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Sleek Redesign Of The Skateboard Looks Like A Laptop, Fits Into Bag Easily
By Louise Jane Cher, 10 Aug 2015
There’s now a smaller, sleeker skateboard-like transportation that you can fit into your bag.
Introducing the ‘WalkCar’, made by Japanese company Cocoa Motors.
Possibly the “world’s smallest electric vehicle”, the WalkCar is built like a skateboard scaled-down to the size of a laptop.
To use, simply stand on it to start the vehicle, and step off to brake it. The WalkCar can be easily steered by shifting one’s weight from side to side.
Armed with a lithium battery and an aluminum body, the 6.6-pound compact device can carry passengers up to 265 pounds. A single three-hour charge can bring you as far as 7.4 miles.
Engineer Kuniako Saito of Cocoa Motors told Reuters, “If we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?”
He also hopes that the WalkCar can assist the less able, such as helping the elderly climb slopes.
Preorders for the WalkCar will begin October 2015, through a Kickstarter campaign. It is expected to retail at 100,000 Japanese Yen, approximately US$800.
Click play to watch how it works.
[via Gizmodo, Cocoa Motors, Images via screenshot]
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