But it’s not—the front wheel just retracts for the scooter’s “self-balancing mode”, which allows it to maneuver better in tight spaces. Will it be mistaken for an Autobot by kids when they see this zipping down the street? It’s best we wait until the Uno rolls out next year.
Currently making quite a splash among the scooter-inclined at this year’s CES, the prototype Uno III is BPG Motor’s high-end electric scooter that’s destined for the Europe and Asia market. In places like China, Vietnam, Thailand, and India alone, scooters enjoy a market segment many times more humongous than in the United States, or anywhere else for that matter.
What he Uno III has over the composition are its driving modes. First as a scooter and second as a self-balancing Segway-like unicycle where the front wheel retracts. This allows the Uno III to be maneuvered better and stored in limited parking spaces. If you’ve got the muscle, you can even bring this inside the office. What’s even more sci-fi than the usual is the driver can shift to self-balancing while in motion—there’s no need to stop and ‘transform’ your ride.
If you’re already itching to plop down cash for this bay, hold on there urban cowboy. The Uno III isn’t expected to be rolled out until next year. When it does, its price range of $4,000 to $7,000 puts it in the upper bracket of electric scoters. So yeah, maybe an electric bicycle is still your best bet for now.
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