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Nimbus launches 3 wheeler with a roof

Written by Theo Koenig – August 01, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The Michigan-based start-up going by the name of Nimbus has finally delivered on its promise from 2016. This week the company unveiled the Nimbus One – a three-wheeled compact electric vehicle with a roof.

With city streets now flooded with shared micromobility operators offering electric scooters and motorcycles, Nimbus has decided to carve itself out a share of the pie. Except that this company would like to offer something different – improved safety. The One, with its protective roof, cutting edge safety features and ​​tadpole tricycle design, combines the convenience and cost of a motorbike with the safety and comfort of a car.

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Although the concept of a 3 wheeler with a hard-top is not exactly a new idea (in fact the design is suspiciously similar to the Toyota i Road concept car), the Nimbus One is loaded with innovative features. Stand-out performances in the safety department have Nimbus advertising the One on its website as “allowing your mother to sleep better at night.”

The biggest advantage the One will have over an ordinary scooter is stability. But this is not because Nimbus has simply added another wheel. The company has gone further by implementing a proprietary vehicle stability technology. The key here is a revolutionary leaning mechanism implemented into the suspension of the front 2 wheels (pictured below). This keeps the One centered and balanced, even in the sharpest of turns.

Added stability is not all. Having a hard top, high-strength steel frame roof allows the company to implement an airbag into their designs. Add a seatbelt and two doors into the mix, and the danger of being thrown from the vehicle is completely eliminated. Finally, by replacing the handle bars with a steering wheel, beginners should no longer feel the fear that comes with driving a motorbike.

The last touch is much more subtle – Nimbus has decided to capitalize on today’s modern-day technologies by adding onboard cameras and sensors into the vehicle. By implementing AI technology into their detection systems, the One can sense other vehicles and anticipate and (hopefully also) prevent collisions.

Beyond safety, the One offers many useful features. By taking up roughly 25% of the space of a regular car, Nimbus hopes their users will never have to struggle with finding parking spaces. Two seats (one in the front, one in the back) with baby seat compatibility give the One a massive leg-up over traditional scooters in terms of practicability. The vehicle’s battery can be fully charged on a household outlet in just under 6 hours (or 1.2 hours on a level 2 charger). Some sources have cited the potential for removable batteries similar to what has been proposed by Gogoro, although the official company website makes no mention of this. Unlike motorbikes, riders will not have to worry about weather conditions – the One even has air-conditioning and heating systems.

Pre-orders for the One have already started, with users having the option of a one-time payment of $9,980 or $200 a month to rent with a $100 payment upfront.

Auto Trendy’s take:

It truly is nice to see some electric startups making safety one of their core principles. While it might not be as headline-grabbing as flying cars or solar panel vehicles, it is an equally viable way to enter this increasingly saturated market.

Nimbus anticipates a lot of its revenue coming from individual sales, however, the company is also well poised to make an entrance into the shared mobility market. With the potential for dangerous accidents well addressed, Nimbus also might consider vehicle sharing programs or B2B options for delivery companies.

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