Las Vegas, NV, September 17, 2012 – Kickstart Scooters Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of the Zumaround electric stand-on scooter at Interbike 2012. The Zümaround is a hybrid kick scooter for adults and is unlike any other product on the market today. With 20″ pneumatic wheels and front and rear v-brakes, it offers an incredibly smooth ride and unmatched maneuverability with seamless electric-assist.
The Zümaround is an innovation of Gideon Tomaschoff, President of Kickstart Scooters Ltd., who has sold and distributed Sidewalker Scooters out of Buffalo, New York for the past 13 years. The inspiration for an electric hybrid scooter came about from Tomaschoff’s everyday usage of his Sidewalker scooters. “Whether you’re kicking a scooter or pedaling a bike, many riders are challenged when going up hills or riding into strong winds,” said Tomaschoff. “I wanted to improve my riding experience and arrive at my destination without being out of breath or sweaty, which is how the idea of an electric-assist system came to be.”
Battery technology has greatly improved in recent years with the popularity of e-bikes and other electric transportation systems. Tomaschoff worked on several prototypes of an electric hybrid kick scooter before arriving at the Zümaround model.
“There are very few stand-up electric scooters on the market, and what is available is meant to be ridden strictly with the motor,” said Tomaschoff. “The Zümaround is lightweight enough that the rider can choose whether to engage the motor or kick it like a traditional scooter.”
With a chromoly steel frame, the total weight of the Zümaround (including the battery) is 36 pounds. The battery weighs five pounds and is lockable and removable for charging. The scooter can go 20 miles before charging, but can go much longer if the motor is just used as an electric-assist to self-propulsion.
An advantage of a stand-up scooter is the increased height of the rider, providing a greater line of vision and improved visibility to drivers and other riders. The maximum speed is 20 miles per hour and riders should comply with e-bike laws including wearing a bicycle helmet and not riding on the sidewalk. The speed is easy to control making it possible for the rider to quickly hop on and off.
The Zümaround comes in four colors: red, blue, yellow and lime green and is available at retailers in the United States and Canada. There is a two-year manufacturer’s warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on the battery and motor. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1250. For more information on the Zümaround please visit http://www.zumaround.com.