An electric mini moto which is fully charged by a house plug in less than one hour could revolutionise the inner city commute.
The diminutive Motochimp is an emission-free bike capable of a top speed of more than 20mph – making it ideal for the ride to work on rush hour roads.
It has been designed to be eco-friendly, fashionable and the antidote to traditional urban transport.
To charge the bike, simply plug the adaptor into any conventional socket. Within one hour, the bike will have a range of almost 40 miles.
The Motochimp has been designed by Singaporean electrics experts, Vanda Electrics, and is being launched at this week’s Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair in China.
It is expected to arrive in the UK, Europe and USA at a later date and cost around £1,300.
Larissa Tan, Vanda Electrics CEO, said: “Motochimp is also all about accessibility.
“With a range of up to 60km from a 60min charge, and all from a standard plug socket, it won’t cost the earth to buy or run. In designing Motochimp, our original concept was inspired by a sketch from a 10-year old girl.
“Motochimp really celebrates the indie spirit of spontaneous urban mobility. It’s sustainable yet sassy, cost-effective yet cool, eco-friendly yet bursting with personality.”
The Motochimp, which is one-metre long, has an aluminium frame and is powered by a 48V, 350 watt electric rear hub motor.
Energy is stored by a lithium-ion battery with the power plug hidden under the rider’s seat.