For those who want a smaller electric mobility option than an e-bike, a folding electric scooter might be just the ticket.
The e-mobility scene is booming, with new electric transportation alternatives hitting the market just about every week, and there’s something available now for just about everyone, whether that’s an electric car, motorcycle, e-bike, or electric scooter. Because everyone’s commute is different, and each of us has our own space constraints at home and at work, a single electric mobility solution doesn’t work for everybody.
For those who don’t have a lot of room to store their electric transport when it’s not being ridden, or who have to carry it with them between buses or trains or in a car trunk or up multiple flights of stairs, a folding bike or scooter can fit the bill, such as this clever electric scooter from Stigo. The Stigo L1E is a sit-down scooter that doesn’t require pedaling, can fold up to about the size of a rolling suitcase to be pulled behind or carried when it can’t be ridden, and takes up just 48 × 40 cm (~19" x 16") of floor space to store.
The Stigo, which is driven by a 250W hub motor to speeds up to 15 mph (25 kph), is powered by a 36V lithium ion battery pack, available in either a single (5.8Ah) or a double (10.6 Ah) battery configuration for a range per charge of up to 25 miles (40 km). The electric scooter weighs in at about 31 pounds (14 kg), and measures 41.3" x 18.9" x 31.7" when unfolded, while quickly ("in 2 seconds") folding up to 18.9" x 15" x 46.5" tall for storage or pulling it behind while walking. Charging takes between 3 and 3.5 hours, depending on the battery configuration.
"Stigo was developed in response to the need expressed by many urban commuters for an electric bicycle or scooter.
"However, there was always the problem of where to store the vehicle. It is not that easy to take a bicycle into a city apartment or find a place on the street to charge your electric scooter.
"The Stigo solution is really simple – it folds into a wheeled suitcase-type package you can bring along anywhere and charge from a regular outlet."
The company is described as "a Nordic manufacturer with our roots in Tallinn, Estonia," and although it doesn’t sell the scooters directly from its website, Stigo has dealers in 24 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia. Stigo also just opened a concept store in Tianjin, China. In the US, the price for the base model L1E is set at $1849 at the only distributor listed in the country, although the press materials have a stated MSRP of $1499 to $1799 for the same model. More info at Stigo.