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Was ist ein Podbike® Velomobil?

Podbike Velomobil ist ein “Human-Powered” Fahrzeug, ein Pedalrad (Pedelec) mit elektrischer Unterstützung. Es handelt sich um ein E-Bike mit vier Rädern, das Schutz vor Witterungseinflüssen bietet. Sie müssen in die Pedale treten, um elektrische Unterstützung zu erhalten. Diese elektrische Unterstützung reicht bis zu 25 km/h. Höhere Geschwindigkeiten sind abhängig von der Tretkraft, sowie von Wind und Schwerkraft.

Bei Geschwindigkeiten über 50 km/h bremsen die Elektromotoren das Fahrzeug automatisch sanft ab. Die Maximalgeschwindigkeit liegt bei ca. 60 km/h.

Das Podbike Velomobil möchte den Komfort und die Funktionalität von Autos mit geringer Umweltbelastung und einem gesunden Lebensstil durch das Radfahren vereinen. Es wird aus leicht wiederverwendbaren Materialien hergestellt, die zusammen mit einer hohen Effizienz im Personentransport zu minimaler Umweltbelastung führen. Velomobile sind die besten Personenbeförderungsmittel ihrer Klasse, bezogen auf den Energieverbrauch während der Produktion und Nutzung. Das Podbike-Velomobil reduziert die Fahrzeugemissionen um den Faktor zehn oder mehr im Vergleich zu Elektroautos mit erneuerbarer Enegie. Und um den Faktor vierzig im Vergleich zu modernen Autos (traditionelle und Hybrid-ICE-Autos). Das Podbike Velomobil reduziert Lärm und Luftverschmutzung, reduziert Staus und benötigt deutlich weniger Stellplätze und sorgt gleichzeitig für gesunde Bewegung.

Warum sollte ich mir ein Podbike kaufen?

Wenn Sie Ihr Auto durch ein Podbike-Velomobil ersetzen, sparen Sie Geld, bewegen sich täglich, vermeiden im Stau festzustecken und den Kampf um einen Parkplatz. Außerdem tragen Sie zu einer gesünderen Umwelt bei.

Wir haben uns darauf konzentriert, Funktionalität, Design und Freude in unser Podbike Velomobil zu bringen.

Wer hat das Podbike Velomobil entwickelt und warum?

Per Hassel Sørensen (ein norwegischer Ingenieur) hat das Podbike-Konzept entwickelt. Sein Hauptfokus liegt vor allem darauf, wie man ein Velomobil verbessern kann, so dass es für jeden geeignet ist. Viele Gestaltungsprinzipien werden in seiner Masterarbeit in Sustainable Energy Technology (2015, University of Stavanger/ Norway) diskutiert. Die Motivation ist der anhaltende und eskalierende Klimawandel, der vor allem durch den übermäßigen menschlichen Verbrauch fossiler Brennstoffe verursacht wird.

Welche Probleme wird das Podbike Velomobil versuchen zu lösen?

Autos verursachen Probleme - Die Betriebskosten sind sehr hoch, weil sie mit Diesel- und Benzinmotoren betrieben werden. Sie produzieren giftige Emissionen und Treibhausgase und verbrauchen große Mengen an begrenzten Ressourcen. Fahrräder sind viel besser - sowohl für Sie als auch für die Umwelt. Leider verwenden sie nur wenige für den Personentransport. Die Herausforderung besteht darin, mehr Menschen dazu zu bringen, Fahrräder anstelle von Autos zu benutzen.

Traditionelle Fahrräder gibt es seit über hundert Jahren, sie bieten aber keinen Wetterschutz, keine Hochgeschwindigkeitseigenschaft und keinen Aufprallschutz. Elektrisch unterstützte Fahrräder oder Pedelecs unterstützen Sie bei der Fahrt über steile Hügel oder bei starkem Gegenwind. Sie beheben aber weder das Problem des fehlenden Wetterschutzes noch bieten sie einen Aufprallschutz. Es gibt natürlich einige komplett überdachte Velomobile, E-Fahrräder mit stromlinienförmiger Karosserie, die viel schneller sind, zumindest ein wenig Wetter- und Crashschutz bieten, aber den " Komfort " eines modernen Autos vermissen lassen.

