EICMA 2010: XOR Motors, more than meets the eye

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The XO2 Urban Transformer is an electric scooter that, as the name suggests, allows a rider to commute to a given location and then fold the vehicle up into a compact shape (much like something out of the Transformers movie) that can stored in a car or tucked neatly away into a garage.

The XO2 was part of the Green Planet display here at EICMA, an area of the show highlighting eco-friendly forms of transportation.

Echoing the fold-up scooters used by the military in World War II, the XO2 is an interesting bit of kit. It's available in three different sized electric motors that range in power from the largest that's the equivalent to a 125cc motor to the smallest that equals a low-powered 50cc engine. The middle model, the company claims, has an electric motor that puts out the equivalent of a "50cc high power" motor.

The largest bike, the XO2 8.0 reaches a claimed speed of up to 120 km/h and a range of 75 km at 90 km/h. The other two — the XO2 4.0 and the XO2 2.5 — top out at 45 km/h with a range of 100 km at 45 km/h.

A spokeswoman for the Franced-based company says it is looking for a U.S. distributor. To see more go to www.xor-motors.com.

(Is it just me or does the folded version look like what Erik Buell did to the Buell Blast?)

posted by Dennis Johnson