This is Motochimp, a bike that has been designed to puts fun, style and affordability on equal standing and created to give city dwellers a new perspective on transportation.
Launched at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair, the vehicle is the brainchild of Singaporean electrics firm, Vanda Electrics, the same company behind the upcoming new Dendrobium electric supercar.
Motochimp is capable of being fast charged from any regular AC power plug under an hour, giving a round trip of 60km.
Motochimp's main body structure is fashioned out of extruded aluminum alloy (6061) for a smooth texture and clean finish. It comes in a choice of red, blue or yellow.
Each Motochimp is compact measuring just over a metre long. A small wheelbase of 750mm, allows the rider to steer around crowds and busy walkways.
Power comes from a 48V 350W electric rear hub motor, which accelerates the Motochimp to reach cruising speeds of 30kmh. Energy is stored by a lithium-ion battery with a charge time of 60mins from a standard home socket. This fast-charging cycle is designed to fit into busy urban schedules, such as being capable of charging fully in a lunch hour. Charging comes via a standard AC power plug that fits under the rider's seat.
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."