Folding and Compact E-bike X1 EXPLORER

A new electric bike has launched via Kickstarter this week an aims to raise $60,000 over the next 30 days. Called the X1 EXPLORER, the compact folding ‘e-bike’ features an X-shaped aluminum frame and can be folded from road-ready to golf-bag travel size in just a second. The X1 EXPLORER has two battery options – the standard 8.7ah version offering up to 40km, while an option to upgrade to an 11.6ah battery will reach just under 60km. A 250w brushless rear hub motor helps the vehicle, whose drive is powered by two 10-inch wheel, reach a top speed of 30km an hour on flat ground.

Zero-Emission Motorrad Concept Link Bike BMW

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, currently taking place on the shores on Lake Como in Italy, the BMW group is presenting its vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels in the form of the BMW motorrad concept link bike. Taking influence from the BMW motorrad vision next 100, the design study sets out to unite digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels. The electic drive motorcycle concept wants to move beyond established conventions with regard to both design and technology. The special character of BMW’s concept bike becomes clear right away thanks to the completely new design language. Its low-slung, stretched body and flat seat, combined with the diagonally rising front section, create a modern yet distinctive silhouette. Clear lines, large-area surfaces and precise shapes emphasise the state-of-the-art look, with a two-tone colour design reinforcing this further. The colours are all oriented diagonally, to underline the dynamic potential of the ride. The two iconic LEC front lights, clear-cut layout and slim contours spruce up the front of the bike with a touch of futurism. Since BMW have chosen to deliberately showcase the technology used as part of the design package, the side panels don’t completely cover the side section at the rear. Instead, they stretch across the vehicles side like little wings, leaving technical elements such as the drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm and tooth belt clearly visible. “The bmw motorrad concept link stands for a new understanding of urban mobility,’ explains Edgar Heinrich , head of design of BMW motorrad. “It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation, it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device.” “The BMW motorrad concept link is not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs and the digital reality of today’s users,” adds Alexander Buckan, head of vehicle design at BMW motorrad. “The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment.” Also don’t forget to check the other BMW bike we’ve told you about some time ago – Old-Styled Extraordinary BMW R50/3 By Titan.

Urban Motorcycle Inspired By A Sketch From A 10-Year Old Girl

The time has come to “free your inner chimp” and embrace the different–say hello to the compact new electric motorbike that’s set to change urban mobility forever. This is ‘Motochimp’ by Vanda Electirc, a two-wheeled zero emission joyride that puts fun and style on equal standing and promises to give city dwellers a fresh perspective on transportation. It’s also fast-chargeable (under an hour) from any regular AC power plug, and can convey you around 60 km (37 miles) when it’s fully juiced up. The 48V 350W electric rear hub motor draws its might from a lithium-ion battery, and can comfortably accelerate the Motochimp at cruising speeds of 30 km/h (18 mph). Its design was inspired by a sketch made by a 10-year old girl, and it looks more compact than a suitcase on wheels . The main body is crafted out of aluminum, it can be configured in a variety of colors, and it has a 750mm wheelbase – making it the perfect for tight squeezes. It also features a wide array of interesting bits and bobs, including a AC power plug that fits under the seat, and a contactless digital ignition lock. Prices start from $2,000, and the contraption will go on sale first in Japan, followed by Asia, UK, and Europe.