Movito Electric Scooter

Tai Chiem Melbourne, Australia

Movito is a scooter based on an electric inwheel motor, a hubless front wheel, and a modular base system. It is designed for traveling short distances in and around the city.

One of the key technologies used to reduce harmful emissions is an in-wheel motor developed by Australia’s CSIRO. The design boasts 98% efficiency, and is lightweight with direct drive that eliminates drive train loss. It has a component weight of 6 kgs. The use of an inwheel motor has allowed for an overhaul of the scooter’s architecture, freeing up space and weight to allow for a more dynamic shape and form factor.

Powered by Li-ion batteries stored in the central body, it is charged via a charging mat. Another key technology is the use of a hubless front wheel, offering greater precision when riding. Based on technology developed by Osmos, the orbital wheel’s steering pin is designed around a second large bearing in the hollow section of the circular runner.

Movito features an integrated CPU and organic LED touchscreen, allowing the rider to customize the scooter to their personal preference, including connecting wirelessly to the Internet, accessing GPS, and an iPod dock. A modular base system allows multiple “bodies” to be attached to a common base. Alternate bodies can be attached to a single base, or two bases can be placed parallel with a larger body positioned on top, turning the scooter into a two-seat mini-car.

The drive-by-wire technology eliminates mechanical linkages between the steering; instead, it’s controlled by a tritium controller. Comprised of lightweight materials, the main body is composed of a carbon fiber reinforced composite. This material is carried down to the base, which is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic over a steel frame chassis, offering added strength and load-bearing capabilities.

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Honorable Mentions

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