American Scooter Company owner Andrew Roberts will be giving away electric-powered scooters this week at Cranberry Community Days.
Roberts, of Baden, will give away both the quirky Drill Bike, which is powered by an electrical drill, and an EMU scooter, which is similar to a Segway but with three wheels instead of two.
Both are the brainchild of Roberts and his business associate, Ian Shearer. The two British friends turned into business partners after Roberts saw an idea for the EMU two years ago and decided to modify the scooter to fit into the American lifestyle.
“We are proud to be in this area,” said Roberts, who is excited to share the scooter with the community. “This is going to be ideal for [people] to get their freedom and be able to get out and about.”
According to Roberts, one big advantage of the scooters is they’re environmentally friendly—and they don’t have the added costs of buying gasoline.
“It’s all electric," Roberts said. "It’s clean and green."
Roberts said the Drill Bike is a fun mode of transportation. The American-made bike is powered entirely by an electrical drill battery. The bike retails at $695, but does not include the drill. Although the Drill Bike weighs only 33 pounds, it has the capacity to hold 250 pounds and can reach speeds of up to 15 mph.
The company will debut a new EMU model at the festival. The silver EMU, which stands for Electric Multi-Use trike, can reach speeds of up to 14 miles mph and will be given away at the event.
The trike can travel up to 25 miles on one charge and retails for $1,495, Roberts said. He added the trike's third wheel makes it more stable than a Segway.
Roberts said the scooters are popular with the older generation living in Florida as well as with younger college crowds because students can ride them around big campuses without spending a lot on gas.
“It’s not only for the general public, but security as well,” said Roberts who has custom designed EMU trikes for mall security.
In another instance Roberts designed a scooter for a clown by covering it in fun graphics and stick-on balloons. Custom scooters cost $25 as a nominal fee and could be more depending on what additions are made. All the custom graphics are made at Speedpro Imaging in Cranberry.
American Scooter Company currently is in the works of designing more transports, including a remote-controlled skateboard, a bike without spokes and an electric all-terrain vehicle.