Winner of the British Invention of the Year, eFOLDi Lite is a revolutionary new folding mobility scooter that is much smaller, lighter and easier to use than anything similar on the market.
Thanks to a newly designed magnesium alloy body, the frame is 30% lighter while providing greater strength. Equipped with a more efficient battery design, weighing just 15kg (33lbs)!
eFOLDi Lite is Packed Full of Features... Here are some Highlights:
- Total Weight: 15 kg (33 lbs), strong and lightweight magnesium alloy body
- Carry Weight: 12 kg (26 lbs), battery and rear wheels are easily removed
- Portability: Folds into a small suitcase measuring 62 x 53 x 31cm (24 x 21 x 12.5")
- Carry Load & Turning radius: Up to 120 kg (265 lbs/19st) and 1.0 meter (39") turn
- Range & Speed: Up to 22 km (14 miles) on a single charge & max of 6 km/h (4 mph)
- Climb: 1 in 5 gradient with an electromagnetic brake system
- Battery & Motor: 24V 10Ah Supreme Li-ion battery and 180W high torque hub-motor
- Charging Time: 5½ hours with Standard Charger, and 1½ hours with Quick Charger
Hey Kickstarter, We're Pushing Boundaries... Even Further!
eFOLDi aims to disrupt the $9bn mobility scooter industry with a patented, portable, folding and easily transportable vehicle. Determined to make it even lighter, more compact and with plenty of unique features, the eFOLDi Lite represents our best ever scooter.
Back in 2016, we became one of the highest funded campaign on Crowdfunder with our first eFOLDi. Since then, we have delivered over 1000 units to customers who are enjoying travel freedom and we now are using Kickstarter to help revolutionize mobility for the masses.
eFOLDi Lite Features & Specifications
Operating the eFOLDi Lite is simple. To unfold, just open one latch , release a pin and roll it out. Users of any age can master it within minutes of practice. And it is just as easy to drive.
Quick Look Features Chart
Detailed Specifications Table
eFOLDi Lite Specifications (In millimetres )
"Hands on" Demonstration of the eFOLDi Lite
The game changing super light, eFOLDi Lite. Up comes the steering column, out comes the wheel and footplate, roll it down, put down the seat and in seconds you've got yourself a mobility scooter.
Lighter - eFOLDi Lite is the Lightest Mobility Scooter in the World
The eFOLDi Lite weighs in at just 15kg. The battery and rear wheels can be quickly removed to reduce the weight even further down to 12kg.
If you remove the battery and both rear wheels, eFOLDi Lite weighs only 12 kilograms (26 pounds), much lighter than a packed suitcase that people are accustomed to tossing into their car trunk. Even if you don’t remove the battery, eFOLDi Lite weighs less than 33 pounds. A 33-pound vehicle that can carry 260 pounds…not bad!
Stronger & Long Lasting - We are using the Same Battery Cells as a Tesla™
Most electric scooters face the problem of limited mileage and battery life. We choose the best Panasonic battery cells (same as in Tesla), combined with supreme hub-motor to achieve stronger than ever performance.
The battery pack is designed for long range, weighs 1.8 kilograms (3.9 pounds), and can take you up to 22 km (14 miles) on a full charge.
Safer - The Safest eFOLDi yet with CE, IEC and ISO Quality Assurance
eFOLDi Lite has passed the most strict tests with a 200,000 times Vibration Damage Examination, with an unbelievable load of 150kg to ensure the ultimate safety. - Making our customers safe and happy is always our first priority.
eFOLDi is safe to use on pavements and sidewalks. Thanks to its ultra-small turning circle, you can access shops, offices and buses with ease, and maneuver in and out of the tightest of spaces.
How to Charge eFOLDi and Using Batteries
Pursuing our goal of reducing overall weight, we have sourced the most advanced batteries available on the market. The battery is CE and IEC certified and passed the United Nations test. The manufacturer has an ISO quality assurance system in place.
Charging eFOLDi Lite is quick and easy, just like charging your laptop. The majority of people find it easier to charge it indoors connected to home current. However, provided with the right adapter, it can also be charged in the car.
Standard Charger Functions
With our Standard Charger, it takes 5½ hours for a full charge.
Quick Charger Functions for Faster Charging
If you need to charge even faster, we also supply a Quick Charger, which will reduce the charging time to just over an hour.
Solving Problems for our Target Audience
eFOLDi is the perfect travel and mobility companion, for shopping, leisure, commuting or traveling.
Designed for Users with Restricted Mobility
A recent Nielsen report on "Global Ageing & Losing Self-Reliance" lists that physical agility and mental competence are top concerns for seniors.
Many of our customers have:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
- Poliomyelitis (Polio)
- Leg or back pain
- Parkinson's disease
- Lung and heart conditions
eFOLDi Lite looks nothing like a disability tool! eFOLDi helps to create a lifestyle enabling role for adults with restricted mobility, giving them greater independence and freedom.
Another problem with current mobility products, is that users experience issues such as:
- 1 in 5 users having experienced their scooter tipping over
- Nearly half of all mobility aid users are over 65 years old
- Mobility scooters aren't comfortable
We believe that many current mobility products are too dangerous and old fashioned. eFOLDi Lite is a stable mobility scooter perfect for people who can walk but struggle with long distances.
