Bear in mind the ICOMA Tatamel Bike? It was launched as a pre-production idea again in October, 2021. Now that it’s January, 2023, guess what confirmed up at this yr’s Client Electronics Present (CES) in Las Vegas? That’s proper, it’s the Tatamel Bike—and it’s now allegedly at the least a few steps nearer to manufacturing.
ICOMA can also be the recipient of a 2023 CES Innovation Award within the Automobile Tech and Superior Mobility class for its Tatamel Bike. After all, since ICOMA introduced Tatamel Bike to CES, that raised one query specifically for us: Are there any plans to supply this electrical folding bike within the U.S.?
The reply, it appears, is sure. In line with the corporate, if all goes in keeping with plan, it hopes to supply Tatamel Bike to U.S. clients beginning in April, 2023. It’s additionally at present actively in search of U.S. distributors. Pricing will begin at round $3,999, not together with supply charges—and will change based mostly on the trade fee on the time that ICOMA truly begins promoting these.
Again in 2021, after we first wrote in regards to the ICOMA Tatamel Bike idea, the corporate listed an entire lot of pre-production measurements for us to think about. On the time, we theorized that this might be a modern-day electrical reply to the cult traditional Honda Motocompo. The idea is extraordinarily related, even when the design has modernized to suit present aesthetic modes.
One factor we didn’t know in 2021 was its weight, which appeared truthful sufficient because it was nonetheless an idea at the moment. Now that it’s 2023, although, ICOMA has revealed that info: 110 kilos, or 50 kilograms. For the reason that authentic Honda Motocompo weighed about 99 kilos, the similarity turns into even clearer. On paper, at the least, the ICOMA Tatamel Bike is, for all intents and functions, a modern-day electrical Motocompo.
The measurements, each in prolonged and folded types, stay the identical as within the idea model. Tatamel Bike is categorized as a Class One Moped in keeping with Japanese licensing guidelines, which signifies that it may be ridden with a normal drivers’ license alone. Really useful load is 220 kilos, which might be an issue for bigger riders. Prime pace is just below 25 miles per hour, and estimated cruising vary on a single cost is eighteen.6 miles.
The Tatamel Bike can cost on a normal family outlet, and claimed cost time is three hours. It rolls on a 10-inch wheel within the entrance, not not like some extra typical saddle-type scooters—but it surely has a smaller 6.5-inch wheel within the again. It’s not clear whether or not any normal scooter tires will match the entrance wheel, however discovering tires for the rear wheel could be of larger concern, do you have to need or want to alter them sooner or later.
ICOMA Tatamel Bike has a 12 amp-hour battery, which explains its extraordinarily small vary.
The corporate says that it’s at present growing methods to increase capability to 29 Ah, but it surely’s unclear if or when that may occur—nor what it would price, nor the logistics of such enlargement for any early adopters who beforehand bought a Tatamel Bike previous to that improve, assuming it does grow to be a actuality.
It’s clear that ICOMA intends Tatamel Bike to be a last-mile state of affairs, appropriate for very brief, low-speed commuting wants. Though it folds up so compactly, its 110-pound weight presents sure challenges in transportation and storage.
The shape issue and vary would seemingly work nicely for those who reside in an condo and wish one thing easy to journey to your close by work or faculty, and also you don’t need to have to fret about parking while you get there. Nonetheless, you’ll want to have the ability to roll it to wherever you propose to retailer it, since you’re clearly not meant to hoist it up and carry it anyplace. Once more, this isn’t an issue with out precedent, because the Honda Motocompo solely weighs about 10 kilos much less. Nonetheless, a lot as we would adore it, that’s most likely additionally one of many causes that the Motocompo was (and stays) a cult bike.
There’s one different subject that might be a dealbreaker, although. In line with ICOMA, there is no such thing as a product guarantee for Tatamel Bike. As of January 6, 2023, its FAQ entry about warranties reads, “No product guarantee. Nonetheless, if there may be exterior injury or lacking components on the time of arrival, we’ll prepare for the components. Nonetheless, we won’t pay for the set up charge or the injury related to it. We take care in packing, however we don’t assure high quality scratches.”
For the reason that plan is for Tatamel Bike to be produced in Japan after which shipped to any nations (together with the U.S.) the place will probably be offered—and in at the least some instances, on to shoppers—that looks like a doubtlessly important drawback.