Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Urban Transport

The Chop-E is laid back, in more ways than one

For some people – adults included – there's nothing quite as cool-looking as a chopper bicycle. The things aren't all that practical for commuting, however. Well, that's where the Chop-E comes in. It's a semi-recumbent electric scooter, modeled after the chopper bikes that would have made you the hero of the 7-11 parking lot.  Read More

Behind the wheel – or tiller – of the Spira4u prototype model in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain...

Spira4u recently announced that is had begun pilot production of its three-wheeled urban vehicle. To be available in both an electric- and a gas-powered version, the Spira4u employs a honeycomb composite chassis and a fiberglass and foam body to achieve a unique combination of economy, safety and convenience. Gizmag took time out from the floor of NAIAS in Detroit to take the Spira4u for a spin.  Read More

Terra Motors' new R6 electric rickshaw can carry six people for up to 100 kilometers on a ...

Rickshaws are a part of life across much of Asia for tourists and locals alike. However, the gasoline-powered versions of these three-wheeled vehicles are rarely environmentally friendly, creating smog and noise-pollution. Japanese company Terra Motors has developed a new, electric rickshaw it hopes will improve environmental degradation and also save on fuel costs for drivers.  Read More

The futuristic looking Zeppelin three-wheeler features an aluminum and polycarbonate exter...

The team behind The Future People, who brought us the FireFly back in 2013, has recently completed two more human-powered velomobiles which where on display during the 2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show. Dubbed Zeppelin and Cyclone, both prototypes push the boundaries of the common human-powered vehicle (HPV) with designs that look to the past and the future.  Read More

Rollkers are like motorized airport walkways on your feet

Ever find that you could use a little extra pep in your step when walking around? French startup Rollkers can help. The company offers a set of motor-powered "under shoes" that slide around your sneakers and give you a few extra mphs of forward momentum.  Read More

The InMotion R2 in action at CES (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

InMotion has added to the growing list of portable urban "transport appliances" by showing a redesigned version of its flagship R2 device and a companion unicycle at CES 2015. Gizmag took them for a ride in Las Vegas.  Read More

Announced at this week's CES, Gogoro hopes that its Smartscooter will change the way peopl...

Electric two-wheelers seem to be the weapon of choice for big-thinking entrepreneurs looking to keep urban centers of the future on the move. One major design focus, whether they be folded up and thrown in the car or squeezed inside your backpack, has been maximizing the distance the vehicles can travel before they need plugging in for a recharge. But if the plans of Taiwanese firm Gogoro do materialize, then the range of these bikes and scooters may not matter so much after all. The company rolled up to this week's CES to showcase its Smartscooter, which it says will one day move around smart cities swapping out batteries at vending machines as it runs out of juice.  Read More

The MUV-e folds up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds

Back in May last year, the My Urban Vehicle project introduced us to a folding electric scooter prototype that was to go into production by the end of 2013. Development continued beyond that deadline, however, and now a new fully-functional pre-production version of the MUV-e has been revealed ahead of release next year.  Read More

A rear-view look at the johanson3 Urban 2+

Electric scooters are becoming an increasingly viable form of economical and eco-friendly urban transport. That said, many of them aren't set up to do much more than carry a single rider. Begium's Neerman Transport is looking to change that, with its decidedly unique-looking johanson3 electric cargo trike.  Read More

The Carbon Black wheelchair is designed to offer a practical and aesthetically pleasing tr...

Since suffering a broken back at age 14, Andrew Slorance has imagined reinventing the wheelchair. Now, more than 30 years following his spinal injury, the broadcast journalist-turned entrepreneur is finally setting the wheels in motion. Slorance's Carbon Black is a sleek, minimalistic design aimed at giving wheelchair users an efficient and stylish new way of getting around.  Read More

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