fernando ponce: electricity tricycle fernando ponce: electricity tricycle
apr 10, 2011

fernando ponce: electricity tricycle

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buenos-aires based industrial designer fernando ponce’s electric bi-directional tricycle. the design is based on the frame of a classic tricycle with the middle frame replaced with a sandwich of wood panels hiding the frame and holding batteries. the bike is powered by a front wheel internal hub motor and controlled with a handle grip.

3/4 view, left side

3/4 view, right side

ponce demonstrating how the frame pivots on a single point of the rear axle.

  • Here we see why the world needs designers and engineers. Really weird construction and design. Sorry but there are so many details that visualy and technicly just don’t work out.

    Gert says:
  • for example?

    question to Gert says:
  • 1. The volumina of the body makes the vehicle look clumsy and heavy.
    2. The use of wood makes the vehicle heavy. Electric vehicles should be light. ( don’t argument with using wood because its environmental friendly)
    3. The tires are not properly fixed to the rear axes / under pressure it will very likely break.

    I could write more, but the designer should want it.

    Gert says:
  • …as a prototype it works for me… must see the concept as the main subject, aesthetics and technical/fabrication improovements will come with the time (and money or support), that’s why help, comments and opinions are wellcome!!. Great job Fernando!!

    Carlos says:
  • Nice look, the wood adds a great retro touch, seems actually pretty practical and cost-efficient (plus low embodied energy) don’t know about the bolt ends- seems risky. all in all a real eye-catcher- I’d roll it.

    Jesse says:
  • Dear Gert
    I´m Fernando. This is a prototipe and it has 1300km of test. The vehicule work´s fantastic. You can take a look in this page to get more information about the tricicle.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/ElecTriCity/127275780663679?ref=ts
    Thank you so much

    Fernando Ponce says:
  • AWESOME work!
    I love the retro look of the bike. Most electric models appear to be way to futuristic for my taste.
    Keep it up!

    Ramiro Ruda says:

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