We’ve been covering Lit Motors’ beautiful, balance-blessed, covered scooter — C-1 — since January 2012. But I think its new/side project may be even cooler. It’s a scooter that can haul some serious cargo — kubo.
The Kickstarter page for kubo starts with this line: “Like a pickup truck on two wheels, kubo carries you and your daily essentials anywhere you want to go. And it’s electric!”
What I think the Lit Motors squad really nails is combining the fun of electric scooters with serious utility and wonderful style. I love its products, and can’t wait to test one out!
The crew at Lit Motors adds: “We’re big fans of two-wheeled vehicles here at Lit, but we found existing motor scooters lacking. They make carrying anything a hassle, and we couldn’t find a good quality electric scooter anywhere. So as a side project during our free time, we decided to make our own!”
Derek Markham, writing over on TreeHugger, has some details:
Designed and built as a side project, the idea for the kubo came about because they “couldn’t find a good quality electric scooter anywhere”. This 100% electric scooter looks a bit odd, when compared to traditional moped and scooter designs, but that’s because it’s made specifically to haul more than just a person. The 22″ square cargo area within the frame of the scooter has loops, hooks, and rails to secure your gear while in transport, and the kubo can handle up to 300 lb (rider’s weight plus the cargo).
kubo has a top speed of 45 mph, and a range of 50 miles per full charge. The onboard charger can be plugged into any standard outlet and is said to charge the scooter “in a few hours”.
I could see kubo doing very well, but the first hump it has to climb is a $300,000 crowdfunding target set by the Lit Motors crew on Kickstarter. Head on over there to help it out.