Podbike’s four wheel electric enclosed bike start delivery in 2022

After bringing in €3.2 million in financing and packing into its pre-order list, Podbike says it will deliver its first electric scooter known as the Frikar later this year.

Norwegian mobility company Podbike has attracted attention for years as its innovative and adorable four-wheeled electric vehicle has been shaped.

The enclosed bike car offers better all-weather protection and improved aerodynamics compared to a typical commuter electric bike, although the top can be removed for summer running if all-weather protection is not required.

More than 3,400 people queued up to reserve the company’s first model, which can be pre-ordered with a €300 deposit for the starting price of €6,429 (about $7,300).

The Frikar is a single seat, although an optional child seat will be available, replacing the 160 liters (5.7 cu ft) of cargo space.

Now the company expects to begin deliveries in 2022, starting with its domestic customers:

“The first deliveries will be in Norway as it is close to our R&D department. It is simply the smartest and easiest way to launch a new product. Since we have a lot of German customers, Germany is also very high on our delivery list. Once we have More details to share, we’ll update you through podbike.com and newsletter.”

In Europe, the Frikar is technically classified as an electric bike, which means that riders can use bike lanes to cut a fast track through city traffic.

The Frikar has pedals as functional as a bike, although they are not attached to a chain or belt like a typical e-bike. Instead, they power a generator and power a wire drive system that connects to a pair of hub motors at the rear wheels. We’ve seen drive-by-wire systems for e-bikes before, but they’re still pretty rare in the industry.

In fact, we’ve seen closed electric cars before, too. But again, not quite like Frikar.

The Frikar’s speed is technically limited to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) due to European regulations restricting electric bicycles. But the company appears to have found a subtle way around this.

As they explain:

“We use three motors/generators, two serving as the electronic transmission and the other as the auxiliary motor/electronic brake. The capacity of the auxiliary motor is limited to a continuous output of 250W and a maximum speed of 25kV, while the output of the other motor matches that of the pedal generator input and thus acts as a human-powered transmission.This engine operates above 25kph.However, when using electronic brakes that can be operated manually, for example by shifting backwards while moving forward, or automatically, when the maximum incline speed is reached, both Two wheel drives put pressure on the car.

Speed ​​assistance from the battery is limited to 25 kph. However, the pedal generator is not. So by continually pedaling and thus saving man-made pedaling power, the speed may increase over the assist speed depending on various factors such as tilt, alternator output, efficiency and rolling resistance. However, the maximum speed will be limited to 60 km/h for safety reasons. We store pedal energy and braking energy using electric batteries. We don’t use mechanical flywheels.”

So it seems that one motor is limited to the 25 km/h maximum, while the other is allowed to go faster because it explains to some extent how fast pedaling force would make the car run if the pedals were attached to the wheels by a mechanical drivetrain.

This sounds like a legal gray area, but I’m not a Norwegian traffic cop, so what do I know?

The 877-watt battery has a range of 50-80 kilometers (30-50 miles), and a second battery can be added for additional range. The batteries can either be charged on the vehicle or removed for remote charging.

The basic version of the Frikar will include standard features such as an adjustable seat and pedals, a lighting package including turn signals and a single mirror.

For an additional €650 (US$740), passengers can upgrade to the Plus version of Frikar. The upgraded version includes interior upholstery, an air fan, two mirrors, side pockets, interior lighting and an alarm.

The company hasn’t listed a confirmed date for 2022 deliveries yet, but we’ll be sure to update as soon as we learn more.

Until then, let’s hear your thoughts on Podbike Frikar in the comments section below!

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