Australian escooter startup, Raine Scooters, became the fastest funded electric vehicle in Kickstarter history when their crowd funding goal was achieved in under 43 minutes!
With only two days to go in their Kickstarter, they’ve amassed 390k USD of pledges, smashing the original goal of 50k USD. With a heavily discounted launch price tag of $979 USD, the Raine One takes a worthy place at the premium end of the electric scooter market.
With superior acceleration, poly-shock suspension, aircraft grade materials and safety – the Australian designed Raine One is said to be “one of the safest and smoothest” rides available on the market.
Features of the Raine One:
Front and Rear Wheel Suspension
One of the main issues with the majority of electric scooters is a hard and bumpy ride. The Raine One comes with both front and rear polyshock suspension system, ensuring the smoothest of journeys for scooter lovers.
Heated Handle Bars and Wide Deck
With heated handle bars, you can forget the gloves and still be riding during the winter months. Even the wide, tough grip scooter deck means you’ll never have to worry about losing balance.
This scooter goes the distance, covering up to 40 kilometres / 25 miles of range out of this impressive machine.
With built in GPS, you’ll be hard pressed getting lost. Riding the streets at night can be a blast too, the scooter is equipped with the latest LED technology (thanks to tech designer Marc’s expertise) which makes sure you’re always visible.
Weak muscles? Fear not, the X-system fold with carbon fibre elements makes the Raine One light and compact, conveniently folding up for easy transportation. Unlike some other scooters, the folding system does not compromise on shock absorption or structural strength – which took over 12 months to perfect!
Raine One Scooter Specifications:
50 kmh / 31 mph
40 km / 25 mile
12 kgs / 26 lbs
Front and rear full suspension sprung and poly-shock damped
Fast charging – recharge speed of less than 2 hours for a minimum of 20 km / 12.5 miles of range
High power brushless flux drive
High grip, puncture-proof all-weather tyres
Night and day LED lights
Meet Team Raine:
Raine Scooters is the brainchild of three Melbourne entrepreneurs: James Murphy, Michelle Mannering and Marc Alexander.
James and Michelle previously launched off-road electric skateboard company BajaBoards, an award-winning beast of a board.
Frustrated with the lack of quality electric scooters, they spent the last 12 months perfecting the design for their first model, the Raine One. They joined forces with experienced LiFX smart light bulbs co-founder Marc Alexander to help bring their vision to life.
To learn more about the Raine One, head over to their kickstarter campaign page.
Soooo, basically they got about 400 orders and expected to get only about 50. Worldwide, I’d say they actually under achieved. I would have been shooting for 1000. But, good for them.
This seems like a good way to start a small company. Develop a prototype and then use the pre-orders to scale up your business, knowing at least what metrics you need to break-even. Once the pre-orders are built, you can use the assembly that was set up to continue to produce, hopefully at a lower cost per unit.
Yes I like the go slow approach much more organic not like Boosted electric and their vacuum sucking VC.
Good on Raine. Hopefully they make something with a little wider foot rest, more power maybe 40 mph and a TRUE 50km range. Not just a 150 lb woman on it going 15 mph.
Better to under deliver than over promise. Also same aluminum and carbon materials with a tad bit more waterproofing against a lite rain. It is after all called Raine.