If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it stands to reason that whatever it is, it’s most likely a duck. It’s an old adage meant to help you remember that the simplest answer is most often the right one. In the case of Punch Moto, they took this adage as inspiration to create an electric bike, and it’s a bike that walks, quacks, and does everything else like an electric bike.
The team at Punch Moto kept the design as minimalistic as possible for the electric bike. There’s a no-nonsense, industrial sense here. You get the two wheels, the front has a forked suspension and handlebars, while the back wheel has the seat directly above it.
In the middle is an electric motor that offers up 30 horsepower, which puts this electric bike right in line with the 400 to 500cc gas bikes. The motor can propel the Punch Moto Urban Electric Bike to a top speed just under 80 miles per hour. The swappable batteries provide enough juice to power the bike for between 65 to 70 miles of range.
The main body of the Punch Urban Electric Bike looks like two round cylinders joined together. While these tubes would lead you to believe that they serve as the battery, such is not the case. They are topped off in the back by the brake and signal lights though. Instead, the batteries attach to the side of the bike.
They have a quick-release mechanism that lets you easily remove them to take them into your house or office for a quick charge (that quick-release mechanism does seem like a security risk, though, especially without any evidence of a way to lock the batteries on the bike). There’s no word on what a bike like this would cost, but with its minimal approach, perhaps that will be kept simple as well.