Das Podbike Velomobil ist ein neues elektrisch unterstütztes Velomobil in einem nachhaltigen Gehäuse, das mit den folgenden Eigenschaften konstruiert wurde:

  • Einfaches Ein- und Aussteigen aus dem Fahrzeug ist möglich. Die Sitzposition kann automatisch angehoben werden
  • Geringerer Luftwiderstand als bei einem Rennrad
  • Ausgezeichneter Fahrkomfort unabhängig von den Straßenverhältnissen
  • Vollständiger Wetterschutz inklusive Dach und Windschutzscheibe
  • Erstklassige Kurvenstabilität durch vier Räder
  • Intelligentes Parken: das Fahrzeug kann auf dem Heck untergebracht werden, was die benötigte Parkfläche minimiert
  • Platz für einen Erwachsenen und ein Kind (und eine Laptoptasche im verschließbaren Kofferraum)
  • Verbesserte Sicherheit im Vergleich zu bestehenden Velomobilen
  • Subtile elektrische Unterstützung, die es ermöglicht, das Velomobil innerhalb der EU als Fahrrad klassifiziert zu halten
  • Fortschrittliche Elektronik für mehr Sicherheit und Zukunftsfähigkeit
  • Entwickelt im Hinblick auf Großserienherstellung
  • Jedes dieser Ziele ist an sich nichts Besonderes, aber die Summe ergibt ein einzigartiges Fahrzeug

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

What is the price for a Podbike velomobile?

As we are still into development, it is too early to tell the exact sales price, but we estimate the initial price for a standard model (Podbike velomobile without any optionals) to be from NOK 50.000,- (incl. VAT/ local sales tax). This is equivalent to approx. Euro 5000 (plus local sales tax and shipment costs.). Optional equipment at extra cost.

The sales price will be updated closer to launch, and will depend on chosen equipment packages / additional (optionals)  when doing the final order.  A complete list of available optionals and associated prices (for equipment packages) will be published closer to launching.

What equipment will be included in a Standard version of the Podbike velomobile?

The standard model of Podbike velomobile includes a battery with an estimated range of 80km (battery combined with pedal power), left side mirror, summer tires, cup- and cellphone/ tablet holder inside, USB charger, front lights, back lights and indicator lights.

What equipment will be optional and at what price?

We are still working on the list of optional equipment. This list will be rather extensive as we try to cover many of the needs of customers all over the world. Factors such as climate, terrain, age, family situation, usability etc. necessitates a wide range of options.

 

Some examples are:
Window wiper (manual), window washer, various canopy coatings, different colours and decoration, winter tires (studded and studless) , different ventilation systems, extra battery capacity, spare batteries, trailer hitch/ towbar for bike trailer, extra lights, child seat, vehicle elevator (for easy access and vertical parking), extra theft protection, fabric covers, sound system, BT handsfree, and more to come.

How do I order a Podbike velomobile?

You can pre-order here: I really want to be a Podbiker

When and where will the vehicle be available?

We have finally (end of 2018) secured funding for producing our test series of 12 test bikes in 2019. These test bikes will have to go through an endurance testing (locally in Norway) for some months until we close the design and prepare for first series assembly production start in 2020.

Our patient pre-order customers in Europe will get delivery after a priority list (based on location and date of ordered & paid pre-order fee).

Availability outside Europe will depend on the demand and country regulations.

When and where can I try the Podbike?

We are planning a pre-launch event for customers where you can test drive the Podbike. (Pre-order customers only.)

Where: Stavanger, Norway
Date: TBA

 

We will also bring test bikes with us for these events:

 

Exhibitions:

Norway:
Nordic Edge 24-26 September 2019 in Stavanger

Germany: 
Spezi 2020 in Germersheim.

As we sign up for exhibitions we will update this section.

Will the PODBIKE velomobile be available in the United States at some point?

We do hope so, but US legislation for electrically assisted human powered vehicles are quite clear that only bikes with two or three wheels can be classified as ebikes, see “Public Law 109-319” here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-107publ319/pdf/PLAW-107publ319.pdf

 

So with the current legislation, our vehicle is only legal on the street in the US without battery, on pure “bread power” since it has more than three wheels and is thus classified as a car.

 

We have thought of making a three wheel Podbike for USA & Canada. Unfortunately, three wheels is not a wise option when you want to make a safe, practical and fast velomobile. We talk from many years of experience. You can read more about why we use four wheels in the Founders master thesis “Velomobile:redefined” (Chapter 3).

 

Another issue is that current legislation regarding ebikes in North America is not harmonized across states, counties and cities. So we believe it is not technically possible at the moment to make an e-bike that is legal all across USA, Canada & Mexico. Further information can be found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws

What are the terms and conditions for pre-ordering a Podbike?

