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About

GROOVER

The world's first electric kick-scooter with removable just-two-kilogram battery steering column. You can easily disconnect the steering column from the board and carry the just-two-kilogram tube including all the batteries and electronics into your flat or office for charging. You can leave the GROOVER board in your car or you lock it somewhere. 

GROOVER with dismounted steering colum
GROOVER with dismounted steering colum

Thieves will be annoyed because without the steering column the board alone cannot be used. 

Detail bayonet lock to connect board with steering column
Detail bayonet lock to connect board with steering column

You can charge your smartphone, notebook or tablet as well with the steering column.

The world's first electric kick-scooter with a board made out of one piece of glass-fibre-reinforced polyamide, better known as nylon an one of the strongest and most elastic plastic materials - like a ski but for the road. 

Because of the aerodynamic shape of the GROOVER board you can slip over curbs and stairs. The board has such perfect driving characteristics, like sliding on a groove, that we called it GROOVER.

Aerodynamic shape of the GROOVER
Aerodynamic shape of the GROOVER

FEATURES

  • Carbon steering column: You can easy disconnect the steering column with one turn. The connector is in aluminium and works like a camera bayonet locker. The vertical tube of the steering column is in carbon fibre. Inside this tube are the engine controller, batteries, battery management system, wiring and the head unit controller. Batteries: We're using 18 high quality 18650 lithium ion cells with a total of 24 volts an 9 amp-hours. The cells are imbedded in a plastic case inside the carbon tube.
Steering column made of carbon and aluminium including batteries and electronic
Steering column made of carbon and aluminium including batteries and electronic
  • Full electric handlebar: We decided to build a break and speed controller and the buttons to select your mode, hold your speed, push the horn or turn on the front light fully integrated into the grips. This looks cool and is thorughly waterproof. Also integrated in the handlebar are a USB port for charging your smartphone, a shiny LED ring and a very strong LED spotlight.
Electric handle bar with LED ring on the top
Electric handle bar with LED ring on the top
  • Central head unit: The GROOVER doesn't need any display you'll scarcely be able to read while riding. We've built into the central steering unit a bright ring of coloured LEDs. These show you the speed and the battery condition. We will build you an smartphone app to change the design and function of the LED ring. 
Head unit with LED ring and dismounted glas transparent cover
Head unit with LED ring and dismounted glas transparent cover
  • GROOVER shopping bag: The bag has a triangular shape and is fixed on the steering column and the rear part of the board. The bag gives you the full freedom to glide with your GROOVER across town and enough space for your notebook and other items. You can disconnect the bag from the GROOVER and hang it over your shoulder. If your company wants to use the GROOVER shopping bag for their advertisement, we can print your design on the high canvas.
GROOVER with shopping bag
GROOVER with shopping bag
  • Bluetooth and app: You can connect your GROOVER via Bluetooth with your smartphone. With the GROOVER app you can define details of your driving mode (acceleration, max. speed) and set the configuration of the LED ring in the central top part of your handlebar.
GROOVER smartphone app
GROOVER smartphone app
  • Different driving modes: You can choose the driving mode with your smartphone or with a button on the handlebar. With the app you can define specific parameters of the mode like acceleration and max. speed. You can select following modes:
  • CITY mode the safe movement in highly frequented places.
  • CRUISE mode for economic drive and long distances. SPORT mode for maximal power and fun. 
  • KICK mode for very long distances and a special grooving feeling. You make a soft kick with your feed and our electronic measure your force and add electric power on the engine. This gives you a feeling of grooving and flying over ground.  
  • Cruise control: Having recently driven dozens of different scooters, we found out that a cruise control is a must for long distances. With one button on the grip you press it and the GROOVER maintain the current speed.

Here we are developing the app. The smartphone can connect with the GROOVER head unit hardware and we can manipulate the LED functions. Next step is to integrate the app SW into the screen and all GROOVER mode functions.

