While in France, at Sophia Antipolis in Alpes-Maritimes, we were invited by XOR Motors for a visit. The start-up company was founded in 2007 by Fabrice Marion. XOR stands for “Xtraordinaires Objets sur Route” (“Xtraordinary Objects on Road” in English), and specifically it is about innovative, foldable electric scooters, which have to meet all the following criteria: they must be powerful, clean, practical, affordable – and the fun factor should also not be neglected.
A shared affection for innovative ideas (from left to right): Fabrice Marion, founder of XOR Motors, Karl Weinmeister, Nils Schneider (both iglidur® on tour) and Christophe Riandet (igus® France)
The term “clean” signifies the environmental friendliness. All the engines leaving the XOR Motors factory are exclusively electric and have a very high efficiency. About 90 percent of the energy consumed are delivered to the wheel, which is of considerable value compared to a petrol engine. In addition, 99 percent of the materials used in the scooter are recyclable, including the storage battery. The entire structure is, for example, made of aluminium. The biggest highlight, however, is: XOR Motors manufactures the first high-performance motor scooters that can be folded and thus kept very small when they are not in use.
And right here, igus® comes into action. Because, XOR Motors equips all hinge points of the folding with iglidur® plain bearings. They are inexpensive and extremely lightweight compared to conventional steel bearings, and resistant to weather because they are corrosion free. Moreover, they are self-lubricating, which offers the advantage that the customer need not worry about his plain bearings. You may say, install and forget them.
iglidur® plain bearings are installed at all hinge points of the folding. This saves weight and regular maintenance.
We are grateful to XOR Motors for the interesting time. Their passion for scooters is contagious.