A scooter to pop wheelies on
Canadian-built Chameleon’s 500 W brushless motor is said to give it a top speed of 62 km/h
TORONTO-based Daymak has been in the e-bike business since 2002 and their latest creation combines their best innovations in the Chameleon, a 90 kg smart electric scooter with pedals.
An entry-level 84 Volt, 12 Ah battery pack gives up to 60 km of range and recharges in eight hours. An 84 Volt, 24 Ah battery pack boosts the range to 120 km.
The pedals turn the smart scooter into a power-assisted bicycle, which can be used on most of Canada and America’s roads without insurance or a licence so long as they have a smaller than 500 Watt motor.
The Chameleon’s 500 W brushless motor is said to give it a top speed of 62 km/h, though that’s set to a more city regulation-friendly 45 km/h by default.
It starts with a key and standard features include a built-in alarm, digital speedometer, 16inch tyres, hydraulic disc brakes, headlights, rear brake lights and turn indicators and a double kickstand. The Deluxe and Ultimate editions come with a rearmounted storage box fitted with 15 W PV panels and programmable RGB LED light strips.
As the Chameleon trundles around the streets or stands and bakes in the sun, the panels will trickle charge the battery for up to 9 km of extra range per day, according to Daymak.
The company is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. A Standard model is currently listed at a $599 (R8 420) pledge level, which doesn’t include shipping costs but does represent a substantial saving on the expected regular price of $1 999. The Chameleon Deluxe is pitched at $699, while the Ultimate model is up for $1 699, representing a 70% and 50% discount, respectively, on the post-campaign price.
If all goes to plan, delivery of the first Chameleon e-bikes is expected to start in February 2016.
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