The concept of adding a motor to a traditional push scooter is an idea that has been around for a couple of years now, with varying designs and specifications. The all new CityBug Electric Scooter is the ultimate urban innovation and is the only electric scooter you will ever need to know about.
When you first see the sleek, elegant design of the CityBug, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was nothing more than a large push scooter as there are no visible cables, but hidden away inside the deck and protected by a rubber platform is a 36v Lithium-ion battery waiting for you to take it for a ride.
The battery of the CityBug Electric Scooter has a range of 15-20km (9.5-12.5 miles) on a single charge and can reach speeds of just over 10mph - which is pretty quick! There is the option to limit the speed of the CityBug to just under 4mph with the push of a discreet button under the deck.
In keeping with the sleek design of the CityBug the charging port is located on the side of the footplate and has a rubber seal to prevent dirt and debris entering into the port. Charging time is typically less than three hours but a full charge will be indicated when the LED charging light on the charger turns green. The battery power level is indicated on the integrated display panel that is well protected within the body of the scooter along with the power button. Thanks to the brushless motor, if you are unable to charge your electric scooter for the return journey, you are able to continue on and use your CityBug as a normal scooter.
Did we also mention that the CityBug folds? No? Well, it does! At the front of the scooter and surrounding the integrated display panel, is a silver latch lever which releases the internal mechanism and allows a quick, smooth movement when folding and unfolding. This is perfect for hopping on or off public transport as the size of the scooter becomes a little over 15" (40cm) high and just under a metre long. When the scooter is in the upright position, there is no movement back and forth like you would expect to see from a traditional folding scooter.
Riding the CityBug Electric Scooter is a dream and after having pushed off, the brushless motor that has been integrated in the rear wheel, delivers the power to set off. The handlebars, which are easily adjustable to suit your height, are free from brake and throttle levers allowing your hands to rest comfortably on the textured grips.
The usual twist or lever style throttles have been forgone and in their place a patented push/pull handlebar system that provides a gradual acceleration when pushed forward and deceleration of power when pulled towards you. With this intuitive riding system, there is no sudden burst forwards during acceleration like you would get from the usual 'twist style' design.
As mentioned above, deceleration works the same as acceleration - by pulling the bar towards you to slow your speed. Whilst it is not advisable to ride outside of your capabilities, the CityBug Electric Scooter comes with a rear brake that will bring the scooter to a controlled stop. As an extra safety feature, if no weight is detected on the platform the 36v battery will cut out.
- Solid Rubber Wheels (7.6" Front & 7.2" Rear) with Tread
- Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) 36v Battery
- Integrated LED Battery Status Indicator
- 250w Brushless Motor
- 3 Hour Charge Time
- 15-18km (9.5-11.5 miles) Range from a Single Charge
- Top Speed of 10mph (Can limit to 4mph)
- Safety Cut Out if no Weight Detected on Deck
- Height Adjustable Handle Bars
- Complete Weight 12.5kg
NOTE: A parent's decision to allow their child to ride your CityBug Electric Scooter should depend on individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.
WARNING! Read and understand the enclosed CityBug Electric Scooter owners manual before riding. Safety equipment such as a helmet, elbow and knee pads are recommended. Check local laws and regulations to see where and how you may ride legally. Use this product only in controlled environments free of potential traffic hazards, and not on public streets. Risk of injury increases as degree of trick difficulty increases. Rider assumes all risk associated with trick riding activities. Be careful and know your limitations.