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Mini motorbike makes for a fun, fashionable and clean commute

Mini motorbike makes for a fun...
The Motochimp has an extruded aluminum alloy rectangular body unit
The Motochimp has an extruded aluminum alloy rectangular body unit
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The Motochimp has an extruded aluminum alloy rectangular body unit
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The Motochimp has an extruded aluminum alloy rectangular body unit
The wheels, footrests, seat and handlebars of the Motochimp are attached to the body unit via three wraparound mounts
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The wheels, footrests, seat and handlebars of the Motochimp are attached to the body unit via three wraparound mounts
The Motochimp is just over a meter (3.3. ft) long
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The Motochimp is just over a meter (3.3. ft) long
The Motochimp is available in red, blue or yellow
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The Motochimp is available in red, blue or yellow
The Motochimp has a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged from a wall socket in 60 minutes
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The Motochimp has a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged from a wall socket in 60 minutes
The Motochimp is charged via an AC power plug that is stored under its seat
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The Motochimp is charged via an AC power plug that is stored under its seat
The Motochimp is powered by a 48-V, 350-W electric rear hub motor
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The Motochimp is powered by a 48-V, 350-W electric rear hub motor
An RFID key fob is used to start the Motochimp with a simple tap
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An RFID key fob is used to start the Motochimp with a simple tap
The short charge time of the Motochimp means it can be juiced up multiple times during the day if need be
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The short charge time of the Motochimp means it can be juiced up multiple times during the day if need be
The Motochimp has a range of 60 km (37 mi)
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The Motochimp has a range of 60 km (37 mi)
The Motochimp has a top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph)
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The Motochimp has a top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph)
The Motochimp has a headlight for use in the dark
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The Motochimp has a headlight for use in the dark
The Motochimp is priced from US$2,000
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The Motochimp is priced from US$2,000
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Who said getting around needs to be a slog? Not Vanda Electrics, that's for sure. Fresh from unveiling plans for its country's first home-grown hypercar earlier this year, the Singaporean firm is now showing off a new mini motorbike designed for clean, cost-effective and quirky urban commuting.

The Motochimp looks unlike anything else that has gone before, having, like the Raker electric scooter, been designed to stand out. A simple extruded aluminum alloy rectangular body unit, available in blue, red or yellow, houses the bike's innards, with the wheels, footrests, seat and handlebars attached via three wraparound mounts. The whole thing is just over a meter (3.3. ft) long.

People will either love or hate how the Motochimp looks and that, no doubt, is partly why it has been designed to look like it does. That polarizing aesthetic will surely attract the hip urbanites that Vanda is targeting.

Housed within the body unit is a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 60 minutes.

The Motochimp has a headlight for use in the dark
The Motochimp has a headlight for use in the dark

The bike is charged via a standard AC power plug that is stored under the seat and, once it's fully juiced, it has a range of 60 km (37 mi). The top speed is 30 km/h (19 mph), courtesy of a 48-V, 350-W electric rear hub motor. An RFID key fob is used to start the bike with a simple tap, with a unique digital ID shared with the receiver to ensure that only the right fob will work.

The Motochimp has been launched at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair and will go on sale first in Japan, before rolling out to Asia, the UK and Europe. It is priced from US$2,000.

Source: Motochimp

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2 comments
Bob
Why is this repeatedly called a motorbike when it is an electric scooter?
Augure
Not as brilliant as the Motocompo were in the 80s