Whatever you do, don’t call the Sway an electric version of the Piaggio MP3. While it’s true the Sway does have two forward wheels and one trailing behind, the similarities end there. Oh, and unlike the MP3, the Sway is still in Beta testing.
Born from the minds of yet another Silicon Valley startup, the Sway is built for city dwellers looking to simplify their daily commute. At only 35 inches wide and 60 inches long, it fits in most motorcycle parking spots.
The $7999 Sway Lithium is powered by a LiFePo4 battery pack with an 8kWh hub motor the company claims is good for a 40-mile range or 60 mph top speed. Recharge time takes “just” 3.5 hours with the on-board charger. LED lighting is featured throughout, and there’s even an optional top case available to store a helmet or groceries.
The main difference between it and the MP3, however, is the Sway requires you to use your legs to initiate a turn, rather than the more motorcycle-like countersteering method on the MP3. Also, unlike the Piaggio, you never need to place your feet on the ground at a stop.
For those considering a less expensive alternative to the Sway Lithium, the company can also produce a lead acid battery version of the Sway, which will weigh 280lbs, 60lbs more than the lithium model. Performance is also reduced on this version, with only a 20-mile range and 35 mph top speed. Both models feature disc brakes on all three wheels.
Only 300 Sways are due for an initial production run with delivery scheduled for Spring 2015. Those interested can place a refundable $100 deposit on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to visit Sway’s Facebook page for demo ride information in your area. And for other questions, visit www.swaymotorsports.com.