The electric car that thinks it’s a bicycle

The Tajima Motors EV Mini Sport looks like no other bicycle on the road, but the single-seat, mid-engined electric vehicle is classed as a motorised cycle in Japan because its motor is rated at 0.59kW.

Good handling, modest speed

The EV Mini Sport may look like a racing car but despite impressive handling its top speed is a modest 47mph.

A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “It’s easy to dismiss the Mini Sport as an impractical and expensive toy, but the design could be developed into a useful commuter vehicle.”

The Tajima Motors EV Mini Sport Expensive toy or future commuter?
Top speed 47mph
Range
(lead battery)
20 miles
Range
(lithium polymer battery)
60 miles
Time to fully charge 8-12 hours
Price
(incl lead battery)
approximately £18,500
Price
(incl lithium polymer battery)
approximately £20,000
The EV Mini Sport in action…

Insurance for bicycles (including electric ones)

Over 10,000 bicycles are reported stolen each month in Britain. Cycle insurance from the ETA is fully comprehensive. It includes new-for-old replacement, cover for accidental damage, third party insurance, personal accident cover and if you breakdown, they will come out and recover you and your bike. More…

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