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PHOTO CAPTION: eFloater electric kickscooter makes extensive use of BASF high-tech plastics.

Lightweight Electric Kickscooter Uses High Tech Plastics

The eFloater weighs just 12 kilograms (26.4 lbs.), made possible by extensive use of BASF Ultramid plastics.

Published: 31-Mar-2015

Swiss chemical giant BASF and Floatility have partnered to develop the lightweight eFloater electric kickscooter. To keep the weight down on the three-wheeled personal mobility device, 80 percent of it is made of BASF Ultramid plastics.

Future pricing and availability is unknown at this time.

Floatility's website provides little additional information about the capabilities of the device, other than it appears to be propelled by a small hub motor on the rear wheel. As with other similar kickscooters, the battery appears to be housed in the base where the rider stands. Steering is accomplished by leaning the handlebar in the direction of travel. Given the size of the platform and rear drive wheel, the motor is likely to be no more than 200W with speed probably under 15km/h (9 mph) and range less than 15km.

The purpose of the device is to provide convenient 'first mile/last mile' travel in urban environments.

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