I have been lucky enough to have been given the use of an E-Skoot (pictured below) for a couple of weeks and I’m going to document my experience of using it here. You can view the official site for E-Skoot by clicking this link Electric Scooters, which will give you an idea of what this vehicle can do.
But that website will just show you the product. On Liversalts, you’re going to get the chance to see how I experienced E-Skoot, and the things that it allows you to do. I think it will cause a major change, a revolution in fact, in transport in Ireland.
Here’s the main deal. The E-Skoot makes commuting simple. It brings you from door-to-door with ease, comfort and minimum hassle. But more than that, it’s a lot of fun that suddenly puts events and locations you might like to have visited back within your geographical range.
The E-Skoot has a top speed of 25 km per hour, but I’ve already exceeded that on downhill runs. But for the moment, let’s call it 25 kph. It will also travel up an uphill incline of 25% easily. (Part of my journey in terms of reviewing it here is to find a hill it can’t climb in Dublin.)
And while all of that might be interesting, here’s the best bit. The E-Skoot can be plugged into an ordinary house socket for re-charging. Two hours of a charge gives you a 35 km range, so that, in theory, you could travel that distance to work, charge it there, and return the same distance.
I wouldn’t recommend that particularly. Every vehicle can be used in all sorts of ways, and the huge benefit of this vehicle is that it goes (easily) on public transport. Therefore, its strongest asset is that it can be used in combination with public transport and that’s what gives it its supreme handiness.
There are several patented ideas on the E-Skoot that make this possible. The first is that the handle folds down and clicks solidly into the rest of the scooter. That means you can carry it quite easily onto a bus or train, and unfold it at the other end. While on public transport, it fits easily under or beside your seat.
“Is it heavy?”, I hear you ask. The answer is “No”. It’s about 10 kg, which is a weight you wouldn’t want to be carrying a long distance, but it’s perfectly manageable for taking in and out of buildings. You will travel everywhere else on the scooter itself.
But that’s already too much technical information. You have to experience what it is like to travel on an E-Skoot to really appreciate it. Trying is believing, which is why I probably sound like an evangelist. I have been lucky enough to try it out, and it reminds me of my thought the first time I used a mobile phone. That thought was ‘but this changes everything’.
I believe the E-Skoot will make a huge change in some people’s lives for the better. There may be some downsides to the E-Skoot becoming widespread as a mode of transport, but from this perspective, I can’t see them yet.
But that’s what the next few weeks is about – checking out this new way of travelling and seeing how it works. I am lucky in that I have one of the first ones in Ireland and every day I am seeing new potential uses for it here.
But that also is for another day. Sign up to my blog if you want to follow my progress on my E-Skoot adventures.
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