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Not a bike, not a scooter...JackRabbit is a simple, compact, lightweight and nimble electric vehicle for campus and urban mobility.
Not a bike, not a scooter...JackRabbit is a simple, compact, lightweight and nimble electric vehicle for campus and urban mobility.
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JackRabbit's DNA expresses everything you want in personal mobility:

  • Light - Less than 20 lb...easy for anyone to carry
  • Compact - Folding footrests and rotating stem reduce stowage space requirements
  • Simple - Minimalist design enhances reliability. No chain or shifters to break or adjust
  • Nimble - Only 4 feet from head to tail makes for agile handling in mixed traffic situations
  • Fast & Frugal - 18 mph top speed. 13 mile average on a single charge (Auxiliary battery pack in the works)
  • Strong - Aluminum monocoque frame handles riders up to 240 lb
  • Big Wheels - Large wheels with fat tires are more stable and roll smoothly with more traction over any terrain. More versatile than a scooter or skateboard
  • Lockout Security - Proprietary detachable speed switch disables operation. No smart phone required
  • Low-Maintenance - Anti-puncture liner in rear tire. NO-FLAT, nitrogen-infused front tire
  • Power Cell - Built-in USB port for recharging personal devices
  • Fuel Gauge - Central LED monitor displays battery energy status
  • Quick Charge - Recharges from empty in 2 hours--much less time to top off
  • Stylin' - Accessorize with phone cradle, cup holder, cargo rack, lights, bell, etc. 
  • Quiet & Clean - No noisy gears or greasy chain to contend with
  • 5' to 6'4" fit - Saddle adjusts for humans of all sizes, rabbits too
  • Patents - No surprise that multiple patents are pending 
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: 

Power / Controls (1 kg)

  • Proprietary “energy-miser” controller inside of the weather-proof monocoque frame (MF)
  • Bezel switch mounted on the underside of the MF powers the system on/off
  • 36V 4.8Ah battery pack (ten INR21700 cells with BMS) mounted in the MF
  • Handlebar-mounted, 3-position proprietary speed switch: CLIMB-COAST-CRUISE
  • Threaded socket plug on underside of the MF for recharging main battery and auxiliary battery parallel connection
  • 4-LED on top of the MF indicating state of battery charge (100%-75%-50%-25%)
  • USB port mounted in the top of the MF for recharging/powering personal devices (5V, 1A)

Motor (1.9 kg)

  • 36 volt Brushless DC hub motor with Hall sensor
  • Rotor ALNICO number = 16
  • 2640 motor rpm (13.2:1 reduction) 
  • 330 max output watts @ 10 amps @ full charge (42V)
  • 18 mph max speed on level ground with 160 lb. rider

Functionality 

  • Toggling the master bezel switch under the MF powers the system.
  • Plugging the 3-position speed switch into its handlebar cradle enables operations.
  • In this state when the speed switch is rocked up to the “CRUISE” position the controller allows 5 amps to flow from the battery to the motor. When the switch is rocked down to the “CLIMB” position the controller allows 10 amps of current to flow from the battery to the motor.  When the switch is released it defaults to the middle “COAST” position and no power flows through the system--increasing JackRabbit's range.
  • When the speed switch is removed from its cradle power flow from the battery to the motor is disabled.

Mechanicals (6.1 kg)

  • 6061 T6 monocoque frame powdercoated + surface decals
  • Threadless alloy fork with caged-bearing headset and rotation-dampened limiter
  • 32-spoke radially-laced 20” front wheel with 1.5” NEXO (no-flat) tire
  • Folding alloy footrests attached to the fork blades. 60 lb. load limit--no standing
  • Threadless 2-piece stem w/QR for rotation and/or removal of its extension
  • 520mm wide riser handlebars with 110 mm grips
  • Right-hand brake lever actuating V-brakes on the rear wheel
  • Double-wall, 36-spoke rear wheel with 26” x 1.95” tire/tube and anti-puncture liner
  • 27.2 x 300mm alloy seat post; black
  • Lycra-covered saddle; black

BATTERY PACK RANGE ASSUMPTIONS:

The battery pack consists of ten Samsung or LG lithium-ion 21700 cells wired to a Battery Management System which balances each cell's charging and discharging to ensure safe operation and a long service life. The pack stores 4.8 amp-hours of energy. With an average discharge voltage of 36V, the pack can deliver 173 watts of power for one hour (4.8 x 36).

How does this relate to range? First, it is important to understand that all motors are not 100% efficient. JackRabbit's motor takes in 173 watts, but only delivers 138 watts to the rear wheel. With 138 watts (Cruise Mode) a 160 lb rider on a flat road will go 16.4 miles in one hour (one charge cycle). If the road was a constant 3% uphill, the 160 lb. rider would travel only 9.3 miles (in Climb Mode) on a single charge.

