Developed by the Norwegian company Elpedal, the Podbike has pedals, but are directly connected to a generator. As the pilot pedals, the power they generate is electrically transferred to a pair of hub engines, one on each of the rear wheels. A removable battery pack adds some extra power, which enables a maximum electronically limited speed of 25 km / h (16 mph). The range of the battery is approximately 60 km (37 miles), although additional packages can be added in parallel to increase that figure. That said, adding more batteries will increase the weight, which is meant to be in the environment of 40 to 50 kg (88 to 110 lb) with a single battery. Currently, the Podbike exists as a prototype rolling chassis. The final product will also include a complete thermoplastic cover for better aerodynamics and weather protection, along with a full LED lighting system, and can accommodate an adult plus a child (or other load) on the back. It should even be possible to tilt the vehicle up on its backside, so it takes up less space when parking. Plans for the first full test units to be ready early next year, with a Norwegian launch that takes place in early 2019, and a European release planned for 2020. The price is estimated at NOK 50,000 (around of US $ 6,143) in Norway - including VAT and local sales tax, and € 4,600 ($ 5,361) plus taxes and shipping in other European markets.
Has nothing to do with a bike. Pedaling it doesn't propel it forward. Let's hope these ideas go away. . Yet more VeloEuro unobtanium. 16mph?? Huh?? Euro-wussy wagon to be owned by rich enviro extremists as a plaything ego booster conversation piece. People who own cars already so this is just more mechanical un-needed crap. This garbage litters the road and causes more greenhouse gases as cars slow down to get around them then speed up again. If your too scared to ride a bike on the road just get an electric car. Not safer than a bike. I can ride my M1 Spitzen WITH 35 mph traffic and not get in everyone's way. There's a reason these are outlawed in the US.
That is not true. Pedalling does propel it forward. And you can go faster than 16 mph - the engine will not support you above it, you will need to pedal it yourself. I think you are judging to hard without looking into these matters properly. Enjoy your M1 and have a great day.
....4 wheels? WHY? ..OOOoo ..I see ..that makes it cost more! ..so don't sell it in the USA BECAUSE OF A MUST HAVE 4TH. WHEEL! ..CEO trying to sell this but does NOT include The US Market.. PUTS BRAKES ON SALES FROM THE START ..NOT SMART! ..THE PEOPLE WANT A GOOD AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT ...GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT! ..4TH. WHEEL ...GEESH! ..WORK ON IT!!
Hi and thanks for the comment. If you would like an explanation on why a fourth wheel is desired you can read the master thesis of the founder. Search for "Velomobile redefined" and the founders name. If you want to add cost - you can look at the extras list! It is getting long by request! I look forward to the towing option and speakers!