When does an electric scooter stop being an electric scooter? According to British manufacturer D-Fly, not even after adding four wheels, two engines and a 3.5-inch touchscreen to a carbon fiber frame.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen – if you’re looking for an all-terrain e-scooter to make viewers mistake you for Batman on the way to work, then look no further than Dragonfly.
Dubbed “the world’s first HyperScooter” by its creators, this strikingly coated e-scooter claims to be the urban mobility equivalent of a supercar, offering passengers a new way to travel around the city. But is the Dragonfly likely to enter our ranking of the best electric scooters in the world? Let’s dig into its specs to find out.
The Dragonfly’s most attractive feature is, of course, its four-wheel design. Both iterations of the e-scooter – the urban DF and the off-road DFX – come with D-Fly’s patented three-dimensional steering system, which engages all four wheels simultaneously for enhanced stability and control.
Both models sport 10-inch tires, though the amount of tread offered by each is slightly different (you’ll get slick tires on the urban Dragonfly and beefy tires on the off-road version).
This four-wheel setup is supported by double wishbone suspension (a first on the e-scooter market), fully adjustable hydraulic spring suspension, adjustable deck suspension and full axle linkage – all of which sit under the carbon fiber platform. Dragonfly’s broad-based In other words, this thing will navigate rough ground conditions – natural or otherwise – while keeping you as level as possible should you ever want to hit the dirt trails after a hard day at the office.
Under its figurative hood, Dragonfly has two 550W motors capable of delivering up to 1,650W of power to all four wheels, which D-Fly says is enough to propel it to a top speed of 40km/h. For comparison, the top three picks in our current ranking of the best electric scooters (USA) have top speeds of 18.6 mph, 20 mph and 19 mph, respectively – so the Dragonfly certainly has the pace on its side.
Unfortunately, e-scooters cannot legally exceed 20 mph in many US states (a number that drops to an even lower 12.5 mph in the UK), so the Dragonfly’s superior power credentials are likely to be superfluous for most riders. urban pilots. Still, it’s good to know that you’ll be able to hit cool top speeds with ease, or loosen up properly if you’re off-roading.
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More relevant, then, is the Dragonfly’s on-board tech suite – which, frankly, looks like it could rival some low-budget cars. Both scooter models come equipped with a 3.5-inch digital display that shows the rider their speed, travel range, light status, battery performance and mode options, while other features such as on-board driving sounds, navigation voice and electric horn are available through an attachable sound capsule accessory.
You’ll also be able to lock the Dragonfly using a four-digit pin that disables the scooter’s electronics until it re-enters – and since we’re talking urban mobility equivalent to a supercar, per the D-Fly’s description, this feature is likely to come in handy. .
So the Dragonfly is a fast, super versatile, high-tech e-scooter built to withstand all kinds of outdoor environments – but how much does it cost? Well, that’s the bad news.
Dragonfly is now available for purchase at indiegogo (opens in new tab) for £1,750 (about $1,850) or £2,100 (about $2,200), depending on which model you choose. Suffice it to say, that’s a lot of money for an e-scooter – even one that does make you look and feel like Batman.
For comparison, our current top pick for US e-scooters, the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max, retails for $999.99 (although it is currently on sale on amazon (opens in new tab) for $899.99), while our equivalent UK pick, the second-gen Pure Air Pro, is £599.00.
D-Fly can argue that since the Dragonfly sports twice as many wheels it should demand twice the price, but it remains to be seen how much of an enhanced riding experience this unique ‘HyperScooter’ design offers.