To define it as eccentric is to be generous: the Walkcar electric scooter is the size of an iPad Pro, or a laptop, but with wheels. It intrigues and immediately catches the attention: it has long gone viral every time it appears on the net on some videos, but today it is really on sale.
Imagine if your laptop had wheels and stopped on it to get around town. It's practically what you find with the Walkcar electric scooter, a sort of 4-wheel iPad. There Cocoa Motors he almost conceived an electric skateboard. ALMOST, attention. Not entirely. In reality it is a vehicle that makes us understand how close we are to "further reducing" our personal transport choices. From micromobility to nanomobility. Here because.
The Walkcar wheels are arranged in a square, and the front wheels are powered by electric motors. The two rear wheels, on the other hand, turn to help steer. It actually curves by tilting your body weight from side to side. Acceleration and braking are controlled with forward and backward lean, a bit like the dean of electric scooters, the first Segway invented from that genius of Dean Kamen. And I have to say that the method of accelerating and braking is practically the only thing Walkcar shares with everything we've seen before.
Walkcar, the 4-wheel iPad has no similar when it comes to the micro mobility options.
The sight of such a vehicle, to be held in the hand or stored in the bag, to be used for movements of a few kilometers, opens up new scenarios. Of course, he is a progenitor, imperfect more and more. But it makes us understand that the transport options can be "granular", and offer even smaller solutions in addition to micro mobility. Nanomobility solutions.
Let's face it: it might as well be a nice little last-mile vehicle, with an emphasis on the 'mile' part. With the small 68Wh battery that you find you certainly can't expect to go far. At most we can define it as a vehicle "of the last two miles", more does not do, in my opinion. In spite of the declarations of the parent company, which give it an autonomy of 5km (and it would already be 3 miles) in sport mode or 7km (and it would already be 4 miles) in Eco mode. Would you trust it without trying it for about fifteen days?
On the speed, however, a table top like me approves: the "sport" mode brings Walkcar to 16 kilometers per hour, the Eco mode returns the size of a brisk walk, going at a maximum of 10km per hour. And it really weighs like a big laptop! Just 2,9kg, thanks to a carbon fiber bridge and an aluminum frame.
The smallest wheel motors in the world
Cocoa Motors says so, not me. But I have no arguments to disprove the claim. For all intents and purposes, for a vehicle capable of climbing even 10 ° slopes, with 260W continuous and 600W peak, the dimensions are surprising.
Like the price
After trials, stolen videos and refinements, presales began in Japan at a price of 198.00 yen. Are you sure you want to know how many euros there are? About 1800. And it is exactly here that I get off the nice Walkcar, thank the gentlemen and go on, towards a much higher power scooter at the same price.
If not cheaper. Nanomobility, ok, and I certainly don't claim "nanoparticles". To some extent, though.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.