It describes itself as the “future of urban mobility.” With a 93-mile range, and a 50 mph top speed, the futuristic-looking electric three-wheeler from Nimbus costs $10,000-ish and wants to position itself as a green alternative to cars, safer than motorcycles, and with a high degree of ease of ownership. We test-drove a prototype of the trike to get a feel for where the company is going.
The vehicle I drove was an early prototype, and it showed clear signs of that; the doors were hard to close, and the team had to “prepare the vehicle” before I was able to step into it, doing some last-minute adjustment before I took the steering wheel. And yes, despite that this is a three-wheeler that leans in the corner, it does have a steering wheel. As an experienced motorcyclist, I felt that was very odd indeed.
This prototype unit felt a little wobbly and unsteady, but I suspect that’s the teething problem of a still-in-development vehicle. The great thing is that it is fully enclosed; you have a heater, and seats, and a roof and a windshield and wipers. The number of times I’ve ridden in the rain wishing that I could just be warm and dry are innumerable, so those are huge pluses in the “pros” column. Of course, scooters with a roof have been around for a while (BMW made one back in 2000), and the Nimbus stands out by being almost perfectly incomparable with anything else on the market.