Pimped Up E-Bike Drives Like A Car


MIKAEL KJELLMAN: I put a lot of effort in making it practical, but it has also proven
to be real fun to drive. COMM: PodRide is an all-weather four-wheeled e-bike that looks like a miniature car. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: Hi! My name is Mikael and I’m the designer of PodRide. The basic idea
with PodRide is to have weather protected and more comfortable bicycle. My solution
is this four-wheeled, fully covered bicycle car. COMM: Sports enthusiast Mikael designed PodRide in his home country Sweden to cope with the
inconsistent climate that prevented him from cycling to work. PodRide has an electric motor
that allows drivers to adjust the level of assitance in order to travel further, easier
and cheaper. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: It is small and have a short turning radius to work well on bikeways and
in other city environments. We drive on both rear wheels and many gears, can even take
on steeper hills and rough terrain. The range is about 60 kilometres. The top speed with
engine is 25km/h. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: This makes it a street legal e-bike here in Sweden and most other countries. COMM: PodRide lets users sit at same height as normal cars, so other drivers can see that
it’s a serious road vehicle. And this all terrain bike not only performs well, it’s
practical too. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: There is room for some baggage in the back and if you want to bring your
children or you need more baggage, you can hook on bike trailer. In the front, I have
an extra airing lid, headlights and indicator. It has 250 watts crankshaft engine, with air
suspension, a comfortable and padded seat and a recumbent seating position, you end
up getting a very comfortable ride. Your steer with sticks on the side and break with handles. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: To get better ventilation in the summer, you can open up the lower part
of the front window and also both the side windows. I used this small electric heater
to defrost the windows when parked outside in winter. COMM: Mikael and the PodRide team are hoping to put the first batch of models on sale later
this year with an exact price yet to be confirmed. MIKAEL KJELLMAN: It’s still just a prototype, but I have been driving it to work for more
than a year now. It has proven to work very well.