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About

CARS CAUSE PROBLEMS.

They cost a fortune to run with their diesel and petrol engines. They produce poisonous emissions and greenhouse gases and consume massive amounts of limited resources. And they make you fat.

BICYCLES ARE MUCH BETTER.

Both for you and the environment. Unfortunately, few use them for personal transport. The challenge is how to get more people to use cycles instead of cars. PODBIKE® is a human powered vehicle with electric assist that seek to mate comfort and practicality from cars with the low environmental impact and healthy life-style from cycling.

PROBLEMS TO SOLVE

Traditional bicycles have been available for over a hundred years but lack weather protection and high speed capability and offer zero crash protection. Electric assisted bicycles, or pedelecs, remove the burden from pedalling up steep hills or in strong headwind. But they do not remedy the problem of lack of weather protection, nor do they offer any crash protection. Streamlined velomobiles, cycles with a streamlined body, are much faster, have at least some weather and crash protection but lack the ‘creature comfort’ a modern car offers. The PODBIKE® from Elpedal AS is a new electric assisted velomobile constructed within a sustainable envelope with the following qualities:

  • Easy for occupants to enter and leave vehicle
  • Having lower air drag than a racing bike
  • Excellent ride comfort independent of road conditions
  • Complete weather protection including roof and windscreen
  • First class cornering stability
  • Small parking space
  • Room for bringing a child within the cabin
  • Human powered propulsion using no gears or chains
  • Subtle electric assist keeping the velomobile classified as cycle within EU
  • Improved safety compared to existing velomobiles
  • Easy to mass produce and to ship the ‘IKEA‘ way; with some easy end-user assembly required

By itself each of these targets are not something special, but the sum results in a unique vehicle, 
the PODBIKE®.

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UNIQUE SOLUTION

The PODBIKE® improve the velomobile by reducing the gap between cars and human powered vehicles while maintaining sustainability by various means:

  • Two hub motors, one in each rear wheel, is the only propulsion – no greasy chains
  • A compact generator propelled by pedals provide human power input
  • An electronic transmission complying to pan-European requirements for electric assisted cycles
  • A battery pack specially developed for electronic transmission on cycles in Nordic climate
  • Hydro-pneumatic rear suspension with optimum ride comfort
  • Seat position can be raised automatically to ease entry and exit
  • Protective zones to absorb and distribute impact energy in case of collision
  • Body in thermoplastic and frame of aluminium sandwich is strong and light and can be fully recycled
  • Vehicle can be stored on its rear end to minimize required parking space
  • Advanced electronic peripherals for increased safety and future possibilities

The focus is on practicality, safety, low maintenance and high sustainability. The motivation is the ongoing and escalating climate change primarily caused by excessive human consumption of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas. Velomobiles are the best in class personal transport based on energy consumption during production and use. It reduce the emissions from transport by a factor of ten or more compared with electric cars on renewable energy and a factor of at least forty compared with modern cars traditional and hybrid ICE cars. They also diminish noise and air pollution, remove traffic jams and require much less parking space. Electric assist velomobiles will also provide exercise.

 

PODBIKE® will be launched in Norway in 2018. A prototype will be ready Q2 2017. For further technical information, please fill in the form on our contact page to enable downloading of documents.

WHY?

The increased car usage is in conflict with necessary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Cycles could have been much better for personal transport but bicycle racing regulations has severely limited improvements, especially in aerodynamics.

WHERE?

Several improvements are needed to make velomobile good enough to be an accepted substitute for a car. Important areas include creature comfort, practicality and safety. Avoiding the need for type approval is also important. The velomobile must legally be an electric assisted cycle for market and cost reasons.

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