Honda currently offers the Monpal ML200 electric cart as a town mobility option. It was designed as everyday transportation that offers seniors enhanced comfort and peace of mind. Two things I was going for in the new design were a more open feel and enhanced lightness. My ultimate goal was to create a vehicle that didn't seem too much like a vehicle. I wanted the rider to be able to go out and enjoy a very light and easygoing ride.
One advantage of an EV is its ability to move very stably at slow speeds. An electric cart leverages this advantage and lets the rider travel around town just as if he or she were enjoying an easygoing walk. For additional lightness, TOWNWALKER has an aluminum frame and a hammock-style seat. I was aiming for a design that would look light and feel light to the rider.
To further leverage the slenderness and lightness of the design, I considered how to make TOWNWALKER foldable. The steering column and seat can be folded down, making it relatively easy to load TOWNWALKER in a car and transport it. This feature increases the ways in which an electric cart can be used. Like other Honda concept models this year, the user can insert his or her smartphone, and TOWNWALKER has a solar panel to charge it.