Bo’s futuristic e-scooter will gain a solar-powered charging stand in late 2023

British micro-mobility startup Bo has already recognized that its e-scooter of the future needs an equally futuristic charging station. The company today announced bo E, a parking lot that combines a small solar panel and battery so you can refresh your drive for free. Bo E is a 1.5 meter (4.9 ft) high and 0.5 meter (1.6 ft) wide dock designed to be anchored in the sunny corner of your home.

The idea is that while you work, the dock will gently absorb all available solar energy and charge its internal battery. Then, when you return home, you can plug in your Bo M scooter and let the electrons flow from one to the other overnight. Bo E also has its own 4G setup, allowing you to keep an eye on your power status when you’re not watching over the dock itself. The company says the scooter is sufficiently energy efficient that such a small charge will be enough to charge its 2kWh battery, but we’ll wait until we can test both in the real world before passing judgment.

Of course, the biggest concern you can have about leaving your $2,400 e-scooter outdoors is safety. Bo says the E sticks high-strength steel pins into the scooter’s body, making it difficult to remove easily, and anyone who tries will set off a screeching audio alarm. There’s also talk of an insurance product that could help reassure cautious buyers about the risks involved in leaving a scooter outdoors.

The Bo M is expected to reach customers from late 2022, and the Bo E has a tentative launch date of Q3 2023 in both the UK and US. There’s no word on the price, however, but you can imagine it will be of similar quality

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