Bringing your bike on public transport is not always an easy task. Rush hour crowds or lack of secure bike parking at the office can hamper your best intentions for a car-free commute. Folding up to the size of a carry-on, the incredibly compact URB-E acts as your go-anywhere personal e-vehicle to get you those last few miles to and from your destination.
The URB-E uses a three wheel trike design for stability and maneuverability at low speeds, perfect for navigating heavy pedestrian traffic. The two rear wheels also serve as a very stable way to roll the 27lbs URB-E around while in its folded position, similar to pulling a piece of luggage behind you.
Using a simple finger throttle, the URB-E is capable of reaching speeds up to 15mph and will run for up to 20 miles on one charge. The Lithium-Ion battery takes around 3 hours to recharge.
A universal smartphone holder enables you to charge your phone as you ride. The external USB plug also allows you to use the URB-E's battery to charge any additional devices such as a laptop or iPad while you ride the bus.
There are plenty of optional accessories for your URB-E, including a luggage rack, wheel fenders, shoulder strap, wireless bluetooth speakers, handlebar bell, cup holder, and a custom URB-E briefcase. The URB-E comes in both the trike Commuter and a two-wheeled GP version for those who want to add a little more spice to their commute. For $799, you can be one of the first to own an URB-E personal e-vehicle.
I wish this was around when I lived in London, as it would have been the perfect commuter solution. My office was less than 6 miles from home but could take up to an hour on the Tube and bike commuting was a difficult prospect at the time.
Thoughts on the URB-E versus a folding bike or even folding e-bike? More user friendly perhaps?