I was recently contact by Jack Skopinski about an electric vehicle he has been working on. It is called the EV4 and it is a tilting 4 wheel electric scooter.
Having recently been to the Toronto International Auto Show and seeing Toyota's iRoad prototype car, the EV4 caught my eye. Both vehicles were designed as an alternative for congested urban centres -- one Tokyo; the other, the Polish capital of Warsaw. Like the iRoad, the EV4 wheels reach and tilt into turns.
Jack's company, Aero-service, was founded in 2005 and specializes in the design, construction and repair of ultralight aircraft. In 2014, Aero-service decided to use its knowledge and experience from avionics to the design and build the EV4.
The goal was to produce an electric vehicle that was:
- faster than a bicycle (max speed of 40 kmh)
- made of high quality, light weight materials
- designed to have an extended range (70-100 km)
- economical to operate
- virtually maintenance-free
- sized to fit in elevators and subways
- small enough to ride in bike lanes
- eco-friendly with zero emissions
- user-friendly and a pleasure to drive
This innovative vehicle promises to deliver an unforgettable driving experience. It looks like it would be excellent for an urban commute with its suspension system suitable for any terrain. The streets of Toronto come to mind. This vehicle can actually drive down steps.
Not sure if Jack will be producing one for the Canadian market, but we will keep our eyes open for it.
A complete list of the technical specs for the EV4 can be found at http://www.ev4.pl/technical-specifications.html