AS PUBLIC transportation remains challenged and limited by the pandemic, more Filipinos are turning to affordable alternatives such as motorcycles, bicycles and, yes, e-scooters.
In a suddenly lucrative market, global innovation company Lenovo is bringing in its first offering for daily commuters. The M2 Electric Scooter, which measures 1115mm x 1115mm x 515mm, is positioned as “a smarter, safer, and more stylish alternative for traveling.”
Said Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan, “The M2 Electric Scooter is in line with Lenovo’s unwavering dedication to constantly innovate and challenge conventions through our products. The ongoing health crisis highlighted the need to connect and do things smartly and safely. Through the M2 Electric Scooter and our other smart devices, Lenovo continues to transform the way people live, work, and play as we reshape expectations and experiences to empower customers with smarter productivity, smarter entertainment, and smarter living for all.”
The M2 Electric Scooter is fitted with a powerful 350W motor and 7.5Ah high-capacity battery — enabling it to reach top speed of 25kph and a distance of up to 30 kilometers in one charge. Lenovo equips the M2 with “an intelligent battery management system that protects the battery against common issues facing electric vehicles: short-circuiting, overcurrent, overcharge, over-discharge, and extreme temperatures.” A cruise control function lets the rider coast with steady speed without having to constantly press the acceleration button. The M2 also has three gears, while supporting “speed shifting” among these gears. It can charge from empty to full in three to four hours — which is 30% quicker versus the competition, said Lenovo Philippines.
Affixed to the handlebar is an LED screen that displays vital information such as speed, mileage, gear used, and battery capacity. Mobile app control and Bluetooth support enable riders to connect M2 to other devices or accessories.
The e-scooter boasts a “triple-brake and triple-damping system” which promise safety and a comfortable ride. A disc and pedal brake complement an electronic brake that cuts the motor’s power to prevent accidents. Absorbing road vibrations are a hidden shock absorption system, spring shock absorption, and honeycomb tire shock absorption.
Lenovo said the M2, made of a magnesium and aluminum alloy for strength and impact resistance, “matches the premium look and enhanced durability found in Lenovo PCs.” It is dustproof and has an IP54 waterproof rating for use even during a light shower and on dusty roads. Maximum payload is 120kg (264.5lbs), and riders can negotiate up to an incline of 15 degrees.
“It’s also small enough to be parked almost anywhere. If there’s no parking space, riders can simply fold and carry the M2 Electric Scooter along with them. It’s built with a one-step folding system, allowing it to be folded quickly in three seconds,” said Lenovo Philippines in a release.
The Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter comes in white or black colors, and is priced at P19,995. For more information, visit lenovo.com/ph.