With the help of imaginative design, EV technology should allow established form factors to evolve. Take the motorcycle, which since its inception has been built around the motor. But this P2 electric motorcycle, with batteries at the bottom of the frame and an electric motor within the rear wheel, is built around a large cavity.
Developed by startup Ponie, the P2 is targeting last-mile delivery in urban areas. (Fun fact: Ponie co-founder Netzah Sadeh conceived of the P2 as an Industrial Design student back in 2007.) The cavity beneath the rider can hold 115 liters (roughly 4 cubic feet) while another 300 liters (10.6 cubic feet) can be stacked on the rear platform. While that can't compete with American UPS trucks, which have capacities ranging from hundreds to thousands of cubic feet, the P2 makes more sense in Europe, where conventional vehicles are increasingly being banned from city centers.
Utilitarian looks aside, Sadeh hasn't forgotten his ID roots, and has included some basic niceties for the rider: There's a lockable glove box with a USB port, and a 7" display fore of the handlebars is Apple-CarPlay-ready.
The P2's range is 150km (93 miles) provided you keep it at 35 km/h (22 mph). It has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph), and can carry a maximum weight of 200kg (441 lbs) counting the rider.
At press time no price nor release date had been announced.
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