Hamburg-based electric mobility startup skujou has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the battery-powered scooter “skujou cruise” on Kickstarter.com. The startup wants to fill a gap in the urban mobility market with the skujou cruise.
Today many people use public transport, carsharing services or a bike to go to work every day. “The problem with cars in bigger cities is often heavy traffic and the need to find a free parking space,” says Tarek Garir, the founder of skujou. “If you take public transport you don’t have to search for a parking lot but you are pretty unflexible. Buses and trains have fixed departure times and the trip can be a pretty nerve-wrecking during peak hours when buses and trains are crowded. The fastest way to get around the city is in most cases a bike,” says Tarek. “The problem with bikes however is the fact that you spend energy that you need in the office or after work in your leisure time.”
Tarek Garir loved riding kick scooters as a kid and came up with the idea for the skujou: an electric scooter that is fast and easy to use. “With the skujou cruise there is no need to pedal.
You just step on it and turn the throttle – that’s it,” says Tarek. The brand name “skujou” is a combination of the words “scooter” and “joule”, the unit for electric energy.