McLaren unveils e-scooter that folds into an easy-to-carry package

E-scooters are all the rage these days and most car manufacturers are joining this electrification trend. McLaren is tapping into the conscious rage with its all-in-one electric car, a battery-powered scooter destined to redefine the complexion of personal mobility.

The British company has created a new offshoot called Lavoie Electric (much like the Porsche Design label) to pick up on the rising developments of their EV quest – be they current or those destined for the future. Wertheimer, co-founder and CEO of Lavoie correctly suggested that they want to create a vehicle that is “reliable, flawlessly functional, powerful and stylish” and has state-of-the-art technology. To be precise, built in the same way as any car or motorcycle.

Designer: Lavoie Electric

McLaren is taking its clean energy ambitions for personal mobility space quite seriously, as Richard Clarke, ex-F1 engineer and electric vehicle expert Eliott Wertheimer and Albert Nassar head up Lavoie. The very first product will be the Series 1 folding electric scooter, which is inspired by the suspension system of a world-class racing car. That is well complemented by the fat tires to further absorb the bumps and irregularities in the road surface. So you can well imagine the driving comfort of this electric scooter in practice.

The real USP of this personal commuter lies in its ability to fold in half to the size of an easy-to-carry package thanks to the patented Flowfold mechanism – and that too at the touch of a button. The magnesium-framed scooter weighs just 36 pounds for practical city use, which is a huge bonus. Series 1 e-scooter has a battery capacity sufficient to drive 50 km on a single charge. The device can be charged in a few hours – another great advantage.

Looks are also kept high here with a streamlined aerodynamic shape and funky triangular headlight. Safety is also at the forefront of this design, as the innovative lighting dispersion illuminates the road ahead and the side lights keep other motorists informed of the journey. The integrated display on the Series 1 offers turn-by-turn navigation and the indicators are controlled from the steering wheel.

Lavoie promises to reveal more details about the electric scooter in the near future and has not revealed any details about availability or pricing for now. However, the design is promising and backed by tight-knit features that are very useful in day-to-day use.

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