At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, OjO Electric showed the Ford OjO commuter electric scooter, an officially licensed product of Ford Motor Company.
This is a repeat performance for Ford OjO, as the OjO electric scooter was rated as one of the top six new tech items for 2017. This time the manufacturers say that four new features were revealed and the Ford OjO Commuter Scooter® will utilize OjO Electric’s patented technology and innovation as real transportation “for the bike lane and beyond”.
The electric scooter has a range of 25 miles with three speeds up to 20 mph. Features include a patented on-board charger that plugs into any mains outlet, dual Bluetooth speakers, LED front and rear lights, a USB phone charging port and a wireless key fob with an alarm system.
“The OjO was designed to be an alternative mode of transportation for when your destination is too far to bike or too close to drive,” said OjO Electric’s CEO, Don Ratner. “No matter where one lives, Light Electric Vehicles (LEV’s) are a sustainable and smart choice for the environment, saving consumers time and money as they commute.”
The Ford OjO electric scooter has a 500-watt HyperGear motor which “will allow riders to climbs hills up to a 18% grade offering a stable and fun ride”. The Ford OjO’s independent front and rear disk brakes are said to offer improved braking stability while maintaining “a unique patented look and sleek ergonomic design”. The Ford OjO can support up to 136 kg with its heavy gauge aircraft grade all-welded aluminium chassis for maximum durability and strength.
“Ford is excited to be a part of OjO Electric’s innovative advancement for the bike lane,” said Marketing Manager, Global Brand Licensing of Ford Motor Company, Matt Monroe. “OjO Electric’s new line of Ford-branded electric scooters allows us to offer our customers versatile electric transportation around the globe.”
Priced at $2199 (£1600) and up, the Ford OjO Commuter Scooter colours includes Ford race red*, lightning blue* and ingot silver* and racing stripes as true Ford branded colours. Custom OjO colors include black, orange, graphite, and the vintage-inspired seafoam woody, vintage orange woody and vintage surfboard woody.
Pre-sales for the USA and Europe will begin this calendar year and a twelfth model for select Ford dealerships will be available as early as Spring.
Electric Scooters in Bike Lanes
Did you notice the Ford and OjO see this electric scooter being “for the bike lane”? And with “dual Bluetooth speakers”? At least this isn’t a moped that wants to share bike lanes – the Dutch have just been fighting a campaign to keep petrol powered mopeds off bike lanes. How do you feel about the potential arrival of electric scooters in bike lanes?