1) Podbike ® Reservation.

Thank you for your reservation of Podbike! You have secured an estimated priority for delivery of Podbike for your country and region (zip code). We will inform on our website www.podbike.com about which countries and areas that are prioritized for delivery. By giving us this trust, you help build a green, economical and fun Podbike® that we believe the world really needs. 

 

2) Date of reservation.

This reservation is considered valid from the payment of your reservation.

 

3) Booking.

You are pre-ordering a product that will be produced for you in the future.

It is important to emphasize that this reservation is not an order or sale of a Podbike®. The reservation gives you an estimated priority for delivery in your country and region (zip code). When production starts up for deliveries in your country and region, Podbike ® will contact you about any options and choices for the delivery of your Podbike®.

You will eventually receive a purchase agreement that gives you the opportunity to complete this booking process with an order. If you wish to complete the order, we will consider your booking payment as part of the order payment. Until you have entered into a purchase agreement for a Podbike®, your reservation can be cancelled at any time and you will receive a fully refund of your reservation.

 

4) Terms – non transferable, limited number.

We will not pay you any interest for your reservation payment and the amount will not be retained on a separate or blocked account. It is not possible to transfer your reservation to another party without the written consent of Podbike®. It is not possible to reserve more than 4 – 4 Podbike ® per person through reservation payment without the express written consent of Podbike.

 

5) Information.

From time to time, we will inform you about the development of Podbike® and ask for information from you to make the best possible Podbike®.

Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

DIMENSIONS AND SPACE

What is the size and weight?

2.3 m long, 0.8 m wide and approx. 1100 mm tall (ride height), 1500 mm tall (raised). You feel like you are sitting inside a sports car with large windows. It is 50 mm higher than a Lamborghini Miura and 50 mm lower than a Volkswagen XL1.

 

Weight when empty: Approx 65 kg. Max weight when laden: 200 kg.

Can I bring a child and any luggage?

There is plenty of room for one adult + luggage or one adult and less luggage and a child. Child seat (optional equipment) fits a child up to six years or 25 kg (whatever comes first). For bringing more than one child, you can add a trailer hitch (optional equipment) for attaching a bicycle trailer.

If not bringing any child (and child seat), Podbike has approx 160 liters of luggage space (so our current vehicle is also a small cargo bike:-).

What is the full spec for the Podbike velomobile?

The full spec is yet to be finalized but here are some preliminary spec (may change):

 

Size: 2300 mm long, 799 mm wide, 1100 mm tall (ride height), 1500 mm tall (raised)

  • Weight when empty: approx. 65kg
  • Max weight when laden: 200 kg
  • Occupancy: has room for 1 adult + lot of luggage, or less luggage and a child
  • Child seat (optional): Up to six years / 25 kg (whatever comes first)
  • Towing hitch: Yes (optional)
  • Absolute top speed: 60 kph
  • Max assisted speed: 25 kph
  • Air & rolling resistance target: Max 100W for 30 kph, about the same as a racing bike
  • Podbike is designed to be a EPAC/Pedelec within regulations as defined for EU; i.e. max assisted speed 25 kph, max continous assist power 250W and assist cease to function if cyclist stop pedalling

USABILITY AND FUNCTIONALITIES

Will I need any drivers licence or registration for a Podbike velomobile?

The vehicle does not require registration nor a drivers license. It is basically an electric assisted pedal cycle camouflaged as a microcar. That gives you full access to all cycle-infrastructure in cities and suburbs, while saving cost. Type approval is not needed on Pedelecs since it is not classified as a motor vehicle.

Can I use Podbike in the bike paths/ lanes? Or do I have to be in the car roads?

A Podbike is allowed wherever you are allowed to ride a regular bike/ ebike. That means at the bike paths, bike lanes and in the car road. A Podbike is not wider than a regular bike trailer (as is 80 cm).

Where can I park?

It can be parked in areas for bike parking and at free parking areas. It can be stored on its rear end to minimize required parking space.  A special parking solution (garage) is on the road map (see conceptual design here:parking garage) . One garage has room for four bikes (parked vertically), locking functions and charging via solar power. Two garages have room for eight bikes and will fit well into one single car parking place. On our road map: future functionality with autonomous operation for storing, locking and charging.

How do I lock it and how can it be protected against theft?

