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Is it a bike? A scooter? Check out the electric Chop-e (pictures)

The Chop-e, an electric two-wheeler, isn't for everyone, but it is a novel approach to transportation. Here's a look at the machine out of Estonia.

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Stephen Shankland
​The Chop-e electric bike, built by a trio of Estonians, is an elongated, low-slung machine. It's got a top speed of 35kmph and a range of 75km.
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Chop-e electric bike

The Chop-e electric bike, built by a trio of Estonians, is an elongated, low-slung machine. It's got a top speed of 35km/h (about 22mph) and a range of 75km (about 47 miles).

​The Chop-e electric bike houses its motor inside the massive rear wheel. This 60kg prototype has a steel frame, but the company plans to move to lighter aluminum.
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Chop-e battery

The Chop-e electric bike houses its battery inside the massive rear wheel.
The  prototype weighs 60kg (132 pound) due to its steel frame, but the company plans to move to lighter aluminum.

Chop-e electric bike
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Chop-e button controls

A twist throttle on the right-hand handlebar grip controls speed, but the green button sets cruise control. The red button is a horn.

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Chop-e electric bike

A Web Summit attendee tries out the Chop-e.

Chop-e electric bike
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​Chop-e's Dmitri Kovaltšuk

Chop-e co-founder Dmitri Kovaltšuk describes the vehicle to Web Summit attendees in Dublin, Ireland.

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Chop-e front-wheel motor

The Chop-e houses its electric motor in the front wheel.

Chop-e electric bike
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Chop-e electric bike

The Chop-e has a wide but squat rear wheel and no rear suspension.

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