You remember the Lit Motors guys, they’re the ones doing the gyro stabilized enclosed two wheeler that sits still without any side stands because of the gyros in the base of the bike. Well, if you were paying attention to the other projects they had in motion at the time, you might have noticed Kubo. It’s what they call a 2 wheel electric pickup truck because of the big cargo area right in the center of an electric scooter. They’ve decided to put this project out on Kickstarter to see if there’s enough interest to produce it.
This is definitely a city scooter with a 50 mile range and 45 mph top speed, but the cargo area is pretty sweet and for a short beer run or parts trip in the middle of your project, it might be just the ticket. I’m sure there are other uses, it does seem to have a pretty practical side to it and the more creative riders who are in no particular hurry may find it very useful. The combined weight capacity, rider and cargo, is 300 pounds, so it will be an even better hauler for smaller folks, skinny hipsters are probably ready to order one on their iPhone right now.
I really like Kickstarter funding for projects like this. All of those folks who keep saying “I’d buy that,” can step right up and be first in line putting their money up front. It takes a lot of the risk out of the equation for the company because they have orders in hand from the bigger backers and real interest from the smaller investors, all they have to do is produce the product. Since, in this case, they have a running prototype, the initial investors can feel more confident things will go forward, which is an incentive to jump in right away.
If you’re sufficiently hip, head on over and put your money down.