There’s no need to put a tiger in your tank with this green cruising machine.
Paul Ellis, 41, turned heads when he drove through North Laine to Brighton on a brand new Yo Cycle.
The Far Eastern device is an electric unicycle with a range of 40 km that can travel at speeds of up to 17 km / h – and Yo Cycle director Mr Ellis wants to bring it to the streets of Sussex.
He said, âI’ve been living in the Far East for a little while, saw the product and really liked what I saw.
Marketable âI think it’s a really marketable product because of its green credentials, it has a long range thanks to its mobile phone technology, and it moves about at jogging speed.
âIt’s a gyroscope design, so it works the same as a segway, except it has two pedals and it’s much easier to handle.
âTo move forward, you push down on the soles of your feet and lean back to slow down and stop.
“It takes a little while to master – but I was up and running in just three hours.”
The devices can be used legally on cycle lanes, and Ellis believes the product’s functionality outperforms current transportation options.
He added: âThere are a lot of people who use these folding bikes and they can cost between Â£ 800 and Â£ 1,000.
âThe Yo Cycle is smaller, cleaner and more compact and at a similar price.
âIt’s practical, it’s good for taking the train, getting around town, walking the dog. I use it everyday.
âSo many people are now modifying their mountain bikes and road bikes to be electric or motor assisted and it is exactly the same. ”
After just ten days of activity, 30 Yo Cycles have already been sold, priced at Â£ 835 each.
Mr Ellis added: âThe response has been very positive because I think this is a breathtaking product.
âWe have already sold a number of them and we expect sales to snowball.
âThe next thing for us is to spread the word and participate in as many festivals as possible.
âWe have been in contact with a number of pharmaceutical companies and major marketing companies, but this is still just the beginning.
âBrighton being such a green city was part of the reason we decided to try and launch it here. ”