The PodRide is the brainchild of industrial designer Mikael Kjellman of Sweden. He calls it a “bicycle car,” otherwise known as a velomobile.
His version is a four-wheeled bicycle (with an electric motor for optional assist) within a hard shell protective pod to keep out the weather. He was inspired to develop it due to commute in Sweden which is too cold for riding in winter.
He’s been working on it for years, and tried many models that fell short, before arriving at this version. This model now meets his requirements, which make for a flexible vehicle that can take you most places in relative comfort:
- Proper seat with padding
- Stable handling (at least three wheels)
- Option to use a small power assist motor
- Adequate protection against the weather
- Ability to use cycle paths
- For safety reasons the driver should sit at the same height as in a car
The PodRide is a Lot Like a Car
The PodRide includes a 250 watt motor so you don’t have to pedal if you don’t want to. Or, you can use it to assist you so you don’t arrive at your destination all sweaty.
Under the power of the modest motor, the PodRide cruises at 25 km/h and has a range of 60 km.
Other car-like features include:
- Turn signals
- Rearview mirrors
- Luggage compartment
- Windshield wiper (manual)
- Width: 30 in
- Length: 71 in
- Height: 57 in
- Weight: 154 lbs
- Motor: 250 w
- Battery: 2 x 360 Wh
- Gears: 18 without the motor, 14 gears with the motor
Mikael says this is still a prototype, so there are still a lot of improvements that he could make to the PodRide, the foremost being the chassis, which could be a lot lighter.
Mikael would like to bring his creation to the market, but thinks it will be expensive (around $6000 or more) unless it can be mass produced, in which case the price could drop to around a much more affordable $2250 to $3900.
Mikael is now looking for a partner to take the PodRide production. So if you’re the entrepreneurial kind, or if you can help in anyway, he’d love to hear from you:
Email: [first name]firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone +4670 532 22 01
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