With a face of an angry bird and the weight of a feather, this may be the future of human […]
With a face of an angry bird and the weight of a feather, this may be the future of human transportation. PodRide is a four-wheeled bicycle with full body, giving a dry and safe ride in all kinds of weather. Run the electric motor and just cruise around or turn it off and exercise, bike to work all winter, park free in the city center, skip the traffic jams, use both roads and bike paths. There’s no uncomfortable saddle, no driver’s license needed, it’s cheap to maintain and great for the environment.
Swedish design engineer Mikael Kjellman names many reasons why his decidedly car-like PodRide should come to mass production. PodRide is a velomobile that is meant to be a practical everyday vehicle. It has approximately the same sitting position and seat height as a small car, allowing easy access and good visibility in traffic. Its four wheels are narrow enough for bicycle paths but are still stable in the curves.
Rider’s pedaling power is a 250-watt crankshaft-mounted motor, taking the PodRide to an electronically limited top speed of 25 km/h. One charge of the onboard battery pack should be good for a motor-assisted range of about 60 km. Other features include a full LED lighting system, 14-speed hub transmission, air-sprung suspension, rear cargo compartment, interior defogging fan, and a manually operated windshield wiper. The electric motor and the battery are the same as on an electric bike so it is legally a normal pedal cycle and may therefore be operated on bicycle paths and without a license.
Kjellman’s assessment is that with a large-scale production the price would be 2 – 3000 euro. If there are more people interested, it would be a reason to start building the first series.