Artem M9 with Ride Assist
THERE’S A NEW ADDITION TO THE RECENT SPATE OF ELECTRIC TWOwheeler launches, with India-based Artem Energy Future announcing that they have a new scooter in development. They claim that this scooter, called the Artem M9, will be the ‘safest scooter in the world’. They make this claim because the scooter will come with cameras and a radar that will ensure 360-degree awareness up to 100 metres.
The safety tech is explained by Naveen Deepak Germanene, Co-founder & CTO of Artem, ‘Proximity warnings are relayed to the rider through a smart helmet as well as through vibration feedback on the handlebars. Emergency braking can be automatically and safely activated using Artem’s proprietary “EDB” (Electro-Dynamic Braking) technology which reverses traction force for safer stops while simultaneously being gentle on brake wear.’
Apart from the futuristic outlook on safety, the scooter will also offer a top speed of 90 km/h, a 0-50 km/h sprint in six seconds, and a range of 100 km on a full charge. To address practicality, the manufacturers also plan to include an on-board fast charger as well as swappable batteries. Further down the line, Artem also plan to introduce solar-powered battery swapping infrastructure at fuel stations and the like so that the power to charge the batteries doesn’t come from conventional charging points that are typically juiced by coal-powered plants.
All of this looks promising on paper; however, we will only be able to tell how effective the M9 is once it is production-ready and we get our hands on it.