Boxx Corp. making square splash with electric scooter
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portland-based Boxx Corp. is betting the next big thing in electric transportation will come in a square package. For more views of the Boxx scooter, click on the image.
After debuting last month at the Portland International Auto Show, Boxx Corp. is catching the attention of the tech world with a new take on electric transportation.
Founded by designer and engineer Eric Vaughn, Portland-based Boxx has developed — and thoroughly patented — a new kind of battery powered scooter that has more in common with the latest computer gadget than it does with your typical two-wheeled vehicle.
"I had some rules when I put this thing together," said Vaughn, a former Ziba Design engineer who worked with some of the region's electric vehicle and renewable energy startups before starting Boxx. "It couldn't be more complex than what it's intended to replace and it had to come out at an existing price point."
The result, after two years of development backed by private investors is what Boxx calls the 1-meter vehicle, an all-electric, all-wheel drive designed to go anywhere a moped can go but in a sturdier format. Priced at $3,995 (you can pay extra for a heated seat), it's not exactly cheap, but Vaughn claims it's the cheapest all-electric road-worthy vehicle you can buy. And unlike an electric motorcycle, you don't need a special license to ride it.
Boasting storage and comfortable ergonomics, the Boxx is computer run, weighs in at just 120 pounds and runs fluids-free. That means that the Boxx can be delivered to doorsteps like any other gadget and be stored inside. Its range is 40 to 80 miles depending on the battery (see specs here).
The components of the vehicle, all custom designed, are sourced as much as possible in the U.S., though some parts are coming from India and the United Kingdom. Vaughn expects to locate final assembly in Portland and will look for a facility to house that later this year.
Boxx Corp. is the work of Vaughn, its only full-time employee, along with about 16 other contractors working in sales, operations and engineering.
Vaughn said he worked hard to develop a company that was established out of the gate, trademarking the Boxx name and patenting the design before producing the first vehicles.
"The main thing the company is centered around is engineering," Vaughn said. "It's around craft and skill and not around words coming out of people's mouths. That's the root of boxx."
For a closer look at Boxx, click on the image above to view the gallery.
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