Stand-up scooters just got real – real awesome! The Rover from Works Electric takes the basic stand-up-scooter formula and adds style, speed, and more than a teaspoon of geek sweetness to make a strong argument for a new two-wheeled urban commuting tool. No, really! Hear us out.

Unlike a Segway – once touted as a vehicle that would change the way cities are built – or even a bicycle, the Rover can be easily stashed under a desk or in the back of a car. Also, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour and range promises of 18 miles (35 mph and 30 miles of range from the more expensive BR model) it's a lot more practical for actually traveling any significant distance than those two conveyances. Don't want to stand for ten miles? There's an optional seat.

Hand crafted from aluminum, the fat-wheeled device contains a high tech lithium battery pack within its deck, employing phase-change material (PCM) to help keep things cool. Other sophisticated touches include LED head and tail lights, a smart phone cradle between the clip-on handlebars, and regenerative braking to help out the front-wheel disc stopper and add to range.

If you're in the Portland area, you can get hooked up with a test drive through the Works Electric website, where you'll find all the specs and a slightly eye-watering $4,970 to $5,920 price tag. Don't expect delivery soon, however. This year's production is sold out and the line is already forming for 2014. Scroll below for a trio of videos, including the company's promo clip, along with a nicely shot, informative piece from Digital Trends and some real-world foray footage.







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      • 22 Hours Ago
      Looks like this guy learned everything about these kinds of products and the design language from his time working at BOXX Corp. I am a big fan of BOXX Corp. and the work they are doing and where I think they are going. This seems like a guy who took all that vision out to his own door and is likely I bet in a conflict of interest from time of working with BOXX Corp. and building this thing probably at the same time. A product direction rip off. I'll wait for this scooter to come out under its proper BOXX Corp. brand badge. Thats where this vision and product style came from. I don't like imitators.
      danfred311
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Meh. And for the price it's a big meh.
        DarylMc
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @danfred311
        Argh You know the costs to do things as well as I do. These guys should be congratulated instead of whining about it. It's a pretty good idea and the cost can surely come down in the future.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 22 Hours Ago
      It's a cool companion to public transport, to get you off the light rail and to home, since it can be folded up and taken with you.. But it shouldn't cost that much at all. I have seen people build electric skateboards and tiny scooter-type things such as this for under a grand, as the small wheels mean that you can use a cheap and small RC motor to drive it at high efficiency, vs something like my electric bicycle. Cool idea... but get those production costs down. The price is about quadruple of what a Chinese company would ask for something like this.
        DarylMc
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Hi 2 wheeled menace Yeah sure the Chinese could trim back costs. No disrespect to them but they are not bringing a solid product such as this to the market either. The fact that some guys from the USA did is a big deal.
      DarylMc
      • 22 Hours Ago
      That was excellent to watch. In the first video not just one pretty girl but two on board:) I have a gas motor scooter which I absolutely love riding in a city environment. Something electric would be even better. A regular scooter can be an excellent utility vehicle in the city for shopping or collecting parts. This stand up machine does not have the cargo ability but looks like an excellent idea to move a person around. It does make me think about the Segway vehicles. They are a wonder of technology. I got to drive a Segway once and it was one of the most amazing pieces of technology I ever got to use. I never imagined that I would ever get the chance. Our local Police are planning to purchase some. These scooters seem like a much more practical idea for city use. Congratulations and best wishes to the 2 young fellows who made it.
      David Murray
      • 22 Hours Ago
      I wonder if the range estimates are accurate? I mean all of those cheap chinese scooters that cost around $200 claim the same amount of range, but everyone knows it is a lie and you should divide the estimated range by about 5. So if it claims it will do 10 miles, you can bet it will probably do less than 2.
        Warren
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @David Murray
        That range should not be a problem. However, anything with a lithium battery, instead of lead acid like those Chinese scooters, is not going to be anywhere near $200. You will need to add another zero at a minimum.
          Warren
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @Warren
          I was talking about the price of the scooter. I know the cost of a lithium pack. I have been running an $800, 1.1 kWh pack for two years now, on my bicycle.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @Warren
          I should specify that this is a lithium battery i am talking about here.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @Warren
          No... if you bought a battery pack that would take this thing 10-15 miles ( half a kilowatt-hour ), the cost would be around $400 USD or less, including the charger and BMS. There are multiple websites out there that sell batteries for electric bicycles already. You can see the costs if you look around.
      Jeff Zekas
      • 22 Hours Ago
      The big problem: at $4,970 you could buy a nice Honda or Kawasaki motorcycle-- unlimited range, highway speeds, and none of the drawbacks of this cute (but expensive) electric vehicle.
        DarylMc
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Jeff Zekas
        Hi Jeff Have a bit of a think about it. What sort of Kawasaki costs $5000 new. This is a brand new niche vehicle put together in the USA. There is no such thing as an unlimited range, highway speed "electric" Kawasaki and if there was it would cost a lot more than $5000. So yeah the cost of electric vehicles is high. At the moment here is no compelling case for people who are trying to save money to buy one but it does not take away from the value in it being made. If you compare it to say a Segway I think it makes a reasonable case for its simplicity compared to the wow factor.
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