Published on October 15th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart0
Electric Stigo Folding Scooter Joins The “Last Mile Solutions” Club
October 15th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart
Let’s welcome another folding electric scooter that’s aiming to be your solution for “last mile” transport, the electric Stigo folding scooter.
The Electric Stigo Folding Scooter Joins The “Last Mile Solutions” Club
We’ve recently covered last mile solutions for commuters such as the URB-E and the Weebot Aero E-Scooter, and we have to admit it is becoming a fairly crowded space. Another player, Stigo, hails from Estonia and has been around since 2008 working on e-mobility solutions. It is now traveling across the globe to solve one of the major problems facing US cities’ increasing traffic congestion, the last mile or so of regular commutes.
As congestion across the USA continues to rise in and around major cities, it is pushing commuters to either spring for expensive rentals or buy equally expensive homes near work. Those who cannot afford to live near their place of work are forced to commute longer hours. This has resulted in an ever-increasing transportation nightmare, which has sent more than one looking for elegant alternatives and last mile solutions. More and more people are searching out electric bicycles (e-bikes), electric scooters, and electric skateboards for that last 1 to 5 miles to/from work.
This is where the electric Stigo folding scooter wants to make a difference. It is not only small and light, but also designed to address the needs of today’s urban commuter with an easy folding solution. It can be taken on public transit and stored mostly anywhere you want to go.
The electric Stigo folding scooter is launching in the US this coming week and we’re excited to see it join the list of compelling, compact e-mobility options.
The Stigo is also the “fastest folding electric scooter” on the market (globally), according to the company.
Electric Stigo Folding Scooter Success Coming To The US
Of course, words can’t do a vehicle like this justice, so pause for a moment to at least watch this video about the Stigo:
Technically speaking, the Stigo can reach speeds of up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) and weighs in at 31 lb (14.1 kg). It has the particularity of folding up in about 2 seconds and its footprint is a mere 18.9″ by 15.75″ (48×40 cm). This little folding e-scooter sports a 250W hub motor powered by a 36V lithium-ion battery pack that gives it a range of up to 18.6 miles (30 km) on a single charge.
Folding e-scooters can be taken anywhere — well, almost anywhere. One of their greatest advantages is that they can be taken on public transportation, to your favorite café, and of course to run that last mile after your commute to work. The Stigo takes up less space than a bicycle and can neatly fold into a corner of a metro, bus, or train. Once at work, you can always recharge it until your lunch break, where you can hop on it.
Swapping for a new battery pack must be done by an authorized service partner. You will need to contact your local reseller if you want to do that. So far, the company has two resellers in the US, one in New Jersey and one in Southern California (Anaheim). Luckily, the latter is not too far away from us. (Hint, hint … Stigo?)
In the past, we’ve found that e-scooters (just like any bikes) need a lot of fiddling to adjust the seating and handlebars. According to the company, Stigo bypasses this by having designed it in such a way that the rider’s weight is distributed evenly between three supporting points: arms, legs, and upper body. According to the company, muscles are built to work with the double S-shape, our ideal sitting position.
The Stigo’s riding position was designed to support that shape, thus allowing for even distribution of body weight and reduced muscle and back stress. It allows for a riding position that entails an 80–90° angle between the arms and the upper body, which gives it an optimal load distribution. Again, according to the company, a comfortable riding position is when the handlebar is not more than about 4″ (10 cm) from the saddle level. This maintains a 90° angle between arm and body and allows for a more relaxed riding experience.
The ergonomic design of the seat and inflatable tires means the Stigo does away with suspensions. I’m concerned US roads are not optimized for e-mobility solutions without extra suspensions, but we’d have to test the vehicle to have a conclusive opinion on that.
Stigo claims that its seat design is unlike that of any conventional bicycle seats. Designed to challenge traditional cycling philosophies, a regular bicycle seat is designed for pedaling with its slim and streamlined structure. Instead, Stigo opted to make you as comfortable as possible for long distances with no need to pedal. Its ergonomic curvature also prevents the rider from slipping off while traveling on inclines. Basically, Stigo tried to achieve what a bucket seat design does while making it easy to get on and off.
The Electric Stigo Folding Scooter — Final Thoughts
We are certainly excited to get our hands on the Stigo folding e-scooter as soon as possible to develop some real-world opinions on it. The design shows a well thought out ride experience. The option to fold it easily and store it away seems highly practical. But it’s hard to know how well a product genuinely fits into your life until you actually try it out. Maybe soon.
It’s good to see another electric folding scooter join the race and we look forward to hearing more from Stigoriding. If you happen to have any experience with this electric scooters, please chime in down in the comments.