ATX 8080, the Ruckus-Looks Rugged Electric Scooter

ATX 8080 is yet another electric scooter looking for a modest $100,000 (€92,000) crowdfunding to ensure the kick-off 50-unit batch can be manufactured. If its shape looks familiar, your eyes are not deceiving you: the ATX 8080 has strong Honda Ruckus genes and in this case, this is a feature, and not a bug.
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Photo: Austin Electric Powersports
The name also speaks about the capabilities of the scoot. It can reach a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and provides a 80 km (50 miles) range. Quick, quiet and clean, the ATX 8080 also comes with all the advantages of electric two-wheelers, such as being allowed to enter restricted areas, receive exemptions for various local taxes, and more.

ATX 8080 is an all-American effort, being engineered and made in Texas, and is powered by a convenient direct-drive hub motor that is easily serviceable when needed, upgradeable and maintenance-free. Everything was designed as a complete system with perfect integration of the battery, motor and controller. This ensures seamless, stable operation, strong selling points for such a commuter.

For every fifty ATX 8080 sold, the maker will donate one to a deserving veteran

The battery pack is a 48v, 3.14 kWh that feeds the motor producing 200 Nm (147.4 lb-ft) of torque and yet unspecified power. A 650W onboard charger can be connected to a common wall outlet and will have the battery loaded to 80% in just two hours, with two extra hours needed for a full charge.

With a battery life for the Samsung-supplied cells expected to reach 90,000 km (56,000 miles) the ATX 8080 will provide many years of dependable service and stylish riding.

The scoot is looking for public funding on Kickstarter and can be had for an early-bird price of $5,250 (€4,835). Still, if you want to help these guys out without buying one, they have plenty of interesting offers, including a combo of Austin City Limits music festival and MotoGP tickets.

If the ATX 8080 makes it into production, its makes vowed they'll donate one for every 50 units sold. The donated electric scooter will be handed over to a deserving American veteran through the Wounded Warrior Project.

As for the "it's a feature and not a bug" part we mentioned earlier, the ATX8080 indeed benefits from the "Ruckus genes". This means that the scoot will have no problems passing from asphalt to dirt and vice-versa if supplied with a pair of slightly more aggressive, dual-sport tires. Getting ideas for future options, Austin Electric Powersports?

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