Brand collaborations aren’t unusual within the automotive and trend worlds—and currently, we’ve been seeing extra of them in motorbikes, too. In July, 2022, it’s apparently Honda’s flip, because the OEM groups up with Japanese mega-retail large MUJI on a brand new e-bike design, the MS01. The minimalist tackle a easy e-bike showcases simplicity and performance inside a delightful, fashionable type.
For these unfamiliar, MUJI is a Japanese life-style and residential model that prides itself on minimalist, helpful designs in all the things it makes, from housewares to clothes to the MUJI Hut tiny, pre-fabbed home (no, actually). So, the data that MUJI’s artistic director, Kenya Hara, was behind the design of the MS01, just isn’t notably stunning for those who’re conversant in MUJI’s aesthetic.
To be truthful, although, it additionally matches in effectively with Honda’s present aesthetic on a few of its different electrical two-wheelers as effectively. One have a look at the Benly:e or the Gyro e: and Gyro Canopy:e exhibits you, in a visible sense, how simply the MS01 matches in with that design language.
In truth, Hara took inspiration from MUJI’s H-type bicycle, whereas Honda developed each the motor and the way in which riders would interface with the e-bike. The ensuing MS01 is made to seat only one individual, and packs a 400W electrical motor and a 48V battery inside. The battery is well detachable for charging functions, though a reasonably light-weight bike like this in all probability wouldn’t be troublesome to wheel inside for charging.
Top velocity is round 15 mph—so it truly is simply meant for native commuting. A single cost will get you round a claimed 40 miles of driving—which is fairly helpful for those who dwell near the place you’re employed, go to high school, or do errands like grocery buying. Beyond that, clearly, you’d want one thing with a bit longer vary.
It may very well be a great choice for those who’re in a scenario the place you’ll be able to divide chores amongst a number of autos, although—choosing short-range journeys on the MS01, to chop down on use of a automotive or different high-emissions car. The MS01 is available in black and white colorways, and is at present solely accessible within the Chinese market at a value of RMB 4,980 (or about $744).