What do you get when you mix motorcycles with origami? The answer, dear reader, is the Stilride 1.
The unique vehicle is the brainchild of Swedish startup Stilride. The company today unveiled the final design and price for the new electric vehicle, which is expected to hit the market in 2024.
For 15,000 euros, each customer receives a tailor-made motorcycle that combines looks, performance and sustainability.
To create each vehicle, Stilride uses a groundbreaking method called “industrial origami,” which uses the Japanese art of folding paper onto tin. The startup’s software first defines the geometries, which are then brought to life by industrial robots and laser cutting.
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With the Stilride 1, a single stainless steel sheet is required for the entire process. Since it is folded instead of welded, there are minimal pollutants. In order to further minimize the environmental impact, the bike is produced locally from a few parts. It’s also lightweight, which reduces energy consumption.
“It was developed for motorcycle fans as well as for design and sustainability purists.
Tue Beijer, CTO and co-founder of Stilride, wants the bike to set “a new gold standard” for electric mobility.
“The Stilride 1 is the culmination of years of ambition, passion and experimentation, distilled into a deliciously unconventional, lightweight electric motorcycle that is not just a technical feat, but a work of art,” Beijer said in a statement. “It was developed for motorcycle fans as well as for design and sustainability purists.”
But does it pass the eye test? You can see it for yourself in the gallery below:
The aesthetic modernizes the previous design, which my colleague Ioanna likened to “an origami duck.” In my eyes, the new model looks more like the steel love child of a Vespa and an electric guitar.
Regardless, looks aren’t everything on the road. In terms of specs, the Stilride 1 features an ultra-light chassis made from recycled Swedish steel, a top-of-the-line HUB motor system, a single shock absorber and multi-link rear suspension, and a braking system co-developed with ISR.
There’s also a compelling connectivity system. The motorcycle’s Electric Vehicle Control Unit (eVCU) operates various functions via the Stilcontrol app, which provides anti-theft protection, geographic positioning, service diagnostics and battery status control.
More technical details can be found in the image below:
The bikes will be built at Stilride’s pilot production facility in Stockholm.
The specs and price are certainly eye-catching – but will they convince you to spend your hard-earned cash? Let us know through the usual channels.
If you answer yes, the launch date for the Stilride 1 will be announced this summer. And If you are interested in early access, you can get more information on Stilride’s website.