The bike have a canopy that can be locked. But it is a cycle for pedalling so it has to be made of light materials. Those materials will not keep a determined thief away. But we consider offering an alarm or other means to prevent theft. We will also make sure the vehicle is easy to lock safely to fixed objects.

How do I charge the batteries?

The batteries can be charged inside the vehicle or separately (outside).

Can the seatposition be adjusted to fit different users?

The bike accommodate riders between 150 and up to 200 cm. This is made possible by: a) adjusting position of pedal generator, b) adjusting rake of seat, c) adjusting steering position. All these adjustments can be done in seconds without any tools.

What is Podbike velomobile's power/ speed ratio for uphill riding?

Uphill the speed is slower than an ordinary e-bike due to larger mass. Uphill it has the advantage of four wheels, and is therefore more stable than a regular cargo bike with two or three wheels. It also has a good electric automatic gear that is integrated with the motor solution. This makes it easy to keep a high speed on the pedals even in steep hills.

Downhill the speed is faster due to the heavier weight and low air resistance. On flat ground there is faster speed due to low air resistance. Maximum speed is 60km/h downhill (by automatic breaking system).

How will it be to ride a Podbike velomobile in bends and corners?

The Podbike velomobile has fully independent suspension, allowing high air pressure in tires giving low rolling resistance but still offer comfortable ride. The low centre of gravity allows very high lateral forces without danger of overturning so you can maintain vehicle speed through bends and corner. The small frontal area combined with a low drag body result in low air drag.

How will the weather and terrain conditions influence the usability?

Rain: Windscreen wiper is on our optional list. It will be manual, as in old cars.

Dew/mist on the window: Jet wind is led through the ventilation duct along the inside of the windshield during cycling. Electric fan creates air circulation when the bike is stationary. Heater that preheats ventilation air during cycling. In addition the ventilation has large capacity and can be further enhanced by optional electric fan/ demist option.

Heat and sun: We have put much effort into trying to solve cooling in best possible ways. We plan to use both IR reflective coating on the surface and IR filter in the material of the canopy. We also plan to offer a removable internal sun shadow made of light fabric as seen on front windows on some tourist busses. The canopy can be removed completely or left partially open to be able to ride in very nice weather without overheating. Or you can purchase our ventilator solution with single or double blowers that is developed for very misty or very warm environments. A tinted canopy with extra UV protection will also become an option in the future. Active seat cooling increase mass, cost and complexity but we have been in contact with suppliers of such systems for cars. It might become an option at a later stage.

Snow and ice: Podbike velomobile is an all-year bike and is secure and stable on slippery roads as it has four wheels, all with the same 27-406 rim dimension. The wheels are attached with a single safety bolt, similar to a Formula 1 car. This makes it very easy and quick to change between summer- and winter wheels. We will offer optional extra winter wheel set with or without studs. With studs the vehicle rides excellent on both snow and ice.

Bumpy roads: It is constructed to handle a lot, including bumpy roads. It has fully independent suspension on all four wheels. This allows for high air pressure in tires giving low rolling resistance, but still offer comfortable ride.

Have you made a working prototype yet?

Yes we have. Our first prototype, named “Knoll” was made medio 2017, this is just a rolling chassis. We have used this for testing of the drivetrain, wheels and steering etc.

Our first Podbike sample with a body and canopy (named “T-0”) was released early 2018. This has been our working prototype through 2018  – while we have been working on further development and improvement of design and technical solutions.

In Q1/Q2 2019 we are preparing for the assembly production of a test series of 12 Podbikes (Q2/Q3 2019). Ten of these will be on the road for endurance testing in different environment and by local test persons (some enthusiastic early customers). All test data will be logged and extracted and used for further improvement in design and functionality prior to start of first series production in 2020.

Will there be a Speed pedelec (S-pedelec 45 km/h) version of Podbike in the future?

At the moment we have focus on getting the Podbike velomobile (Pedelec version) ready and bring it to the market.

Currently, we do not have any plans about making a S-Pedelec. Pedal cycles with motor assist having assist speed above 25 km/h (S-pedelecs) are not allowed on existing bike infrastructure (a couple of countries have exceptions like Denmark that allow L1e-a on bike paths outside city limits).

However, the Podbike velomobile is more aerodynamic than a racing bike and it will not be a problem to achieve higher speeds than the assisted 25km/h. As the speed might become very high, especially downhill with the help of gravity, we have speed limited to 60km/h for safety reasons.

