A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle for short. The contraption relies on a 500 W electric engine to supercharge your pedal power over 30 miles per hour. The main selling point, though, is the range. GinzVelo can travel up to an impressive 100 miles on a single charge.
GinzVelo is a recumbent-style cycle with a weather-resistant outer shell, making it comfortable to commute in all sorts of weather. The three-wheeled vehicle is also equipped with headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and side rearview mirrors – a slew of safety features that make it easier to travel the same roadways you would in your car, but while using a lot less energy. Its makers hope the vehicle can revolutionize the way people travel in cities and small communities, especially in regards to the dreaded work commute. Since the GinzVelo is technically categorized as a bicycle, you can even drive or park it on the sidewalk.
The electric-powered cycle uses a 500 W hub motor and a 20 Ah LiPo battery to achieve a range of 75 to 100 miles at up to 20 mph on a single charge – and that’s without any human pedal power. If you pedal too, you can travel even farther. Ginzburg has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the project, and has – at the time of publishing – raised over $6,000 in just a few days. The makers feel confident they’ll reach their $50,000 to fund the HEH vehicle.
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