eFOLDi ™- The Most Versatile Personal Electric Vehicle
eFOLDi ™- The Most Versatile Personal Electric Vehicle
An award winning multi-functional electric scooter that folds easily to a suitcase and a chair: Compact, lightweight, comfortable & fun
An award winning multi-functional electric scooter that folds easily to a suitcase and a chair: Compact, lightweight, comfortable & fun Read more
About this project
eFOLDi is a durable, lightweight, safe and folding personal transporter, allowing you experience a variety of different options: from a battery powered electric scooter, a portable chair to a traveller's suitcase.
Made up of a father and daughter team with a combined 66 years of engineering experience and after 4 years of prototype development, we've finally been able to have the opportunity to work together and launch eFOLDi!
We are the winner of the prestigious "British Invention Of The Year 2016" at The Gadget Show Live on 31st March 2016.
eFOLDi weighs 19kg (42lbs), which is less than a normal checked-in luggage. It is strong, reliable and comfortable with a:
- Top speed of 20 km/h (12.5mph)
- Range of 22 km (14 miles)
- Maximal load of 100 kg (220lbs/16st)
The eFOLDi transforms into a comfortable chair, a portable suitcase, and it is light and compact enough to join you on your flight!
Who is eFOLDi for?
The eFOLDi was designed for multiple applications but mostly for one simple purpose: To help get people around easily!
eFOLDi is perfect for commuters, whose work places take them beyond public transport links, along with the elderly and those with limited mobility who are unable to walk for long distances... eFOLDi is for everyone!
eFOLDi is a must have travel companion for days out, sightseeing, shopping malls, holidays, waiting in line, camping, open air concerts, commuting or simply just for fun.
What makes eFOLDi special?
Making eFOLDi sturdy and comfortable, while at the same time lightweight and compact has always been our mission! When it folds up, it’s smaller than a midsize luggage and only takes up 0.07m3, so that it can be easily stored or carried around.
As a scooter, it comfortably accommodates a full size adult. Although the maximum load was original designed to be 100kg, we have been testing eFOLDi extensively and it has successfully carried over 150kg / 24st / 330lbs weight without a single wobble.
In the past 3 years, we have developed and tested a few different eFOLDi prototypes. We have had huge successes reducing the weight by 7 kg (15 lbs), while at the same time increase the range by 10 km (6 miles)!
We contacted more than 500 suppliers to find the lightest possible components. Although it means a higher manufacturing cost, we have managed to identify a battery and a motor of the highest quality that remains lightweight. Large wheels make the ride stable even on rough terrain and the addition of 4-Point vertical suspension makes your ride even more comfortable.
eFOLDi has been designed to be used as type 3 scooter on the road in the UK. As road use legislation varies from country to country, we strongly advise that you check relevant restrictions in your own country.
* The range of batteries are tested outdoor, at 3 degree C, on normal road surface and carrying a 80kg adult.
How safe is the eFOLDi battery?
Pursuing our goal of reducing overall weight, we have sourced the most advanced batteries available on the market. We offer two different packs of Lithium-ion batteries, and each can be removed and installed to eFOLDi in seconds. Both batteries are CE and ROHS certified and passed the United Nations test. The manufacturer has ISO quality assurance system in place.
To enable those who love to travel, we have designed an AirSafe battery pack (24V 4AH), which is permitted to be taken into cabin by all major airlines. It weighs 1.1 kg. On average it travelled 6-10km on a full charge. Most airlines allow each passenger take 2 of such batteries. So that you can take your eFOLDi with you anywhere in the world!
Another battery pack, FarReach (24V 12AH) is designed for long range and weighs 2.7kg. On average it travels 20-30km on a full charge. We have performed test outdoor, at 3 degree C, on normal flat road surface, carrying 80kg adult, where the AirSafe travelled 7km and FarReach travelled 22km. Actual travel distance varies depending on road surface, gradient and weight of user.
Need another additional battery?
Sure! Add on £199 to your order and let us know if you prefer the FarReach or AirSafe.
To charge eFOLDi batteries, simply connect the charger to the charging port of the eFOLDi and plug to a socket, just like charging your laptop. When the indicator on the charger turns from red to green, the battery is fully charged. It takes 4.5 hours to charge FarReach and 1.5 hours for AirSafe.
To give you the extra power while you are out and about, we have integrated USB charging ports onto eFOLDi. By doing this, we have turned eFOLDi to a giant portable charger. So no more worry about batteries running flat on mobiles, Kindles or laptops etc. You can even play favourite tunes for your outdoor party!
Who are we?
eFOLDi is brought to you by a Daughter and Father team, both with extensive professional engineering backgrounds.
I am Sumi Wang, Managing Director of SunTech UK, the company behind the eFOLDi and have built my career in Engineering, working in China, Denmark and the UK where I most recently worked on the Innovation China UK programme. Full experience on LinkedIn (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sumiwang)
The folding genius comes from my father, Jianmin Wang, who has been Chief Engineer for Chinese Acrobat Troupe for over 30 years and has experience finding creative engineering and design solutions to all kinds of problems!
