About this project
COMMUTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
Last fall on Kickstarter, we introduced the Glion Model 100: The Ultimate Commuter Electric Scooter. Visionaries from all over the world answered the call, and we successfully delivered their scooters in the spring of 2015. Today we are back on Kickstarter introducing our updated version the Glion Dolly Electric Scooter: The Perfect Last Mile Solution. Our first model was the ultimate commuter scooter. The Glion Dolly is the ultimate commuter scooter squared.
Why is the Glion Dolly Electric Scooter the perfect last mile solution for commuters?
People are familiar with the electric scooters you can purchase at Walmart. They are designed for kids to play in their neighborhood at slow speed and low torque. They are heavy (usually more than 45lbs) and not easily foldable. The lead acid battery used in these kid’s electric scooters will probably not last more than a single season of use, have a low energy to weight ratio and are environmentally unfriendly. These types of scooters are fun kids’ toys.
The Glion Dolly Electric Scooter is fun but it is not a kids’ toy. Powerful and fun, the Glion Dolly can effortlessly glide you at speeds of up to 15 mph/25kmph with 15 miles/25 km range and then then, within seconds, you can fold the Glion Dolly Electric Scooter and have it standing/rolling next to you like a roller bag suitcase ready to board a bus, train, subway or ferry.
Many so-called last mile solutions strain your back while trying to carry them through the public transit station or upset fellow passengers by dirtying them with your road grit. The Glion Dolly provides the transportation convenience of an electric scooter combined with the portability convenience of a roller bag suitcase. Though it still only weighs 26lbs, now, with the dolly feature you can fold the scooter up and walk with it or have it stand vertically by your side like you would a roller bag suitcase, taking only half square foot of real estate. With the added cover, no concerns about effortlessly portaging your Glion Dolly in a crowded setting such as a public transit station, office lobby, elevator or even a bar/restaurant.
Glion Dolly (Model 200) Technical Specifications
- Top Speed: 15 mph/25Kmh
- Range Per Charge: 15 miles/25 km
- Battery: 36 v, 6.6 ah Samsung 18650 Lithium Ion
- Battery Cycle Life: 1,000+ cycles
- Battery Charge Time: 3.25 hours
- Motor: 250 Watt Brushless Direct Drive Hub Motor
- Brake: Electric Brake located within hub motor
- Weight: 26 lbs/11.8 kg
- Frame: 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade, powder coated aluminum
- Tires: 8-inch military technology honey comb never flat tires
- Size Folded: 36x8x12 inches, 92x20x30 cm
- Weight Capacity: 220 lbs 100 kg
Battery: The Glion Dolly Electric Scooter pairs a high-output 36V, 6.6 ah Lithium-ion battery with a powerful 250W brushless electric hub motor, and houses them in a sleek, sturdy, aircraft-aluminum stand-up scooter frame. The lithium ion battery is composed of 30 Samsung 18650 cylindrical cells based on lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC). Our cylindrical cells are safer and more durable than non-cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells used by many other last mile solutions. Tesla, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung all use cylindrical cells for their electric vehicle applications for the same reasons we use them in the Glion Dolly. The battery charges in 3.25 hours and has a cycle life of 1000+ charges, for an average lifespan of 3-5 years.
Motor: The motor is a 250 Watt brushless, direct drive hub motor. It is very simple, powerful and reliable electric motor located inside of the rear wheel. It requires no chains, no gears, no grease, and no maintenance.
Electronic Brake: The Glion Dolly has an electronic anti-lock brake that is located inside the hub motor. The electronic brake is controlled by the left twist grip….
Tires: 8” military grade honeycomb never flat tires. The internal honeycomb interior structure cushions the ride and is maintenance free.
"I've traveled across the US this summer with my Glion and have been blessed to be able to use the Glion everywhere I go. I've ridden on grass, farms, loose gravel, sand, shallow water, etc. and the Glion handled all of it effortlessly due to its beefy rugged tires, enormous amounts of torque and generous battery life. I use it like a mountain bike without a seat. I can't imagine doing the same with a skateboard nor would I dare. I can proudly say I climbed to the top of Clingmans Dome (Highest point of the Great Smokies @ 6,643ft altitude) using my Glion. A Guinness World Record?" -- James (one of our 1st round KS backers)
Frame: The sturdy frame of the scooter is composed of air-craft grade aluminum alloy and is powder coated to resist corrosion.
