Fraunhofer Institute Shows Off 3 Wheel Electric Scooter Prototype

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Electromobile City Scooter

Germans love to get around town on their electric scooters, but many of the scooters on the market require some experience on maneuvering the two-wheel mode of transportation.  That is why Germany’s famous Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart, Germany set their sights on creating a three-wheeled scooter without sacrificing the compact design.  The Electromobile City Scooter does just that.

According to Fraunhofer, the vehicle “zooms by almost without a sound. Its driver masters tight corners first and then safely brakes to a halt. He doesn’t need to put his feet on the ground because the two rear wheels provide plenty of stability”  This three-wheeled design has your typical single wheel upfront, but has a compact rear axel to and chassis to support the two wheels in back.

One of the largest obstacles to overcome was making the scooter act like a two-wheeler when leaning into curves.  If you’ve ever driven a three or four-wheeled vehicle, you’ll know that leaning into curves really isn’t an option.  So what researchers and engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute did was have the two rear wheels suspended separately and “supported them in the frame by means of air springs”.

The Electromobile City Scooter is still being improved to make it even more comfortable, but from what’s been shown so far, the design has great potential.  It still has the look of a two-wheel scooter but retains the maneuverability and offers a sense of stability for those who don’t trust themselves on two wheels.  Check out the video of the scooter’s test drive below…

 

Sources: Fraunhofer Institute

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