After previously only being available in Japan, manufacturer Cocoa Motors have revealed that the Walkcar e-scooter is now available for purchase worldwide.

The Walkcar’s USP is pretty obvious from the first glance: namely, it’s a dinner tray with four wheels. Roughly the size and shape of a small laptop at 13 inches across, the Walkcar is designed to be as portable as possible when not in use, a flat little gadget you can tuck into a satchel or rucksack. Now it”s available for sale globally, selling from the official Cocoa Motors site at $1980/£1524.70.

Judging by the stats and info available, the Walkcar clearly has its advantages and disadvantages. For one thing, in a world where many people are still trying to adjust to the image of folks happily rolling around on techno-unicycles, seeing somebody being served up on a plain, flat surface like an appetiser at an upmarket bistro is definitely more than a little strange. 

Cocoa Motors’ logic for the minimalist appearance is that “the simple look enhances the fashionability as something to wear and carry around.” One can certainly see their point, as owners won’t have to drag around a tangle of tarmac-stained tires and carbon fibre, instead slotting a sheathe of plastic into their bag as they would a work binder. But while it looks better to carry, it does look slightly strange when being used, lacking the dynamic element that makes vehicles look like… well, vehicles. But beyond that, the official stats for the Walkcar are as follows:

  • 2.9kg weight
  • 13 inches wide
  • 74mm high
  • 16kmh max speed
  • Capable of handling 10 degree inclines
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • 3 functionality modes
  • 5–7km distance per charge
  • 60 minute recharge time

They’re fairly unremarkable numbers, though they clearly fit with what Cocoa are going for: a city-specific escooter built for the average commuter, something that can be recharged at work, will comfortably handle the journey either way, and can be handled with the maximum of ease – and that may end up being enough. With certain exceptions, escooters are clearly more at home in metropolitan areas than in the wild, and the Walkcar is the logical endpoint of that thinking: a hybrid of MacBook, bathroom tile and skateboard that’ll get you through the city centre, and comfortably wait inside a magazine rack until it’s time to go home. There are certainly worse business strategies.