Smart motorcycle startup Evoke has grand ambitions to change the future of transportation, starting with China. Founded in 2012, the green transportation company has designed and built smart motorcycles that can go up to 81 miles per hour, powered completely by lithium-ion batteries.

CEO and co-founder, Nathan Siy, is a fourth-generation Canadian Chinese who has been in China for the past 10 years. A motorcycle fan and serial entrepreneur, he saw the gap in the market for green transportation that not only addresses the congestion problem in big cities but also environmental concerns.

“Taxis sucked. The subway at that point didn’t reach very far,” Nathan described the transport system in Beijing when he first arrived, which only had two subway lines. “So that’s why I went over to the only thing that had flexibility – a little electric scooter.”

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Linda Lew

Linda Lew is a Beijing-based journalist who covers technology, start-ups and business in China. You can reach her at lindalew at aliyun dot com.