Toyota launches three-wheel electric scooter for walking areas
Toyota announcement an electric scooter with three wheels called C + walk which was developed in large part to help people who have difficulty walking. It is relatively lightweight, it was designed to be easy to use, and contains a surprising assortment of technological features.
When we say “scooter” we are not talking about a Piaggio Vespa; the C + walk is closer to the electric scooters cluttering the sidewalks in a growing number of cities around the world that something you would experience your best dolce vita to. Looks like it came from the set of a sci-fi movie, and the three-wheel layout allowed Toyota to create a ride platform that feels wider than that of a Lime scooter, for example. Although its proportions are unusual, the designers shaped the C + walk to occupy roughly the same space as a human.
The power of the C + walk comes from an electric motor integrated in the front wheel which draws the juice of a removable lithium-ion drums pack. It has a range of around 8.5 miles and charging the pack takes around two and a half hours. Its top speed reaches six miles per hour, although users can set a lower speed limit. It is also able to climb a six-degree slope. There are some limitations: users must be between 4’7 “and 6 ‘1“and weighs less than 220 pounds, so it is prohibited for young children, NBA players, and sumo wrestlers.
Although it is a relatively basic form of transportation, the C + walk is packed with features that the Corolla you drove to college could only dream of. It beeps if it detects an obstacle, it slows down if a collision is imminent, and it is equipped with a steering speed control function that analyzes the steering angle and reduces speed if necessary. It also has reverse gear – which your old Corolla hopefully had too.
Toyota is considering several use cases for its scooters. It is aimed at older people who have jobs that require a lot of walking, people who regularly have to walk through large facilities (like airports and factories), and those who visit a large place like a park. In the future, the company hopes that the C + walk will be certified for use on public roads where it will be useful for people who cannot walk long distances.
Dealers at Japan will start selling, renting and rental the C + walk in October 2021. Pricing starts at 341,000 Japanese yen, which is roughly $ 3,100 at the current conversion rate. At the time of writing, there is no suggestion that the three-wheeler will make it to our shores. However, in Japan the line will expand with a seated-type model that looks a lot like the electric carts you’ll find in some American grocery stores and a version that can be configured to pull a wheelchair. Both are linked to the C + walk and are in production.
If a scooter is too small, too slow, or both, Toyota’s C + family also includes an appropriately named gimbal-shaped mini-car. C + pod.
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