Of course, the world already has electric wheels or unicycles or wheels, some of them quite powerful and impressive from a technological and design perspective. This is also an electric unicycle, but with a twist: instead of riding standing on the pedals, you sit on a seat much like you would on a motorcycle. It's a unicycle but with an electric motor attached, if you like.
This electric unicycle is produced by Shenzhen Letengxuan Technology in China and seems to have been formally introduced in the summer of 2019. It boasts a 2,000W motor and three options for the battery pack, decent range, and a speed that is probably several times faster than you’d like it considering how easily you can topple over.
Dubbed a “contemporary and electric interpretation of the unicycle,” this unicycle sits on a single, 7.5-inch thick tire. The exact dimensions are 38 inches (96 cm) in height, 32 inches (81 cm) in length, 15 inches (38 cm) in width, which allows the maker to present it as a suitable alternative to electric scooters and even e-bikes.
Operating it seems to be done intuitively with a self-balancing mechanism by leaning forward to accelerate and backward to brake. Strangely though, there’s a brake lever in the official photos, which further drives home the comparison with a regular motorcycle cut in half to save costs and weight.
The company offers three battery options, 680 Wh, 1020 Wh, and 1360 Wh to meet commuters' varying needs. Depending on which battery pack you choose, you get a 30- to 60-mile (48- to 96.5-km) range on a single charge, which sounds good even for commuters in big cities; on paper, at least. The top speed is 30 mph (48 kph), which is three times faster than the Rhino mentioned above, and a full charge takes between 3 and 12 hours.
As per the post, this “smartly designed electric unicycle” sells for prices starting at $2,250, to which you add shipping. And whatever you’re willing to pay in hospitalization for when you go down with it in heavy city traffic.