Cocoa Motors’ Walkcar has finally opened pre-sale in Japan after five years of brewing,media reported. This portable electric bike platform is a bit like an electric skateboard, but it’s almost the size of a 13-inch laptop. The overall appearance of Walkcar hasn’t changed much since 2015, but since then the development team has spent a lot of time developing and adjusting the motors.
The product now has two driving modes – the Sport and the Regular. Among them, the sport version of the top speed of 16km/h, it is reported that each charge range of 5 km, while the normal version of the maximum speed of 10km/h, the range of 7 km. It can also handle a slope of 10 degrees.
Made of carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum, the platform is 215 mm long and 346 mm wide and is said to feature a self-healing paint treatment to keep scratches to a minimum. Users can ride 74 mm above the ground. The entire unit weighs only 2.9 kg.
The front two locked wheels are driven by an electric motor, and the rear two unlocked wheels can turn like a trolley. The four sensors are embedded in the upper platform, allowing the driver to control the walker by changing the weight – tilt forward to leave and accelerate, tilt backward for deceleration, and turn side to change direction. In addition, the platform has an automatic parking function, when the sensor detects the driver to get off, the platform automatically stops.
Walkcar looks easier to master than Solowheel and not as portable as the electric kickscooter. It has a pre-sale price of 198,000 yen and is currently only available in Japanese markets.