VISIBILITY

How many lights will a Podbike have?

The Podbike velomobile will have lights in the front and behind in addition to the turn signals on each side. This is redundant lights, supplied from two power supplies both front and rear. In case something goes wrong, there is still light. The body will also be equipped with reflectors as required to be street legal in the country it is configured for. That include “Z” marked reflectors for Germany.

The Podbike is quite low, will I be seen by cars?

The low profile of velomobiles has often been mentioned as a major issue both due to low eye height for the rider and the low visibility.

The Podbike is 1100 mm high, and you will feel like you are sitting inside a sports car with large windows. But 1100 mm is 50 mm higher than a Lamborghini Miura and 50 mm lower than a Volkswagen XL1. We agree that there are benefits of raising eye level on the vehicle. That is part reason why we will offer an option to raise the rear end of the vehicle. So the rider eye level can be raised to get better overview. But only when going slow. As the elevated vehicle’s higher centre of gravity makes the vehicle much less stable, there will be speed limit and visual warning.

Per Hassel (Founder and Product Developer) says:
“After seven years of usage of an even lower velomobile, the Dutch Alleweder, the argument of not being visible in traffic is simply not true, because: the large bodies of velomobiles are much more visible for the other interacting traffic compared to regular upright bikes.The relative large body forces a Podbike velomobile rider to behave more car-like, making traffic interaction more predictable, comparable to a car. The Podbike velomobile is taller than Lamborghini Countach but lower than Bugatti Veyron, and about as easy to detect in complex traffic due to profile, colors and light. A Podbike velomobile is much taller than most traffic posts and traffic islands. And they are easily seen by passing drivers”.

Will there be a flag on the Podbike?

We will offer a high visibility flag with a long pole as an option for the riders who want this but we would like to warn that it might give false security:

 

“I tried once to ride with a long orange rod with flag to see if that gave any benefits. But even if car drivers could see the flag behind hedges etc, exploiting my increased visibility did not make sense. So the air drag slowed me down and the flag pole was obstructing low passes. And I actually felt less secure. It seemed some drivers assumed a child on a bike at low speed when seeing the flag and not expecting a velomobile at speed.”

– Per Hassel Sørensen.

MORE TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Energy efficiency

Podbike velomobile has fully independent suspension, allowing high air pressure in tires giving low rolling resistance but still offer comfortable ride. The low centre of gravity allow very high lateral forces without danger of overturning so you can maintain vehicle speed through bends and corners reducing the need for braking. The small frontal area combined with a low drag body result in less air resistance than a racing bike.

 

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).

Drive train

Podbike velomobile uses series hybrid propulsion with no direct mechanical linkage between pedals and wheels. All energy transfer from the rider to the wheels is done via electric wires. The vehicle use one 250W motor for electric assist, and one 250W motor for series hybrid propulsion, thus it is legal in all EU countries. 
This may sound like too little, but the vehicle has been designed to be very energy efficient.

Gear

The speed and torque of the pedals are individually controlled by setting a preferred cadence and load. The cadence has priority: If you pedal slower or faster than the ideal cadence the algorithm will try to keep your ideal cadence by changing load. This is implemented by simulating a standard bicycle gear change so you will experience a step change in load. However, the number of “gears” and the delay before changing “gears” might be adjustable. Also, the pedal load reflects the wheel load so that it becomes easier to pedal when you pass a top and start going downhill.

Wheels

All wheels comes with the same 27-406 rim dimension. The wheels are made of thermoplastic with 60% fiberglass and are very robust. These wheels are also used on heavy-duty cargo bikes that handle twice the total load per wheel. These wheels have not the issues of corrosion and spokes where seen on regular bicycle wheels.

 

The wheels are fastened with a single safety bolt, similar to a Formula 1 car. This makes it very easy and quick to change between summer- and winter wheels. We will offer optional extra winter wheel set with or without studs. With studs the vehicle offers safe travel on both snow and ice.

Speed

We use three motors/ generators, two that acts as electronic transmission and one that acts as assist motor/electronic brake. The power to the assist motor is limited to 250 W continuous output and 25 KPH speed limit, while the other motor output matches the pedal generator input thus acting as the human powered transmission. This motor works beyond 25 KPH. However, when you use the electronic brake that can be triggered manually, for example by pedalling backwards while going forward, or automatic, when reaching max downhill speed, both wheel motors brake the vehicle.

