E-scooters are still very much in their infancy but the basic design is already being experimented with; e-scooters with seats are now definitely a small but mainstream trend and we recently covered the innovative load-carrying capacity of the Beyond Cargo One. However, the Dragonfly Hyperscooter, from London-based company D-fly, is clearly looking to take e-scooter performance to a whole new level...
Whilst you might not agree with D-fly that their new vehicle is 'a technological marvel and a triumph of human ingenuity and innovation', there's no denying it packs in the performance and the technology. A top speed of 40kmh/25mph might not class as hyperspeed but in the UK, where some e-scooter trial vehicles are limited to an assisted speed of 12.5mph, it's a speedy e-scooter indeed. This is achieved by using two 550 watt motors with a combined peak power of 1,650 watts to all four wheels.
Of course, with an e-bike's top speed limited to 15.5mph, a top speed of 25mph puts the Dragonly in the 'L' class of light electric vehicles which all need some form of licensing and insurance - which may or may not be possible to obtain - as ebiketips recently explored. We did note the Dragonfly has 15kmh and 25kmh 'beginner' and 'intermediate' modes, though we are not sure how much they would actually get used on such a performance orientated machine.
Just as interestingly as the speed, the Dragonfly has the steering suspension tech to make use of that speed in all situations and over a variety of conditions underwheel. D-fly describe the Dragonfly as having 'patented full-tilt steering and 4-wheel dual independent damped suspension' for 'unparalleled stability and control even when navigating difficult terrain.'
The high tech credentials continue in the form of a 'wide 4-wheel carbon fibre platform' and 'on-board ride sounds, spoken navigation & electric horn with the accessory sound pod.' There are twin headlights, braking and turn lights and a GPS tracking security system with alarm.
The suggested range is 80km/50 miles and the claimed weight is 16.8kg - though it's not specified whether this is for the DF on-road or the DFX off-road version.
'Developed by a team of award-winning British and American engineers,' the Dragonfly is now available via Indiegogo, with prices ranging from £1,750 for the DF to £2,100 for the DFX.