The Tokyo Motorcycle Show stage was an opportunity for Kymco to present its new electric scooter. It is called iONEX and focuses on the lightness and modularity of the batteries, that are easy to replace. It will be supported by a network of stations for the rapid exchange of batteries. In addition, the Taiwanese company will present 10 electrically powered models over the next three years.
Batteries weigh 5 kg, are removable and can be recharged at home or in the office
The electric revolution is closer than we think. No day goes by without rumours about a company developing new prototypes, whether based on batteries or fuel cells.
Anticipations, nothing more. Until today, when Kymco, taking advantage of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, presented iONEX. Not just a vehicle. Rather an integrated alternative mobility project.
All revolves around a very agile scooter, ideal for urban mobility. With its style modern yet a bit retro. The IONEX is not the usual electric scooter, burdened by the weight of the battery pack.
The key is the modularity of the battery system. The scooter has an internal accumulator that provides an autonomy of 40 km. To this comes the housing for 2 more batteries in the central footboard, providing each an additional 40 km of range (for a total of 120km). Batteries weigh only 5 kg each, have a comfortable handle and can be removed for home or office charging. If necessary, two more can be rented, for which a specific housing is provided in the underseat. This brings the range to 200 km. Of course, the scooter also has an electric cable and plug, to charge batteries at any 220 volts electrical outlet.
So the idea is that of modularity and ease of battery replacement. By creating a network of charging stations where charged accumulators will always be available. And an additional network of “shared sockets”, those in which public places will make their charging areas available, or the possibility of hiring up to two batteries.
Kymco believes in this solution, so much so that Managing Director Allen Ko has announced in the next three years the launch of 10 new electric models and the installation of charging stations in 20 countries.
This project by the Taiwanese company is not a completely new concept. Renault thought about it years ago, but at the time the costs and the high weight of the batteries forced the idea to be shelved. Today the costs of batteries are falling, as is the weight. Major investments will undoubtedly be needed, but the time seems ripe for this idea of modular and rental batteries, quick change stations and shared sockets to be a winner.
As for the scooter, Kymco underlines its agility. And remember that batteries don’t take up space that is usually used for other purposes, so the under seat compartment remains very large. In addition, space normally occupied by the thermal motor and its accessories on the iONEX has been used to provide greater load capacity.
The press conference for the presentation held at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show is available at www.ionex.global
For the official video presentation click HERE.