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CES: Goodbye wheelchair, hello WHILL

January 9th, 2018
WHILL is launching its new Model Ci, an intelligent, personal electric vehicle (PEV) that has the power to eliminate the feeling of self-consciousness reflected in antiquated scooters and wheelchairs.
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The Model Ci combines a sleek, fashionable design with advanced driving features such as a joystick for precise maneuverability inside and patented front omni-wheels with two powerful motors to glide through rough undulating city streets as well as off-road terrain without hesitation. Model Ci also disassembles into three components so that it can be transported easily. WHILL built the Model Ci Personal EV for those who are active, social and crave adventure.

Stocked with the latest wireless technologies, the Model Ci incorporates app-enabled driving for greater independence, multiple driving modes to match a driver’s riding style and comfort zone, and a digital battery charge indictor to stem range anxiety, all enabled via Bluetooth. Leveraging mobile broadband and GPS, the Model Ci provides predictive product maintenance information as well as remote customer support.

“With its modern design, the Model Ci challenges today’s conventions with a product that, due to its futuristic appeal, eliminates the stigma and adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices,” says Satoshi Sugie, CEO of WHILL and former Nissan designer. “The result is not just freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter.”
Model Ci boasts a 10 mile range from its lithium-ion battery and has a top speed of 5mph. The Model Ci is highly versatile with power to climb hills and conquer rugged terrains yet extremely agile indoors to maneuver through tight doorways and confined areas. Consumers no longer need two devices, one for indoors and another one for outdoors; the Model Ci masters all environments beautifully.

WHILL’s design and engineering team includes automotive, electronics and mobility engineers who are focused on redefining the concept of personal mobility for those who have difficulty walking.

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