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  • Electric motor: A powerful electric motor of 8 inches (20 cm) diameter is completely integrated into the front wheel. With the completely maintenance-free motor you can achieve up to 12% climbing ability, 25 km/h top speed and electric breaking, thus recovering energy to recharge the batteries. The simulation shows in the CRUISE mode a range of more than 20 km, and in the kick mode, more than 40 km.
  • Polyamide board: The board is made of high-strength, indestructible, glass-fibre-reinforced polyamide (nylon). The board is very close to the ground, which means that you can kick the scooter very easy. The shape of the board allows you to slip over stairs and curbs. The board itself has the characteristic of an entire spring and swings you smoothly through all uneven roads. It is a fantastic feeling. You must try this board and you will understand why we called the scooter GROOVER.
Polyamid board with wheels
Polyamid board with wheels

 

Top view polyamide board
Top view polyamide board

 

Sideview GROOVER prototype
Sideview GROOVER prototype

 

GROOVER board with removed steering column
GROOVER board with removed steering column

 

AUTHORIZATION

We build the GROOVER in accordance with most laws for electric bicycles, to alow you riding the electric kick-scooter on roads and bikeways. We integrated a strong LED headlight and red LED taillight and front and side reflectors. The front wheel motor brakes electrically with energy recuperation and the rear brake has strong aluminum brake shoes to guarantee maximum safety.

SAFETY

  • Recuperation brakes: Thanks to regenerative braking with the electric front wheel, you can drive down endless roads without braking the mechanical rear brake. The GROOVER will hold the speed while you are driving downhill without mechanical braking. 
  • Board design: The GROOVER board is designed in such a way that you can slide without risk as well as taking herbs up or down without damage. The board has no sharp edges where you could hurt yourself.
  • Big front wheel: The eight-inch (20 cm) front and rear wheels give extreme safety in case of obstacles and result in a very quiet ride.
  • Track accuracy: The polyamide fibre-glass board works like an entire spring and damper. You can hold your line absolutely precisely.
  • Handle bar: The handlebar does not have any protruding switches, indicators, levers that could hurt you. 
  • Speed control: The maximum speed can be defined with your smartphone or button. This allows you to choose you personal safe speed.

Here we are testing the genial kick modus with the GROOVER prototype. You give a light kick with the feed and the electronics push you strong forward. Great feeling to drive and endless range. 

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

  • Maximum speed: 25 km/h 
  • Range: 20 km (cruise mode) 30 km (kick mode) 
  • Batteries: 18 x 18650 Lithium-Ion cells 24 V and 9 Ah 
  • Weight handlebar: 2 kg Weight board: 6 kg Total weight 8 kg
  • Maximum load: 114 kg 
  • Electric motor: brushless DC 24 V 200 W 15 Nm 
  • Front break: electric with recuperation 
  •  Rear break: mechanic 
  • Charger: 2 A 110/220 V 
  • Charging cycles: > 1000 or > 20000 km distance 
  • Board material: high-strength reinforced glass-fibre polyamide
  • Fender material: high-strength reinforced glass-fibre polyamide
  • Steering column material: carbon and aluminium 
  • Bayonet lock material: aluminium 

GROOVER IN THE BOX

The GROOVER comes in a box with measuring about 800 x 400 x 300 cm including:

  • GROOVER (ready to ride) 
  • Charger 
  • Instruction manual 
  • GROOVER sticker 
  • App to download in Google Play Store or Apple Store 

Please support us now and in April 2018 you will open your GROOVER IN THE BOX and groove trough your city!

BACKER GIFTS

We are working hard to make the GROOVER real for you and we will spend every cent for the development, app design, tools, serial prototype, material for serial production, production and quality tools, etc. Your support is unique for us and our backer gifts are our sign of respect for your trust and contribution. Depending to your financial support we will send you a backer certification by email, a certificate in a wooden frame with GROOVER logo and we will post your name on our homepage. If you support us with your GROOVER pre-order, we will proudly send you the world's first GROOVER with a fully two years warranty.

FUNDING MONEY

5% of your money goes to Kickstarter for their great service and about 4% to the credit card companies. When we deliver your GROOVER we will pay 20% VAT to the state. As an example: 150.000 € founding minus material costs, taxes and fees remain approx. 50.000 € for tooling and engineering. Because this will not enough for the realization of project, we invested a lot of our own money like we did so far.
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PROJECT PLAN

  • since 2015 : prototype development  
  • since August 2017 : serial product development 
  • November 2017 : Kick Starter take off 
  • November 2017 : hopefully successful with your great support
  • November 2017 : ordering tools and components 
  • Dezember 2017 : start testing until Januar 2018 
  • Januar 2018 : order material serial production 
  • March 2018 : start of production 
  • April 2018 : delivery GROOVER to you

Please support us now and in April 2018 you will open your GROOVER IN THE BOX and groove trough your city!