Controls: The Glion Dolly employs electronic water resistant controls with wires hidden within the frame to maintain the sleek, stealth look and folding ease. On the right, a twist-grip accelerator makes it go; on the left, a twist-grip brake makes it stop. An easy to read handlebar-mounted battery indicator keeps track of battery life.
Glion Model 100s in Action!
What a thrill to receive photos and testimonials from happy Glion Model 100 owners/kickstarter backers, all using their scooters in unique ways to create time and add fun to their day! Seven days into this kickstarter campaign, and over 40% of our current backers are returning customers purchasing their second, third and even fourth Glion Electric Scooter. Wow! A Kickstarter backer is a big deal. A returning backer affirms that we delivered on our promises and provided excellent customer care. Our customer service is based in the United States. We will do what it takes to keep you and your Glion Dolly Electric Scooter up and running full speed. See in Comment Section of our Kickstarter page the many positive customer testimonials. Thank you. The following are pictures of our Glion Model 100s in action from coast to coast:
THE GLION DOLLY IS FUN, SAFE AND EASY TO USE!
Riding or gliding the Glion Dolly is fun. Our honeycomb rubber tires are excellent for carving s-turns. In addition to the fun, what we saw in the stand-up scooter platform was its compactness and when riding it you could easily toggle between riding the scooter and walking beside the scooter. This toggle advantage of the stand up scooter platform is less obvious but is an important advantage for our application. With our stand up scooter, when you approach a crowded crosswalk, you simply slow down before you reach the crowd, step off the standing board which is just 4.5 inches above the ground, walk the scooter through the crowd and when the sidewalk opens up, you step on the standing board and glide on. Toggling between riding your scooter and walking beside your scooter is safe and easy. Perfect for busy people in busy places.
The Dolly handle has three convenient locking positions for walking with, standing with, or carrying the scooter up or down a flight of stairs. In the vertical position, the scooter can sit next to you, taking up less than one square foot of space. Public transit goers, REJOICE!!
WHY WAIT? BE THE CHANGE!
Our goal is for all of our backers to receive their rewards within 3 months (two months for Early Birds) after the end of our campaign. We have an estimated delivery date of October 2015 for Early Birds and November 2015 for the balance. However, we still have much work to do to make this a reality. This includes:
- Additional User Testing and Prototyping: Over the next month we will conduct additional user testing and prototyping of the Glion Dolly and cover accessory.
- Design for Manufacture: To meet our delivery timeline we are quickly moving to final design for manufacturing. We are closely engaged with our supply partners from the first campaign. We have already begun the early stages of manufacturing some of our base components.
- Fulfillment: Our mission is to deliver a superior product at a superior price to our backers within three months* after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign. (*As this is our second go around, we have learned to expect the unexpected. Should we run into any quality issues, we will slow down, fix the issue, keep you informed, and continue to move forward.)
We have had a great time with this campaign. Because of you, Kickstarter is the perfect platform to introduce new products and we can't wait to get our Glion Dolly Electric Scooter in your hands. Thank you for your support and backing.
As a stretch goal, we are excited to include a pedestrian handlebar bell with our Glion Dolly Electric Scooter rewards when we exceed $50,000.
With its 250 Watt gearless hub motor, the Glion Dolly is quiet. This bell is a simple and safe way of letting a pedestrians or bicyclists know you are in the passing lane and gliding by.
Together let's change the way the world commutes. Thank you for your support. Glion.PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN AND SAVE!
Please support our Kickstarter campaign by selecting one of our available Kickstarter rewards and sharing our campaign with your friends, coworkers and family. These prices are special that will not be available when the campaign ends. The Glion Dolly will shorten your commute time and add fun to your day. Thank you so much for your support! Together, let's change the way the world commutes. Glion!
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter project. In manufacturing the first model, we learned so much, so fast! As it was our first go around, we had some unexpected hurdles with production and delivery. However, we kept in honest, frequent communication with our backers, and the scooters arrived safe and sound. This time, our fulfillment team is secured and experienced. We feel very confident this model will come out on schedule! In fact, we are ahead of schedule on production and just waiting for the funding from the Kickstarter campaign to finish molding and begin assembly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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