For some people – adults included – there's nothing quite as cool-looking as a chopper bicycle. The things aren't all that practical for commuting, however. Well, that's where the Chop-E comes in. It's a semi-recumbent electric scooter, modeled after the chopper bikes that would have made you the hero of the 7-11 parking lot.
Created by a group of Estonian entrepreneurs, the 6.6 ft (2 m)-long Chop-E features a 1-kW motor in its 20-inch front wheel, powered by a rear-mounted 20-Ah 48-volt battery pack consisting of 16 LiFePo4 cells. Its hard-to-miss rear wheel is made up of an 18-inch alloy rim, clad in a Pirelli Diablo motorcycle tire.
It tips the scales at about 140 lb (63.5 kg), has a claimed range of approximately 35 miles (56 km) per charge, and an adjustable top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). The rider's feet rest on pegs attached to the front axle, and it cannot be pedaled – so no, it's not really an electric bicycle, as is claimed.
Should it be to your liking, its designers are currently raising production funds on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$4,499 will currently get you one, when and if they're ready to go.
You can see the Chop-E in action, in the following video.
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