Things just got weird with the new Motochimp electric bike

Published: 07 November 2016

Singapore Company Vanda Electrics have just dropped this little oddity on the world at the International Industrial Design Fair, held at Shenzhen in China. Called the Motochimp, it’s a small electric bike that Vanda are claiming is “set to change urban mobility forever”. 

Okay, so maybe that claim seems a little far-fetched but the Motochimp does boast some nifty features that could be useful to the everyday commuter in the city. The main being its short charging time, which Vanda are claiming takes only 60 minutes to fast charge from an AC plug with a range of around 40 miles.

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The Motochimp measures just over a metre in length and has a small 750mm wheelbase that should make it feel pretty nimble and its fast charging time means that it will be easy to prepare for those who might frequently travel through the city.

It won’t be fast though, the 48-volt motor giving it a peak of 20mph – but that should suffice for cutting through static or crawling dense city traffic. 

As modes of transport go though it could offer a cheap alternative to regular modes of transport and is designed to be eco-friendly with zero-emissions. With prices starting at $2000USD it’s relatively affordable too when compared to prices of other transportation or even public transport.

The bike features keyless ignition and you can glance at the mini speedo on the handlebars to marvel at the double-digit speeds as you weave your way through London traffic. 

The Motochimp will be going on sale initially in Japan before coming over to Europe and the UK and will come in three colours; red, blue or yellow. 

Check out the Motochimp website for more.

 

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