Taiwanese motorcycle manufacturer, Kymco, is launching a budget electric moped. It’s being reported that the Like 125 EV will cost an eye-catchingly affordable €1,200. It will feature an internal as well as removable batteries.
We tend to think that a removable battery is a pretty handy thing to have on an electric moped as most owners don’t currently have easy access to charge points.
Ride Apart reports that the 3.2kW Like 125 EV has two. They’re not big though – just 650Wh each.
They are however supplemented by a 550Wh internal battery. The moped draws power from the removable batteries first with the internal battery serving almost as a back-up.
Kymco says the 27L storage compartment under the seat is also big enough to stash three further batteries.
There’d be a lot of chopping and changing involved, but all of these batteries combined would give the rider about 200km of range.
That’s not really the point of the bike though. With a price tag equivalent to a budget e-bike, affordability is the order of the day and in this area, it looks like the Like 125 EV will have few mainstream rivals. Even the Niu MQi+ Sport, which was previously £1,800, has gone up to £2,300 in recent times.