Back in the 1980s, if you asked people what they thought the future would look like, they'd probably point to the posters for whichever dystopian, sci-fi flick was showing at the closest cinema. Flying cars, houses in the sky, that sort of thing.
Looking around us in 2021, it's safe to say that there are no flying cars and only certain parts of the "future" that people fantasized in the 1980s has come true. That said, automotive technology has moved forward in leaps and bounds. Shaped by the movement away from fossil fuels and by the success of manufacturers like Tesla, mainstream car brands are constantly innovating and refining their own versions of hybrid and electric vehicles.
If you're familiar with us, you'll know that we love grease, oil and petrol, especially when all three come together to keep our beloved motorcycles running. At the same time, we can't ignore the future. If a brand like Harley-Davidson can create the LiveWire, it's high time we take a look at what the future looks like for us too...
While it's not a motorcycle, the XEV YoYo fits the bill perfectly in that it provides affordable, reliable transportation without emitting a single fume. No, it's not fast enough to keep up with fast-lane traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road, but sometimes commuting is about more than just that.
What makes the YoYo really fascinating is the numbers associated with it. It has 57 total moving parts, as compared to an average car's 3,000!
Need to travel 100 km? It costs an astronomical ... Dhs 3! In direct comparison, a single liter of Super 98 costs Dhs 2.80.
It does have limitations, like most experimental projects, but those can be overcome with a little planning. Most importantly, it got us thinking about what the future holds and whether there's a place for the XEV YoYo in it. Honestly, that future isn't a bad place to be in our eyes...
The YoYo will be at Cafe Rider till Thursday evening (November 18th). If you have any questions, please scan the QR code on the car, or don't hesitate to ask our staff who will be happy to put you in touch with the team at XEV Middle East.
P.S. If anyone at Harley-Davidson is reading this, we'd love to borrow a LiveWire for a little bit!