Mophie's co-founder made a crazy smartphone-connected scooter

The Immotor Go is a new foldable scooter from the ex-CEO and co-founder of Mophie, Daniel Huang. It's got some impressive features, like pairing with a rider's phone to control the scooter's headlights and horn, as well as the ability to control a phone mounted on the scooter's dashboard. Riders can choose music to play over a built-in speaker or take a selfie of themselves. But while it definitely goes beyond the average scooter functionality, the true focus of Immotor's launch appears to be around its smart battery, or "Super Battery." Depending on the model, the scooter can come equipped with two batteries that communicate with each other to optimize power and regulate usage between them.

The battery is built with a micro-processor inside and runs on Immotor's custom OS, which the company says will allow riders to determine whether their battery is malfunctioning or needs to be replaced. Battery life depends on the model of scooter. The standard Immotor Go has a 250-watt motor and a 99-watt battery that should last for up to seven miles on one charge. The more premium model, the Immotor Go Sport Pro has a 350-watt motor that uses two 150-watt batteries, with a combined 20-mile range. The regular Go can also support two batteries, but only one is needed. Each battery takes around three to four hours to charge.


Carrying two batteries around can be heavy, and the scooter weighs approximately 32 pounds with the batteries, although it folds so that riders can wheel it around like a rollaboard suitcase. Immotor’s competition doesn’t weigh any less. The URB-E weighs 35 pounds and the Xcooter weighs 42 pounds. At least rolling the Immotor around is easy, even if you have to carry it up a few flights of stairs. I hope you’ve been lifting weights!

What’s most unique about the battery is the plans Immotor’s creators have for its future. The company intends to build an entire ecosystem around it that includes other gadgets, like a flashlight, because the batteries are removable and portable. The Immotor Go is just the battery’s debut home. I checked the Immotor out at a demo earlier this month and felt convinced the scooters will eventually ship. (It has a flexible Indiegogo goal.) Do I think rideables are changed forever? Not necessarily, but considering Immotor Go preorders start at $399, I’m intrigued. The priciest model will eventually retail for $1,099. For comparison, the URB-E costs $1,199.


by Ashley CarmanOct 25, 2016, 9:00am EDT

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