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eFOLDi was found in 2015 in the UK by Sumy Wang and her father Wang Jianmin. This is their story, as narrated by Sumi herself.
Like it is with most daughters, my dad is my hero and the greatest man I know. But, I'm not trying to boast when I say the man is a genius. In 2012, when my dad fell off the stage and became disabled, he couldn't find a mobility scooter that was safe and comfortable, but also light and easy to use everywhere.
Instead of complaining to anyone, he simply sketched up his own transport that fitted all his criteria - eFOLDi. This new mobility scooter gave him freedom, friendship and, most importantly, fun! Simply by creating a device that matched his high standards, my dad had created a breakthrough in personal travel since the dawn of e-transport.
The second chapter in this story came in 2013, when I became ill and spent the next two years in and out of hospitals. I made a decision then that would change the rest of my life. I realised that my father is getting older now and his memory is not what it was, although he still has great ideas and loves coming up with new inventions. And despite the fact he has already given the world so much, I would like the mobility scooter to be his legacy.
I decided to leave my career of 15 years behind and begin this new venture- eFOLDi. I founded SunTech UK Ltd, a specialist company that invents and designs innovative products. All created to improve convenience, efficiency, quality and enjoyment of life by enabling easy mobility. Our mission is to build an iconic brand for people with reduced mobility, symbolising freedom, friendship and fun! And who would've guessed, we not only won the prestigious title of British Invention of the Year amongst others, but also got personal endorsement from Sir Richard Branson. It has been an incredible journey and it can only get better! See our Timeline below-
Revolutionary design makes the eFOLDi Lite the lightest, most compact and easy-folding mobility scooter ever made. Weighing only 33lb (without battery), it's easily portable and can fit comfortably in a small car or on public transport. You can even lower the weight further to 26lb by removing the rear wheels.
This ultra-lightweight scooter can fold and unfold in seconds, meaning you can travel in no time. Despite the light weight, the magnesium alloy frame makes it sturdy enough to carry 120kg and will last you years when cared for properly.
eFOLDi is a company from the UK and has won the British Invention of the Year award as well as seed funding from Sir Richard Branson in 2016.
|Folded size (L/W/H):||26x22x15 inch|
|Unfolded size (L/W/H):||46x22x37 inch|
|Seat height:||20 inch|
|Footrest height:||4.7 inch|
|Front wheel:||8 inch solid|
|Rear wheel:||9 inch solid|
|Weight with battery:||38 lbs|
|Weight without battery:||33 lbs|
|Weight without battery & rear wheels:||26 lbs|
|Maximum speed:||4 mph|
|Maximum carry capacity:||265 lbs|
|Maximum Incline:||1:10 Gradient (6 degrees)|
|Turning radius:||40 inch|
|Maximum curb height:||1.5 inch|
|Motor:||180W, 24VDC Hub motor|
|Battery:||24VDC, 10Ah Lithium Ion , 240Wh|
|Maximum range:||10 miles|
|Warranty||1 year motor, frame & electronics, 6 months battery|