Posted On: May 27, 2014
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Movpak is an electric skateboard-like EV that fits into a backpack, and still leaves some room for carrying stuff.

It’s the work of a Brazilian startup of the same name, and whether there’s a direct influence or not, appears to be an evolution of the same general idea that gave rise to the Olaf, the Micro Luggage, and the Fly.

However, Movpak boasts a significant benefit over the previous efforts in that this skateboard-like device has electric drive and can speed along at up to 15 mph (24 km/h) for up to 9 miles (14 km) before needing a recharge – which itself takes a couple of hours. Movpak measures 60 x 30 cm (24 x 12 in), weighs 7.7 kg (17 lb), and can also be pulled along like a luggage trolley.

When in operation, the Movpak is steered like a skateboard (with the backpack sitting to the rear) and acceleration is controlled with a wireless controller that the company is still refining.

The backpack-to-electric skateboard transformation mechanism is nice and slick. One simply pulls up the backpack with a snap, releasing the board, and it’s stowed away by pushing the board back into the bag. There’s also enough room left in the backpack for a laptop and some clothes.

Brazilian-born designer Ivo Machado, who co-founded Movpak and helped design the device, said that after two years in development, a prototype has been built and Movpak will soon be launched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Early backers will be given the opportunity to grab a Movpak for US$1,190, while additional backpack covers will be available in several colors and pitched at $160 each.