When less is indeed more, the Motochimp can cover 37 miles (60 kilometers) after charging it for an hour.
The adorable Motochimp is the latest two-wheeled electric solution to fight the crowded city traffic with a cutesy motorbike just 42.3 inches (1076 mm) long and 24 inches (614 mm) wide, thus making it easy to maneuver on streets jam-packed with cars. It’s only 41.8 inches (1063 mm) tall and has a wheelbase of 750 mm (29.5 inches), so it’s very compact size means you’ll be able to take it just about everywhere.
The lithium-ion battery should have enough energy to last for a full day’s use since the Motochimp is rated at 37 miles (60 kilometers) of range. Once the battery is depleted, a full charge takes only an hour from a regular household socket, so you can easily recharge it during the lunch hour. The cable won’t be much of a hassle at all since it’s going to be stored underneath the seat when not in use.
Starting the electric motorbike isn’t done by using a conventional key as instead the Motochimp has been fitted with radio-frequency identification technology. RFID refers to the use of electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. In this particular case, it enables contactless digital ignition by using a so-called “m-lock” master key that can learn up to five keys. For security reasons, each key-transponder pair will have a unique digital ID code, so you won’t have to worry about someone else stealing the pint-sized motorized bike by using a different digital key.
Its main structure is made from a combination of stainless steel and aluminum with a smooth texture to give it a sleeker finish available in red, yellow, or blue and with a ton of customization options.
Power is provided by a 48V 350W electric rear hub motor granting the Motochimp with a maximum speed of 18 mph (30 kph), which should suffice in most cases. Speaking of velocity, installed on the handlebars next to the throttle is a tiny speedometer to inform the rider about how fast he’s going.
Introduced this week at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair, the Motochimp will cost $2,000 and is scheduled to go on sale first in Japan and then will head to Asia, U.K., and Europe as well.