This unusual-looking rideable looks like a beefed-up skateboard with a steering column, but it’s really a four-wheeled electric scooter called the Dragonfly Hyperscooter. Despite the extra axle, it weighs less than 40 pounds and can reach a top speed of 25 mph.
At least based on the specs and pictures I’ve seen, this is one electric scooter I can’t wait to test drive. It’s currently available for pre-order from UK-based Dragonfly, with an expected December delivery date.
The Dragonfly Hyperscooter is powered by a removable key-locking 48-volt battery and two 550-watt motors with 1650-watt peak power. With three riding modes, D1 (Beginner, 10mph), D2 (Intermediate, 15mph) and D3 (Pro, 25mph), it features four-wheel steering as well as adjustable double wishbone suspension for added stiffness . You can choose between 10-inch urban or off-road pneumatic rubber tires for purchase. The off-roaders are textured for off-road use, but wouldn’t feel as smooth on city streets.
Apart from the choice of tires, the Dragonfly is available in two body versions. The DF (£2,500, or around $2,720 or AU$4,175 converted) is narrower and suitable for city streets and parks. The DFX (£3,000, or around $3,265 or AU$5,000) is aimed at off-road riding, with wider fenders and hand guards. Both scooters have electric front brakes, a mechanical rear drum brake and a carbon fiber deck.
The Hyperscooter is designed to travel approximately 50 miles on a full charge, but this may vary depending on conditions such as rider size and terrain. The charging time is indicated at three hours. Take this with a grain of salt, as manufacturers’ quotes are usually not what we see in the real world.
Both versions come with a 3.5-inch digital display that shows current speed, trip range, riding mode, light status and battery. It can also provide voice navigation, horn and driving sounds with the accessory sound module. The scooter can be connected to smartphones via an app and has two headlights, front and rear LED indicators and a brake light.
Both scooters have built-in security and a four-digit passcode to arm and disarm the system. There’s also built-in GPS and an audible alarm; if something happens, the scooter can be located via the tracker.
According to Dragonfly, these pre-orders are expected to ship in December, but they’re coming from the UK, so shipping, which isn’t yet listed, may be extortionate for runners in the US and elsewhere in the world.