Diving into the ocean is as easy as… riding a scooter. Sounds absurd, but here we are.
Another underwater electric scooter made its debut in Germany on Saturday after a lightweight, handheld e-scooter made a splash at a water tank at the CES tech show. The Amazea e-scooter from German electronics company Jamade is modeled after dolphin anatomy and made from biodegradable materials.
Those materials are printed from a large-format 3D printer to make up the scooter's main body and some front parts, so about 75 percent is printed materials. The two 3.1 KW engines and lithium-ion battery are sadly not printable. But the power system lets the scooter reach up to 12 mph when submerged and nearly 19 mph when gliding on the water. The battery lasts up to an hour, depending how hard you drive it.
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The Amazea can drop down to about 60 feet, so not super deep but deeper than on your own. A screen just below where you hold on tells you all the pertinent information about your ride. The device is app-connected so you can know where the scooter is if it gets away from you.
The device looks rather chunky compared to other underwater electric scooters with minimalist designs, and at 55 pounds (without the battery) it's a beast compared to 4- and 5-pound electric scooters. But that dolphin-inspired design is supposed to make for faster moves and easy handling.
The company didn't share pricing information, but if you want one you have to go through a partner seller. (The website is in German, btw.)