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

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - PAUL RID­DEN

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.

PHOTO: IN­DIEGOGO SCREEN GRAB

Cana­dian com­pany Day­mak has weird ideas on what a elec­tric scooter should be able to do.

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