Last Call: Ruiner Edition

The Stator stand-up EV scooter: wicked cool concept, already ruined by hipster association.
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27 responses to “Last Call: Ruiner Edition”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    No thanks, I’ll stick with my G**gle Self-Driving Bicycle.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    According to the description following the link, “The brake system is achieved through rear wheel regenerative braking paired with a front-wheel hydraulic disc brake.”
    That combination should make for interesting braking dynamics if either the propulsion system or its associated electronics package fails at speed.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Thinking about this: the induction (and hence the braking) gets the weaker the slower you get. Consequently these brakes will never stop you. The disk is necessary for the last mph…

    2. Eric Rucker Avatar

      However, the front wheel is the one that will be able to generate the most braking force, and it’s the brake I predominantly use on a bicycle.

  3. Inliner Avatar

    It never ceases to amaze me how fancy new technology is designed only with Silicon Valley weather conditions in mind, or in other words, a disregard for other weather conditions.
    Electric cars lose 1/3 to 1/2 of their range in cold weather and we’re just supposed to deal with it, self-driving technology currently ceases to function in a bit of sleet or snow, and the open nature of the Stator means that puddles are sprayed onto your feet if you ride after it rains.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Are you implying that there is a world outside of San Francisco?

    2. smokyburnout Avatar

      with those tires, I’d be more worried about getting to find out if it’s possible for a scooter to hydroplane

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Or turn

    3. Maymar Avatar

      I’m just astounded at every creation that pops up that’s supposed to astound us, but is barely more useful than a bicycle.

  4. I_Borgward Avatar

    Eeeek! Also: 240! (apology for crappy fB video link, couldn’t find it elsewhere)

  5. Victor Avatar

    This ” School” is 2nd in Florida and 9th in the nation for graduating black teachers.
    That tells me a lot about this institution,and what to expect from its graduates.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    It isn’t a very good scooter, but it’s great as a toilet paper stand.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Go back a bit earlier and the question was not how fast can you get up the hill, but can you get up the hill?
      This photo is from the centenary reenactment of a 1904 hill climb in Melbourne, a 1900 Dr Dion powered machine. There were also things like a 1903 Ford, Stanley steamer and 1904 Cadillac at the event, plus some newer cars!

  7. Sjalabais Avatar

    Car guy in non-car-people awkwardness: On a hike today a friend of my wife complained about her e-bike being troublesome. The fuse pops regularly. And to avoid a crap bike, she had bought a product from England, not from China, what a disappointment that the more expensive bike didn’t meet expectations. After having pointed out the obvious entertainment value of an English bike having, let’s say “e-issues”, I had to tell the unknown story of Lucas Industries in as few words as possible (car stories garner those long distance eyes). Earned a chuckle…sigh

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      At least there was a fuse to pop, instead of the smoke being let out! Guess how many fuses one of my old English cars has…

      1. nanoop Avatar

        That squarish thing labelled “Varta” is a fuse, right?

        1. outback_ute Avatar


    2. mdharrell Avatar

      ” And to avoid a crap bike, she had bought a product from England…”
      Yes, well, about that theory:

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Never knew about the Zeta…pretty similar to something I dreamt up, but never realized in my studies.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I have a Zeta, a Zeta II, and a Zeta III, because of course I do, but not a Zike. People still want real money for Zikes.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            This is incredible. When I read the descriptions nanoop linked to, I thought about you, but landed on that being too much to comment. Now you chime in, haha. Do you use the Zetas when the cars are just not fast enough?

  8. 1slowvw Avatar

    I guess I picked the wrong weekend to buy a scooter… at least the one I bought runs on supreme and injection oil. Instead of electrons, neutrons, protons and tight pants.

  9. Douche_McGee Avatar

    the only positive thing is that it looks too heavy to be used as a weapon against the riders.

  10. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    One handlebar grip? Wow, that’s stupid. I am guessing Form needed the other one in order to beat function to death.

    1. cap'n fast Avatar
      cap’n fast

      it’s frisco. one hand for driving the other for the phone.with this thing, only real men can text and drive

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