Honda enters the electronic scooter market through a new subsidiary called Striemo. The startup plans to sell a stable electric three-wheeled scooter at walking speeds or speeds comparable to a bicycle.
According to Yotari Mori, CEO of the newly formed company, both the company and its first product are called Striemo, and the scooter is much more complex than the two-wheeled models it aims to replace.
“We designed the Striemo to see if we could create a vehicle that would allow everyone to walk in a natural way, just like in shoes,” Mori said. “This is a new mobility created using the know-how of ‘human research’ developed by Honda to build a motorcycle.”
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Weighing 44 pounds (20 kg), it can travel up to 18.6 miles (30 km) when charged. Its real party part is stabilization technology. Striemo claims that it is very difficult to fall off a scooter due to its ability to calculate the balance of its center of gravity up to 0.0039 inches (0.1 mm). This allows the three-wheeled microcar to be stable under the rider, no matter how fast or slow it moves.
It also simplifies the turning mechanism. To turn, riders have to bend at an angle, not like a skier on the roof. This not only allows it to be stable at high speeds, but also allows it to rotate very sharply at low speeds.
Striemo will be offered to consumers for 260,000 yen ($ 1,939 at current exchange rates). Nikkei Asia, and the company is accepting pre-orders for the sale of a limited 300 units. He plans to launch the scooter in Japan this year and introduce it in Europe in 2023. Honda is the latest automaker to join the BMW and Polestar series and offer a “micromobility solution”.