Today, UK micromobility startup bo announces its first product, the bo M. bo M is a radical rethink and total redesign of the e-scooter, introducing the single biggest innovation leap in scooter technology: Safesteer™.
With electric scooters traditionally seen as unsafe and unreliable, bo exists to set new standards in safety, comfort and design. bo M is the world’s first electric scooter focused on empowering people to transition out from their cars.
“We spent 3 years developing the bo M for everyone who can see the potential of the e-scooter, but who finds today’s scooters too unsafe, impractical for daily use, or simply not well designed” says Oscar Morgan, bo CEO. “Our mission has been to develop game-changing features and safety enhancements such as Safesteer, whilst using our experience in automotive design to build a scooter people feel proud to own and ride.
Grounded in safety, bo M features Safesteer™ riding stabilisation alongside the 360 degree Light Halo system. For unrivalled comfort the bo M uses Airdeck and refined vehicle geometry with a generous wheelbase, optimised steerer angle and wide handlebars. Finally, challenging traditional scooter design, the unique bo Monocurve chassis and seamless feature integration combine to deliver an exceptional commuting experience.
The new safety standard | SafesteerTM
A world first in electric scooters, bo is introducing active riding stabilisation with SafesteerTM technology, setting the benchmark for control and confidence.
The technology stabilises and smoothes the steering across bumps, dips and potholes to keep the rider in perfect control.
This fundamental shift in vehicle dynamics means the single greatest concern of new and experienced e-scooter riders is eliminated.
Light Signature | 360 Light Halo
360 degree Light Halo and high power headlight for forward visibility
bo’s distinctive Daytime Running Light (DRL) wraps around the Monocurve chassis to create Light Halo, a world first in the sector: 360 degree light visibility. This signature design dramatically increases road presence and awareness from other road users.
Alongside Light Halo, a powerful secondary headlight illuminates the road ahead, while a wide-angle high-lumen rear light keeps you seen from behind, flashing brightly when users brake.
Comfort | Airdeck
Searching for an optimised solution to ride comfort led to bo M’s engineered elastomer Airdeck, based on the same material technology found in high performance running trainers. The lightweight deck panel is tuned to remove road vibrations – removing the need for complex and ineffective suspension systems.
With 50km of range, all day riding comfort is the priority: Airdeck, plus wide pneumatic tyres keep the road bumps out. Additionally, the bo M geometry is optimised for stability and ergonomics, including wider handlebar at 580mm, a generous 930mm wheelbase for more standing room, and a 76 degree steering angle for naturally controlled dynamics.
Punctures are a common commuter concern, so the bo M is specified with high quality tubeless pneumatic tyres – eliminating pinch punctures and maximising grip on the road.
The shape of things to come | Monocurve chassis
Reshaping the electric scooter with bo’s unique Monocurve chassis represents a foundational shift in vehicle design and engineering – the single greatest sector advancement since electric scooters arrived in our cities.
Alongside strength and reliability, bo M’s aluminium chassis has been designed to enable every innovation, from Safesteer to Lock and Load, Light Halo to Airdeck, without adding complexity for the user.
The unbroken Monocurve chassis is the first structure in this sector designed to true automotive principles, seamlessly combining function with design
Harry Wills, bo CTO added, “Aware that to some it is controversial, we made a conscious decision to eliminate the fold, launching bo M with an unbroken Monocurve chassis.
“bo M is designed for commuters travelling home to work who value exceptional ride, safety and reliability above all else. Creating this new category, between a traditional e-scooter and an e-bike, our research discovered that the majority of people seldom or never use the fold. It represented a point of weakness, so that directed us to this final design”
Bags of potential | Lock and Load
E-scooter riders no longer have to be restricted to a backpack. The bo Monocurve chassis does not twist as you steer, keeping luggage hooked on the two secure load hooks stable and swing-free while you ride.
The hidden, built-in steel dual mount system doubles as a locking point – making it simple to secure the bo M with confidence using a standard D-lock. For full peace of mind should the owner lose sight of their bo M, the bosecure system of GPS tracking, motor locking, loud anti-tamper alarms and mobile notifications kick in.
The bo M is available for pre-order from bo.world. RRP £1,995 or £69 p/m. Shipping Spring ‘23