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This San Francisco based company's one invention will REVOLUTIONIZE the developing world!

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/27/2015 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Meet the electric scooter that will run circles around the competition

Cars are ubiquitous in the Western world, especially in the United States. However, many developing parts of the world lack the infrastructure to support automobile usage on a large scale, and poorer families lack the financial means to purchase a car or gasoline when it is available.

Much of the developing world relies on cheap, inefficient and dangerous scooters, as a main form of transportation.

Much of the developing world relies on cheap, inefficient and dangerous scooters, as a main form of transportation.

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By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
1/27/2015 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: China, South America, Africa, Economics, Politics, Finance, Technology


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Enter the scooter; this humble two-wheeled motorized vehicle is the hero of much of the developing world, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America, providing means of transportation for families and their goods.

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These small scooters are often used to transport two or more people, goods, and even pets and livestock. In many places the scooter has replaced the animal harnessed cart or bicycles as the most effective means of transporting goods around narrow and crowded streets.

Much of the developing world relies on cheap, inefficient and dangerous scooters, as a main form of

Much of the developing world relies on cheap, inefficient and dangerous scooters, as a main form of transportation. Lit Motors intends to introduce an electric scooter which is a safer and cheaper alternative.


Still, while the scooter reigns supreme, it is not as healthy to the environment. Small engines burn oil and gasoline in a process that is much less efficient compared to most modern cars, and even then few individuals will have their vehicles routinely maintained.

Scooters are also designed for a maximum of two people, and when loaded up with cargo, their balance is shot, and weaving through packed traffic becomes a waiting game with death.

But one small company in San Francisco aims to change all that.

Lit Motors believes they have a solution, an electric scooter that should be safer and more efficient, but just as cheap as the current scooters on the market.

The scooter has a gap right in the middle of the machine, in the center where a traditional scooter would have its engine underneath the rider. This hole can fit a box that's 20x20x20 inches, and can carry a load of 198 pounds greater than the weight of the rider.

The scooter's electric motor is housed in the rear wheel and rechargeable batteries run along the scooter's base, which keeps it's center of gravity low.

The wheel housing "frees up the vehicle architecture to make it whatever we want it to be, and it also greatly simplifies the drivetrain, making it cheaper to produce, cheaper to sell, and cheaper to consume," said Ryan James, Lit Motors' chief marketing executive.

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This new electric scooter is likely to have a $5,000 price point, which it will need in order to compete with other traditional scooters on the market.

The scooter is currently in development, but Lit Motors hopes to release it in 2015, following a successful kickstarter campaign.

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