Commuting is tough for people living in big cities plagued by air pollution and traffic congestion. Urban people usually commute within a radius of 5-10 km, a distance too far to walk but too short to taxi or drive and find parking. In China more than 100,000 people move to cities every day, and they all need efficient methods of transportation.
Coolpeds is an ultra-lightweight electric scooter brand that aims to provide last-mile solution for local commuters. Weighing in at 6-9kg, the company’s flagship products are easy to ride and fold in seconds, making them convenient take anywhere, whether on the subway, in offices, or on planes. The scooters contain a high-torque, chain-driven motor and uses a sealed lithium battery that can be fully charged in three hours.
While riders are zipping around their neighborhood at up to 20 miles per hour, they can monitor their speed on an LCD display with cool blue lights. In addition, users can charge their smartphones through a USB socket.
Tony, Coolpeds’ latest product, is a scooter, briefcase, and mobile charger combo. The product has an anti-theft function that sounds an alarm when out of a pre-determined safe range, and a solar panel on the suitcase cover serves as an optional power source. Tony is aimed at a wide range of consumers, including university students, office staff, travelers, photographers, cosmeticians, and supermarket shoppers.
In addition to its hardware, Coolpeds is developing an accompanying app, where riders can monitor speed and distance traveled, and find optimal driving routes. CEO Tony Chan says his company is planning to integrate health sensors into the scooter, helping users understand their environmental surroundings.
Chan has run successful product design, manufacturing, and distribution businesses in the U.S. and China for more than 10 years. After graduating from UCLA, Chan worked at Accenture in Los Angeles and Microsoft in Seattle as a software developer. He then founded a manufacturing and trading company operating in Los Angeles and China.
This story originally appeared on TechNode. Copyright 2015