Meet kubo: an electric scooter to carry all your stuff!
Meet kubo: an electric scooter to carry all your stuff!
kubo combines the beautiful design of Apple & Vespa with the basic utility of a pickup truck. And it's electric!
kubo combines the beautiful design of Apple & Vespa with the basic utility of a pickup truck. And it's electric! Read more
About this project
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"It’s a very nifty piece of work. Once you see it, you wonder why something like it hasn’t been made already." - TechCrunch
"Electric cargo scooter lust is now a thing." - AutoblogGreen
"…many prefer alternative forms of transportation over bumper-to-bumper commutes…" - Al Jazeera America
"The scooter looks like a cross between the box-carrying first prototype and a more classic 60s-style Vespa, with a curvy front and retro-looking stylings." - GigaOm
"Lit Motors' cargo-haulin' kubo" - Gizmag
"The company's kubo scooter, however, might be the perfect option for hauling not just ourselves around, but also all of our gear or groceries, without having to fit it all in a backpack." - Treehugger
"…a cleaner, safer option." - BBC
"Innovation can be found in all aspects of the cargo scooter. With its signature clean, white, elegant look inspired by Apple and Scandinavian design, the Kubo Cargo Scooter is unlike any other." - Future360
...but we've got another vehicle that we're excited to introduce you to. Check out our new electric scooter, kubo!
We're big fans of two-wheeled vehicles here at Lit, but we found existing motor scooters lacking. They make carrying anything a hassle, and we couldn't find a good quality electric scooter anywhere. So as a side project during our free time, we decided to make our own!
While in design school in 2006, Elliot Ortiz came up with a concept for a cargo scooter. Years later in 2010, Elliot, Zach Levenberg, and Lit founder & RISD grad Danny Kim built the first scooter prototype out of a variety of off-the-shelf parts and a hand-carved pink foam body. Danny was intrigued with the idea of developing an electric version, and after a few years of prototyping and development...
...we arrived at kubo!
- 45 mph top speed
- Up to 50 miles per charge
- 300 lbs capacity, cargo + rider
- 22" square cargo space with tie-down hooks, loops, and rails for a wide variety of ways to secure your stuff
- On-board charger—charge in a few hours from any wall outlet
- Adjustable-height seat to accomodate a wide range of riders, from 5'0" to 6'5"
- Small lockable stow compartment, perfect for extra bungee cords, phone, etc
- Integrated digital speedometer, odometer, and voltmeter (battery indicator)
- LED headlight and tail light
- Adjustable rear suspension
- 3 kW high-torque rear hub motor with regen braking
- Front disc brake
- Designed & manufactured in San Francisco, California
We think kubo is the bee's knees, and we think you will too! It's a fun way to get around the city, regardless of the terrain or how much you're carrying with you. Though it looks unique, it's just as easy as riding a regular scooter. We're excited to share this new form of urban transportation with you!
But kubo won't happen without you! This is a side project from our main vehicle, and we're only going to manufacture this scooter if there's interest. So if you like what you see, please check out the rewards to the right and help us make kubo a reality!
Risks and challenges
As with any hardware project, the biggest hurdle is to move from concept to actually building one. We know, because we already did it! We built a fully-functional alpha prototype, as shown in the photos/video above. We identified and lined up most of our vendors for parts and supplies. But some development remains...what do we have left to do?
Well, thankfully we already have a crackin' team. We're a team of experienced and well-educated makers (including two Art Center grads, Eric and Enoch!), with many years experience working on electric vehicles. Our founder, Danny Kim, has even built his own SUV! So we definitely have the necessary hands-on experience to make this happen. There are some minor design/engineering issues to address and some basic work to prepare our CAD models for production, but we already have the designers and engineers on board to take care of that.
We'll need to build up our factory. Our space right now is perfect for prototyping and development, but we'll need a larger space for actual production. We already have a space lined up, and our Production Advisor, Mark Thorogood, used his 25 years experience at BMW and the Rover Group to lay out a production plan. We just need to purchase the tooling, move into the new space, and set everything up.
Then we'll hire some employees for the actual fabrication and manufacturing. San Francisco is the epicenter of the maker movement, so that shouldn't be a problem in the least.
Once we have that set up, we can begin manufacturing scooters! We don't anticipate running into any major engineering challenges, as we've already addressed them developing our current prototype. We're sure we'll encounter some bumps on the road, but we feel confident that we can overcome them (and we'll share the process with our backers!) All that remains is cleaning up a few rough edges to make a finished product. We've been working on the scooter for a few years now, and it's almost ready to go!
Here's our basic manufacturing timeline:
January: Hire remaining team members, begin design rev, line up remaining parts suppliers.
February: Design rev, order parts/tooling.
March: Final pre-production beta prototype testing, setup factory in new building, hire production team.
April: Begin production, goal of 4 scooters/week.
May: Continue production, goal of 5 scooters/week.
June: Continue production, goal of 7 scooters/week.
July: Full-scale production, goal of 10+ scooters/week.
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