January 10, 2016
This Foldable E-Scooter Powers Through Its Kickstarter Funding Target
Meet ZAR: The world’s lightest and smartest electric scooter that fits in a backpack.
This innovative, environmentally-friendly scooter has surpassed its $50,000 target on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in just four days.
What’s the buzz all about?
Well, for starters, ZAR aims to address the all-too-familiar issue of rail and road overcrowding.
Many cities now experience jam-packed trains, and roads so congested that average traffic speeds are less than 7 mph.
This is ZAR’s main selling point. It offers you a chance to ditch the overcrowded commuter trains and the roads from hell. It gives you back your freedom.
Why choose an e-scooter?
It’s a good question. But one that can be answered with some very convincing examples.
Firstly, if you normally drive to work, then ZAR will put a end to your frustrating searches for parking spaces. Oh, and you can say goodbye to parking fees too.
Perhaps you normally cycle to work? Well, in this case, ZAR offers the great advantage of getting you to your destination fresh and sweat free. Your colleagues may thank you!
Technology wise, ZAR is undoubtedly an impressive piece of kit:
- Cruises at up to 12.5 mph
- Weighs in at only 8.8 lbs
- Features a super high-density battery that lasts up to 5 years
- Boasts safety lights that can be customized with 1,600 color choices
ZAR is available in standard and high configurations. The difference being the first has one battery, and the second has two. From a full-charge, the standard configuration gives you a 6-mile range, while the high configuration gives you a 12-mile range.
A bonus, that really sets ZAR apart, is the ability to seamlessly connect it via Bluetooth to its own app. This allows you to monitor and track your location, speed and trajectory.
The journey doesn’t stop at commuting.
ZAR has many more potential applications. Think, short urban trips (perhaps to local shops), college campuses renting them to students, and large events offering visitors a unique way to get around.
You can catch the affordable, $299 ZAR in action in this introductory video:
Kickstarter investors can’t wait to get their hands (and feet!) on the stylish ZAR e-scooter. Why not join them?
Find out more on ZAR’s Kickstarter campaign page.
Craig J Todd – Freelance writer with a passion for tech, trends and simplicity.
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I see a lot of positives here, clearly it can’t be beaten on portability. However, the number of pedestrians you encounter may restrict your ability to weave between them all. Also, the quality of the pavements may make your journey less of a smooth ride.
I would also be concerned that new rules may restrict usage if there are accidents.
You have some very good points Carolyn! I guess some cities may not be suitable. However, perhaps e-scooters will be allowed to use bike lanes? Just a thought.
looks very shaky, still prefer the e-floater from http://www.floatility.com
Thanks for your comment Devine. It would be good to see a head-to-head review of the two e-scooters.