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Feddz electric cargo scooter hauls gear in its frame

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March 14, 2014

The FEDDZ is designed to carry all kinds of cargo for work and play

The FEDDZ is designed to carry all kinds of cargo for work and play

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As always, autos were the main focus of this year's Geneva Motor Show, but a smaller category of vehicle made its presence felt. Electric bikes and scooters, such as the Kia Electric Bicycle and Qoros eBIQE, had a strong showing. A third interesting design we found in the halls of the Palexpo, the FEDDZ strikes a balance between electric cargo bike and motor scooter.

There are a number of electric cargo bikes on the market, but many of them are large, cumbersome affairs that seem to place "cargo" well ahead of "bike." The FEDDZ is a slimmer, more streamlined design that does away with the extended front beds and buckets inherent in other designs, like the 2x4 cargo bike and Urban Arrow. It won't shuttle your children downtown or haul a chest of treasure home from the sea, but it packs enough room for many common items.

The FEDZZ's hollow center provides room for the battery and cargo

Germany's Emo-Bike took a look at the typical motorcycle and realized it could free up a lot of storage space by removing the gas tank. The use of an electric hub motor allowed it to pull out not only the gas tank, but also the bulky, centrally mounted gas drivetrain, while returning only a flat battery pack. That opens up 23 liters of cargo space in the heart of the FEDDZ frame, space enough for things like a motorcycle helmet; a gym bag; or a football, jersey, cleats and a water bottle, as Emo tells it. The cargo section includes two belts to secure the goods for the ride.

The 48-volt lithium-ion battery is integrated into the lower rear section of the central cargo area. It is easily unlocked, removed and carried via a fold-out handle, allowing riders the ability to charge it in a home or office. Two battery options are available to FEDDZ buyers: a 1,600-Wh ECO battery that offers up to 43.5 miles (70 km) of range on a charge and a 2,100-Wh Premium battery that spins the wheels for up to 68 miles (110 km). The ECO battery takes 5.5 hours to charge, and the Premium takes 7 hours. Both are guaranteed for 500 recharging cycles.

The battery unlocks and removes for charging and storage

With its diamond-frame and mountain bike-like Manitou suspension fork, the FEDDZ could easily be mistaken for an electric bicycle. However, it lacks a pedal drivetrain and is classified as an electric motor scooter. The handlebar-mounted drive switch lets the rider control the rear hub motor's output through three modes, which free up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) or 28 mph (45 km/h) worth of speed, depending upon model. A central display shows key info like speed, battery life and driving range. The battery also powers a Philips front-rear lighting system, and a USB port allows the rider to tap into it to charge his or her smartphone.

The FEDDZ has an aluminum frame with a 1,320-mm wheelbase. It weighs 73 lb (33 kg) before the 25-lb (11.5-kg) battery gets locked into place. Components include the Manitou suspension fork, which offers up to 80 mm (3.1 in) of travel, Magura hydraulic disc brakes and 26-in Schwalbe Crazy Bob tires. Both the seat and handlebars adjust to fine-tune fit around the rider, and anodized footrests give idle feet a place to hang out.

The FEDDZ hit the market last year and is available for €5,990 euro for the 25 and 45 models with ECO batteries and €6,990 for models with Premium batteries (US$8,340 to $9,730). The 45 km/h models require a motor scooter or car driver's license in Emo-Bike's home country of Germany, while the 25 km/h models require only Mofa approval. They both require a helmet and insurance but do not need to be registered or inspected. Regulations will vary in other countries.

Source: Emo-Bike

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4 Comments

It's nice but restricted and will be a legal compensation magnet for accident claims from idiot drivers who stick fising rods, planks large logs etc into the frame because they think it is a good idea at the time even when it stops you reaching the pedals.

L1ma
15th March, 2014 @ 09:58 am PDT

Priced Wayyyyyyy to high!!!!!! how much does a Zero ev cost

Leonard Foster Jr
15th March, 2014 @ 02:31 pm PDT

These articles on over priced electric bikes are pathetic. Who in their right mind is going to shell out that kind of money for that. There are far more effective ways to store stuff than in the frame.

Ryan MacDougall
16th March, 2014 @ 10:51 am PDT

Cute, but not effective. The load is carried to high for really heavy objects and you would have to have someone hold the bike to load it since it lacks a center stand and would tip over with any weight in it. All of these companies putting out cargo bikes seem unaware of all of this.

At 1/3rd the price, you can buy a ZEV Electric Cargo bike from the USA with a center stand, load platforms that can carry 100 kg, a 60 volt battery system instead of 48 volts, and big motor bike hydraulic brakes that are needed to stop a load, and a rear suspension.

Darus Zehrbach
17th March, 2014 @ 08:35 am PDT
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