We've made the length from the ground to the seat about the same height as an average dining chair with a supported cushioned seat and very comfortable handles.
Designed for Travelers and People on the Move
eFOLDi Lite can be neatly folded into a piece of luggage and unlike a conventional mobility scooter, it can easily be carried in the trunk of any car and taken on public transport.
To enable those who love to travel, our battery is designed to be air safe, which is permitted to be taken into the cabin by all major airlines. Most airlines allow each mobility scooter user to take x2 air safe batteries (less than 300WH each). So that you can take your eFOLDi with you almost anywhere in the World!
About our Kickstarter Rewards & Add-on's
When eFOLDi Lite is officially launched on the retail market next spring, the RRP/MSRP will be £2399 (Approx $3050 USD), which is inline with our current eFOLDi MK1.5 model.
However, through our Kickstarter campaign, if you are quick enough to be one of the Super Early Bird Backers, you will get it for less than half price, and what's even better, it is planned to be shipped to you around this Christmas!
Optional Add-on: Quick Charger
For Backers, need to charge eFOLDi in a hurry?
Add an additional £99 (Approx $126 USD) to your pledge and we'll include an extra Quick Charger, which can reduce the charging time to 1.5 hours.
Optional Add-on: Extra Battery
For Backers, travelling somewhere further or just want an extra battery as a backup?
Add an additional £499 ( Approx $640 USD) to your pledge and we'll include an extra portable battery.
Backers should be able to select an add-on by doing the following:
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.
2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.
Shipping Information - We Ship to the US, Europe, UK & More
We ship to the United Kingdom, United States, European Union as well as Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
If your country is not on the list, feel free to contact us before making a pledge.
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 £79 (approx $100) if you live in one of the depot countries. Shipping to other countries costs £129 (approx $160). Please contact us if you have any questions regarding shipment to your country.
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.
Timeline of Events from the Start of eFOLDi to Dispatching Rewards
About SunTech UK (Trading as eFOLDi)
SunTech UK Ltd. is a research-driven British business with offices in England, Scotland and soon in America (in December 2019). We are a team of specialist who invent, design and manufacture innovative products to improve convenience, quality and enjoyment of life by enabling easy mobility.
The eFOLDi scooter is the very first of many smart mobility products we brought to life, to help everyone enjoy traveling. With eFOLDi, we are on a mission to bring true freedom to people with reduced mobility.
Our eFOLDi Story Started from Unfortunate Events
I'm Sumi Wang, Founder of SunTech UK and co-inventor of eFOLDi, which was a fortunate U-turn of two unfortunate events in the lives of my father and myself. Otherwise, we wouldn't have won the prestigious title of British Invention of the Year, or received personal endorsement from Sir Richard Branson.
The initial eFOLDi idea came to light in 2012, when my father, Jianmin Wang, broke his leg. We tried very hard to find a lightweight mobility scooter that could help him move about freely, but there simply wasn't one. With over 45 years' engineering experience and owner of 600 inventions, he then sketched up his own transport, eFOLDi, which gave him freedom, pride and most importantly, fun!
I've built my career in Engineering for 19 years, working in China, Denmark and the UK. I became ill in 2013 and had no choice but to put my fascinating career in London on hold. Fortunately, after a series of operations and treatment I have made a full recovery. Having been impaired myself, I realized how important independency is to people with physical challenges. I was then determined to bring eFOLDi to life to help everyone rediscovery their travel freedom!
My father is getting older now and his memory is not what it was, but he still has great ideas and loves coming up with new inventions and despite the fact he has already given the world so much, I would like eFOLDi to be his legacy.
Our Customer Care and 12-Month Warranty for All Design Defects
The mission is to make things better for everyone. We're dead-set on our mission, so this is how we handle customer enquiries:
- When you call us, we answer; when you email us, we reply and carry on a friendly conversation.
- If you have a problem, we fix it. We provide a full 12-month warranty for all design and manufacture defects except affecting consumables like tires.
- We keep a full stock of spare parts in the UK and the US to fulfill your needs. Just contact our Parts Department and we'll get whatever you need on its way to you as soon as we can.
Our Patents and Factory
We have filed and been granted invention patents and trademark protections of eFOLDi in the UK, Europe, China, India and USA. The patents are protections of eFOLDi's novel folding mechanism, which makes such lightweight possible, while at the same time ensures ultimate safety and stability.
eFOLDi will be responsibly produced in our partnering factory in China, which is a well established supplier in the mobility industry, who has both Quality Management ISO9001 and Environment Management ISO14001 in place. They have been supplying mobility scooters and wheelchairs to the US and Europe for more than 10 years, and is the appointed manufacturer of our current eFOLDi MK1.5.
Feel free to contact us and we look forward to welcoming you to the eFOLDi Community!
Risks and challenges
In the past 3 years, we have successfully run and delivered crowdfunding campaigns on Crowdfunder and Crowdcube. We have the expertise and management in place to overcome potential risks and challenges.
We are looking to deliver our limited Super Early Bird Kickstarter orders by December this year and then the rest of our Kickstarter orders up to 3 months later. We will continue to keep our backers 'in the loop' along the way in case we experience any problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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