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Japanese Startups: What Is WHILL?

Japanese Startups: What Is WHILL?

2021.08.20

In this series of articles, we are focusing on the Japanese startups that recently got in the spotlight, discussing their concepts, goals and activities. Today’s company is WHILL.


WHILL





Overview


WHILL is a Japan-based company designs and creates next generation personal mobility with unmatched design and functions.





Mission


To transform today’s antiquated power wheelchair and scooter experiences into a new kind of empowering device: an intelligent personal electric vehicle (EV).





Product


WHILL power chairs have received more awards than any other devices in their class. With their compact size, patented omni-wheels, remote app control, and advanced battery technology, our products allow you to explore the world effortlessly.


WHILL is mainly providing 3 products.



1. Model Ci




Powerful and agile, the Model Ci is exhilarating and fun to drive. Its distinctive design allows you to be you.


INDOORS

Compact Size, Tight Turning

Responsive Controls

Drive Remotely with App


OUTDOORS

Up to 5 mph, 10 Mile Range

Superb Stability & Durability

2″ Obstacle Clearance



2. Model Ci2






The Model Ci2, the NEW innovative product from WHILL that is specifically built to challenge the perception of what a mobility device can be.


INDOORS

Compact Size, Tight Turning

300 lb Weight Capacity

3 Seat Sizes (16″/18″/20″)


OUTDOORS

Up to 5 mph, 11 Mile Range

4-Wheel Independent Suspension

2″ Obstacle Clearance



3. Model A




Through ingenuity and intelligent design, we’ve created a functionally balanced personal mobility device that thrills drivers.


INDOORS

Compact Size, Tight Turning

Responsive Controls

Drive Remotely with App


OUTDOORS

Up to 5.5 mph, 12 Mile Range

AWD with Superior Traction

3″ Obstacle Clearance


 


Total Funding Amount


About $168.1M


(Source: StartupDB)






Investors (featured)



Japan: NTT Docomo Ventures, MUFG Capital, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Z Venture Capital, DG Ventures, SBI Investment


US: 500 Startups


(Source: StartupDB)





Web URL


WHILL (Corporate website)


https://whill.inc/us/



WHILL US (Youtube channel)


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqCXHR1XUVCJNKxDQZwbaQ


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