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

4 weeks ago 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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24 responses to "Ford OjO Commuter Scooters Priced From $1,999.99 – Video"

  1. DJ says:

    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.

    1. James says:

      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 EVs, as priorities differ. One person loves light and portable where the next values comfort and range. All EV stand up scoots are legal on sidewalks and bike trails.

      Think Go-Ped Hoverboard. No dork factor, made in USA. Has a seat option and a bigger basket option.

      Lighter, smaller scoots make great sense too. Esp. for people riding trains and buses. You just hop aboard with your scoot and don’t arrive sweaty.

      Also consider hard wheels vs. Inflated. Both have benefits.

      Portable and practical are key points The OjO scoots look heavy and hard to transport.

      1. Domenick Yoney says:

        Nailed it!

        I like stand up scooters generally. I great last-mile thing you can quickly fold and bring on an elevator, and stash in the back of a car.

        I also like regular-sized electric scooters. (Especially if they can hit 50 mph and can keep up with traffic on a 45-mph road.)

        This falls somewhere in between. Too big to bring on a bus, too slow to ride in traffic.

        I sincerely wish the companies involved luck in finding and filling their niche. Surely it can work for a good number of people.

        1. L'amata says:

          Jab Tesla with their incompetence ,, Ford is Going Backwards without even realizing it. This is overpriced nonsense will not fill their void .WAKE UP BOYS !!!.IS FORD BRAIN DEAD? …I think Yes1

          1. L'amata says:

            This is Enough to make Henry roll over in his Grave….Ford going into the Bicycle Business..So Sad……..

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    Baby steps for Ford I guess…….lol

  3. wavelet says:

    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.

    1. Domenick Yoney says:

      @wavelet Certainly tried to touch on that, as it is an important driver (or un-driver, as the case may be) for ownership.

      “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.”

      1. James says:

        My Go-Ped takes up less than half the space in back of my Volt than even a folding bicycle. I pop it out and am sailing down the sidewalk in mere seconds.

        I’m speaking for the USA and Canada, but It’s legal in all the state’s and provinces I’ve visited, on sidewalks, bike, walking trails and bike lanes.

        Look to YouTube for videos of a Go-Ped guy whizzing past pedestrians and bicycles on what has to be the best way to get from A to B in Manhattan ever! Perfectly legal.

        In downtown Seattle, I avoid parking fees by finding a nice free spot further out and Go-Pedding in to my destination, event or park. It’s amazing.

        I have never understood why Go-Peds don’t sell in the millions. People literally stop me and ask all about it.

        Some impediments are cost, and just the fears you raise. I even ride my Go-Ped inside shopping malls and theaters. The only comments I get are positive feedback. Truly if you are rude and cut off baby strollers and don’t use common politeness and sense, you’ll attract the wrong kinds of attention.

        Here in Seattle we have large commuter trains as well as light rail and monorail. People just are amazed when I roll on with my scoot.

        It’s fun, It’s handy. The only rub I ever hot was when I don’t want to lock it outside a grocery store. If I attach the seat option, nobody raises a finger if I ride or push it inside, as I may be handicapped in their eyes. Without the seat, however, I’ve been asked to keep it outside.

        Restaurants. No restaurant has ever had an issue with me keeping my scooter next to me or just inside the door.

        Standing up, smoothly plying your way on the sidewalk amongst peds, no problem.

        These types if scooters come in many sizes. The smaller ones raise zero eyebrows on trains, cabs or buses. Just remember, the small one are less comfortable over rough pavement
        and have less range.

        1. James says:

          On cost, all I can say is look how much many people pay for a mid-range mountain or road bike!

          I use my Go-Ped Hoverboard more than any bike I’ve ever owned. It’s just that handy. Why get out the car when It’s not raining and I can scoot the 1/2 mile down to my P.O. box, grab a package at the UPS Store, swing through the Starbucks drive-thru for a latte and a muffin and buzz home? – The girls at the Starbucks think my scooter is the bomb!

          My choice was the lead acid battery because of price. I can lift the heavier scooter and you change out the 2 batteries every 1-2 years for about $120 vs. the bigger MSRP up front for the lighter. longer range Lithium versions.

          I will buy another, this time lithium, and give my current scoot to the wife so we can take rides together.

          1. WARREN says:

            Nothing beats the portability and weight of my dual motor belt drive skate board. 12 mile range, fast and fun. Easy to chain to a bike rack or throw in your trunk leaving plenty of space. Great hill climbing and regeneration brakes.I can even push my Costco shopping cart way to the back of the parkING lot!

      2. James says:

        20mph is often the listed top speed as to comply with laws on the books re: usage of bike paths and lanes. Often the go faster.

        Really, 20 mph is plenty fast when sharing the way with rollerbladers, dog walkers, bikers and pedestrians.

        My scooter uses lead acid batteries and is faster around town than most bicyclists unless they’re pacing or seriously fast riders.

        Pushing it or carrying it is exercise. Not nearly that of bike riding but you find you get outside much more often, which does lead to other forms of excercise.

        1. Domenick Yoney says:

          I am a fan of the Go-Ped Hoverboard for sure. Never ridden one, but have always wanted to. Considered buying one years back, but too expensive for my budget.

          Now, though, the price (IMO) is too high. They haven’t upgraded their batteries for years and still use a DC motor. I mean, I could accept those components, but only at a lower price.

          I know doing the engineering to make those changes requires a big investment, but I think if they did that in conjunction with a proper marketing push, they could be a bigger deal than they ever were previously.

      3. Djoni says:

        Some bike lane in Montréal are 20 km/max, and no electric scooter is permited.
        Quad bikes for the disabled are O.K.
        In some case, scooter were allowed with pedal but in general they are heavy, cumbersome and dangerous compare to bike.
        I know bike are risky too.
        Strange thing is just about everybody cycle way over 20 km/h.
        And I am everybody.

      4. wavelet says:

        That’s just it. The 20mph restriction is the key number ONLY IN THE US.

        In Europe and several other countries I’m familiar with, it’s NOT:
        The key issue is that anything without pedals or with of a throttle capable of >4mph isn’t considered a bicycle and isn’t allowed on bike lanes, period.
        Whether something like the Ojo is allowed on public vehicle lanes or pedestrian sidewalks is a different questions: It varies by country, but it’s NOT in the UK or Germany, or the largest Chinese cities.

        In a most, there’s also a 250W motor limitation for e-bicycles; a few countries have a special S-Pedelec category allowing 28mph & 500W, although with more restrictive driver’s license, insurance & helmet requirement. For example, in Germany, S-Pedelecs must have a license plate, one needs a Motorcycle or Moped-class driver’s license, and they’re NOT allowed on bike lanes.

        If the OjO scooter can be registered as a moped or motorcycle, it can be driven on public roads in most countries (not necessarily non-urban ones), but that usually requires motorcycle-class lighting & insurance.

        Bottom line, this scooter line is NOT _currently_ legal for commuting in most of the world, and that’s what I thought was missing from the article.
        Sure, it could change in the future, but laws need to change first first.

  4. Warren says:

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

    1. Warren says:

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

  5. sean o says:

    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.

  6. Rich says:

    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.

  7. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    Bladez scooters cost much less and can be easily modified for higher top end…..lol

  8. spice says:

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

  9. Steven says:

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

  10. wavelet says:

    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.

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