GROOVER TEAM 

Peter Kotauczek: founder, inventor and artist
Peter Kotauczek: founder, inventor and artist

Peter graduated in mechanical design and studied economic, low marketing and information technologies. He is a successful entrepreneur in consulting services, a inventor, successful painter and professor for art with one secret love: electro micro scooter. Because he could not found the scooter of his dreams he invented the GROOVER.

Christof Kotauczek: sales (without picture)

Michael Sinnl: founder and product manager
Michael Sinnl: founder and product manager

Michael is a graduate in automotive engineering and environmental constructions, skier, biker and sailor. His passion is movement on the street, in the mountains, sea, everywhere. Michael has more then twenty years experience in automotive engineering, business development has worked in Vienna, Paris, Sydney, Rome, Munich and Graz.

Gernot Hiebler: founder, finance
Gernot Hiebler: founder, finance

Gernot founded sucessfully companies in the information technologies, consulting, engineering, electrical vehicles and renewable energy. Moving thousend of kilometers every year, he define one big thing what was missing in his live for the last mile: the GROOVER.

Wolfgang Url: head of development and mechanical design
Wolfgang Url: head of development and mechanical design

Wolfgang is a graduate in industrial engineering. He is an passionated motorcyclist and fitness enthusiast. In his almost twenty years experience in automotive and industrial engineering he did projects in Munich, Affalterbach, Maranello, Graz and Stainz. Thus, Wolfgang became the creater of the GROOVER concept, innovations and patents.

Gerhard Vriznik: mechanical design and workshop
Gerhard Vriznik: mechanical design and workshop

Gerhard is working for almost twenty years in automotive and industrial engineering environment. With plenty of experience he has outstanding skills in handcrafted prototyping. In his spare time Gerhard put his heart, blood and soul in his own motorcycle creations.

Mario Auer: electric design and prototyping
Mario Auer: electric design and prototyping

Mario has years of experience in automotive electronics and test bench design. His passion for old and young cars and model sport he brought with to realize the GROOVER prototype.

Thomas Schuh: hardware design und production
Thomas Schuh: hardware design und production

Thomas got his degree in hardware design. In the last years he developed several electronics like smart phones, remote devices, yacht and automotive electronics and now the GROOVER.

Niki Lacher: hardware design and firmware
Niki Lacher: hardware design and firmware

 This is the guy on the pictures and video. He is studding electronic with other guys from the GROOVER team. His passion is electric skateboards, motor boats, fun an since the GROOVER video as well modeling.

Sebastian Klotz: function design and simulation
Sebastian Klotz: function design and simulation

Sebastian studied automotive engineering before he changed to electrical engineering. His passion for electrical vehicles, motorsports, biking, electronics and motorcycles combined with his studies brings a high knowledge in mechatronics and vehicle dynamics to the team. Since more than three years he is part of the university racing team.

Daniel Heger: function design and firmware
Daniel Heger: function design and firmware

Daniel is a firmware developer and studying electrical engineering at FH Joanneum Graz. His passion and fascination with electronics and tinkering already began in his youth and he has taken the chance to work in his favorite field.

Michael Korat: app design and development (without picture)

Michael is the master in smartphone app design and development and specializes in machine to mobile device communication. Photography in the mountains is one of his hobbies.

Christian Deutsch: PR and marketing
Christian Deutsch: PR and marketing

Christian has more then twenty-five years experience in media and communication business. He worked in germany at SAT1, was business director in one of the largest newspapers in Austria and founded 2000 his own communication agency with main focus on public relations and communications. Christian loves good food, wine and is an excelent chef and he loves to groove.

Beni Mooslechner: grafic and design
Beni Mooslechner: grafic and design

Beni studied in the 80s in Vienna graphic and design and worked since that as independent graphic designer and photographer for international clients from various sectors.

NOTE OF THANKS

We would like to thank the following companies, who accompany us on our way to success.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Risks and challenges

Thank´s to your kindly support and successful Kickstarter, we do not see any high risk to bring the GROOVER for you on the road. The team has enormus experience in design, development, testing, production, business development, PR and marketing, etc.

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