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.

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  • Turning the idea of city transportation on its head, Motochimp is a compact and cool new electric motorbike
  • Celebrating the indie spirit of spontaneous urban mobility, Motochimp is packed full of personality and fun
  • Perfect for zipping around the mega-city in style, Motochimp can be fast charged in as little as 60mins giving a range of up to 60km
  • Launched at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair this week, Motochimp goes on sale first in Japan, with Asia, UK and Europe to follow
  • Designed by Singapore’s Vanda Electrics, the same company behind the upcoming Dendrobium electric supercar, Motochimp will be priced from USD 2,000
  • More information at http://motochimp.com

Singapore, 7th November 2016     

The time has come to free your inner chimp and embrace the different – say hello to the cool, compact new electric motorbike that’s set to change urban mobility forever.

This is Motochimp, a two-wheeled zero emission joyride that puts fun, style and affordability on equal standing and promises to give city dwellers a completely new perspective on transportation.

Launched this week at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair, the revolutionary Motochimp is the brainchild of Singaporean electrics experts, Vanda Electrics, the same company behind the upcoming new Dendrobium electric supercar (http://dendrobiummotors.com).

Designed from the outset to be eco-friendly, fashionable and the antidote to traditional urban transport, Motochimp offers cost-effective city mobility, capable of being fast charged from any regular AC power plug under an hour, giving you a worry-free round trip of 60km.

Motochimp’s body is sassy yet classy – and it’s as durable as it is stylish. Its main structure is solidly fashioned out of extruded aluminum alloy (6061) for a smooth texture and clean finish that feels as good as it looks. Choose from red, blue or yellow and then let your imagination run wild by customizing to your heart’s content.

With Motochimp, small is most definitely beautiful. Each Motochimp is very compact measuring just over a metre long. A small wheelbase of 750mm, allows the rider to safely steer around crowds and busy walkways.

Power comes from a 48V 350W electric rear hub motor, which accelerates the Motochimp to comfortably reach cruising speeds of 30kmh. Energy is stored by a lithium-ion battery with a charge time of just 60mins from a standard home socket. This fast-charging cycle means that Motochimp easily fits into busy urban schedules, capable of charging fully in a lunch hour, ever-ready for fast and frequent travel.

Motochimp is full of surprising and delightful features too. There’s no bulky charging cable, for instance, just a fuss-free standard AC power plug that fits snuggly under the rider’s seat.

And when it comes to starting Motochimp, out goes the traditional key, replaced by a contactless digital ignition lock. Using RFID technology, owners simply hover their digital ‘key’ over the transponder. Each pair has a unique digital ID code ensuring the Motochimp responds only to the owner.

Finally, keeping an eye on your speed at a glance is easy thanks to a mini speedometer located on the handlebars next to the throttle, featuring a bright and easy-to-read display interface.

Motochimp goes on sale first in Japan. Entry into other parts of Asia, UK, and Europe is also planned. Prices will start from USD 2,000.

Vanda Electrics CEO Larissa Tan, explained: “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.

“In designing Motochimp, our original concept was inspired by a sketch from a 10-year old girl. When you’re on the Motochimp, you put enchantment back into everyday life, you see fun and wonder through the eyes of a child. We’ve really let our imaginations run free and we’re very proud of the results.  

“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. At Vanda Electrics, we want to revolutionise electric transport on a global scale – and Motochimp is key to that, it’s the new face of city transport – bold, edgy, fun.”