PHOTO CAPTION: E-Bikeboard K-1000 comes in street and off-road models

E-Bikeboard: Segway Challenger?

Automobile Magazine reviews E-Bikeboard KZ-1000 electric scooter.

Published: 22-May-2009

One standard of the utopian vision for civilization's future is clean, low-impact, personal transportation. The Segway scooter seemed to embody much of that vision, but with a price starting at $5,000, the geeky looking gyro-balanced scooter hasn't quite taken the nation's sidewalks by storm.

The Segway's limited success hasn't stopped other companies from pursuing different transportation solutions that embody the vision. What you're looking at here is the E-Bikeboard. It's an adult-sized, high-tech, electrified scooter.

The E-Bikeboard is certainly more complex than a typical foot-powered scooter, and its starting price of $2,000 hints at what's packed into this three-wheeled device. Designed in Switzerland, the E-Bikeboards are now being manufactured in the U.S.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

In the UK, where most vehicles are primarily sold, the cars receive no congestion charges, no road taxes, a number of parking concessions, and only use about 3c of electricity per mile.

Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.


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