norwegian firm elpedal reveal the latest in electric assisted automobiles – the podbike. the human powered vehicle combines elements of cycling with car design, creating a hybrid velomobile which hopes to get people out of their cars by making cycling comfortable and practical.
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the podbike combines elements of cycling with cardesign,
all images courtesy of podbike

 

 

in difference to the average electric bike, the podbike has four wheels; features two hub motors; a compact generator propelled by pedals; and is constructed within a sustainable envelope. as the rider pedals, the power they generate is electrically transferred to these motors whilst a battery pack offers additional power.
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as the rider pedals, power generated is electrically transferred to two hub motors

 

 

when completely finished, the podbike will be able to seat one adult with space in the back for a child and travel an estimated 60km on a single battery (the figure can be increased by adding more packs). it will also feature a full thermoplastic canopy and a frame of aluminium for weather protection and optimum aerodunamics.
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the body is made of thermoplastic and a frame of aluminium which can be fully recycled

 

 

whilst elpedal’s focus has lied heavily on on practicality and safety, low maintenance and high sustainability is a driving USP when compared to electric cars. velomobiles boast the least emissions from transport with regards to renewable energy, compared with modern cars, traditional and hybrid ICE cars.
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the electric assist means the velomobile is classified as a bicycle within EU

 

 

the first complete test units of the podbike will be ready early next year before an official launch taking place in norway early 2019, and a europe launch in 2020. pricing estimated at $6,143 including VAT and local sales tax, the next-gen in e-bikes is available to preorder now.

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