“This” is a chassis made out of strong 11-gauge extruded aluminum rated for a 300-pound rider, though Seiden says it’ll probably hold 500 to 600 pounds (where could you find anyone that large who wanted a scooter?). The seat post, if you add one, is also mighty strong, bolted into the chassis base with four big, meaty bolts. The 48-volt lithium-ion battery goes right in the middle of the chassis base and is fully waterproof, as is the controller. There are two Bluetooth speakers so you can blast your music as you cruise, plus a USB charging port so your phone doesn’t go dead. There’s a non-glare touchscreen digital dashboard on the handlebars that gives you time, speed, distance, charge and Bluetooth-connectivity status.
The OjO is rated at 25 miles range. Top speed is 20 mph, which means you can still ride it on a bike path. It’s powered by a 500-watt gear hub motor residing in the rear wheel. The treaded tires are larger and soak up way more bumps than your typical scooter tires do. You even get disc brakes front and back.
Reviews of OJO:
They didn’t let us fly either of their airplanes (maybe next time?), but we did get to try out a couple OjOs. Onboard the OjO, we immediately got the sensation that these things were, indeed, a lot more stable than your typical Razor-type scooter. A lot of scooter stability has to do with rake and trail of the front end, i.e., how vertical the whole steering apparatus is. On a cheap scooter, the front wheel’s steering controls are almost vertical, making them what engineers call “jumpy.” Slight movements in the control handles equal big changes in steering. We noticed this in particular in the URB-E and EcoReco scooters. The OjO is a little more reclined, so it's less jumpy and more stable. It’s still not like driving your Honda Accord, but it’s comfortable enough. On OjOs without the seat, you can lean back on the skid-free, curved foot plate and do wheelies. With the seat, you’re more comfortable as you try to break the 27-mile OjO distance record or 20-mph top speed. Acceleration from the 500-watt motor was brisk; you can get out of your own way pretty quickly.
It was more fun, more powerful and more stable than any of the smaller scooters we’ve ridden lately. But we’ve also ridden electric bicycles, electric motorcycles and electric cars, and we’re wondering how many people would choose one of these over one of those. Or over a little Razor scooter that you can fold in half and stow under your bus seat. OjO thinks there will be plenty of them. We can see college students maybe enjoying one, or high-schoolers commuting to school on them, or a fleet of these things on the campus of some Silicon Valley mega-startup. Or maybe the government could buy them and invade Washington, D.C.? Who knows? They look cool enough to accomplish just about anything!