Monday, March 16, 2015

The Motorman

Wired reports: [edited]

Dutch designer Ronald Meijs has created the Motorman, an electric “moped” that’s become the fashionable green machine for daily commuters throughout Europe. Motormans have been spotted on the cobbled streets of Amsterdam, Ibiza, Düsseldorf, Maastricht, Zurich, and Brussels.

The drivetrain is fully electric. There’s no iPhone charger, blind spot detection sensor, or autonomous driving mode. Not even a cup holder for your macchiato.

What you will get is brilliant industrial design. Mr. Meijs has gone full retro. With its balloon tires, low-slung gas tank, oversized headlight, and spring-mounted leather seat it looks like a cross between a Schwinn cruiser and a 1915 Harley-Davidson.

Weight: 99 pounds. Range: 43 miles. Top speed: 28 mph. Charging time: 6 hours. Price: €5,750 for the base model (available in Jet Black or Ruby Red).

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