 

The assistance to speed from the battery is limited to 25 KPH. However, the pedal generator is not. So by continuing to pedal and thus supplying manmade pedal energy, speed may increase beyond assist speed depending on various factors like inclination, generator output, efficiency and rolling resistance. However, the max speed will be limited to 60 KPH for safety reasons. We store pedalling energy and braking energy using electric batteries. We do not use mechanical flywheel (s).

Battery capacity and charging

Podbike velomobile uses series hybrid propulsion with no direct mechanical linkage between pedals and wheels. All energy transfer from the rider to the wheels is done via electric wires. The vehicle uses one 250W motor for electric assist, and one 250W motor for series hybrid propulsion. The charging time for the battery depends on the capacity, and which charger you use. The base model comes with the standard 2A charger and four 100 Wh battery modules. Those will charge a fully depleted system in around five hours, and from 20% to 80% SOC in about three hours. Then you can beef up the system with our fast 8A charger that accelerate charging by four, bringing 20% to 80% charge time down to approx. 45 minutes. . We will offer single 100 Wh battery modules that extend the battery capacity. Currently, we plan to provide space to fit up to 15 modules in total, with up to 300 km range.

 

Battery is removable so that charging can be performed independent of vehicle. That is quite important for cyclist who ride in very cold weather or lack charging possibilities where the Podbike velomobile is parked. We continuously work on getting the best possible all-year battery suitable for our Podbike velomobile.

Motors

Two 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. We use a battery pack specially developed for electronic transmission on cycles in Nordic climate.

Brakes

Our driveline uses two motors that are always engaged, one for assist and one as part of the electronic “gear”. And both motors act as brakes. This will recuperate most of the braking energy. This also helps to compensate for low driveline efficiency. In hilly terrain regeneration may increase range with more than 40%.

Safety

Protective zones to absorb and distribute impact energy in case of collision.

Maintenance

Minor maintenance costs due to robust and maintenance free propulsion system with no chain nor gears, only pulleys and synchronous belts.

Material

The materials for the Podbike velomobile are selected with recycling in mind.
Primary structural components are made of corrosion protected aluminium. Some safety-related details, like the roll-over protection, are made of stainless steel. The body and canopy are made of UV stabilized thermoplastic. For volume production the body panels will be made of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic. That is the same material as used in lightweight and expensive suitcases. Body in thermoplastic and frame of aluminium sandwich is strong and light and can be fully recycled. The bicycle base plate is made of aluminium sandwich of same type as used in some racing cars and is light and stiff. The cover consists of a clear canopy attached to the two doorblades, where everything is lifted up and backwards. The hinge mechanism consist of a four-point hinge with an integral gas spring/damper on each side.

 

The canopy is made of plastic with a special hard-wearing film to avoid scratches, but will be damaged by careless treatment.

Noise level

We design the vehicle to be low noise and at 25 km/h and faster there should be less noise at speed than from a regular bike due to less wind exposure. And due to no chains and softer body the internal sound level should be less than in a standard GF/CF velomobile body.

 

The sound comes mainly from the three synchronous belts and only the one for the pedal generator is inside the cabin. The belts are covered to reduce noise. The bike also has electric fans but they run only when needed so that sound should not be intimidating.

Design

The small frontal area combined with a low drag body result in less air resistance than a racing bike.

Do you have plans for autonomous functions?

The vehicle platform is designed for future semi-autonomous control system that will enable specially equipped Podbike velomobiles to park and charge itself. The bike has been designed from the ground up to be an ultra-light vehicle platform for both augmented and autonomous mobility.

 

We hope to enter joint-ventures enabling autonomy in future versions, the first step will be limited to self-docking into a special charger/bike-lock. The next step is to make the Podbike velomobile perform self-parking in the carousel garage as seen on our webpage. The simple self-parking autonomy functionality has currently higher priority than augmented reality.

Do you have any "Connected Vehicle" or IoT in mind (beside bring your own smartphone)?

Yes, we do have IoT plans for the Podbike. If you are interested in reading more about the technical solutions we recommend looking into “Velomobile:Redefined”, the master thesis by Podbike Founder Per Hassel that laid down the design principles for the vehicle.

https://www.podbike.com/downloads/Velo-redef021.pdf

I want to read more about the engineering work behind Podbike

More technical info in Product Developer Per Hassel Sørensen’s  Master Thesis: “Velomobile: redesign” (2015) from University of Stavanger is available for downloading here:

https://www.podbike.com/downloads/Velo-redef021.pdf

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