Electric scooters may allow quick and sustainable commutation in cramped urban roads, but they are not viable in different weather conditions, especially rainy season. Providing a solution, final-year students from Germany’s Technische Universität Muenchen in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have come up with an electric scooter prototype dubbed the “VOI” that features an enclosed front compartment to protect the passenger in rain. Though, the driver in the back has to battle the extreme weather conditions.
Drawing its name from the Vietnamese word for elephant, the rickshaw-like electric scooter offers the safety and comfort of a car, and that too at a low price. Users can exchange the front compartment with a cargo box or a mobile kitchen to vend street food. Capable of reaching a top speed of 45 km/h with a range of 80 kilometers on a single charge, the VOI electric scooter provides a safe and sustainable transportation in heavy traffic conditions. Displayed at the 3rd Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show, the VOI was developed as a part of Technische Universität Muenchen’s TUM CREATE program.