“Electric scooters” conjure up images of something you would buy at a toy store. But Works Electric, has elevated the humble scooter from novelty to serious transportation.
Proclaiming yourself builder of the world’s finest electric scooter would be an eyebrow-raising assertion outside the eccentric, green-obsessed city Brad calls home. “Electric scooters” conjure up images of wannabe Vespas limping along in the right lane on crowded city streets, or worse, something you would buy at a toy store. But Baker’s company, Works Electric, has elevated the humble scooter from novelty to serious transportation.
At 95 pounds, the Rover has little in common with the push-scooters you’ll find putzing around college campuses and cul de sacs. For one, under the floorboard, you’ll find the same style of battery packs as you would beneath Tesla’s Model S. And a three-phase, brushless DC motor that will whisk you – quietly – to 35 miles an hour when you crack open the electronic throttle.
Standing on it feels half like riding a bicycle and half like riding a skateboard. You can stagger your feet and crouch for stability in turns, but starting and stopping is as easy as twisting a throttle and squeezing a brake lever, respectively. No engine, no clutch, no shifting.