JackRabbit was first launched to the market a few years in the past and, even then, it defied straightforward classification. The primary model regarded like a misshapen bike with a smaller entrance wheel however acted very very like a scooter. Model 2.0, now crowdfunding on
, is much more much like an e-bike and comes with a number of upgrades that can blur the strains between one and an e-scooter altogether.
JackRabbit 2.0 seems to be like an e-bike from afar, and resembles a toy of some type from up shut. If there’s a child or a smaller grownup on it, you would in all probability nonetheless mistake it for a bicycle while you see on in particular person. Technically talking, it’s neither e-bike nor e-scooter, however each.
Designed by former UC San Diego triathlon coach Tom Piszkin, JackRabbit takes one of the best from e-bikes, e-scooters and different accessible first- and last-mile options and delivers a brand new product. It’s an electrical scooter with a 6061 aluminum monocoque body much like that on an e-bike and 20-inch (50.8-cm), fats tire wheels, but it surely doesn’t have pedals – simply footrests.
“The JackRabbit takes one of the best attributes from the world of bicycles and one of the best aspirations from electrical scooters,” the makers say. “The result’s a brand new approach to get round sooner and simpler than strolling however with all the security, simplicity, and comfort of strolling.”
Mainly, if you understand how to experience a bicycle and are in a position to coast on one, you’d haven’t any bother with this quirky little factor. The largest upside is that, in contrast to e-bikes, the JackRabbit is extremely gentle – so gentle that even a toddler can carry it off the bottom. It’s 4 ft (1.2 meters) lengthy and weighs a mere 23 kilos (10.4 kg), battery included.
Including to maneuverability is the truth that you possibly can truly fold the pedals, in order that it matches anyplace. JackRabbit may even match within the backseat of your automobile, and may simply be carried up the steps to your residence, into the shop or you possibly can even experience it indoors, the place it’s allowed. No less than, that’s what the makers are saying. To that finish, it’s in a position to do 180-degree turns in slender hallways.
Energy comes from a 336-watt rear hub motor (nominally 300 watts steady), which is linked to a Tesla / Panasonic 4.4-Ah battery within the prime tube. The battery is swappable and delivers a median vary of 12 miles (19 km) at full pace on a single, 2.5-hour cost. The thumb-activated throttle permits riders to pick two speeds of touring, with the quickest one being of 20 mph (32 kph).
JackRabbit 2.0 comes with an adjustable seat submit with gel saddle, and a single rear mechanical disc brake. The makers plan to ship a bunch of equipment as nicely to first pledgers, together with a rear rack that may maintain an additional 22 kilos (10 kg) of weight, a shoulder carry strap and a journey bag.
Although seemingly tiny, the makers promise that the body accommodates riders between 4’10” and 6’3″ in top (147 and 191 cm), and as much as 240 kilos (109 kg) in weight. In addition they say that JackRabit’s motor is highly effective sufficient to take you up hills with a 12 % incline – or maybe much more, relying on terrain and whole payload.
Briefly, this sounds just like the dream – and positively essentially the most enjoyable – last- or first-mile answer. “Developed by a drove of substances heads and tech nerds, JackRabbit is lighter, extra agile and safer than another cell choice on the market,” the makers say. “It’s as straightforward as a hop and a skip. Be part of the motion and bounce on a JackRabbit.” Nicely, name us intrigued!
The plan is to present the two.0 model to pledgers for as little as $500, with the retail model estimated at $999. Deliveries ought to happen earlier than this 12 months’s December holidays to clients within the continental U.S., so bummer for everybody else who was possibly giving it a thought or two. Fingers crossed it’ll go worldwide after that date.