If micromobility was destined to take over the bulk of urban movements in the coming years, the pandemic led by COVID-19 has only accelerated this process, with electric mobility solutions taking to the streets at a pace never seen before. Taur is an electric scooter designed to eliminate the failures of conventional electric scooters.
The electric scooter has seen the light of day through Kickstarter, a micro-financing (or crowdfunding) platform where this electric scooter can be purchased. The estimated delivery for the electric scooter is March 2021.
The electric scooter does not stand out especially because of its technical specifications, since it has an electrical scheme that is very common these days, but because of the quality of construction, solutions and design, especially thought to be safer. Nor have they left practicality aside, since like any other electric scooter it is foldable to make it easier to transport and store. Once folded, it can be stored vertically on the rear wheel.
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The characteristics of the electric scooter
Its structure is built with aeronautical aluminum (something already common, it seems) and sits on generous 12.5-inch anti-puncture Continental tires. One of the particularities of the Taurus has been how its designer, Carson Brown, has approached the driving position, since the normal in an electric scooter is to place the feet on the platform longitudinally, ie, one behind the other. In the case of this electric scooter there is no platform in use, since the crossbar between the wheels is a structural tube, but at the sides of it have been placed two small folding bases to place our feet. This not only provides, according to its creators, a more comfortable position at the TAUR controls but also makes it safer and more dynamic.
The electrical scheme is represented by a 500 W motor that takes it up to 40 kilometers per hour, although the units that arrive in Europe can only reach 25 kilometers per hour, and is fed by a 405 Wh battery that will take it to travel up to 35 kilometers with a single charge. It requires a minimum charge of two hours to reach 80% of its capacity, and three hours to reach 100%.
The scooter is also equipped with regenerative braking, which takes place on the front axle through the electric motor, while the rear axle braking is performed by a hydraulic drive disc and 140 millimeters in diameter. The front light, located on the handlebar is directional and 300 lumens LED, the rear brake light is also LED and 80 lumens. So far nothing out of the ordinary, but another ingenious idea of the creators has been to install a 100 lumens light that illuminates the pilot in the back to make it visible in adverse visibility conditions, because when the brake light is placed on the rear wheel is too low to always be in sight, with the lack of security that this entails.
The price for the electric scooter is $1.106
The Taur electric scooter can be ordered through the aforementioned crowdfunding platform, in exchange for a minimum contribution of 845 pounds to the project, which at the current exchange rate is just over $1.106 (€935). This is a high price for an electric scooter, but so far there has been none that enjoys this deployment of technology and solutions.
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