Tuesday, April 27, 2021

LEOWAY e-Scooter promises power, speed, and safety

4/27/2021

The idea of life with a motorized scooter can seem pretty attractive. It would provide inexpensive transportation that gets you outside in the fresh air. 

But then you start reading the reviews and you learn about their downsides: low power, slow cruising speeds, short battery life and their inability to climb low hills. 


The LEOWAY 2WD eScooter appears to have those problems solved. The scooter's design offers both the power and safety of dual-motor scooters as well as the low weight and high mileage of single-motor versions.


That's apparently the combination that electric scooter fans have been looking for. When the Dutch company E-Lab Leoway launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, it quickly reached its goal and kept on going. The site will continue taking early bird orders for the scooter and related perks until the end of the month.


Why so much interest in this scooter? Start with its dual motors. The scooter automatically switches between a front and rear motor, depending on the ground surface and incline. The vehicle will adjust for slippery surfaces such as leaves or loose dirt.  

The LEOWAY also has dual batteries, each with their own charging port. The two batteries can get a full charge in 2-3 hours - about the same time that a smartphone needs. The batteries also get a charge while the scooter is rolling.


Riders can switch between two drive modes using a button on the scooter's steering wheel. With 2WD, both motors work at the same time. With i-2WD, the rear motor works constantly while the front motor will be activated automatically when it's needed. 


When fully charged, the scooter has a top speed of 28 mph in the US and a range of 56 miles, which is comparable to more expensive scooters. The LEOWAY weighs 44 lbs. - less than many other high-performance scooters - and it can fold down in a few seconds for easy transport or storage.


Other features include an optional seat attachment an anti-theft system that requires an NFC card to turn on the scooter and an optional seat for sit-down riding.


To learn more about the LEOWAY 2WD eScooter, visit their campaign page on Indiegogo where the pre-launch order price is $518. Orders are expected to ship in June. 





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