Etergo Is Here With Its e-Scooter That Can Go As Far As a 2019 Nissan Leaf on a Single Charge
These silent zip-zap-zooms are growing at a startling rateby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Just like cars and trucks, even scooters are going through an EV-olution. One such rising company is a Dutch electric scooter start-up called Etergo, formerly known as Bolt Mobility, and has just landed a €10 million investment from a German automotive company. Etergo is in the final stages of production preparation and will use the funding for production of their and long-range electric scooters. Believe it or not, these scooters will take you as far on a single charge as a 2019 Nissan Leaf. No Joke.
E-Scooters To Beat The Traffic
Initially, electric cycles were touted as the next big thing in the industry, but that rise was short-lived, and companies started moving towards electric scooters instead. Tesla, on the other hand, is going against the tide and is investing in the e-bicycle industry. Expect Elon Musk to do the unthinkable!
Anyway, coming back to the point, electric scoters are gaining more prominence by the day not just for direct sales, but also for e-scooter rental.
Speaking from a broader perspective, the general trend of owning a car itself is on a fall as the new-generation is more interested in subscription programs. The same can be seen in the two-wheeler segment as well, and in fact, manufactures are focusing on rentals more than direct sales to customers.
The Tesla of Electric Scooters
Etergo is looking like the Tesla of the e-scooter segment. There are some bold claims being made, but with the kind of financial backup it has, we think it will live up to its words. “The AppScooter is expected to be the safest scooter ever built. The vehicle has a range of up to 240 kilometers, can go from 0 – 45 km/h in 3.9s and is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen and internet connection. With AppScooter’s handlebar controls, drivers can control their phone through Bluetooth, answer calls, stream music and control navigation.”
Talking about the AppScooter, Etergo received a €5 million investment last year for the development of the scooter.
The company has already sold out the first few production batches in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and the U.K. Etergo is still taking pre-orders for the second and third production batches for €239 ($274) with the final price of the AppScooter coming in at €3,399 or about $3,800.
With loaded pockets, Etergo went hunting and picked 60 possible manufacturing partners. Etergo has now zeroed down on three options and is currently in contract negotiations with the factories as it prepares to shift into full production. So, it is safe to assume that Etergo is in the final stages of production planning and will launch the AppScooter in 2020.
What They Had To Say
Unlike other startups who struggle to get fundings, Etergo has been quite abundant in this case. In fact, this is the company’s fourth multi-million Euro investment. This is what the Etergo had to say: “We just signed and closed the contract for an investment of €10 million in Etergo. The investors (whom prefer not to disclose themselves at this time) are the shareholders behind a German Automotive company that has extensive experience in After-Sales & Distribution.”
According to CEO and co-founder Bart Jacobsz: “With this investment we bring in more than just capital. The knowledge and experience of our investor in the field of automotive and service are helping us to roll out the best service network in Europe. We will use this new capital and knowledge to produce a safe, environmentally friendly alternative for air-polluting petrol scooters on a large scale. Firstly in the Netherlands and Germany, but soon after that Etergo will introduce the AppScooter in other countries as well.”
The Kid Born With a Silver Spoon
In short, the AppScooter is just an urban commuter. Yes, it offers good range, but that is it. In terms of performance, the AppScooter cannot zip past 28 mph. Being a Dutch company, where two-wheelers are a primary form of transportation, Etergo has not cut corners anywhere. It has done a fantastic job in terms of utility.
It offers a large amount of storage space despite having three modular batteries installed to help it run for 150 miles on a single charge.
Utility is one thing that suffers the most in EVs; be it cars or scooters. However, that is not the case with the AppScooter. Thanks to the brilliantly designed 17-pound banana-shaped batteries that are located under the floorboard, the AppScooter manages to offer 60 liters of cargo space underneath the seat! The AppScooter houses three batteries, even though it can operate with just one. This lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity and leaves the entire 60-liter cargo space available.
Like mentioned earlier, we can expect to see the AppScooter in the U.S. in 2020. If you want to see it in flesh before that, Etergo will be getting the AppScooter to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this month. What are your thoughts on the Etergo as a company, as well as its child, the AppScooter? Share them with us in the comments section below.