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Switch Launches All-New Electric Skateboard

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Switch has launched a new electric skateboard that comes packed with powerful electric features. This longboard makes movement through the cityscape, quick and easy.

The electric skateboard is powered by a 350W motor that can give you a max speed of 20km/hour. It’s controlled by a handheld remote control, that connects to the board by Bluetooth.

Using the remote you can choose from three speeds – low/medium/high. You can also reverse the board, accelerate, and brake. The board is also lightweight and hence, it is easy to carry around.

Once you purchase the e-skateboard, you can pick designs or re-skin the board with your custom design of choice. The custom skin is complimentary with every purchase of an e-skateboard.

The board itself is constructed with 7-layers of maple and a layer of bamboo, making it sturdy and light. At only 4.5kg, it is light enough so you can carry your board, wherever you go, be it in the back of your car, or on your daily metro commute.

A single charge has a range of up to 8km, which is plenty for last-mile connectivity. All of this is made possible with the handheld wireless remote connected to the skateboard through Bluetooth.

The Siwtch Electric Skateboard is now available at a price of AED 1399.

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Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter Review: Convenience on Two Wheels

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The Marshall MA21 electric scooter carves a niche in the electric scooter market with its focus on portability and ease of use. In this review, let’s deep dive into the MA21’s features, performance, and overall value proposition to help you decide if it’s the right electric scooter for your needs.

First Impressions
Right out of the box, the MA21 strikes you with its compact size. Weighing in at just over 8kg, it’s incredibly lightweight, thanks to its aluminium frame. This makes carrying it on public transport, storing it under your desk, or throwing it in the trunk of your car a breeze. Folding the scooter is a one-step process, making it even more convenient for on-the-go situations.

Performance
The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kg. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

The MA21 also offers a range of 12-15km, when fully charged. And it takes around 3 hours to charge the electric scooter from 0% to 100%. However, strong winds or steeper inclines can affect performance.

Ride Quality
Despite the solid 6-inch wheels, the MA21 offers a surprisingly smooth ride. The spring suspension in the front helps absorb bumps and cracks on paved surfaces. However, it’s important to manage your expectations – for rougher terrain, a scooter with pneumatic tires would be a better choice.

Safety Features
The MA21 comes equipped with a basic set of safety features. The front wheel features an electronic brake, while the rear wheel has a mechanical foot brake. These brakes provide adequate stopping power for the scooter’s speed. Headlights and a taillight ensure visibility in low-light conditions.

Verdict
The Marshall MA21 might not be the most feature-rich electric scooter on the market, but it excels in portability and ease of use. It’s a perfect choice for riders who prioritise a lightweight, convenient, and affordable way to navigate short distances in urban environments.

If you require a scooter for longer distances, or rough terrains, or crave additional features such as a display, you might want to consider alternatives that better suit your needs. However, if you’re looking for a no-frills, convenient, and fun way to get around for short commutes, leisure rides, or navigating a college campus, the Marshall MA21 is a strong contender.

Price: AED 1199

Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter AED 1199
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The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kgs. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

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Yvolution Electric Scooter Review: A Fun and Functional Ride

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The Yvolution Electric Scooter promises a fresh take on electric mobility for adults, emphasising vibrancy, safety, and a touch of nostalgia. In this review, we focus on the scooter’s design, performance, features, and overall value to help you decide if it’s the right electric steed for you.

Design and Build Quality
The YES scooter boasts a lightweight design at 15.5 kg, making it easy to manoeuvre and fold for storage or carrying on public transport. While some electric scooters prioritise a sleek, minimalist look, the YES embraces a more playful and colourful aesthetic. It comes in four options such as pink, green, black, and grey – we have reviewed the grey variant.

The scooter’s frame is made from tubular steel, ensuring durability without excessive weight. The YES features solid, 8.5-inch cream-coloured tyres for a puncture-proof ride. Standing strong beneath your feet is a well-crafted maple wood deck outfitted with grippy non-slip tape for added control.

The overall ride is very comfortable and the scooter can handle uneven terrain to a certain extent. The handlebars are positioned at a comfortable height for most riders, and the deck provides ample foot space.

The handlebar conveniently folds, allowing for a compact package that effortlessly slots into a car trunk or accompanies you on a train or bus journey. The scooter features cork grips and offers a luxurious feel while effectively dampening vibrations from the road.

The dashboard and controls are intuitively arranged and boast an elegant design. The thumb control on the right, distinguished by its black colour, serves as the throttle, while the red counterpart on the left functions as the electric brake. And to top it off, there’s even a bell included.

Performance and Range
The YES is equipped with a motor that offers three riding modes. The slowest mode reaches a pedestrian-friendly pace of 6 kmph, ideal for navigating crowded areas or alongside walkers. The mid-range mode bumps it up to a cruisier 18 kmph, suitable for leisurely rides or commuting on dedicated paths. The top speed is rated at 25 kmph aimed at recreational riding in open spaces.

You can control the speed and setting with the single-button interface in the centre of the handlebar. Once the speed is et, the scooter will remember it, even when it is turned off. However, keep in mind that the maximum rider weight capacity is 100 kg, and exceeding this limit will affect performance, especially on inclines.

The scooter’s motor is rated at 350W and it comes with a built-in Lithium Ion battery rated at 36V (7.5Ah). The scooter’s range on a single charge is around 25 kms. However, we clocked around 20 kms on a single charge, which is quite average.

