Boxx on wheels makes for unique, eco-friendly ride

A new electronic scooter that debuted at the Portland Auto Show makes for a compact, eco-friendly ride for city dwellers, but you might get some funny looks.

Boxx Corp.

We've seen electric bikes before, but we've never seen anything like the Boxx.

This contraption, which looks like an oversize suitcase that sprouted handles--or a MacBook Pro on wheels, if you ask me--is actually a new all-electric bike made by a Portland-based company called Boxx. Its unique design certainly makes it stand out from the crowd, but so do its eco-friendly features.

The Boxx, is an emissions-free vehicle, can be charged using a standard household outlet system. It comes in two configurations: one with a standard Core power system that provides up to 40 miles of travel on a single charge, and another with a Core 2 power system that delivers 80 miles of travel. The maximum speed of the bike is 35 mph.

With traits more similar to a moped than a traditional bike, the Boxx also offers all-wheel drive, traction control, an antilock braking system, and modular control systems. Amenities include two storage compartments, LED indicators and audio alerts, an integrated kickstand, and the option of a heated seat.

Parking and storage should also be easy, as the all-aluminum bike measures just 39 inches tall by 36 inches wide, and it can accommodate a single rider up to 300 pounds and up to 6 feet and 5 inches in height.

The Boxx made its debut at the Portland Auto Show this week, and you can head over to Boxx's Web site to configure and order one now. However, you'll have to reach deep into your pockets, as pricing for the electric bike starts at $3,995.

(Via Technabob)

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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