Not all routes are flat or constantly uphill. On our one mile undulating paved circuit which includes 12% and 10% inclines our 160 lb. test rider traveled 13 miles in 65 minutes by CRUISing the flats, COASTing the downhills and CLIMBing the incline sections. You can estimate your speed and range at:  http://www.bikecalculator.com/

Until we roll out our Dark Matter Propulsion system JackRabbit is helplessly constrained by these laws of Newtonian physics.

HUMAN POWER OPTION:

JackRabbit is the only 21st century vehicle that offers a 19th century mode of operation.  So, if you want to add some elbow grease to your commute or help up a steep hill simply stride with you legs while most of your body weight is supported by the saddle. Better yet, put one foot on the fork rest and push it like a 20th century skateboard with the other. Alternate legs as needed. You can easily sustain 6 mph on the flats. Why not? You can't get any greener!

Who said retro was dead?
Who said retro was dead?

SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES:

Although most states don't require a helmet for riders 18 years and older, we strongly recommend donning protective headgear (more robust than a top hat) for riders of all ages.

Because JackRabbit lacks "fully operable pedals" it is technically not a bicycle as defined in Federal Regulations. Because it also lacks a "deck to stand on while riding," it is technically not a "scooter." JackRabbit best fits under "Class 2 e-bike" regulations in most states. As such, it does not require a license, registration, insurance or minimum age to be ridden on bike paths or on roadways where the maximum speed limit is 25 mph.

 Learning to ride JackRabbit is easy. The saddle height can be adjusted from 26" to 33" above the ground. The lower the better. Start out on a flat road with both feet on the ground. Push the top of the speed control switch with your left thumb and JackRabbit will slowly start to move. Release your thumb anytime to let yourself coast. Experience steering turns without your feet on the folding footrests. Once you get a feel for JackRabbit's handling characteristics put your feet on the rests while going in a straight line at a slow speed. Gradually introduce steering to sense how your feet and legs react. Most experienced cyclists will need to "unlearn" using their feet. It might take a minute or so to let your legs just ride along and follow your steering hands. Remember, you can quickly and easily put both feet on the ground at any time. This is something you can't do on a bike, so it's not an instinctive reaction and may take practice.

Given JackRabbit's compact size and short wheelbase we don't recommend coasting faster than 18 mph (29 kph). Besides, going fast around pedestrians can be dangerous on any vehicle. Unlike traditional bikes and skateboards, JackRabbit can stop safely by applying the rear brake and--if need be--putting both feet on the ground. Please be courteous of others as you exercise your mobility rights!

Erik welding a prototype frame in his versatile fixture.
Erik welding a prototype frame in his versatile fixture.
Darren fabricating the 2-piece rotating stem on his classic milling machine.
Darren fabricating the 2-piece rotating stem on his classic milling machine.
Nikolai preparing the speed switch cradle for 3D printing.
Nikolai preparing the speed switch cradle for 3D printing.
Shawn testing our proprietary brushless motor controller and supporting electronics.
Shawn testing our proprietary brushless motor controller and supporting electronics.
The NEXO front tire--a nitrogen-infused compound--is lighter than a standard tire and tube, but is just as cushy AND will never go flat!
The NEXO front tire--a nitrogen-infused compound--is lighter than a standard tire and tube, but is just as cushy AND will never go flat!
Anti-puncture liner installed in the rear tire
Anti-puncture liner installed in the rear tire
Folding footrests reduce stowage space. 60 lb. total load limit. Not for tricks!
Folding footrests reduce stowage space. 60 lb. total load limit. Not for tricks!
USB port for recharging personal devices (5V, 1A)
USB port for recharging personal devices (5V, 1A)
LED lights indicate level of battery charge when central button is depressed.
LED lights indicate level of battery charge when central button is depressed.
The battery charging port is protected by a weather-proof silicone cap.
The battery charging port is protected by a weather-proof silicone cap.
Thanks to the rotating handlebars and folding footrests, minimal stowage space is required.
Thanks to the rotating handlebars and folding footrests, minimal stowage space is required.
Speed switch fob included with every JackRabbit
Speed switch fob included with every JackRabbit
No need to hang heavy bikes on your RV and expose them to theft or damage. JackRabbit's 20 lb. foldable frame easily stows inside. No greasy chain or gears to soil your interior!
No need to hang heavy bikes on your RV and expose them to theft or damage. JackRabbit's 20 lb. foldable frame easily stows inside. No greasy chain or gears to soil your interior!

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Risks and challenges

All of our sub-system partners are large, established manufacturers. They have already delivered prototypes produced to our engineering specifications. Our campaign goal will finance their minimum volume requirements. Production will be completed in roughly two months. Surface shipping to our California facility will take one month. One month has been budgeted for assembly, testing and packing for distribution to backers. Typical ground shipping service is one week. (Air shipping to Hawaiian and Alaskan backers will take less than a week.)

We have decided to extend our offering only to USA backers. This decision frees us from the complexities of international shipping and tax regulations. We prefer to focus our energies on executing and delivering JackRabbits to fellow citizens by mid-December of this year.

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