It weighs just 18kg, but can only travel 19 miles on a full charge.
Tesla is paving the way for fully-electric vehicles that can travel hundreds of miles on a single charge. But at the other end of the scale we have Japanese company Harada Vehicle Design offering a very limited range electric bike you can fold away in seconds.
As XTech reports, Harada had the tiny bike on display at the recent 2018 Japan Camping Car Show and it’s called the Blaze Smart EV. It isn’t suitable for your daily commute, but could make all the difference when on holiday and wanting to travel around the local area.
At the heart of the Blaze Smart is an electric motor and 0.4kWh battery, which takes 3.5 hours to charge. The bike weighs just 18kg and can be folded or unfolded in just three seconds. Unfolding is a four-stage process: open lock, unfold handle, pull up seat, close lock. The range is rated at just under 19 miles (30km) on a single charge and the top speed is set at 18mph.
The bike is quite slow and very limited in range, but a fast, long-range bike is not the goal here. Harada developed the Blaze Smart EV for use on camp sites or at tourist destinations as an easy way of offering transport. The bike’s appeal to consumers will be limited further by the price, which is set at $1,535, but tourist companies would soon recoup that cost from renting them out every day.
With a larger battery and higher speed, a collapsible motorbike would certainly be appealing for local transportation. Of course, so would a full-size motorbike capable of covering hundreds of miles between charges and accelerating faster than anything on the road today. I think we’re all looking to Tesla to make that, though.