Revolutionizing Urban Transport

British startup Ultra Motor is bringing its two-wheel light electric vehicle to the U.S. With cities crowded and oil prices high, the time is right

Back in the Cold War 1970s, a Russian radio transmission specialist stationed in East Germany dreamed up a new, more efficient electric motor that could produce 35% more torque for the same amount of power. Vasily Shkondin's idea could have remained in obscurity behind the Iron Curtain, but today it's the centerpiece of a bold bid to reshape urban transport.

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