How it all began
Dr. Ing. Sorin SIRBU created the first electric scooter in 2013. At that time, he was living in Shanghai, where he was running a successful business. The invention of the scooter occurred out of practical reasons, and Mr. Sirbu had no plans of turning the scooter into a business. He was just looking for a practical solution to get around in a crowded city like Shanghai. At first, he tried getting around with an electric bike, but he found it rather inconvenient, since it was heavy, and he wasn’t allowed with it on the subway. So, he opted for a kick scooter. Since he had to travel long distances, he considered the possibility of building an electric kick scooter. The first model, which featured a basic motor and a belt drive, only made it to the nearest restaurant before the belt drive broke. Nonetheless, the experience of driving such a small and easy to maneuver vehicle was enough to motivate Mr. Sirbu to keep on trying. Within three months he created the first usable electric scooter. It had an autonomy of 7-8 kilometers, and it was very easy to maneuver.
The revolutionary electric vehicle was a novelty at that time, and people were always stopping Mr. Sirbu on the street to ask about the scooter. It was at that time that Mr. Sirbu considered turning his invention into a business, a business which he hoped would forever change the way people get around in urban environments. Given the fact that the kick scooter was considered a toy for kids, the electric scooter wasn’t successful from the start. However, it was enough for people to give it a try to convince themselves of the utility of such a vehicle, not to mention the enjoyment that comes with riding it.
How we built a new era in urban mobility
Each year brought on new challenges, but each challenge meant a new improvement. The E-TWOW scooter was the first scooter to integrate a kinetic energy recovery system, which was only used for race cars at that time. It’s lightweight and the 3-point folding system, made it one of the most convenient personal transportation vehicles, as it could be carried and stored with ease. The initial design suffered little changes in time, as from the very beginning, the scooter was designed for optimal stability and maneuverability. Nonetheless, newer generations featured major improvements in terms of ergonomics and software.
At first Mr. Sirbu, worked with different factories that produced scooter components, but shortly after, he decided that the only way to ensure the quality of the scooter, was to produce the components in his own factory. Presently, there are two business centers: the China factory and the European Administrative and Logistics Center located in Romania. The China factory produces almost 90% of the scooter’s components (from the hardware, to the software, the motors, all the plastic components, and even the batteries, which are assembled using Samsung cells).
In 2017, the E-TWOW electric portable and foldable vehicle won a gold medal for the best invention at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Over the years, several other manufacturers started producing similar vehicles, but the E-TWOW electric scooters continue to be the best choice, due to their high quality, their incredible maneuverability and overall ease of use. At the moment, the E-TWOW scooter is the only electric vehicle that can be completely functional without a battery. If you take out the battery from another electric vehicle and you accelerate, you will ruin the controller or the brakes. With the E-TWOW scooter, you can take out the battery and ride it downhill without ruining any components. Moreover, even without the battery, you will still be able to use the brakes and the lights.
From the very beginning, the E-TWOW concept was powered by innovation. The scooters integrate the latest technologies in the mechanical and electrical engineering industries. The factory is even equipped with HPRTM equipment and we are the second company in the world, after BMW, who uses this technology. Our high-pressure RTM equipment features personalized patents for mixed structures. We also continuously invest in our R&D Department where we have the best engineers from France, Germany and Romania.
Our purpose has never been to design a perfect product. Perfection is a static concept, and we strive to constantly progress and innovate. Over the years, the E-TWOW electric scooters have faced many challenges. Nonetheless, through consistent tests and studies, we have continuously improved our scooters and we have eliminated all the problems that have occurred along the way. We wish to thank our clients for the help that they provided through their constructive feedback regarding the problems that they have encountered. We have always tried to thank our clients through an adequate service and support, to make up for any inconveniences that we may have caused.
Building a sustainable future
Our vision of creating a new era in urban mobility goes hand in hand with our desire of building a sustainable future. Nowadays, more and more people choose to replace their cars with electric vehicles, and the electric scooter is one of the most environmentally-friendly solutions for urban transportation. Not only that, but since it has zero carbon emissions, our electric scooters can also be used indoors, being ideal for large covered areas such as airports or factories.