The eFOLDi started like most good ideas – as a solution to a problem: my dad broke his leg. Like most dads, he doesn't like to make a fuss. He started sketching up eFOLDi when lying in hospital. As soon as he got home, he limped himself into the shed and there, and cobbled together the first ever eFOLDi ‘prototype’!
Helping us on our journey, we are blessed to have many passionate individuals contributing to the eFOLDi project!
Where is eFOLDi manufactured?
Your eFOLDi will be responsibly produced in our partnering factory in China, which is an established supplier in the automobile industry. They have been supplying components to GM, Daewoo, Sabaru and Chevrolet since 2008.
We have been working together for more than a year now to optimise eFOLDi, reduce its weight and of course ensure safety. The factory has ISO9000 international quality assurance systems in place, and is equipped with various advanced in-house safety testing facilities.
What do experts think of eFOLDi?
- Winner of the British Inventors Project 2016
eFOLDi recent won the British Inventors Project 2016 at the Gadget Show Live with Jason Bradbury. Press mention: http://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/90242/efoldi-wins-british-inventors-project
- Gold Medal in Beijing
eFOLDi won the gold medal at the Invention Competition in Beijing, China in 2015 and my dad was congratulated by Chinese Vice President, Mrs Liu Yandong (pictured left) and Beijing Mayor, Mr Guo Jinlong.
- Surrey Entrepreneur Academy Winner 2015
eFOLDi is also the winner of the grand prize of Surrey Entrepreneur Academy 2015 in the UK. A prize of £5K from Reigate & Banstead Council was awarded to protect the scooter’s patent, which has now been granted internationally. http://www.esc.ac.uk/about-east-surrey-college/news-and-events/19-news/1461-entrepreneur-academy-final-2015
We are grateful to have various choices ranging from accepting investment of venture capitals to selling the patent to a big corporation. However, it means we will have to wait for a couple of years to see it on the market, and at a premium price... Or we can source the required funding ourselves, manufacturing eFOLDi to our own specifications and high standards, and bringing it to life quickly and at a much more affordable price!
Since the initial eFOLDi idea generated in 2012, we have developed and refined our design, filled for international patent. We have sourced all component suppliers and most importantly, we have already passed the critical milestone of creating the Production Prototypes. We cannot wait to let more people enjoy the travel freedom that eFOLDi enables.
Therefore, here we are, to make eFOLDi a reality on Kickstarter!
What does eFOLDi need?
eFOLDi needs your help to come to life!
Your pledges will be used for the very first production run. A proper production line will be set up in our Chinese partner’s existing car manufacturing factory, including tooling, moulding, assembly and testing before packaging.
* The RRP (Recommended Retail Price) after crowdfunding campaign will be starting from £1599.
For the reward level of Kickstarter special and beyond, you will be able to choose the battery (AirSafe or FarReach) and the motor (LightMotor or ReverseMotor).
* Need an additional battery with your order? Add on £199 to your order and let us know which one you'd like (AirSafe or FarReach).
We have compared hundreds of suppliers and manufacturers qualifications to make eFOLDi a reality at such an affordable price! We have done our homework carefully so as to ensure your eFOLDi be with you as quickly as it can be.
Our Timeline: (We will start shipping orders by October 2016)
While we would really love to send eFOLDi worldwide, there are some logistical issues when shipping to certain countries. For the time being, we are able to ship eFOLDi to the countries/regions below. However, please do get in touch if your country isn’t on the list, we will be more than happy to check the shipping cost for you.
We can ship the eFOLDi to:
UK, United States, European Union as well as - Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malta, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
Shipping of eFOLDi will be carried out by a fulfilment company, which has depots in the US, the UK and China. Shipping cost varies depending on countries and is starting from £59 if you live in one of the depot countries. The dropdown list on the pledge page shows the exact cost of shipping.
Please keep in mind: Depending on the country you live in, there may be VAT, customs and import duties to be paid. These costs will be for the backers to pay and are not included in the shipping charges. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding shipment to your country.
We have prepared a list of FAQs, which should answers most of the questions. However, you are more than welcome to get in touch if having any questions unanswered! Get in touch:
Risks and challenges
We've already completed the design, prototyping, testing and validating phases of the project. My dad has been using eFOLDi as his daily transporter since the first prototype was manufactured three years ago and constantly making improvements. Therefore, eFOLDi is mature in terms of product development.
Better yet, we have identified a reputable car component manufacturer in China as our production factory. Although their cost is higher than other candidates, we chose them for their experience and quality. Final assembly will be done under my dad’s supervision in the production factory with an ISO9000 quality assurance system in place. Both my dad and I speak perfect Chinese Mandarin, and my dad lives in China, which ensures timely and efficient communications without a language barrier. All above reinforces our high level of confidence in delivering a high quality eFOLDi!
Timely shipping might be a challenge, depending on the level of commitment we receive from Kickstarter backers. As inventors, we’d like to see more people benefit from the ultimate mobility and convenience offered by eFOLDi, and therefore we are determined to deliver eFOLDi to as many countries as possible. We'll have an accurate assessment regarding shipping dates towards the end of production. – Please do get in touch if you live in a country that is not currently on our delivery list. We will try our best to resolve the shipping for you!
In all matters, we will always keep communication open and update our backers about developments and milestones!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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