KYMCO unveils ‘Ionex’ at Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2018


  1. With the architecture of the Ionex scooter, the electric scooter for the first time overcomes the compromises associated with the design of electric vehicles. The scooter is smart, thoughtful and cool.
  2. With the Ionex energy architecture, charging no longer means waiting. While charging the battery, the electric scooter always allows riders ride and take care of business.
  3. WWith the Ionex charging architecture, a full range of innovative solutions covers all private and public charging scenarios. Every morning riders start with a full charge. Shared outlets and public charging lockers are everywhere. The maximum range is 200 km with additional batteries added.
  4. WWith the Ionex public charging infrastructure, policymakers have an economically feasible plan to implement a green revolution at the local or national level. Governments now have a comprehensive game-changing plan to go green.

“Electricity is one of the most important transformations in personal transportation,” said Allen Ko, President of KYMCO. “With Ionex, we want to make the world greener, make our cities cleaner and make electricity a practical reality for consumers around the world. KYMCO is committed to making an impact at the time of the most important transformation of recent history. “


Until today, buying an electric scooter meant accepting huge compromises. Finding a place to charge was difficult. The battery has taken up too much storage space. It was also tedious to remove, heavy to lift, and ungraceful to transport.

KYMCO is the pioneer of the industry’s first smart power bay, which makes removing the battery not only pleasant, but also pleasing to the eye. With the push of a button, the energy bay opens, bringing the battery into the perfect lift position. Cyclists graciously take out the battery with ease. When putting the battery back into the scooter, riders simply push the battery against the smart floor to open the bay door. The experience is intuitive, practical and elegant.

The Ionex battery is compact and stylish. At less than 5kg, it is easy to carry for anyone. It also has a specially designed handle, so that two batteries can be carried with one hand. Placing the battery under the floor helps the electric scooter achieve the lowest possible center of gravity. At the same time, this architecture also offers the largest storage space under the seat ever created.

With the Ionex scooter architecture, the electric scooter for the first time overcomes the compromises associated with the design of electric vehicles and becomes an object of desire.


The conventional belief is that after plug it in scooter to recharge, we must wait. Yes pulling take out the battery to recharge it, riders can’t go anywhere. Always seeking to go above and beyond, KYMCO questioned this never-questioned assumption and came up with a revolutionary electric scooter design. With this design, riders can still drive the scooter even when the battery is removed. Therefore, riders don’t have to wait fore charge the scooter.

Each KYMCO Ionex scooter has an internal battery. When riders charge their removable battery, the scooter uses the internal battery as the power source to keep running. Riders can go about their business without being tied up. Later, they can simply collect the fully charged removable battery at their convenience.

The main battery is constantly kept fully charged by the removable batteries. Ionex automatically selects the optimal battery to charge the main battery and decides on the right battery to provide power. It allows all batteries to work together seamlessly. Cyclists just ride without worrying about anything.

With the Ionex energy architecture, the electric scooter allows the rider to ride and go about his business while the battery is charging.


Range anxiety and the limited number of charging stations always appear first when people are asked about their reluctance to buy an electric scooter. This is by far the most common and legitimate reason not to go green. KYMCO Ionex finally solves this hitherto unresolved challenge thanks to an innovative charging architecture.

Effortless home charging

The house is where the riders’ journey ends each day. Once they get home, they don’t want to go anywhere. In short, the home is the best everyday charging station. Therefore, Ionex has made home charging a pleasant experience. Ionex ensures riders mornings always start with a full charge to cover the all day.

Network of charging stations

Sometimes cyclists want to recharge during the day. Ionex offers an extensive network of charging stations. At charging points, cyclists can hand in their battery to recharge it. Most charging points can fully charge a battery in less than an hour. An hour is a blink of an eye when they can go about their business without delay.

Additional battery rental

Occasionally, cyclists may need more range when traveling. Ionex offers the rental of additional batteries. When starting a long trip, riders simply rent extra batteries for the trip. Each KYMCO Ionex scooter is designed with storage under the seat that can accommodate three additional batteries. Therefore, the maximum range is an astonishing 200 km.

Socket network

To completely eliminate any range anxiety, Ionex offers the network of outlets. These are the places where cyclists can use their public outlets to recharge their battery. KYMCO designed the charger so that it is easily transportable and fits perfectly into the scooter. Wherever they go, cyclists can always count on these most widely available power sources.

Sharing economy approach

To take everything to the next level, the network of charging points, the rental of additional batteries and the network of outlets all adopt the spirit of the sharing economy. Everyone is invited to participate in this open energy network. It is also very rewarding to join. In addition to improving their public image, participating businesses can attract the right clientele to their establishment.

With the Ionex charging architecture, a full range of innovative solutions covers all private and public charging scenarios, therefore riders never worry about the range.


As the green movement gains momentum, policymakers around the world are rushing to take the lead. However, any government effort to build recharging infrastructure has so far come up against very real obstacles.

First, it has been technically impossible to install fast chargers that rival the fill time of a typical gas pump. As a result, the approach of building charging facilities that match the convenience of the gas station network has been largely abandoned.

The next attempt was to install a charger at every parking spot in a parking lot, so that vehicles could be recharged longer when parked. It also failed because it was too impractical to quickly install enough charging stations to have an impact.

Finally, in very few countries, the exchange of batteries has been attempted. Battery swapping requires each vehicle to use more than one share of the battery’s resources, which generates excessive pollution. It is therefore the least environmentally friendly approach and is also the most expensive option.

To overcome these aforementioned challenges previously faced by many decision makers, KYMCO introduces a whole new path to a comprehensive public charging infrastructure, the Ionex power station.

The Ionex Energy Station is a stand-alone station designed with multiple charging bays for Ionex batteries. It looks like any vending machine people see every day. It can be placed anywhere without a long construction which causes inconvenience to consumers.

Due to its extreme flexibility of deployment, the Ionex energy station can be quickly deployed in public places such as metro stations, car parks and tourist sites. Governments can also establish policies to encourage commercial entities, residential buildings and businesses to install their own energy stations.

Ionex energy stations can be used by employees, customers and visitors for direct charging. They can also be used by residents for overnight charging. These energy stations are available 24/7. It has the potential to be the most visible demonstration of a government’s commitment to the green movement.

Beyond recharging, Ionex energy stations also serve as the basis for supporting several battery exchange services.

First, companies can use power stations to provide various battery exchange services to their customers. While KYMCO is the primary supplier, other vehicle brands and service providers can join this business as well. Consumers will have a choice.

In addition, postal services, delivery services and logistics operators can use power stations to operate battery exchange services for their own fleet of electric vehicles. Businesses will have more reasons to go green.

With charging services, exchange services and private energy networks operating simultaneously, Ionex is the world’s first multi-function open energy platform. It is the simplest, most economical and most instantly scalable solution to enable all parties to embrace electric.

With Ionex public charging infrastructure, governments finally have a game changer to build a truly ubiquitous public energy infrastructure that transforms the entire city.

“Over the next 3 years, KYMCO plans to launch 10 electric models, establish charging networks in 20 countries and sell more than half a million electric vehicles globally,” said Allen Ko, President of KYMCO. “With KYMCO Ionex, together we are launching an open movement that celebrates one of the most important social missions of our time.”


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