Safety
The Yvolution Electric Scooter boasts two braking systems. The primary, and arguably superior, system is a straightforward friction brake, engaged by pressing down on the rear fender, similar to the brakes found on children’s scooters. The secondary brake is controlled by the left thumb switch, using electricity, albeit with slightly less efficacy compared to the rear friction brake. Both the brakes trigger a rear brake light upon activation.

The YES also features a large front headlight and five points of light in total, enhancing visibility in low-light conditions. The wider 8.5-inch tyres offer better shock absorption and stability compared to smaller wheels found on some electric scooters. However, it’s important to remember that, like any electric scooter, the YES is not invincible. Always wear a helmet and follow local regulations for safe riding.

However, one of the things sorely missing is app connectivity, which is found in many competing brands. While this might not be a dealbreaker for everyone, its presence would add a touch of convenience, especially for those using the scooter for commuting.

Who is the Yvolution Electric Scooter For?
The YES is best suited for adult riders looking for a fun and affordable way to get around for short distances. Its lightweight design, three riding modes, and focus on safety make it a good choice for leisure rides, cruising around campuses, or quick errands.

However, those seeking a high-performance scooter for long commutes or tackling hills might be disappointed by the limited range and power. Additionally, riders who crave a minimalist design or advanced features such as app connectivity may want to explore other options.

Verdict
The Yvolution Electric Scooter falls into the price bracket of AED 2499 but is currently available through many outlets at a discount ranging from 30% to 40%. This makes it a tempting option for budget-conscious riders seeking a safe and functional electric scooter for short trips. If you prioritise affordability and a playful design for casual riding, the YES could be a good fit.

Price: AED 2499

Yvolution Electric Scooter AED 2499

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The YES is equipped with a motor that offers three riding modes. The slowest mode reaches a pedestrian-friendly pace of 6 kmph, ideal for navigating crowded areas or alongside walkers. The mid-range mode bumps it up to a cruisier 18 kmph, suitable for leisurely rides or commuting on dedicated paths. The top speed is rated at 25 kmph aimed at recreational riding in open spaces.

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Polestar 3 Launches in the UAE

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Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, have announced the official launch of Polestar 3. Polestar 3 is also the brand’s first vehicle planned to be produced on two continents – marking a milestone in green mobility in the UAE and adding a luxury high-performance electric alternative to the most popular car segment in the country – SUVs.

Featuring a unique design language inspired by Polestar Precept and Scandinavian minimalism, Polestar 3 is a fully electric 5-seat luxury SUV with a power range of up to 380 kW and 910 Nm of torque. Marking Polestar’s entry into the thriving electric SUV market, Polestar 3 introduces a new aerodynamic profile with a focus on retaining SUV characteristics and features subtle yet effective aerodynamic optimisations – such as a front aero wing integrated into the bonnet, an aero wing integrated into the rear spoiler, and rear aero blades.

In the UAE, Polestar 3 prototypes were tested last year with temperatures reaching up to 50°C, aimed to fine-tune the vehicle’s climate system as a part of extreme weather tests to ensure optimal performance. The launch of Polestar 3 in the UAE is also in line with the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company’s pioneering role in developing a new sustainable mobility ecosystem that contributes to the country’s firm commitment to net-zero by 2050.

Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, said, “Polestar 3 is one of the most anticipated electric vehicles worldwide, and of course, we are thrilled to bring this car into the region. For us, this is the car that will unlock the UAE market for Polestar, as it redefines what SUVs can do in terms of performance in the electric age while enabling zero carbon emissions. It is also a strong manifestation of our commitment to continue spearheading the sustainable mobility transition of the country, and delivering the best of performance, luxury and sustainability, all at the same time. The introduction of Polestar 3 is perfectly timed, as Al-Futtaim continue to drive investments in shaping an end-to-end electric mobility ecosystem across the UAE, including our charging stations and the region’s first IMI-certified e-mobility training centre launched by us last year.”

Polestar 3 is available at launch with a dual-motor configuration with a power bias towards the rear and an optional Performance Pack for increased power and torque. It boasts a 111 kWh battery pack with a driving range of up to 610km WLTP*. Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities in the future.

Polestar 3 is equipped with central computing using the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer and carries next-generation advanced active and passive safety technology from Volvo Cars as part of its DNA. This includes the latest innovation – interior radar sensors that can detect sub-millimetre movements in the interior of the car, to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. This is also linked to the climate control system to avoid heat stroke or hypothermia. Further collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye, provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technology that integrates seamlessly thanks to the centralised computing power.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, providing an immersive in-vehicle experience. The infotainment interface is powered by Android Automotive OS and features Google built-in, an evolution of the ground-breaking system first introduced in Polestar 2. Materials used inside Polestar 3 have been selected for their sustainability credentials while raising premium aesthetics and luxury tactility. These include bio-attributed MicroTech, animal welfare-certified leather from Bridge of Weir, and fully traceable wool upholsteries.

Standard equipment includes air suspension, a panoramic glass roof, all-LED lighting, retractable door handles, and 21-inch alloy wheels. Optional packs, such as the Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar and the Performance Pack, offer additional capabilities and performance enhancements. A significant aspect of the Polestar brand in the UAE is the powerful aftersales support network dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles developed by Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company. Recognising that the maintenance of green mobility vehicles needs a new kind of expertise, the company offers dedicated training on e-mobility technologies at their IMI-certified training academy.

The Polestar 3 Long-range Dual motor is now available for order, with a starting price of AED 360,000. 

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