Of all the electric cargo cycles we've seen, including the Urban Arrow
, the Velove Armadillo promises the most pedal-assist cargo hauling capability. The four-wheeled platform supports a big, ol' cargo box or semi-trailer on the rear, making the typical two-wheel grocery getter look downright undersized. The pedaled quad is so cargo hungry, Velove believes it can replace the cargo van when transporting smaller loads over short distances.
Last September, we spied a prototype of Virtue Cycles' Pedalist electric-assist velomobile
at Interbike in Las Vegas. Now, the San Diego-based company has turned to Kickstarter to fund production of the vehicle, plus it's provided a little more in the way of specs.
With their sleek shells providing both protection from the elements and an aerodynamic advantage over bicycles, human-powered velomobiles
do offer an intriguing alternative to cars. Unfortunately, though, they can't go as fast as automobiles, meaning that they often still have to be ridden along the side of the road. Minneapolis-based inventor Rich Kronfield wants to change that, with his Raht Racer. It's an electric-assist velomobile that amplifies the rider's pedaling power, reportedly allowing them to move as fast
as the cars around them.
The Brouhaha Bike Trailer from Wisconsin-based Rollout Self-Propelled Trailers puts a bit of horsepower behind your two-wheeler. Unlike on some other electric-powered bike trailers, that horsepower doesn't make pedaling any easier; it simply adjusts for the weight of the load so that the cyclist can pedal like normal while carrying everything from a full tailgating set-up to a stand-up paddleboard.
Along with 1950s/60s contemporaries like the Isetta, the three-wheeled Messerschmitt KR200 was one of the original microcars. The car continues to have a following half a century later, so much so that a pair of designers have developed a unique tribute. The Veloschmitt is styled like the original bubble car, but relies on a pedelec bicycle platform in place of the two-stroke engine build.
For the past few years, Outrider has been earning praise and breaking records with its pedal-assisted electric trikes
, but its latest design is gearing up to be its most rewarding endeavor yet. The Horizon is a modular adaptive trike designed to get paraplegics, quadriplegics and others with disabilities wheeling over pavement and dirt. Outrider's goal is to develop a production trike that can be pedaled with the legs or hands or powered entirely with an electric hub motor.
Pedal-assist electric bikes come in all shapes
, and are made from a range of materials including aluminum
. Armin Oberhollenzer's material of choice is carbon fiber and, though his Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike has been making appearances at bike shows throughout Europe since last year, it's now set to land on US soil.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is developing its wearable sports monitoring FitnessSHIRT
with a 2014 launch in mind. It recently detailed a new application for the technology, pairing it with a pedelec bike powertrain and smartphone app to seamlessly manage motor output based upon the user's physiological data. In other words, when you show signs of being tired and winded, the motor automatically kicks in extra power.
Velomobiles, which can more or less be defined as enclosed human-powered tricycles, come in many shapes and forms. Both the Elf
and the Tripod
feature an electric-assist motor, and have opted for a look that's sort of like a cross between that of a trike and a car. The e-fox is the latest such vehicle to come to our attention. It offers the same basic features as its rivals, but at a lower estimated price.
After taking out a 2013 Red Dot product design award in March for its first e-bike, the S25, Klever Mobilty has added another award to its trophy cabinet by claiming an e-bike/pedelec award at Eurobike 2013 for its B25 model. Both the S25 and B25 were on show alongside the S45 and B45 models, which got their first public airing at the show. While the S25 and B25 are aimed at the urban commuter market, the S45 and B45 up the speed for those hitting the open road.