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Lit Motors cargo scooter in action – Click above to watch video after the jump

Electric bicycles and scooters are expected to be a huge part of the future mobility picture and Lit Motors aims to be in the frame, beginning with a folding cargo scooter that we've got to say is pretty darn cool. Perhaps even more cool is the C1, a self-balancing enclosed motorcycle they are also developing, but for now the focus is on the tank-steering, lithium battery-powered scooter.

Able to carry about 300 lbs of payload – or alternately, as in the picture above, Earth2Tech's ace reporter Katie Fehrenbacher – the prototype can also fold up and reduce its footprint by half for storage. The design is targeted at emerging markets like India and China where two-wheelers are already used as work horses and CEO Daniel Kim says they are aiming at a $500 - $800 price point in those countries. In America, the tag should read somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000. That's quite a difference.

The company is planning on building up to ten bikes this summer, and possibly as many as 1,000 six months after the initial run. Future production goals are an ambitious 50,000 to 200,000 units. Hit the jump for video of the full interview with Daniel Kim. We've also thrown in a bonus clip of the cargo scooter being confidently demonstrated by its creator in San Francisco traffic.

[Source: Earth2Tech / Lit Motors]





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      Nick From Montreal
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were an investor, I would insist they focus only on the big idea. Instead of spending time and money on an unprofitable 800$ scootter for the third world, they should go directly to their "big idea": the fully enclosed crash-resistant electric scooter. People would pay for extra for safety.
        JakeY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick From Montreal
        Unfortunately that sort of development takes a long time and a lot of cash. More often than not, you'll have huge delays and maybe even fail to come out with a product (we've seen a lot of that here on ABG). Starting small and making a small profit might make more sense.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't want more products MADE IN CHINA or INDIA. We need to create jobs and manufacturing in the USA so we can buy these valuable products. We must help our economy AND save the planet. Getting a higher education should teach you different values.
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      what happens when you hit something head on ???? because that will happen car pulls out in front of you, door opening in front of you etc ???
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny but seems a little overcomplicated. maybe a trike config is better like this http://www.ecykler.dk/img/p/567-615-large.jpg
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's hope they just don't sell this road hazard in America.
        jsco
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        care to elaborate?
        jsco
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        care to elaborate?
          BipDBo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jsco
          Care to share the road with one of these things hauling crap from Home Depot or IKEA protruding several feet on either side piloted by the average American driver?
          EJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jsco
          "piloted by the average American driver?" And having them in a 3 ton raised pick-up is safer how?
        Turbofrog
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        While still taking up less space than any car. I don't see the downside. That said, I totally love the idea of cargo bikes, and since this thing is better able to keep up with traffic, it should be even safer.
      vazzedup
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, loads of space for delivery items and nicely customizable for different types. Can see USPS using, Ice Cream, Pizza etc. Bigger concept is likely a fail, motorcyclists don't want enclosures and non motorcyclists don't want two wheels. Go with the cheap, nimble, customizable and utilitarian option, be great for my shopping runs.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @vazzedup
        That's incorrect. I want an enclosed motorcycle because I can then drive it ALL the time. Who wants to struggle in the rain? I don't want to wear a rain suit. Plus you won't have to worry about all the protective gear and getting the proper ones for warm or cold weather. Its an awesome idea and I can't wait for the C1 to come out! =D
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a little concerned that the video should have had a NSFW tag based on Katie's position in the opening seconds. :D Pretty interesting, though. I'd like to know more about the "self balancing" features of the bigger vehicle.
      sdtofudog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Human cargo? What an odd photo of this reporter facing the driver's crotch while he watches her. Was this unique riding arrangement designed to 'stimulate' sales? Aaaah, the joy of driving a scooter.
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