With Sales of Battery Electric Vehicles increasing year on year, it is exciting to see the redesign of the Unu electric scooter.
The Unu is adopting smart technology with smart features including anti-theft protection and digital key sharing. A digital key function built into the accompanying app allows users to share access to the electric scooter with their friends and family. This function also enables neighbourhood sharing schemes to be implemented and managed.
"This [feature] paves the way for micro-sharing for the first time," said Unu co-founder and chief experience officer, Elias Atahi. The anti-theft protection feature allows users to check the location and charging status of their scooter from anywhere.
If the scooter is moved in the absence of the user, the anti-theft technology is activated and the user is alerted to the scooter's location via the app.
The app can also be used to set a destination for navigation. Users are then guided by maps displayed on the integrated screen, meaning they can put their smartphone away whilst on the move.
Two 1.7 kWh batteries increase the scooter's range to 100 kilometres and the mounting of the hub motor in the rear single-sided swingarm frees up space for a larger storage compartment under the seat.
The design has moved on from the retro aesthetic of the original design with a modern soft tech design in matt finish and seven colourways. The seat is much larger with the ability to carry 2 passengers and a larger storage capacity.
The new design features a Bosch hub motor mounted in the rear singled-sided swingarm and removable batteries made by LG. The 1.7 kWh and 10 kg (22 lb) batteries are rated for 50 km (31 mi) of range each. With space for two batteries, the electric scooter has a maximum range of 100 km (62 mi) with 3.4 kWh of battery capacity.