Return of the monkey-bike – it’s the Motochimp

  • Compact and cool new electric bike
  • Fast-charged in 60 minutes for 60km range
  • Motochimp will be priced from $2000
CIGARETTE LIGHTER ON WHEELS: The latest idea for easy urban personal transport. Image: Supplied
CIGARETTE LIGHTER ON WHEELS: The latest idea for easy urban personal transport – the Motochimp. Image: Supplied

SINGAPORE, Malaysia – Here comes a compact new electric motorbike which, its designer says, will change urban mobility for ever. Let’s start with its dollar price – the equivalent (Nov 9 2016) of R26 800.

“The Motochimp is a two-wheeled, zero-emissions, machine that,” its maker says, “promises city folk a new perspective on transportation.”

CIGARETTE LIGHTER ON WHEELS: The latest idea for easy urban personal transport. Image: Supplied
YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU: Park it anywhere, take it in the lift to your office. Image: Supplied

The latest in monkey-bikes was launched at the November 2016 Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair and created by Singaporean electrics experts Vanda Electrics.

ALUMINIUM CONSTRUCTION

The company says the scoot was designed to be eco-friendly – “the answer to traditional urban transport – cost-effective city mobility capable of being fast-charged from any regular AC power plug within an hour for a range of 60km”.

The main structure is extruded aluminum alloy and the scoot comes in red, blue or yellow. It’s just over a metre long, its wheelbase 750mm; it’s driven by a 48V 350W rear-hub electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and can cruise at 30km/h.

The charging cable lives under the seat and to activate the motor the rider simply holds a digital ‘key’ over the bike’s transponder. Each has a unique digital ID code.

WE LOVE THE HEADLIGHT: Everything on the Motochimp is simple and fun. Image: Supplied
WE LOVE THE HEADLIGHT: Everything on the Motochimp is simple and fun. Image: Supplied

Vanda Electrics CEO Larissa Tan told The Corner in a media release: “Motochimp really celebrates urban mobility and the idea came from a sketch by a 10-year old girl.

“It’s new face of city transport – bold, edgy, fun.”

JAPAN FIRST, THEN ALL ASIA

The Motochimp will go on sale first in Japan, then reach the rest of Asia, the UK and Europe. And remember when they were called monkey-bikes?

Price: From US$2000 – or R26 800.

More information from the manufacturer’s website

 

CIGARETTE LIGHTER ON WHEELS: The latest idea for easy urban personal transport. Image: Supplied
NO PARKING PROBLEMS: The Motochimp has to be the world’s minimalistest motor-cycle. Image: Supplied

 

 

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