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Yamaha's sleek electric scooter has the sex appeal of a sports bike

The EMF meshes Yamaha design with Gogoro's swappable battery technology.

Yamaha is pitching customers the best of both worlds — style and practicality.

The recently showcased EMF scooter is the product of Yamaha’s collaboration with Taiwanese battery maker, Gogoro, and in addition to its sleek, futuristic design, offers riders swappable battery tech that maximizes range and helps guarantee you’ll never run out of juice.

While some of the specs haven’t been revealed (including top speed) the EMF appears to have some pretty stellar pep. Yamaha says the scooter will accelerate from 0 to 31 mph in about 3.5 seconds.

What will endear most people to the EMF is its design, which broaches on cyberpunk at points, incorporating a “smart LED meter” for battery and speed readouts. Plus, you’ll get a healthy dose of practicality with this built-in cupholder. Better hope your streets are properly paved.

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Unfortunately for anyone stateside or in Europe, the EMF will start as a release in Taiwan, where Gogoro, and its network of battery swapping stations, is based. That doesn’t mean you can’t hold onto hope, however. While electric mobility isn’t quite as pervasive as it is in Taiwan, U.S. demand continues to grow, so the EMF might make it to a city street near you after all.