The Scrooser: If Batman had a scooter, it would look like this
Those who have ridden these mostly human-powered machines say it's kind of like surfing, but on the street. Curious?
Wed, Aug 21 2013 at 3:36 PM
All photos: Scrooser
The Scrooser is a mix between a child’s foot-powered scooter, a Harley Davidson, and a Segway. It’s the kind of thing that Batman would use to get around town on his day off from fighting crime.
Not only does it look pretty badass as far as these types of vehicles go, but it also promises to be a really fun way to get around urban environments without polluting. Like an electric-bicycle, the Scrooser combines human power and an electric motor that activates intelligently each time the rider pushes the ground. This allows for comfortable cruising at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. But because the electric motor only assists the rider’s legs and doesn’t provide 100 percent of the power required to move, a single charge of the lithium-ion battery should last about 25 days in Eco-Mode in an urban environment.
The bigger selling point of the Scrooser is apparently how it feels to ride it. I haven’t had the chance to try one, so this is second-hand information, but apparently the extra-wide tires make it feel like “surfing or snowboarding through the city streets.”
The video below was produced by the Scrooser team to explain their vision and show a prototype in action. The creators of the Scrooser rode around the streets of Barcelona, and received “overwhelming” amounts of positive attention from curious bystanders — and that's always a good sign.
There’s good news and bad news on availability. Bad news first: you can’t buy one yet, as it’s still in the development phase. But the good news is that the project isn’t some vaporware that has no chance of seeing the light of day. The company has been more than fully financed by Kickstarter with more than $186,000 raised, passing their original $120,000 goal by more than $66K!
The first production run will be for 150 Scroosers. You can pre-order yours here and check out more particulars about the Scrooser in the website's technical breakdown.
Related on MNN:
You might also like: