Youngsters may go ape over compact motorbike

Motochimp design reportedly inspired by design from 10-year-old girl

Published: November 7, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 11, 2016, 6:06 AM



Urban transportation continues to evolve, especially in light of the latest miniature scooter called Motochimp, introduced at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair in China.

If that sounds like something that belongs in a circus, you only have to look at the cool and trendy design to think that’s probably where it got its inspiration, and the company press release actually urges potential buyers to free their inner chimps.

“In designing Motochimp, our original concept was inspired by a sketch from a 10-year old girl,” said Larissa Tan, CEO of Vanda Electrics (the people behind the coming Dendrobium electric supercar). “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. 

The compact zero-emissions motorbike (it stretches just a metre long, with a 750-mm wheelbase) can charge its lithium-ion batteries in as little as 60 minutes (from a standard electric plug using the plug that is stored under the seat) to offer a range of as much as 60 km. The 350W motor can take the bike to sustained speeds of 30 km/h (readable on a speedometer mounted next to the throttle).

Motochimp is available in three colours

“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,” said Tan. “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.”

The structure is aluminum alloy, and offers up blue, red or yellow as its primary colours (the rest, says the company, is entirely up to the individual). Starting is as easy as swiping a keyless fob over an on-board transponder (using the latest technology to make the pairing unique to each Motochimp).

“Motochimp really celebrates the indie spirit of spontaneous urban mobility,” concludes Tan. “It’s sustainable yet sassy, cost-effective yet cool, eco-friendly yet bursting with personality.

Motochimp will go on sale in Japan first, with the rest of Asia to follow, then the UK and the rest of Europe. Prices start at the equivalent of $2,675 Canadian.