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Veliac Three adds cornering capability to the electric trike

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April 1, 2012

The Veliac Three has hauling capacity and more natural handling

The Veliac Three has hauling capacity and more natural handling

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Typically the terms "tight handling" and "electric three-wheeler" are mutually exclusive, particularly when you are talking about the "two-at-the-back, one-at the-front" designs. Joining Adiva and a number of other manufacturers we've looked at in recent times, London-based electric bike manufacturer 50Cycles is looking to marry the two by introducing tilting functionality into the equation. The company's Veliac Three electric tricycle uses a new lean mechanism designed to ease maneuvering around corners and curves.

As 50Cycles describes, electric tricycles combine the inexpensive, eco-friendly benefits of electric bicycles with more stability and load carrying capabilities. However, handling on twisty roads can be challenging thanks to the big wheels in back.

The Veliac Three has a torsion bar running lengthwise that allows the foreframe, seat, handlebars, forks and front wheel to lean independently of the rear-wheel box. So riders can lean into turns, similar to how they would on a bicycle, without experiencing any rear-wheel lift. The company believes the system solves the handling drawback of the tricycle, offering a smoother ride. Since the rear doesn't move, the basket in back stays level, protecting your cargo. The torsion bar is controlled via a handlebar-mounted lever and can be locked out completely to keep the frame stiff, if the rider chooses.

The yellow control lets you adjust the tilt

Outside of its tilting axis, the Veliac Three is a normal electric tricycle. It uses a 250-watt brushless hub motor powered by a 36-volt lithium-ion battery. The motor operates in three drive modes, and a pedal-assist system provides a means of exercise for those that want it. The trike has dual handbrakes, a brake light, turn signals, front and rear lights, and an electronic horn. Front suspension and a large saddle with backrest ensure a comfortable ride.

One carry basket is fitted over the Veliac Three's rear wheels and one hangs off the handlebars. The trike has a capacity up to 308 lbs (140 kg). The rear wheelbase was made narrow enough to fit easily through doorways.

The Veliac Three is available now for a retail of £1,490 (US$2,382), which includes UK delivery. 50Cycles also lists a variety of countries on its shipping chart.

Source: 50Cycles

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
6 Comments

"the basket in back stays level, protecting your cargo."

How does slamming the cargo from side to side protect it?

Slowburn
2nd April, 2012 @ 03:29 am PDT

Slowburn, this is a low-speed electric tricycle for use predominantly in urban areas, not a Ducati racing motorbike to be let loose on twisty mountain backroads.

At the speeds this vehicle will be travelling at, the cargo (typically groceries) will hardly be turned into powder or puree by excessive G forces. The load is hardly likely to be jostled any more than if they were carried on public transport.

bergamot69
2nd April, 2012 @ 03:56 am PDT

I thought a better result would have been to make all the wheels tilt into corners...

Bicycle wheels have a tendency to buckle under side loads....

Mr Stiffy
2nd April, 2012 @ 05:31 am PDT

Mr Stiffy: after looking at the rear wheels and seeing that they are what appear to be 20" wide double wall alloy rims, with heavy gauge 36 spoke lacing and beefy steel hubs with widely separated large diameter flanges, I would say with confidence there is nearly no chance these would buckle under normal use. Now, if one were to, say, set a ramp up at the bottom of a hill, however. . . . . .

David Desiccant Gardner II
2nd April, 2012 @ 02:37 pm PDT

Oh my giddy aunt! Shoot me if you EVER see me riding one of these, as Ill have lost my mind, fashion sense and ability to feel shame. I dont want to live if this is the best I can find to get me about town.

Hybridfiat
2nd April, 2012 @ 08:31 pm PDT

For a tenth of the price, you can build youself a comparable e-bike!!! It's grossly overrated!!!

Dan Vasii
3rd April, 2012 @ 12:36 pm PDT
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