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aerohead 06-19-2020 11:43 AM

Minnesota engineer builds pedal -assist BEV trike
 
AeroStealth shared a You-Tube re : MN friends seek joy of commuting
at youtube.com/watch?v=th9ryOKjfDq
The premise of the vehicle was to combine the cardio workout of a gym's stationary bicycle, with a light, streamlined, 3-wheel, human-powered, BEV, commuter, capable of 70-80 mph.
No telling if it will ever succeed as a commercial enterprise, but interesting to see what comes out of the minds of individuals.
Like the Clark Family Quarantine Band.:)

M_a_t_t 06-19-2020 11:55 AM

It says video unavailable for me.

aerohead 06-19-2020 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by M_a_t_t (Post 626577)
It says video unavailable for me.

Same for me, and I had no intention of posting any link when I hit the submit button.
A simple GOOGLE search for: 'Minnesota engineer builds pedal-assist BEV trike' will bring up the video.

samwichse 06-19-2020 02:47 PM

I mean...

[youtube]th9ryOKjFdQ[/youtube]

samwichse 06-19-2020 02:54 PM

Oh, the pedals aren't connected directly to the drive train, and only add about 5% to your range. OTOH, highway capable!

Hersbird 06-19-2020 09:01 PM

Usually the purpose of pedals on such things is to get it classified in a different way. The problem is they probably hurt seating or leg position and just add more weight and complexity. I bet you could get more range and maybe some shade with a solar panel.

I do think that would be cool to be able to buy the basic shell and frame as a kit.

ME_Andy 06-19-2020 11:42 PM

That's probably true. I think solar panels and humans both max out around 300W (about half a horsepower).

Hersbird 06-20-2020 09:02 AM

When I watched the above the next video down the rabbit hole was this one...
https://youtube.com/watch?v=037CAW4Y...fety_mode=true
Another nice looking little electric transport, not highway, but check out how cool the top folds into the back.


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