We previously reported how the invasion of Ukraine cast a shadow over the future of Ural Motorcycles, but what about EMGo?
"Who's that?" you might reasonably ask. It's a Ukrainian electrification technology company developing an electric motorcycle and beginning next week they plan to accept deposits.
On Tuesday, EMGo Technology is launching its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the ScrAmper, a scrambler-styled electric motorcycle. EMGo says that one of every 15 ScrAmpers built will be given to the Ukrainian military to support the effort to repel the Russian invasion.
The pre-order price is €6,300 in Europe, but it's not yet clear what the cost would be in the United States — or even if it's possible to get one shipped across the Atlantic. EMGo said they're looking into it.
The motorcycle itself looks interesting. EMGo says the motor puts out peak power of 16 kW, equal to about 21 horsepower, a range of about 100 miles and a top speed approaching 100 mph. Unlike most electric motorcycles, the ScrAmper is fitted with a four-speed gearbox. The ScrAmper also has an onboard charger and a plug for connecting to Level 2 car charging stations to make it easier to recharge away from home. The 17-inch spoked wheels with 50-50 tires are aimed at making the ScrAmper at home on both the asphalt and the dirt.
In 2022, I shouldn't have to warn you about the risk of losing money in crowdfunding campaigns, and when you add on top of that the concerns about investing in a product from a company based in a war zone, there's reason to pause, for sure. (EMGo Technology is based in Odessa but said production has been moved to Poland since the invasion.) If you're daring, or if you just want to make an expensive gesture in support of the resistance in Ukraine, here are links to the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and the company website.