The Scoot-E-Bike by Raytroniks is getting a lot of attention. Also specializing in smart watches and smart fans, LA-based Raytroniks has gained major celebrity support. As electric powered, personal transportation devices have a tendency to gain support from celebrities, the Scoot-E-Bike electric scooter is no exception by any means. Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, P Diddy, J.R. Smith, and Ray J are among the top celebrities promoting the device. It’s unclear exactly what role rapper Ray J plays in the company, but he’s been credited as Scoot-E-Bike’s “ambassador”.
Aside from the fact that Scoot-E-Bikes are fashionable, their celebrity endorsement will surely boost their sales. And as the new unofficial replacement for the widely popular but suddenly dangerous two-wheeled hoverboards, they’re bound to help fill the personal electric vehicle void this year.Scoot-E-Bikes began selling on April 1st of this year, and are available now for $1,599. That’s not cheap by any means, but the Scoot-E-Bike electric scooter is fast enough to actually be a legitimate mode of transportation, unlike two-wheeled hoverboards. It goes up to 20 MPH and has a range of 30 miles. That’s good enough for a commute to work and back for most people. Plus, once riders get to work, they won’t have to worry about parking because Scoot-E-Bikes are foldable. They also include an alarm system on their remote. The only question now is, are they safe?
One thing everyone who saw the horrific, viral Youtube videos of exploding hoverboard batteries is thinking is: Will the battery on the Scoot-E-Bike explode too? The answer to that is still unclear as the UL, the authority on electric vehicle safety, has yet to certify their battery, electric system, or anything else. Scoot-E-Bike’s website explicitly states that Scoot-E-Bikes cannot be used in the rain. This begs the question, what would happen if riders were to get it wet while on the road? Although it’s safety is questionable, there has yet to be any reports of the battery spontaneously combusting.
Just like the fail-comp producing hoverboards of 2015, the Scoot-E-Bike has already spawned several major knockoffs. ET Scooter from Shenzhen, China, another Chinese device, the LEHE K2 electric scooter, and the German company IRideforMe, have all capitalized on the design. You can not only expect to see more imitators of the Scoot-E-Bike, but you can also expect to see far more celebrity endorsements of personal electric scooters in the near future.