If a bicycle is too large (even a foldable model) for you to take along for a trip, perhaps a foldable scooter is your vehicle. Gadget company Archos has designed a small, foldable scooter – the Citee – that is powered by an electric motor and controlled by a dashboard running on Android software.
The Archos Citee Connect is the top of line model from the company’s electric scooter product range. The maximum speed of the Citee Connect is 25 km/h (15.5 mph) with a range of 20 km (12 miles). This makes the vehicle suitable for commuting, city sightseeing, and potentially a vehicle that can be taken along for a trip on a car, train or bus.
The Citee Connect is foldable and doesn’t take much space, but because of its weight, 13 kg, no one wants to carry it for a long time. Taking it along to a train, tram or bus requires lifting it up a few steps.
The electric scooter can be a handy vehicle to take along on a road trip. You don’t have to find a place to stay in a city center or next to the key sights, because you can ride to the center on the scooter.
The exciting innovation with the Archos Citee Connect is that its dashboard is a smartphone that happens to be integrated into the vehicle’s handlebars. The dashboard runs on Android 8 operating system. The dashboard is connected as well: 3G mobile network and Wi-Fi access are built-in. Navigation is a key application on the dashboard, but I wonder what might happen if someone wants to check her Facebook feed during a ride?
The manufacturer believes the electric scooter is suitable for sharing applications, such as renting the vehicles in a city. The scooter can be locked from the dashboard, but it can be opened by someone else who has a smartphone app.
In addition to the Citee Connect, two variations of the electric scooter are available: the Citee and the Citee Power. Archos has set the price for the Citee Connect at 499 euros. It is expected to be available in June-August 2018. The Citee and the Citee Power cost less at 399 euros, and will be available in April 2018. Check the Archos web page for information on ordering the product.
A video captured at the Mobile World Congress show floor by Computer Bild TV shows that the Citee Connect scooter rides smoothly, but the dashboard is not yet ready (as the German test rider explains, it is still a proto):
Archos Citee Connect specifications
- – 5 inch screen (Gorilla Glass)
- – Google Android 8 operating system.
- – 3G mobile network
- – WiFi
- – GPS
- – Splash resistant
- Weight: 13 kg
- Dimensions: 100 x 40 x 92 cm unfolded, 100 x 40 x 23 cm folded.
- Motor: 350 W, 2 speeds
- Peak speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
- Braking system: Disc brakes
- Wheels: 8.5 inches
- Battery: Lithium 6,000 mAh
- Range: 18-22 km / 11-13.6 miles
- Charging time: 2-3 hours
- Maximum load: 100 kg
The specification for the Archos Citee and the Citee Power slightly differ from the Citee Connect specifications, particularly the range, charging time, weight and dimensions.
Weight: 11.5 kg
Dimensions: 104 x 42 x 107 cm unfolded, 107 x 17 x 31 cm folded
Motor: 250 W
Peak speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
Braking system: Electrical and mechanical
Wheels: 8 inches
Battery: Lithium 5,000 mAh
Range: 10 to 12 km / 6.2 to 7.5 miles
Charging time: 4 to 5 hours
Maximum load: 100 kg
Archos Citee Power
Weight: 13 kg
Dimensions: 100 x 40 x 92 cm unfolded, 100 x 40 x 23 cm folded
Motor: 350W 2 speeds
Peak speed: 25 km/h
Braking system: Disc brakes
Wheels: 8.5 inches
Battery: Lithium 6,000 mAh
Range: 18 to 22 km
Charging time: 2 to 3 hours
Maximum load: 100 kg
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