• Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
  • Image Credit: Lit Motors
Electric cargo scooter lust is now a thing. We sometimes walk through life without ever realizing our hearts hold a void until the propitious moment we first lay eyes on that missing piece. That thing that unexpectedly makes us whole and floods us with excitement. The hole in our soul, apparently, is shaped like the Kubo from Lit Motors.

Like our hearts, this electric cargo scooter also has an empty space quietly calling out to be filled. Only, instead of yearning for a Kubo inside of a Kubo – that would just be absurd – it asks to hold the detritus of daily life: our groceries, our backpack, our unexpected yard sale hauls. Able to carry 300 pounds (including rider), it can handle lots of stuff. Heavy stuff.

To fulfill its mission brief, this two-wheeled pickup truck is fitted with a torquey 3-kW (four-horsepower) in-wheel motor fed by a 3.81-kWh lithium battery buried in its floor, making it capable of speeds of 45 miles per hour and distances of 50 miles on a charge. Its unorthodox shape is aided by its novel helm control system – what's referred to inside the company as pank-style steering – and is said to be quite intuitive. When the first examples are delivered, they will be wearing disc brakes, with some stopping assistance also coming from a regenerative braking setup.

Now, you might be wondering why this San Francisco start up would take time from its best known effort – a gyro-stabilized enclosed electric motorcycle that could change the face of traffic – to build a scooter. We did too, so we asked. According to CMO Ryan James, the Kubo is something of a pet project within the company that has been furthured during the free time of a few engineers, with eventual production to be handled by a separate team. Launching it now via a Kickstarter campaign affords the firm a low-cost way to learn about bringing a product to market and prepares them for the future.

You can watch our new-found fancy in action by scrolling down to the video below. You can also visit their aforementioned Kickstarter page to offer encouragement, get the t-shirt or offer up $5,000 and for your own sense of completement.



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      archos
      • 3 Months Ago
      So how many accidents will be from people making sudden turns and stops in traffic when their groceries and laptop fall out of that unsecured "storage" platform?
        Phoghat
        • 3 Months Ago
        @archos
        you did watch the vid? you did see the cargo net? I have a motorcycle and have carried boxes using a net
        Nick Kordich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @archos
        Alas, if only they could invent some sort of 'cargo net' like the one in the video to secure them!
      DarylMc
      • 3 Months Ago
      It looks like 10 inch wheels. Small wheels like this make scooters a bit more challenging over bumps and in my experience quite a handful in slippery conditions. But in some cases I think it is a good idea. You can see how it allows more battery to fit low in the same wheelbase. I would just like to see the same specs in a more conventional scooter. It can obviously be done but I am not aware of such a vehicle on the market.
      danfred411
      • 3 Months Ago
      Fabulous. There will be a huge market for these in India if you can sell them for 100$. Could we just get to the bankruptcy part already. Unless of course they want to develop some relevant products like say this www.zev.dk/design/Speedster.jpg
        Phoghat
        • 3 Months Ago
        @danfred411
        You're moaning about a $5000 scooter by posting a $25,000 sports car? It musty be your company making the car
      vazzedup
      • 3 Months Ago
      Shame it doesn't fold like the prototype, but still very cool and utilitarian.
        Domenick
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vazzedup
        Folding ability is said to return in a future version.
      mycommentemail
      • 3 Months Ago
      I can't wait to be seen on one of these. -Me
        • 3 Months Ago
        @mycommentemail
        Want, want, want! Heck, except for trips to the lumber yard my SUV would sit in the driveway for weeks at a time if I had a Kubo. Groceries, hardware, planting materials, that cargo space would carry it all. Gasoline? We don't need no stinking gasoline!
      Nick Kordich
      • 3 Months Ago
      Lit has posted a walkthrough of the prototype scooter's features: http://youtu.be/cp_4nRFneRM
      Phoghat
      • 3 Months Ago
      A cheap scooter costs about $2,000, but still needs gas and insurabce and mantenance. This is quite a bit more, so I'm wondeering how long to amortize?
      BipDBo
      • 3 Months Ago
      I envision this thing stuffed with sheep.
      SublimeKnight
      • 3 Months Ago
      I can't wait to be seen on one of these. -No one, ever
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        This scooter fills the holes in some hearts by creating holes in others.
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