Eight years into the 20th century, the streets of America faced a ‘dangerous’ new foe: the motor car. Ford’s Model-T rolled off the production lines and onto the streets in 1908 and the world hasn’t looked back. But the introduction of the motor car wasn’t without its problems or criticism - a bit like electric scooters in the 21st century.
The motor car was seen as a rising menace, a clattering, noisy heap that landed without ceremony onto city streets. Whilst many people immediately recognised the benefits of the car, others decried it. But the car won. Fuelled, if you excuse the pun, by our desire for increased mobility. Mayhem ensued for a short time until the car was an accepted and indispensable part of life. Essentially, within a matter of months, Ford’s mission of making motor vehicles a part of everyday life for the masses had been accomplished.
At Elka, we are following in Ford’s footsteps by introducing the Elka Model-T electric scooter, perfect for commuting and ideal for leisure. Bringing affordable eco-friendly personal transportation to the market, the Elka Model-T electric scooter is both reliable and easily maintained. Packed with novel, unique features, such as our swappable battery function, tubeless tires and industry-leading LED lights. The Model-T is not a noisy, clattering, polluting heap but an environmentally friendly means of personal transportation.
Easy and quick to charge, our 36v 6.4Ah swappable lithium-ion battery powered by Panasonic provides you with all the power you need for inner-city commuting. With a range of 15 km per cycle, and the ability to swap when you are out of charge. Even better, it re-charges in as little as 2-3 hours.
Fuss-free charging is a must, simply plug it in, just like your phone. However, you also want a battery that doesn’t cost the earth to charge, literally and financially. Depending on your energy provider, charging your Swappable Battery from empty could cost as little as 15p. Get your energy from a green supplier, and you’ll save the planet too.
“You can have any colour that you want, as long as it’s black” - Henry Ford 1922.
State-of-the-art Braking Technology
The Elka Model-T utilises cutting edge braking technology with disc brakes and regenerative eABS tech.
There’s a reason disc brakes are favoured by riders on the toure de france. They have the power to slow and stop your scooter for years without the need for replacement or repair. We prefer the disc brake on our scooter because it is effective, and riders simply get it.
If you can ride a bike, you’ll be used to depressing the brake lever - using light but even pressure to slow your forward propulsion. Familiar, easy to use and super-reliable, the disc brakes on our electric scooter deliver superior performance every time.
Regenerative eABS technology kicks in every time you brake, converting a large proportion of your kinetic energy (speed) back into chemical energy (battery power). This maximises your riding efficiency and keeps you on the road for longer periods of time.
Tyres are important for a comfortable ride of your electric scooter. The Elka Model-T comes with vacuum sealed tyres, the benefits of which are almost puncture-less performance and a smooth, comfortable ride.
The conventional tyre is prone to slow punctures and flat tyres when ridden on uneven ground or when they travelling over sharp objects on pavements and roads. The vacuum sealed tyre combines the best of both superior riding comfort and puncture-protection.
When you have a straight stretch unfolding in front of you and you want to admire the city around you, automatic cruise control is just epic.
The basis of the Model-T electric scooter design is your comfort. After five seconds at constant speed, the Model-T transitions into cruise control, gliding you effortlessly to your location.
Our 700W (restricted to 350W) motor provides more than enough power for getting you around locally. The wattage of the motor gives you the torque you need for the daily, inner-city commute.
Torque is the force that causes the rotation of the motor. The more torque a mechanical item delivers, the more force there is in its propulsion. A 350-watt motor delivers more than enough torque for easy, carefree city commuting at legal speeds of 25km per hour with the ability to climb 17 degree hills.
Foldable & lightweight
In order to utilise an electric scooter for commuting, it must tick a lot of boxes. It needs to be reliable and high-performing. And when the dash on the tube or overland is unavoidable, you need a scooter that is easy and quick to fold, and lightweight to carry. The Model-T is made from aircraft grade aluminium which means it won’t rust or break easily, yet it’s super-light-weight.
Pre-order your Elka Model-T today
We’re driving an inner-city commuting revolution. The daily commute can’t stay as the stressful, expensive, polluting activity that it is. The electric scooter is revolutionising the commute in cities across the globe from Australia to America and countries in-between.
But scooting to work is only as good as the electric scooter.
The Elka Model-T is the only electric scooter you’ll ever need. We’ve designed the Model-T with the commuter in mind. Durable, comfortable and fun, pre orders are now open - with the scooter shipping this summer.