ScootPlus features (click for full-size)

ScootPlus features (click for full-size)

Hobby King, a well-known name in RC parts and supplies, has launched an interesting new product: the ScootPlus electric scooter.  Though it may seem to fly in the face of the well-established Razor brand, which you can find just about anywhere for a few hundred dollars, the ScootPlus touts some interesting tech.

Most interesting is the (very tiny, but powerful) in-wheel hub motor, with a speed of about 17 mph.  This eliminates a huge amount of the bulk and weight of the cheepy toy-store scooters.  You're getting (probably RC lipo) battery packs on there with a rating of 6.5ah at 33V.

...but what caught our eye?  Regen braking, AKA KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System).  A scooter with regen.  What kind of a crazy world are we living in?

Here's a rundown of the features and specs:

Features:

• Electric power scooter with up to 30km range and 27kph • Light weight, strong aluminum frame • KERS Technology (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) • Folds into small size for easy storage

ScootPlus

ScootPlus

• Lightest electric scooter in the world • Front and rear suspension and braking • Cruise control • LCD Screen displays voltage, speed, light indicator, odometer and trip odo • LED headlight and alert horn

Specs: Dimensions: 940 x 135 x 1160 mm (Ready to Ride) 945 x 135 x 300 mm (Folded) Weight: 10.7kg Motor: DC Brushless 800 kv Motor Torque: 13.3Nm Charge Time: 2~3 Hours Charger Input Voltage: 220V/110V Battery: 33V, 6.5Ah Duration: 30Km (70kg load) Max Load: 110Kg

Max Grade: 15 degrees

ScootPlus display

ScootPlus display

Maximum grade of 15%?  Say wuuuut?  That's some pretty serious climbing ability, able to hold it's own on the streets of San Francisco, even.

Compared to the standard motor/drivetrain and lead batteries, this thing really is in a class of its own.  It looks like it has a detailed display as well, though we don't have specs on the readout.  We can see battery state of charge, speed, available range, a headlight indicator (though no apparent headlights) and what appears to be a "kW used" indicator.

We've long been of the belief that these little scooters are really viable options for urban transportation - ever since, working in downtown Boston, we carried one of the Razor scooters under our arm, rode it to and from the train, and off around town to visit clients.  At $400 $499, 17mph and only 20lbs, it beats a Segway hands down.  And this one doesn't look that much like a kid's toy.  Does it?

Here's the link to the Hobby King product page: ScootPlus Electric Scooter.