guess…….lol

wavelet
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wavelet

Sigh. Article is missing a big piece… Without pedals, such a scooter wouldn’t be legal on bike lanes in most of the world outside the US.
Usage on public roads is a grey area. In many jurisdictions it’s illegal (UK, Germany, the largest Chinese cities). In others, a motorcycle driver’s license & insurance would be needed.

Warren
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Warren

Brilliant. Unlike an electric assist bicycle, this comes with range anxiety.

Warren
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Warren

It comes with a fob. Awesome! You can butt dial your scooter.

sean o
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sean o

It could be a huge winner like the moped craze in the 80s. You have a couple of great factors going for it. first is for like HS students, who want/need transport but car insurance is ridiculous, and parents don’t want to pick them up all the time. Then for college campuses where parking tickets can add up to more then the cost of the bike itself and you don’t have to deal with getting gas either. (the downside is you can still get a DWI on a bike.) It has enough range to get you out of the “expensive” part of town to cheaper areas for stuff like groceries, or even commuting.

You can also use it for trips to the store, or maybe work if you live close enough, but the 15% incline limit is kind of a buzzkill.

It would be super awesome if it folded up so you could throw it in the trunk.

You could also use it as a first/last mile commute off of public trans, but it might need to be under 50lbs so people can actually lift it on the bus rack.

Rich
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Rich

Ford borrows $5.9 billion dollars from the DOE (it wasn’t a bail-out) to build efficient vehicles. Ford is the only one that hasn’t paid the money back. They still owe billions.

What do the tax payers get for their investment? Drum roll please …. the OjO commuter scooter!!!
I’m so glad US tax payers are getting their money’s worth.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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Bladez scooters cost much less and can be easily modified for higher top end…..lol

spice
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spice

Could go straight to a museum now? Japanese e-bikes already way ahead.

Steven
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Steven

At least this Ford would be a lot easier to push home.

wavelet
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wavelet

Legality aside, I don’t see the advantage vs. an electric bicycle (folding one if you need it to fit in a car) — the scooter’s tiny wheels are a lot less stable on potholes than even a small folding bicycle’s.
range & top speed are the same.
A bicycle has much better cargo carrying capacity, and if you run out of battery or have an electrical issue, it can still be pedaled.

See for example
https://www.radpowerbikes.com
All their models have better range & power at a lower price than the OjO.