Developed by an eponymous Vancouver, Canada-based electric mobility startup, Scootility is a project in functional prototype form at the moment, but it is shaping up as a great solution for transporting goods.
Designed to be fast and nimble and to offer a comfortable ride, the Scootility electric scooter will be primarily aimed at delivery workers, service provider technicians, and even medical personnel who want to avoid traffic jams and be fast and efficient while doing their jobs.
The standout feature of this so-called utility scooter is a 140-liter cargo box placed at the front. It is lockable and weatherproof and allows users to transport all kinds of goods. Moreover, this cargo box can be removed and swapped for another if needed, making it suitable for delivery workers who must drop one load at a location and pick up another one.
"The utility scooter capitalizes on an overlooked gap in the market," explains Scootility's founder, Antonio Loro. "It can haul a bigger payload than an e-bike or e-moped but is more compact and agile than an e-cargo bike or van."
According to the startup, a low center of gravity and a double and central stand ensure great stability and maneuverability of the vehicle. The e-scooter is equipped with a 16-inch tire in front and a 13-inch tire in the back, and it also boasts front and rear suspension for a smooth ride and cargo protection.
The battery powering this vehicle is located under the deck and offers a range of up to 100 km (62 miles). It is also removable, so the e-scooter can quickly get back on the road after the battery is changed.
A full LED lighting system and a fold-out leg rest that doubles as an organizer compartment for papers, a notebook, or a tablet are also part of the package.
The Scootility e-scooter is obviously a more agile and compact delivery vehicle solution than vans and cars, but the company claims it is also smaller, easier to ride, and cheaper than front-loading cargo e-bikes. And when it's not in use, it becomes even more compact, as its steering column can be folded forward for easy storage.
Having built a prototype model, the next step for the company is to raise funds to manufacture the scooter at scale and bring it to the market. Scootility is currently encouraging inquiries from prospective commercial partners.
The final model of the Scootility cargo-hauling scooter is being developed in partnership with mobility design studio Springtime Design in the Netherlands and Engineering Design Lab in Toronto, Canada. The e-scooter is expected to enter production within a year once funding is complete.