All-Electric Surge S32 Transforms From 3-Wheeled Rickshaw To Moped

With over 15 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one actually still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself tinkering in the garage.

The Surge S32 is an all-electric 3-wheeled rickshaw that can transform into a 2-wheeled moped in just minutes. The rickshaw body will be available in several configurations, including a backseat version for passengers, a truck-style bed, and a covered box truck. But when you don’t need those things, the moped can be released from the front of the vehicle to travel independently. Admittedly, it’s not the wildest Transformer I’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly a practical one.

Advertised as the world’s first class-changing vehicle, the Surge S32 is based on the company’s Advanced Modular Scaleable Electric Platform (AMSEP). The scooter has a 3.5 kWh battery and 6kW motor, and the rear addition has an 11kWh battery and 13kW motor, so in 3-wheeled transport mode, it’s not just relying on the power of the moped alone. That’s probably smart as far as power is concerned, especially if you plan on traveling up any incline while in 3-wheel mode.

The rickshaw’s approximate top speed is 45 km/h (28 mph), and the scooter’s is 60 km/h (37 mph). There’s no word on battery life or range, but I suspect they’ll be reasonable considering the light weight and low speeds. Do I want one? Of course I do, but mostly just so I can yell “Autobots, transform and roll out!” while detaching the scooter.

[NewAtlas via TechEBlog]