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If you happened to be at the International Bike Trade Show (IFMA) in Cologne, Germany last September (and who wasn't?), like many others in attendance you might have had your head turned by the ELMOTO HR-2 that you see pictured above. Combining some of the better qualities of a bicycle and an electric scooter with style, this light electric vehicle (LEV) is designed and built in Germany and we've learned that it will be hitting the European market this July. Built on an aluminum frame, the HR-2 uses 33 lb ft of torque from a brushless 1.7 kW motor to take you up to about 30 mph in a spirited fashion. It's lithium battery packs enough energy to keep you moving along for 40 miles and recharges to 80 per cent in 2 hours, all the way in 4 with an available high-performance charger.
The Marzocchi 888 suspenders up front and dual oil-spring shocks in the back should turn any rough surface into smooth sailing and help you enjoy your quiet ride. It comes equipped with an instrument panel that tracks your speed, battery capacity and remaining range to keep you informed. Buyers in Europe should be prepared to part with €3340 ($4,389) before tax and shipping. We're told that Americans who want a piece of this sweet emission-free action might have a chance at getting their own ELMOTO before Christmas though, if not, it will definitely be here by Spring 2010. Bookmark their website now and check it out again when it gets a make-over in May. Update: Video added after the break (thanks Skadamo!).