Seattle based Fremont Motors has developed an all-electric scooter prototype that breaks away from today’s growing trend of cheap-o plastic Vespa knock-offs. It’s called Fido, and it appears to combine real-world performance and convenience in package that is…well, uniquely stylish.
The Fido recently garnered some attention from Engadget for its “eye-catching” design and practical features. The scooter’s appearance is unique, to be sure, and it’s designed to serve the real-world needs of the urban commuter. The Fido has a top speed of 45 MPH and comes with a 30-mile removable battery pack which it hides under the floor. For longer distance trips, an extra battery can be added on to increase the estimated max distance to 70 miles. The extra battery’s storage case also doubles as a sort of backpack, with straps added for easy transport. Both wheels are the same size and the drive section only occupies one side of the rear wheel, which should make removing or replacing the wheels a snap. With a modicum of moving parts, the scooter should be relatively maintenance free and super easy to operate.
The Fido is expected to run about $5,000 when a limited edition run is produced in the third quarter of next year. Fremont Motors isn’t taking pre-orders, but you can sign up on their mailing list if you want more information as Fido’s development progresses.
According to their website, the company’s founder, Jeb Gast, developed the Fido after realizing that most electric scooter products on the market were just “complicated electric conversions of poorly made gas scooters with low top speeds, limited range, long charging times and poor build quality.” If the Fido moves past the prototype stage, it could be a solid choice for urban commuters who aren’t ready to drop big bucks on an electric car but still want to transition away from fossil fuels.