To put it differently: what are you to do with your e-bike or e-scooter when you’re to board public transport or have already arrived at your destination place? Rental services like Bird and Lime may have contributed to reducing commuting times and pollution, but they added to the issue of overcrowding because people just leave them on the street or pavement.
This is how the idea for foldable EVs / last-minute solutions came to be. Right now, there aren’t as many of them as we’d probably like to see, and many of them are still too big or heavy, handle with difficulty or are a pain to carry, as opposed to riding. More elegant, more compact and lighter products are in the making – and this foldable Switch e-scooter could be one of them.
For the time being, it’s just a concept from designers Adil Lokhandwala, Adhithya Vishnu M, Aditya Tupe and Amit Mirchandani of Lucid Design. However, the Lucid website notes that the product is “coming soon,” which could mean that it’s already attracted enough attention to be produced.
Switch comes with a flat-pack mechanism that allows it to collapse onto itself, fold and then be attached to a backpack. Slide the telescoping handlebar down, fold the handles, fold the scooter and presto. This virtually does away with the issue of maneuverability, parking space and even storage space, making it sleek enough to blend into the rider’s everyday activities. Much like a (presumably light) backpack does.
To achieve this sleek form factor and add extra ease of use, designers have integrated braking and acceleration into the handlebars. Unlocking is done by pressing a fingerprint-enabled button under the handlebars, while the integrated display offers stats like estimated range left, odometer, current time, ETA, and GPS navigation and directions.
Smart connectivity through a dedicated app would offer owners some peace of mind, by letting them know where the e-scooter is at all times. Integrated front light and taillight would maximize visibility on the road.
This being just a concept for the time being, more specific details (like estimated range, maximum speed or total weight capacity) have not been included with the renderings. However, if it ever becomes reality, as the note on the Lucid Design website seems to indicate, they will be disclosed in due time.
These details, along with the price, will make the difference when choosing between a clean and fast commute, and a gas-guzzling, time-consuming one.